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Capitol Health Call
August 11, 2015

Tobacco Lobbying Draws Concern From Senators

JAMA. 2015;314(6):549. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8784

After a New York Times article reported that the US Chamber of Commerce has been engaged in tobacco lobbying abroad (http://nyti.ms/1gk16TC), a group of Democratic senators released a statement imploring the business organization to reconsider its priorities (http://1.usa.gov/1CnccRX).

“We urge the chamber to rethink this strategy and instead find partners to help improve global public health, not strengthen efforts that will worsen the health of millions globally and cause innumerable deaths from tobacco usage,” wrote Senators Al Franken (D, Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D, Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn.), Dick Durbin (D, Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D, Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D, Ore.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D, R.I.).