Posted by: audreybenenati | January 13, 2010

U.S. makes progress in tobacco control, group says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government took major steps toward curbing tobacco use in 2009 but still needs to do more to fight tobacco-related illnesses that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, the American Lung Association said on Tuesday.

The federal government earned a grade of "A" for giving the Food and Drug Administration power to regulate tobacco, including how companies market, manufacture and sell tobacco products, the advocacy group said in its annual report card on tobacco control.

The American Lung Association was a long-time advocate of granting FDA authority over tobacco. U.S. President Barack Obama signed the FDA tobacco legislation into law in June.

The group also gave credit to the U.S. Congress for more than doubling the federal cigarette tax last year, from 39 cents to $1.01 per pack. But it said that still falls below the average state cigarette tax of $2.68 per pack.



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