Statement of the American Medical Association to the Labor and Human Resources Committee U.S. Senate Re: S. 1929 Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act
Date: 16 Mar 1982
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- 03607523-8364 Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 810000 Hearing Before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources United States Senate Ninety-Seventh Congress Second Session on S. 1929
- 03607531-7540 97th Congress 1st Session S. 1929 to Amend the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act to Increase the Availability to the American Public of Information on the Health Consequences of Smoking and Thereby Improve Informed Choice, and for Other Purposes.
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- 03607618-7620 Coaliion on Smoking or Health Seeks to Influence Legislators
- 03607621-7623 Coalition on Smoking or Health .. A Public Policy Project with the National Interagency Council on Smoking and Health
- 03607624-7626 Former Ftc Counsel to Staff Coalition on Smoking or Health
- 03607627-7629 Statement of the American Lung Association to the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment on H.R. 5653, the Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act
- 03607630-7636 the Importance of the Federal Government in the Prevention of Smoking Related Diseases Testimony in Support of H.R. 5653, A Revised Version of H.R. 4957 the Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act by the American Lung Association
- 03607681-7692 Lung Cancer, Coronary Heart Disease and Smoking
- 03607717-7724 Statement on S. 1929 'comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 810000' of Dan G. Mcnamara, M.D., F.A.C.C. President to Honorable Orrin G. Hatch Chairman Committee on Labor and Human Resources
- 03607725-7726 File No. 792-3204
- 03607731-7734 Statement on S. 1929 the Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 810000 by John R. Walton, Rrt President
- 03607735-7740 Statement of the American College of Physicians on S. 1929, the 'comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 810000'
- 03607741-7749 Testimony of the American College of Chest Physicians Submitted by Thomas L Petty, M.D., F.C.C.P. President Regarding S. 1929 'the Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 820000'
- 03607750-7751 Testimony of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), by Its Executive Director and Chief Counsel, John F, Banzhaf III, Before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Chaired by the Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, on the Comprehfnsive Smoking Prevention Education Act (S. 1929) Submitted 820402
- 03607752-7763 Federal Trade Commission Staff Report on the Cigarette Advertising Investigation
- 03607764-7770 Statement of the Bakery, Confectionery & Tobacco Workers International Union to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources Re: S. 1929 'the Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 820000
- 03607771-7790 Comments on H.R. 4957 - - Proposed 'comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act of 810000'
- 03607791-7793 Cigarette Smoking of Pregnant Women
- 03607794-7809 Peter L. Berger
- 03607810-7813 Gilgamesh on the Washington Shuttle
- 03607814-7848 Statement Rodger L. Bick, M.D.
- 03607849-7854 Statement of Theodore H. Blau Ph.D. Presented Before Subcommittee on Health and the Environment House of Representatives
- 03607855-7858 Statement of Walter M. Booker, Ph.D.
- 03607859-7864 Statment Smoking and Fetal Growth
- 03607865-7873 Curriculum Vitae Oliver Gilbert Brooke
- 03607874-7884 Statement of Barbara B. Brown, Ph.D.
- 03607885-7892 Statement of Dr. Victor Buhler
- 03607893-7896 Statement of Jack Matthews Farris, M.D.
- 03607897-7909 Statement of Sherwin J. Feinhandler, Ph.D.
- 03607910-7936 Statement of Edwin R. Fisher, M.D.
- 03607937-7945 Statement of H. Russell Fisher, M.D.
- 03607946-7979 Statement of Jean D. Gibbons
- 03607980-7983 Statement of Katherine Mcdermott Herrold, M.D.
- 03607984-7997 Statement of Arthur Furst, Ph.D.
- 03607998-8015 Statement of Richard J, Hickey, Ph.D.
- 03608016-8021 Statement of Duncan Hutcheon, M.D., D.Phil. Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine 820312
- 03608022-8053 Statement of Leon O. Jacobson
- 03608054-8065 State Ment of Lawrence L, Kupper, Ph.D.
- 03608066-8085 Statement of Hiram Thomas Langston M.D. Clinical Professor of Surgery (Emeritus) Northwestern University Medical School
- 03608086-8091 the Alleged Cost of Cigarette Smoke
- 03608092-8121 Statement of Eleanor J. Macdonald Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology Department of Cancer Prevention University of Texas System Cancer Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, Texas
- 03608122-8129 Statement of John E. O'toole, Chairman, Foote, Cone & Belding Communications, Inc.
- 03608130-8166 Statement by L.G.S. Rao, Ph.D. Bellshill Maternity Hospital Bellshill, Scotland, U.K. Regarding H.R. 4957 S. 1929
- 03608170-8173 Statement of Henry Rothschild, M.D., Ph.D.
- 03608177-8190 Statement of Bernice C. Sachs, M.D., Seattle, Washington
- 03608191-8195 Concerning the 'comprehensive Smoking Prevention Act of 820000'
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- 03608237-8246 Statement Professor T.D. Sterling
- 03608247-8275 Statement of Professor Yoram J. Wind for Submission to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment
- 03608276-8277 for Use at 10 A.M. Tuesday, 820316
- 03608278-8287 Statement of Robert Casad Hockett
- 03608288-8317 Relationships Between Family Smoking Habits, Individual Differences in Personality, and the Smoking Behavior of College Students
- 03608318-8337 Personality and Smoking Behavior
- 03608338-8364 on the Relation Between Family Smoking Habits and the Smoking Behavior of College Students
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204 STATEMENT of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION to the Labor and Human Resources Committee U.S. Senate Re: S. 1929 - Comprehensive Smoking Prevention Education Act March 16, 1982 The American Medical Association takes this opportunity to comment on S. 1929. The bill states its purpose is "to provide a new strategy" to educate and provide information to the American public that will allow individuals to make informed decisions concerning smoking." The bill would accomplish this by replacing the current general health warning found on cigarette packages with seven specific health warnings. One of the seven specific health warnings would be required on all cigarette packages and in advertisements. The warnings would be rotated among -brands so that each brand would use all warnings within a fifteen-month~ period. S. 1929 would also require the "tar," nicotine and carbon monoxide levels to be disclosed on packages and advertisements. Cigarette manufacturers would be required to provide the Federal Trade 205 -2- Commission with a list of the chemical addi of cigarettes. This information would be pr used only for research purposes. _ Comments The United States Surgeon General state realth Consequences of Smoking," that "Cig< chief, single, avoidable cause of death i :nportant public health issue of our time." A decision to smoke should be made with health risks are associated with smoking. supportive of efforts to increase public awa: The AMA has been involved in many effo knowledge of the consequences of smoking. aany requests for smoking information. "Tobacco and Health," an account of the cc conducted by the AMA. A pamphlet called Know," a copy of which is attached, has b with two anti-smoking posters. Physicians E the risks associated with smoking. 11 Our comments address only the rotatior find it very disturbing if, as a recent approximately ten percent of the populati cigarette smoking is harmful. Believing a better inform the public of the harm of Delegates adopted a report encouraging C explicit warning on cigarette packages.
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205 - 2 - Commission vith a list of the chemical additives in each of their brands of cigarettes. This information would be protected as a trade secret and used only for research purposes. Comments The United States Surgeon General stated in his recent report, "The Health Consequences of Smoking," that 'Cigarette smoking . . . is the chief, single, avoidable cause of death in our society and the most important public health issue of our time." A decision to smoke should be made with the knowledge that increased health risks are associated with smoking. For this reason the AMA is supportive of efforts to increase public awareness of the hazards. The AMA has been involved in many efforts to increase the public's knowledge of the consequences of smoking. The AMA receives and answers many requests for smoking information. In 1978 the AMA published "Tobacco and Health," an account of the comprehensive research program conducted by the AMA. A pamphlet called "Smoking: Facts You Should Know," a copy of which is attached, has been widely distributed along with two anti-smoking posters. Physicians are urged to alert smokers to the risks associated with smoking. Our comments address only the rotational labeling provisions. We find it very disturbing if, as a recent FTC staff report alleges, approximately ten percent of the population still do not know that cigarette smoking is harmful. Believing a more detailed warning would better inform the public of the harm of smoking, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a report encouraging Congress to require a more explicit warning on cigarette packages. C W Qi ~ ~ ~ N (M
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206 - 3 - In testifying before the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Senate Committee on Human Resources in 1978 on a similar labeling provision contained in S. 3115, (95th Congress) the Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Act of 1978, the AMA endorsed the rotational label warning concept. We recommended at that time that if adopted the rotational labels "should be evaluated after a period of use to see if there has been any substantial difference in the public's awareness of health problems associated with cigarette smoking." We still believe the effectiveness of the labels should be evaluated. A more explicit warning, while an improvement, will not be a complete solution. The 1980 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Women reveals that smoking is increasing among teenagers. The AMA is concerned about teenage smoking and does not believe a change in the warning alone will fully deal with the problem. Educational programs that emphasize the harmful aspects of smoking from a teenager's point of view should be pursued, and the use of "role models" in cigarette advertisements should be eliminated. Issues of concern to an adult, like a decrease in life expectancy, may not influence a teenager's decision to smoke. More information is needed on youth smoking, such as why they begin to smoke, why they quit smoking, and what method is most effective in urging teenagers to quit smoking. Once this information is available efforts to reduce teenage smoking can be better directed. .Even those who are aware of the dangers of smoking may have difficulty quitting because of the addictive qualities of cigarettes. The recent Surgeon General's report shows that up to 50 percent of those 207 - 4 - who quit smoking on their own will stay of be provided to the remaining 50 percent 9 significantly. The AMA is developing an a to quit smoking that will soon be availe assisting patients desiring to quit smoking warning may create more awareness of the smokers will want to stop smoking. Prograr quit smoking will be needed even more in th: Conclusion The AMA supports efforts to increase p of smoking. We believe that the best met help people avoid starting the habit. On, would be a clear indication of the health AMA supports a more explicit warning c advertisements. 0386p
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207 - 4 - who quit smoking on their own will stay off cigarettes. Assistance must be provided to the remaining 50 percent if smoking is to be decreased significantly. The AMA is developing an audiovisual presentation on how to quit smoking that will soon be available for physicians to use in assisting patients desiring to quit smoking. If adopted, a change in the warning may create more awareness of the dangers of smoking, and more smokers will want to stop smoking. Programs to assist those who want to quit smoking will be needed even more in that case. Conclusion The AMA supports efforts to increase public awareness of the hazards of smoking. We believe that the best method to decrease smoking is to help people avoid starting the habit. One method to discourage smoking would be a clear indication of the health hazards of smoking. Thus, the AMA supports a more explicit warning on cigarette packages and in advertisements. 0386p