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Protecting Kids From E-cigs & Tobacco Products

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Find out how new changes to the FDA's authority will protect children from e-cigarettes and tobacco products.
Air Date: 5/26/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Erika Sward

Erika SwardErika Sward is Assistant Vice President of National Advocacy for the American Lung Association. In that capacity, she directs advocacy strategy and activities on tobacco control, lung health policy and other issues for the Lung Association. She serves as the Lung Association’s lead lobbyist with Congress and the Administration on tobacco, appropriations and lung disease & lung health issues. Erika also oversees federal advocacy outreach including grassroots lobbying and coalition partnerships, and also provides strategic advice on state and local initiatives.

Prior to joining the American Lung Association’s Washington National Office in 2006, Sward served as Associate Director for Advocacy at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, where she primarily worked on advancing federal legislation and policy. Sward was an analyst for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a political survey research firm, from 1999 to 2003.

Originally from Ohio, Sward received her BA in Political Science and M.A. in American Politics from American University. She and her husband live in Maryland with their two children.

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Protecting Kids From E-cigs & Tobacco Products
The United States Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule this month that extends its authority to all tobacco products. This includes e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco.

American Lung Association focuses on what's best for our health. That's also what the FDA cares about in regards to tobacco. If another generation can be protected from unnecessary death from tobacco use, the laws have proven their worth.

Assistant Vice President of National Advocacy of the American Lung Association Erica Sward joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the impact of this new rule.
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