Children and Tobacco: The Facts
Questions to Ask Candidates for Public Office About Children and
The key to curtailing tobacco use by children begins in YOUR community, and that
means increasing voter awareness of this important issue. It is necessary to determine
early in an election year how candidates for public office view tobacco issues.
Given all that we know, the scientific case for protecting children from tobacco is
indisputable. The moral imperative to act is imperative . . . . This is not a Democratic or
a Republican issue. It is a bipartisan, pro-child, pro-family, pro-health
-- A statement made by President Jimmy Carter in USA Today, August
Here are some questions children's advocates may want to ask political candidates
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- Would you pledge not to accept political contributions from the tobacco
- Would you support smokefree public places? If so, how will you protect
children from secondhand smoke exposure in public places?
- Do you support an increase in cigarette taxes?
- Do you believe tobacco advertising and
promotion messages reach children? If so, what steps do you think should be taken to
protect our youth from tobacco advertising?
- Do you believe that local government should have the authority to regulate
sales to minors? Smokefree places? Tobacco advertising?
- What steps would you take to increase educational programs designed to
teach the health hazards of tobacco, as well as those designed to prevent children from
- What sort of actions should be taken when tobacco products are illegally
sold to minors? What type of sanctions do you support? Loss of retail license? Both?
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