March 5, 2012 · 0 Comments
In response to your February 29th article, “U.S. Judge Strikes Down FDA Cigarette Labels” it is evident that Judge Richard J. Leon did not take into account that tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in New York State.
Let’s not forget that tobacco products kills more than 400,000 Americans each year and costs the state $8.17 billion annually in health care costs, including $3.3 billion in annual Medicaid costs.
If Big Tobacco feels that the public has a right to know about the health risks associated with smoking then why do they object to the warning labels? What’s grotesque is the substantial amount of money they spend on marketing to hook our youth to become future smokers.
In order to insure a smoke-free and healthier future for our children we need to show them the harsh reality of smoking health risks. These warning signs will serve as a key tool in protecting our youth from industry manipulation and our right to breathe clean air.
Borough Coordinator, Manhattan Smoke Free Partnership
March 2, 2012