Tobacco Control Press Releases

August 1, 2007

Senate Committee Votes to Give FDA Authority to Regulate Tobacco Products

On behalf of the millions of families who have experienced the devastating effects of tobacco addiction, I commend Chairman Senator Kennedy (D-MA) and the members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving the bill by a 13-8 vote, moving legislation forward to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad authority to regulate tobacco products.

July 16, 2007

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocates For 61-Cent Federal Cigarette Tax Increase

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN) today sent a letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee urging approval of a 61 cents per pack increase in the federal cigarette excise tax and a comparable increase for other tobacco products. The tax increase is included in a bill to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), slated for Committee mark up tomorrow evening.

January 10, 2007

Speaker's Lobby Goes Smoke-Free

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- January 10, 2007 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today announced that effective immediately, the Speaker’s Lobby will go smoke-free.