April 27, 1998: Stopping the Marketing of Tobacco to All Children


The facts are as plain as the stakes are high: Three thousand children begin to smoke every day, even though it's illegal in every state, and 1,000 will die earlier because of it. All these children have been targeted by a massive, multimillion-dollar media campaign that preys on their insecurities and their dreams... We are fighting for the lives of our children. We are fighting for the public health, and we are fighting against predatory practices by tobacco companies that have targeted our children.

- President Bill Clinton
April 20, 1998

Today, President Clinton holds a White House event to release a new report from Surgeon General David Satcher on tobacco use among minority populations. The report highlights the rising rate of teen smoking in many ethnic and minority groups and underscores the urgent need for comprehensive legislation to reduce youth smoking.

Documenting Disturbing Trends In Tobacco Use. The Surgeon General's report is the most comprehensive compilation of research to date on the use and health effects of tobacco on minority populations, including African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and American Indians/Alaska Natives. The report shows that:

A Strategic Plan For Reducing Youth Tobacco Use. President Clinton is committed to passing comprehensive legislation to stop young Americans from smoking before they start -- an effort that can save one million lives over the next five years. The President's plan for comprehensive tobacco legislation includes five key principles:

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