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American Cancer Society States Attorneys General Tobacco Settlement Is Wrong For California

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Thomas D. Fogel, M.D., president of California Division of the American Cancer Society:

The public needs to know that this settlement is wrong for California. It will not do enough to control tobacco use, and it will not contain big tobacco.

It appears the settlement does not adequately hold the tobacco industry accountable for the death, disease, and suffering caused by their tobacco products. The loopholes in the advertising and marketing provisions serve to render them virtually ineffective. The agreement is further compromised by its inability to control tobacco industry compliance. This settlement will allow the tobacco companies to operate as they have in the past.

By no means is this issue settled. We will not sit by and watch 3,300 children become regular smokers each day. We will continue to work diligently on the local, state, and federal levels for public health measures that will prevent children from using tobacco and help adults stop. We will work to assure that revenue generated by the settlement is spent on California's tobacco control and other public health programs.

And finally, we will join forces with our Society counterparts across the country to pass national legislation which strengthens the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's authority to fully regulate tobacco products, and support increased research into tobacco use prevention and cessation.

This settlement is not a victory for California. American Cancer Society will continue to press for tobacco control policies that will reduce smoking and save lives.