By Julian Pecquet - 09/06/11 07:12 PM EDT
"These findings add urgency to the continued need for strong tobacco control laws nationwide, including tobacco tax increases, strong smoke-free laws, fully funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs, and policies that are proven to reduce adult smoking rates and discourage kids from ever starting to use tobacco," CEO John Seffrin said in a statement. "The study is also proof of the need for strong implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the law granting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products."
That law calls for larger, graphic warning labels on cigarette packs starting in September 2012. The American Heart Association urged lawmakers and regulators to adopt "bold policies" to continue the downward trend, even as five cigarette makers are challenging the warning labels in court.