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WASHINGTON, DC – A new study published today finds that Internet vendors of electronic cigarettes do little to prevent youth from purchasing their products and teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online despite claims that online vendors verify customer age. The study, conducted in North Carolina, found that only five out of 98 attempts by teens to buy e-cigarettes online were blocked by online vendors’ attempts to verify customer age.
On 10th Anniversary of Tobacco Control Treaty, Nations Are Making Progress and Must Step Up Fight Against World’s Top Preventable Killer
WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – the world’s first treaty devoted to improving public health. In the decade since taking effect on February 27, 2005, the FCTC has spurred nations across the globe to implement proven, life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use called for by the treaty, including graphic health warnings, comprehensive smoke-free laws, higher tobacco taxes and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. It has also focused much-needed attention on the tobacco industry’s relentless efforts to fight these measures and sell more of its deadly and addictive products, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (Feb. 24, 2015) – Lawmakers in Sacramento and San Francisco today introduced statewide and citywide legislation to eliminate the use of all tobacco products – including smokeless tobacco – at all baseball venues within their jurisdictions, both to set the right example for America’s youth and for the health of the players. The legislation will send a simple and powerful message to kids as Spring Training gets underway: baseball and tobacco don’t mix.
As U.S. Celebrates 25 Years of Smoke-Free Airlines, It’s Time to Make All Workplaces and Public Places Smoke-Free
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, it is inconceivable to Americans that smoking would be allowed on airline flights. In fact, smoking and noxious clouds of secondhand smoke were widespread on airlines in the United States just 25 years ago. That all changed on February 25, 1990, when, after a tough Congressional battle, the U.S. implemented a landmark law making domestic flights smoke-free (the law was extended to international flights to and from the U.S. in 2000).
New Report Finds Tobacco Industry Exaggerates Extent of Illicit Tobacco Trade and Proven Strategies Exist to Prevent It
WASHINGTON, DC – The tobacco industry’s favorite argument against tobacco tax increases and other policies to reduce tobacco use is that such measures will cause an increase in the illicit tobacco market. But a new report issued today by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine finds that the industry’s claims regarding the illicit market are “inflated” and that federal and state governments have effective tools to address the problem.
Pakistan has announced that it will require large, graphic health warnings on all tobacco products, better informing its citizens about the deadly consequences of tobacco use.
Effective March 30, tobacco products in Pakistan must bear warning labels covering 85 percent of tobacco packaging.
With this bold move for public health, Pakistan joins India, Nepal and Thailand as the fourth country to introduce warning labels of at least 85 percent, signaling a strong commitment to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use.
The big tobacco companies proclaim loudly and often that they have changed and are now responsible corporate citizens.
But it took just 18 minutes for political satirist John Oliver to rip those claims to shreds and show how Philip Morris International and other tobacco companies target kids around the world and bully countries that try to save lives.
Tobacco companies claim they don’t market their products to kids, but their actions continue to show otherwise.
The latest example: Sports Illustrated’s just-published 2015 swimsuit issue, which contains an astounding seven ads for tobacco products. Amid the photos of curvaceous models in barely-there bikinis, there are two ads for cigarette brands (Natural American Spirit and Newport), three ads for the leading smokeless tobacco brands (Grizzly, Skoal and Copenhagen) and two ads for electronic cigarettes (MarkTen and blu).
February 5th marks one year since CVS announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,800 CVS/pharmacy locations, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step. On the anniversary, the CVS Health Foundation has announced a $5 million five-year commitment to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to launch its new “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” grant program. The Foundation will partner with Tobacco-Free Kids to provide grants to organizations committed to implementing public health strategies to reduce youth tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
New CDC Report Shows Big Drop in Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Americans, But 58 Million Still Exposed – Every State and Community Should be Smoke-Free
WASHINGTON, DC – The percentage of Americans exposed to secondhand smoke has fallen by more than half since 1999, but one in four non-smokers – 58 million people altogether – was still exposed in 2011-2012, according to a new report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is especially troubling that children have the highest levels of exposure, with 40.6 percent of children aged 3-11 and 67.9 percent of African-American children in that age group still exposed to secondhand smoke. While the sharp decline in exposure to secondhand smoke is great news, it is unacceptable that 58 million Americans, including so many children, are still exposed to this serious and entirely preventable health threat.
U.S. FEDERAL ISSUES
The federal government must provide strong leadership in the fight against tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.
After a long battle, Congress and President Obama in 2009 enacted a new law giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products and marketing.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids was a leader in the fight for this law and is working to ensure it is vigorously enforced.
The Obama Administration also has launched the first national tobacco control strategy, which calls for a public education campaign and other actions to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from harmful secondhand smoke. It is critical that the plan be robustly funded and effectively implemented.
Key Federal Issues
- FDA Authority Over Tobacco
A landmark 2009 law gives the FDA authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products
- Graphic Warning Labels
New law requires large, graphic cigarette warnings, but tobacco companies fight change to protect profits
- National Tobacco Control Strategy
Learn more about the Administration's plan to reinvigorate efforts to reduce tobacco use
- Health Care Reform
New law bolsters disease prevention and expands coverage for quit-smoking therapies
- Federal Tobacco Taxes
Higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking, raise revenue and are popular with the public
- Internet Tobacco Sales
The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act bars the illegal sale of tax-evading tobacco products over the Internet
- Trade and Tobacco
Tobacco products should be excluded from trade agreements
U.S. STATE AND LOCAL ISSUES
Tobacco use takes a huge toll in health, live and dollars in every state.
Tobacco costs state taxpayers billions each year in Medicaid and other health care expenses and imposes enormous costs on families and businesses.
State and local governments often have been in the forefront of the drive to reduce tobacco use, save lives and save money. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works to put proven solutions in place in every state and community.
The Toll of Tobacco in the U.S.
Key State and Local Issues
- Smoke-Free Laws
More and more states and localities are passing smoke-free laws that protect everyone's right to breathe clean air
- State Tobacco Taxes
Tobacco taxes are a win-win-win for states: they raise billions in revenue, reduce smoking and are popular with voters
- Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs
Every state should fund prevention programs at CDC-recommended levels. Only two states currently do
- Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 16 Years Later
Read our report on how the states are collecting billions in tobacco revenue, but are spending less to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit
- Increasing the Sale Age for Tobacco Products to 21
Nearly all smokers start as kids or young adults, and these age groups are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry. Increasing the sale age will help prevent young people from ever starting to smoke
Tobacco use killed one hundred million people worldwide in the 20th century. Without urgent action, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.
An international treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, requires nations to implement proven measures to reduce tobacco use.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids supports governments and non-governmental organizations around the world in promoting and implementing these policies. We are a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, which focuses on low- and middle-income countries where more than 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths will occur in the coming decades.
Toll of Tobacco Around the World
Get the latest data on tobacco's devastating impact on health, lives and the economy.
Tobacco Control Laws
Explore tobacco-control laws and litigation from around the world.
Key International Issues
- Advertising and Promotion
Bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship reduce tobacco use, especially among youth
- Illicit Trade/Smuggling
International and national policies are needed to combat the illicit tobacco trade, which harms public health and global security and costs governments billions
- Light and Low-Tar Cigarettes
Nations must stop the marketing of cigarettes as "light" and "low-tar," which falsely promotes some cigarettes as less harmful
- Public Education Campaigns
Aggressive campaigns prevent children from smoking, help smokers quit and change public attitudes
- Smoke-Free Laws
There is a fast-growing global movement to adopt 100 percent smoke-free laws that apply to all workplaces and public places
- Taxation & Price
Higher tobacco taxes reduce smoking, save lives and increase revenues
- Warning Labels
Large, graphic warning labels increase knowledge of health risks and influence decisions whether to smoke
TOBACCO INDUSTRY WATCH
For decades, the tobacco industry has marketed its deadly products to kids, deceived the public about the harmful effects of tobacco use and fought proven measures to reduce tobacco use.
In a landmark 2006 U.S. federal court ruling, the big cigarette makers were found to be racketeers who engaged in a deadly fraud.
Despite marketing restrictions and the imposition of new Food and Drug Administration regulations, the industry continues to try to thwart the law.
And it has redoubled its promotion of tobacco products around the world, targeting low- and middle-income countries with limited resources to deal with its deadly products and deceptive marketing.
- America's Most Wanted Tobacco Villains
The usual suspects, new villains, and emerging threats
- Deadly Alliance
How Big Tobacco and Convenience Stores Partner to Market Tobacco Products and Fight Life-Saving Policies
- U.S. Courts: Big Tobacco Guilty as Charged
Major tobacco companies are racketeers who conspired to deceive the public and target children
- The "Light and Low" Deception
The tobacco industry is trying to thwart FDA's new ban and perpetuate a deadly fraud
- International Industry Watch
Big Tobacco targets low- and middle-income countries with its deadly products and deceptive marketing.