Thank You

Thanks to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, millions of children and adults don't smoke. Individuals and organizations can take action, as well as learn about local, state, national and international tobacco issues.

Over the past 20 years, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has become one of the most informative and influential public health organizations in the world. Good things happen when the world unites. Thank you!

Thanks to Congressman Henry Waxman, laws have been created to protect people from the dangers of tobacco use, including exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as stronger health warnings on cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and tobacco advertising (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2014).

He authored the 2009 Family Smoking Tobacco Control and Prevention Act, which allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2014).

The tobacco industry has known, for decades, that cigarettes cause cancer and other diseases, and that nicotine is addictive. Congressman Henry Waxman exposed them for hiding the truth (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 2014).

Due to his relentless efforts, most Americans understand the health consequences of smoking, as well as the deception of the tobacco industry.

Thanks to Siddhartha Mukherjee, we have a much better understanding of what cancer is. The Emperor of All Maladies is an incredible exploration of cancer's history, as well as an uncommon view of the human experience.

Tobacco is the principle preventable cause of cancer (Mukherjee, 2010, p. 241). The tobacco industry, then, is the nemesis of public health.

During the 20th century, lung cancer rates increased dramatically. Hence, epidemiologists, physicians, scientists and statisticians converged on finding the cause, while the tobacco industry coerced public opinion and hindered scientific progress (Mukherjee, 2010). Mukherjee captures the war on lung cancer with exceptional detail.

Thanks to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as countless healthcare professionals, universities, and other institutions, most Americans understand the connection between smoking and specific diseases and health conditions. Millions of people are living proof that knowledge can save lives.

Thanks to the World Health Organization, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was created to reduce the consequences of tobacco use on a global scale. Member nations who are bound by the FCTC must implement evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke (World Health Organization, 2003).

References

  1. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. (2014). Henry Waxman Showed America the True Face of the Tobacco Industry [Press release]. Retrieved from Henry Waxman Showed America the True Face of the Tobacco Industry.
  2. Mukherjee, S. (2010). The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. New York, NY: Scribner.
  3. World Health Organization. (2003). WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Retrieved from WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, WHO.

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