Get involved to reduce tobacco use by minors

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By The Staff

The No. 1 preventable cause of death in America is tobacco use.  On Sept. 22, an effort by the United States Food and Drug Administration was made to protect America’s young.  A ban on candy and fruit flavored cigarettes was authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  

According to the act, it is against the law for any cigarette sold in the United States to have a flavor consisting of natural, artificial, herb or spice.  

Unfortunately, this act does not cover cigars or smokeless tobacco but that can change with your help.  Become an advocate in your community.  Join the American Lung Association Action Network at lungaction.org and let your voice be heard.

If there are businesses in Gadsden County that continue to sell these candy flavored cigarette products, they are in violation of the law.  If you observe a violation, please report it to FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.  Call 1-877-CTP-1373.

Call the Gadsden County Tobacco Free Partnership at 386-2065, extension 1144 or visit the Web site, tobaccofreegadsden.org for more information.

Sylnovia Jones, chair

Gadsden County Tobacco Free Partnership