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House Proceeding 04-01-09 on Apr 1st, 2009 :: 2:12:50 to 2:21:35
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Henry A. Waxman

2:12:46 to 2:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: eventually quiting and that's what the chairman embraces. please support the substitute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. waxman: mr. speaker, i strongly oppose is substitute amendment offered by mr. buyer. the bill before us, the

Henry A. Waxman

2:12:50 to 2:21:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Henry A. Waxman

Henry A. Waxman

2:13:07 to 2:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: waxman-platts bill has been carefully crafted in close con consultation with the public health community and has been endorsed by over 1,000 different public health, scientific, medica organizations. it is supported by a prestigeous and bipartisan group of former public health officials,

Henry A. Waxman

2:13:30 to 2:13:51( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: including former secretaries of health and human services tommy former surgeon generals, former c.d.c. director and former f.d.a. commissioner david kessler and reflects a strong, reasonable and comprehensive

Henry A. Waxman

2:13:52 to 2:14:12( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: approach to addressing the tobacco epidemic. this buyer substitute is deeply flawed. it represents an inadequate response to the greatest disease in the united states. one of the biggest problems this substitute is that it

Henry A. Waxman

2:14:13 to 2:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: places oversight of tobacc under a totally new unte agency. they create a new government agency, that lacks any experience in protecting t public health. f.d.a. is our nation's primary protector of the public health and it has both the regulatory and scientific expertise to

Henry A. Waxman

2:14:37 to 2:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: handle the complex task of regulating tobacco. the agency devoted 10 years to investigating tobacco in the 1990's. it has over 100 years of experience in setting science-based standards to protect and promote the public health. mr. buyer's substitute would ignore all of this expertise,

Henry A. Waxman

2:14:58 to 2:15:19( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: would ignore the whole record of all the public health organizations and set up a new agency. and the premise of this new agency would be tobacco harm reduction. he showed us a chart. that chart, in effect said, that

Henry A. Waxman

2:15:20 to 2:15:43( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: what we should do is try encourage people to reduce the harm from tobacco by using other tobacco products. there's no evidence to support his apoach. he is basing his assumption that current smokers will use

Henry A. Waxman

2:15:44 to 2:16:06( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: smokeless tobacco to quit. but there's no evidence to support this assumption. in fact, the u.s. public health services clinical practice guidelines finds no evidence to suggest that smokeless tobacco is effecve in helping smokers quit. rather than help smokers quit, it's just as likely that smokeless tobacco could be used

Henry A. Waxman

2:16:07 to 2:16:28( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: to introduce youth to tobacco use and to discourage smokers from quiting. i would submit that what his proposal would do would be to do everything but get smokers to quit. and it does not focus on getting people not to start smoking in

Henry A. Waxman

2:16:29 to 2:16:50( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: the first place. the only evidence one can cite for using smokeless tobacco to quit is inadequate. and i'm sure it would be a tremendous boon to the smokeless tobacco industry. second major problem with the substitute is that it fails to provide any dedicated funding

Henry A. Waxman

2:16:51 to 2:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: for tobacco regulation. instead, it relies on a future appropriation that may or may not ever come along. and then this new agency is supposed to do something to reduce smoking in this country. it fails to create effective federal enforcement to prevent tobacco sales to minors. the buyer amendment would punish

Henry A. Waxman

2:17:13 to 2:17:33( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: individual retail clerks. instead, it would fine kids for possession rather than making sure that they don't have access to cigarettes in the first place. the waxman-platts bill would instead create a strong federal enforcement system to ensure that retailers do not sell to

Henry A. Waxman

2:17:34 to 2:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: minors while providing adequate protections for retailers. another flaw, it allows tobacco companies to keep targeting the kids. one the most critical goals of our bill is to stop tobacco industry targeting of our children. this bill is being offered as a substitute does nothing to

Henry A. Waxman

2:17:55 to 2:18:15( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: address this problem and leaves companies free to continue pushing their products on kids and teenagers. and i would submit that that is not a good substitute for the bill that is before us. i'm also extremely concerned that it effectively exempts smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, from any

Henry A. Waxman

2:18:16 to 2:18:38( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: oversight. it assumes that those products are safe. well, there's no evidence of that. it ignores the range of harm reduction options that pose far less risk such as nicotine replacement therapies, which are being approved as safe by the f.d.a., and instead he wants to

Henry A. Waxman

2:18:39 to 2:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: substitute smokeless tobacco for smoking cigarettes. the substitute fails to protect consumers from false and misleading claims about reduced harm. it would allow tobacco companies to market products as safer or posing less risk without providing scientific evidence that those claims are actually

Henry A. Waxman

2:19:00 to 2:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: true. this means that consumers would still be vulnerable to false and misleading claims and we know those claims. cigarettes are light. cigarettes are low tar. those are the claims we have heard over the years and they're wrong, they're dangerous and misleading and nothing would be done to stop those kinds of claims under this substitute.

Henry A. Waxman

2:19:23 to 2:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: our bill would allow products to be marketed as less hazardous only when those claims are based on sound science andnly when the health of the entire population is considered. and finally, the substitute gives the tobacco industry a vote in advising the agency on scientific decisions.

Henry A. Waxman

2:19:44 to 2:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: this flies in the face of everything we know about the industry. big tobacco has shown repeatedly that it will distort and discard scientific evidence in service of its business objectives without regard to the public health. we don't give drug or device manufacturers a vote in advising

Henry A. Waxman

2:20:06 to 2:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: the f.d.a. and we shouldn't do that here given the tobacco industry and scientific advisory committee has no precedent. now i would submit you can choose between a substitute that's just been offered only in the last month or so or vote for a bill that has been

Henry A. Waxman

2:20:27 to 2:20:48( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: reviewed by and approved by the heart association, the lung association, the cancer society, the campaign for tobacco-free kids, the american public health association, the american academy of pediatrics, the new engld journaof medicine, aarp, just to mention a few of the 1,000 groups that oppose the

Henry A. Waxman

2:20:49 to 2:21:09( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: buyer amendment and support the underlying bill. this tobacco harm reduction act proposal is no substitute. in fact, it seems to me tha only harm it reduces is harm to the tobacco industry. i urge a no vote on the buyer substitute. and i yield back the balance of

Henry A. Waxman

2:21:10 to 2:21:30( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time having expired, pursuant to clause 1c of rule 119, further proceedings on this measure are postponed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postponefurther proceedings today on motions to

Henry A. Waxman

2:21:31 to 2:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under

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