Statement from American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown on Congressional Approval of the PACT Act
Washington, DC (March 17, 2010) -We’re pleased that Congress has taken another significant step in reducing tobacco use in the U.S. with passage of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act of 2009. This measure will support ongoing efforts to protect children and adults from heart disease, stroke and other chronic illnesses linked to tobacco use. The bill regulates Internet and mail-order sales of tobacco products, restricting children’s access to tobacco products online and ensuring that all appropriate taxes are paid when tobacco products are sold. This legislation will have a tremendous impact on public health. It will keep cigarettes out of the hands of children and prevent the online sale of tax-free cigarettes.
Summary of the PACT Act: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0361.pdf.
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