The president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Matthew Myers, said this week that the 111th Congress and President Barack Obama deserve praise for the work they have done to steer children away from tobacco use. Tobacco, along with nicotine, are key components found in cigarettes. Substance abuse programs are one of the many options for smokers looking to kick the habit.
Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S. and it kills more than 400,000 Americans every year. Myers said in his statement that “this Congress did more to protect kids from tobacco than any other in history.” For example, the legislature gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the marketing and manufacturing of tobacco products across the country.
Congress also introduced the biggest federal cigarette tax hike in history, raising the amount to 62 cents per pack. A ban was also instituted on fruit-flavored cigarettes and candy that resembles cigarettes in an effort to reduce marketing of tobacco to children.
Smoking cigarettes is a form of substance abuse that is highly addictive. While patch and nicotine gum exist to help smokers wean themselves off of tobacco use, drug addiction treatment centers also provide individuals with the resources they need to quit.