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  • ACOEM Supports Effort to Allow FDA Control of Tobacco Products

    July 29, 2008 

    Dear Representative ________________:

    The House will this week vote on HR 1108 -- legislation to grant FDA the authority to regulate tobacco.  The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) heartily endorses this bill and we urge you to vote yes

    ACOEM (www.acoem.org), an international society of 5,000 occupational physicians and other health care professionals, provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments.

    This measure is long overdue. Tobacco is one of the most dangerous consumer products on the market today and yet it remains one of the least regulated for health and safety purposes. 

    HR 1108 would allow restrictions on the sale or distribution of tobacco products, including advertising and promotion, if the Secretary determines that such regulation would be appropriate for the protection of the public health. It would limit the marketing and sale of tobacco products to children, provide more meaningful warning labels, and require greater disclosure of product content.   It is a balanced, carefully crafted measure that enjoys broad support within Congress and across the nation.

    This legislation will save lives. Please vote yes on HR 1108.


    Robert Orford, MD