[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1995, Book II)]
[August 10, 1995]
[Pages 1236-1237]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Remarks Prior to a Roundtable Discussion on Teenage Smoking
August 10, 1995

    Well, good morning. Ladies and gentlemen, today I have brought 
together medical experts and children who have taken a pledge against 
smoking to talk about our common commitment

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to ending youth smoking. This issue is critical to our efforts to 
improve the health of our Nation. According to the Center for Disease 
Control, of the 2 million Americans who will die in 1995, over 400,000 
of them will have conditions related to smoking.

    Later today, I will announce my strategy for combating this problem 
based on one simple idea: We should do everything we possibly can to 
keep tobacco out of the hands of our young people in the United States.

    Now I'd like to call on Shana Bailey, who is a 12-year-old from 
Florida who's part of a successful program that teaches students how and 
why they should stay smoke-free.

Note: The President spoke at 10:18 a.m. in the Oval Office at the White