Please Help Protect Our Kids from All Tobacco Products

Candy-flavored tobacco products and misleading tobacco industry claims were supposed to end in 2009 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was finally given authority to put in place commonsense safeguards against tobacco products. And indeed–today candy-flavored cigarettes and “light” cigarettes are things of the past. But over 3 years after the Tobacco Control Act became law, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still have not moved to begin protecting our kids from cigars, little cigars that look like cigarettes, hookah, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Please let Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius know that FDA must begin its work to regulate cigars and other tobacco products.

Meanwhile, the tobacco industry has continued to market and sell their deadly products--including candy-flavored cigars--to our youth and to other vulnerable populations. Three new studies show cigar use is dramatically increasing among adults and kids. Without basic oversight over all tobacco products by the FDA, many more kids will become addicted to tobacco.

Cigar smoking is not safe. According to the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Cancer Institute, cigar smoking causes lung cancer and other cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as heart disease. Fifteen percent of all high school boys are current cigar smokers – almost as many as smoke cigarettes. That’s why it’s so important that FDA put in place common sense protections to keep everyone— especially our kids—safe.

Please speak up today that you want commonsense oversight of cigars, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to protect public health. Please send a letter to Secretary Sebelius today.

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  • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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