According to leading tobacco experts, by signing the Tobacco Prevention Act into law, President Obama hasn’t only provided the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the power to regulate tobacco products, but made a giant step towards terminating tobacco use in America by 2047.
The latter conclusion was published in the latest issue of American Journal of Public Health as a part of a research completed by Timothy Baker Michael Fiore and, from the Center for Tobacco Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They listed landmarks in the struggle against national tobacco addiction and proposed their strategy to eliminate tobacco consumption within several decades. The scientists examined data collected by state Public Health Department starting from the 1960s and until the current days.
Michael Fiore, the research leader, said that multiply experts stated that tobacco consumption has stabilized and no significant progress in reducing smoking rates was achieved, but that was proven to be wrong since the outstanding reduction in smoking rates registered in the past decade in comparison to 1960s, when the Surgeon General published his historical report on the hazards of tobacco use, disproved those statements and underlined the great success of public health experts’ efforts to overcome national tobacco addiction.
Under the statistics collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Departments demonstrate that adult smoking rates were falling by 0,5 percent each year from 43 percent in 1965 to 21.5 percent in 2008. That is an average estimation, meaning that although the rates have not dropped every year, the aggregate decline has been rather significant.
Among previous successes of the national strategy to eliminate tobacco use, researchers name:
- Implementation of comprehensive indoor smoking bans.
- Constant increases of tobacco taxes with subsequent price increases.
- Strict restrictions on tobacco advertisements.
- Placing warning labels on cigarette packs.
- Legislations prohibiting tobacco sales to minors.
- Massive public awareness campaigns.
- The introduction of nicotine-replacement therapies.
Research co-author, Timothy Baker said that the demonstrated significant successes in decreasing smoking rates within the last several decades should not mitigate the desire and obligation to achieve the reduction in tobacco use further on.
Baker mentioned that in case all the available steps to eradicate tobacco use would be undertaken, the tobacco the tobacco industry would go into history within several decades. One part of the research is dedicated to the strategy that should be implemented across the country to increase the reduction of smoking rates. The latter strategy includes:
- Forcing all states to implement indoor smoking bans.
- Increasing taxes on tobacco products by 100 percent.
- Forcing tobacco industry to stop putting nicotine in tobacco products.
- Educating minors about the health hazards of tobacco.
- Holding massive anti-smoking campaigns.
- Banning tobacco industry from sponsoring sport and glamorous events.
- Providing every smoker who wants to give up with free nicotine-replacement therapies.
As a conclusion to their report, scientists urged the government to give the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products; such bill was signed into law last week, marking another essential success in the struggle against tobacco consumption in America.
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