New Hampshire Representatives support passage of FDA regulation of tobacco products and Michelle’s Law.
[Bedford, NH]– The American Cancer Society praises U.S. Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes for voting today for H.R. 1108, which allows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) to regulate tobacco products. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 326 to 102.
“If passed, this bill will save and improve thousands of lives in New Hampshire, ”said Peter Ames, the director of government relations and advocacy at the American Cancer Society. “Thanks to Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congressman Hodes, we are one step closer to protecting our kids from tobacco addiction and empowering smokers to take back control of their health.” H.R. 1108 allows the FDA to require tobacco manufacturers to disclose information about their products, be held accountable for false advertising, and would block aggressive marketing tactics aimed at children. Both Congressman Hodes and Congresswoman Shea-Porter are co-sponsors of the legislation. Tobacco use still represents the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., taking 1,800 lives each year in New Hampshire alone. “No other consumable product kills you when you use it as manufacturers intend,” said Cheryl Cutting, an American Cancer Society volunteer. “What makes it worse is that tens of thousands of people in New Hampshire are addicted to tobacco.”
“I’m proud to stand with the public health community and families across the country who want the government to fulfill its duty to protect citizens from deadly products. This bill will give our citizens and consumers information and rights that will improve the health of our communities,” stated Congresswoman Shea-Porter.
Additionally, the U.S. House passed Michelle’s Law, which originated from a law passed by the New Hampshire Legislature. Michelle Morse was a college student who faced a terrible choice when diagnosed with colon cancer: stay in school full time and keep health insurance, or follow doctor’s advice to take a leave of absence and lose coverage. Michelle stayed in school, graduated, but ultimately lost her battle with cancer. Her mother, Ann Marie Morse, championed Michelle’s Law in Concord and was in Washington today to witness the vote.
“Michelle's Law is about the Morse family, but it is not for our family. It is for every other family,” said Ann Marie Morse. Congressman Hodes is the lead sponsor of the bill, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a co-sponsor.
“Michelle’s law demonstrates how the dedication of a mother can change things for the better in her community, her state, and her nation,” stated Congressman Hodes.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information, visit www.cancer.org .