OBAMA SCOLDS TOBACCO FIRMS FOR FIGHTING NEW LABELS
Friday, November 18, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
KUHNHENN * 11/17/11 5:03 AM Associated Press,731-4064
Barack Obama — pronounced tobacco-free in his latest
checkup — has tough words for cigarette makers.
tobacco companies, he says in a new White House web
fighting new cigarette warning labels because "they don't
to be honest about the consequences."
video, provided to The Associated Press in advance of its
observes Thursday's 36th "Great American Smokeout" by
American Cancer Society.
says the country has made progress in reducing the number
Americans who smoke but notes that 46 million are still
fact is, quitting smoking is hard," he says. "Believe me,
. . .
some big tobacco companies are trying to block these
because they don't want to be honest about the
using their products," Obama says. "Unfortunately,
always known that the fight to stop smoking in this
won't be easy."
the video, the president directs viewers to the Health
Services Department website,www.hhs.gov,
which has links
resources that can help smokers quit and highlights
to prevent young people from lighting up.