American Legacy Foundation

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The American Legacy Foundation concentrates on tobacco prevention and cessation because smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in America.  Every year in the U.S., more people die from smoking than from car accidents, using illegal drugs, murder, and AIDS combined.  Tobacco is the only legal product that, when used properly, kills.  But in spite of that fact, cigarettes – considered neither food nor drug by our government – remain largely unregulated. Tobacco companies are not required by law to list the ingredients they add to cigarettes – or to let the public know that if you add up what each manufacturer does, there are 599 additives in all.  They are not required to say why they add things like ammonia to cigarettes.  They are not required to tell us that “light” cigarettes are as dangerous – or more deadly - as regular ones.

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