Protecting Our Children from Harmful Tobacco Products

This week I worked with my colleagues on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to mark up S. 982, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The bill will give FDA the authority it needs to regulate tobacco products and work to prevent our children from smoking and beginning potentially life-long and life-threatening habits. The House of Representatives has already passed its version of the bill in April and the HELP Committee successfully voted it out of Committee on Wednesday evening, by a vote of 15-8.  Senator Reid has indicated that the full Senate will take up the bill after the Memorial Day recess.  I look forward to passing this bill in the Senate and seeing it signed into law.

Did you know that 18,400 children and teens in Pennsylvania start smoking every year, and 20,000 adults in PA die each year from tobacco-related causes? Please visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids at for more information about preventing youth smoking, and follow the progress of the bill at (search for “S. 982”).