Dr. Caldwell Witnesses Historic Tobacco Bill Signing at the White House
Local Official Attends White House Signing Ceremony Today
Valhalla, N.Y., June 22, 2009—When President Barack Obama signs the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act today, a member of the New York Medical College faculty will be present.
Dutchess County Health Commissioner Michael C. Caldwell, M.D., M.P.H., a distinguished lecturer at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, was invited by the White House to attend the 2:00 p.m. signing ceremony, which will be held in the Rose Garden.
The historic piece of legislation, which anti-smoking groups and public health advocates have been seeking for years, will authorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products to an unprecedented degree. Measures include banning the marketing of light or candy-flavored cigarettes, requiring stern warnings on all packaging, and requiring tobacco companies to disclose detailed information about product ingredients.
Dr. Caldwell, a member of the NYMC faculty since 2000, regularly lectures on a range of public health topics. He serves on the school’s Public Health Practice Council, and in 2006, the College honored him with its prestigious Jackson E. Spears award for community service.
New York Medical College maintains a long-standing commitment to improving public health by reducing or eliminating tobacco use, especially among young people. Through its Partnership for a Healthy Population, which develops and promotes programs in a wide range of public health areas, the College frequently collaborates with POW’R Against Tobacco, an advocacy group, in the development of student programs and professional conferences.