According to the American Heart Association, tobacco kills an estimated 443,000 Americans each year an and another 8.6 million will live with a serious illness caused by smoking.
The same arsenic used in rat poison is found in cigarettes, as well as substances like hydrogen cyanide, formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia. Tobacco products, unlike other consumer products sold in the United States, have escaped significant government regulation. Virtually anything can be added to tobacco products.
The American Heart Association supports the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (S.625/H.R.1108) federal legislation granting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) full authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, sale, labeling, advertising and promotion of tobacco products to protect the public health — especially, the elimination of advertising, marketing or availability of tobacco products for children.