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Conference aims to keep tobacco from kids

WILMINGTON -- Members of the American Cancer Society and the NAACP were at the Union Baptist Church Thursday. The conference was held to support legislation that would grant the FDA authority over tobacco products. The legislation would allow the FDA. to control the marketing and sales of tobacco to kids. Despite how deadly tobacco products are known to be they are unregulated allowing companies to market to children. Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids youth advocate Sydney Brunson said, "The tobacco companies are still trying to addict youth because they need us as the replacement smokers to replace the hundreds of thousands of people who die every year from smoking." Four-thousand kids under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time each day. It is estimated that 400,000 people die each year from smoking.

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This article contains misinformation! The FDA is not trying to regulate tobacco so they can keep it from kids, they are trying to regulate tobacco so that they can regulate tar and nicotine levels in cigarettes and the federal government is trying to get their hands on more power! This legislation would only hurt RJ Reynolds and every tobacco company besides Richmond, VA based Phillip Morris. The FDA has more important things to worry about anyways...everyone knows smoking kills.

Tobacco Free Kids

Anything that can be done to keep kids away from tobacco is very useful. The big tobacco companies have not given up marketing to kids and groups and people who care about children need to work together to fight them.