New Hampshire Leaders Call onCongress to Pass Legislation to Grant FDA Authority Over Tobacco Products

Press Conference on April 3, at 9:00 a.m. in Concord

Concord, NH – Public health and youth leaders from New Hampshire will hold a press conference on Thursday,April 3 to release a new report that describes how tobacco companies take advantage of the lack of government regulation and have unleashed a new generation of deadly products aimed at hooking kids and preventing current smokers from quitting.  

Concord, NH – Public health and youth leaders from New Hampshire will hold a press conference on Thursday,April 3 to release a new report that describes how tobacco companies take advantage of the lack of government regulation and have unleashed a new generation of deadly products aimed at hooking kids and preventing current smokers from quitting.  

Legislation is currently pending in Congress that would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)authority over tobacco products. The FDA regulates a box of macaroni and cheese and a tube of lipstick, but not a pack of cigarettes.  Advocates will thank Senator Judd Gregg and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes for their support of this legislation and call on Senator Sununu to also support it.  An aide from Senator Gregg’s office, Matt Leahy, will be on hand to accept a thank you from community leaders for SenatorGregg’s continuing support of the bill.

The legislation currently pending in Congress would give FDA the authority to ban candy flavored cigarettes, crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids, stop tobacco companies from misleading the public about the health risks of their products and require changes in tobacco products, such as the reduction or removal of harmful constituents.  The tobacco companies’ egregious products aimed at kids will be on display at the event.  

WHAT:        Press conference releasing new report & calling on Congress to pass legislation granting FDA authority over tobacco products in order to protect children from tobacco and save lives

WHO:                   Representative James Pilliod, MD
Cheryl Cutting, American CancerSociety – New Hampshire volunteer
               Nancy Pederzini, American HeartAssociation
               Vicki Hebert, Dover Youth toYouth

WHERE:      New Hampshire Legislative Office Building Lobby

WHEN:         Thursday, April 3, 2008
                       9:00 a.m.


Peter Davies
State Director of Communications
American Cancer Society
Two Commerce Drive, Suite 110
Bedford, NH 03110