Health Care Without Harm Issues Statement on Sen. Frank Lautenberg's Death

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Mourning the Loss of a Public Health Champion, Senator Lautenberg

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He will be remembered for his courage, commitment, and dedication to protecting public health and the environment

Health Care Without Harm mourns the loss of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who successfully authored many health-protective policies during his long tenure in Congress, including a smoking ban on commercial airline flights, in federal buildings, and in federally-funded facilities serving children; the creation of the Toxics Release Inventory—which gives residents the right to know about toxic emissions in their communities; and the establishment of a national drinking age that significantly reduced traffic fatalities among drivers between the ages of 18 and 20. In recent years, Senator Lautenberg vowed to pass comprehensive reform of the nation’s chemical management system. He fought tirelessly to provide stronger protections for families from toxic chemicals, hoping to end his career in Congress with the passage of comprehensive legislation updating the Toxic Substances Control Act. He will be remembered for his courage, commitment, and dedication to protecting public health and the environment.

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