Rep. Napolitano's Statement on Passage of H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
June 12, 2009
(Washington, DC) The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act today by a vote of 307 to 97. The Senate passed the legislation yesterday and the bill will go directly to President Obama, who has said that he will sign the legislation.
Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-38) issued the following statement:
The Congress passed critical legislation today to protect the health of our children from the dangers of smoking. As many as 3,500 American children try their first cigarette each day and this legislation will give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to end marketing aimed at young people and to regulate the deadly, addictive chemicals in cigarettes.
This legislation will save lives, improve the health and well being of America’s children and start putting some of the $193 billion lost each year due to lost productivity and smoking related healthcare expenditures back to work for the American people.
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