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To the editor:
The American Cancer Society is delighted that the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be requiring
stronger warning labels on all cigarette packs and advertisements
beginning in September 2012. We believe these large graphic images
that vividly depict the dangers of tobacco use have the potential to
encourage adults to quit and to deter children from starting in the
Sadly, cigarettes kill people. Tobacco use is the leading cause
of cancer in America -- pain and suffering that can be prevented.
With 4,100 kids in the United States picking up their first
cigarette every day, and the majority of adult smokers starting as
youth, these new graphic warning labels will deter people from
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The number of Illinois high school students who smoke daily has
decreased from nearly 14 percent in 2007 to nearly 12 percent in
2009. Unfortunately this battle is far from over, since
approximately 317,000 Illinois kids now alive will die from smoking
as adults. The American Cancer Society is strongly committed to
reducing youth tobacco rates, as well as helping those who want to
quit smoking. We believe these new labels, along with an increased
state cigarette tax in Illinois and the continued protection of
Illinois' comprehensive smoke-free law, will help bring us closer to
a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Katherine L. Griem, M.D.
President of the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division
(Letter submitted by Shayne Squires, regional communications
June 25, 2011]
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