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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control


Friday, November 18, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Associated Press (AP)2011-11-17
JIM KUHNHENN * 11/17/11 5:03 AM Associated Press,731-4064

President Barack Obama — pronounced tobacco-free in his latest
medical checkup — has tough words for cigarette makers.

Some tobacco companies, he says in a new White House web video,
are fighting new cigarette warning labels because "they don't
want to be honest about the consequences."

The video, provided to The Associated Press in advance of its
release, observes Thursday's 36th "Great American Smokeout" by
the American Cancer Society.

Obama says the country has made progress in reducing the number
of Americans who smoke but notes that 46 million are still

"The fact is, quitting smoking is hard," he says. "Believe me, I
know." . . .

"Today, some big tobacco companies are trying to block these
labels because they don't want to be honest about the
consequences using their products," Obama says. "Unfortunately,
this isn't surprising.

"We've always known that the fight to stop smoking in this
country won't be easy."

In the video, the president directs viewers to the Health and
Human Services Department website,, which has links
to resources that can help smokers quit and highlights government
efforts to prevent young people from lighting up.

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