Congratulations to the Deseret News editorial board for recognizing the historic step taken last week by the House of Representatives in granting the FDA authority over tobacco products, including the authority to crack down on the sale and marketing of tobacco to kids. It is my hope that Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett will now support the legislation and help avoid any possible filibuster by senators from tobacco-producing states. Last year, polling done by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the American Heart Association showed that over 75 percent of Utahns supported giving FDA power to regulate big tobacco. Let's hope Bennett and Hatch listen to those they represent and vote in favor of protecting the health of our children from big tobacco.

Dr. Susan Morelli

president of the board,

American Heart Association,

Utah Division