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New York City Set to Implement Law Banning Tobacco Discounts as Tobacco Companies End Legal Challenge
WASHINGTON, DC – Tobacco companies have abandoned their legal challenge to New York City’s innovative new law prohibiting tobacco discounting schemes, as they chose not to appeal a federal court ruling that upheld the law. The deadline for the tobacco companies to appeal was July 18.
It's within our reach to create the first tobacco-free generation.
But we can't do it without the involvement of youth.
Last week, we welcomed more than 30 youth activists from across the country to Washington, DC, for our 11th Youth Advocacy Symposium — a series of skill-building workshops on leadership, advocacy and communications.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Justice Department should immediately appeal today’s misguided ruling by a federal judge that concluded three members of the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) had conflicts of interest – or just the appearance of conflicts of interest – and barred the FDA from using a March 2011 report on menthol cigarettes issued by the committee.
Australia Reports Dramatic Drop in Smoking Following Plain Cigarette Packaging and Other Tobacco Control Measures
WASHINGTON, DC – Australian health officials today reported that the nation’s smoking rate has dropped by more than 15 percent – from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 12.8 percent in 2013 – following implementation of a landmark law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging. This dramatic decline follows a sustained commitment by the Australian government to implement a comprehensive set of measures to drive down smoking.
Despite international media criticism and widespread calls from public health groups and government officials to end its "Be Marlboro" marketing campaign, Philip Morris International is doubling down and expanding its youth-oriented campaign around the globe.
A March 2014 report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health groups exposed how the campaign uses themes and images sure to appeal to youth. With the slogan "Don’t be a Maybe. Be Marlboro," the ads feature images of attractive young people falling in love, playing music, partying, and taking risks.
Proposed Reynolds-Lorillard Merger: A Marriage of Tobacco Racketeers With Long Histories of Marketing to Kids
WASHINGTON, DC — The proposed merger of the Reynolds American and Lorillard tobacco companies raises important questions that go beyond antitrust. It raises important public health issues as well because it would bring together two tobacco giants with a long history of marketing to kids and deceiving the public about the deadly consequences of their products. These companies sell two of the three most popular cigarette brands among U.S. youth (Lorillard's Newport and Reynolds' Camel) and the most popular smokeless tobacco brand among youth (Grizzly, made by Reynolds' American Snuff Company subsidiary).
Governor Nixon Does the Right Thing by Vetoing Legislation to Exempt E-Cigarettes from Health Regulations
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds Gov. Jay Nixon for protecting the health of Missouri residents by vetoing legislation to exempt electronic cigarettes from important public health regulations. While masquerading as an effort to prevent e-cigarette sales to kids, the vetoed bill would have exempted e-cigarettes from other public health regulations intended to reduce tobacco use.
The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities around the world have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life. Yet we are continually learning new ways in which smoking harms health.
In the latest example, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International are reporting, based on a review of scientific studies, that smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia compared to non-smokers. “It is estimated that 14% of [Alzheimer’s disease] cases worldwide are potentially attributable to smoking,” the organizations write in a short report summarizing the scientific evidence.
A new survey of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Uganda shows that the country still has the opportunity to head off a burgeoning tobacco epidemic – but only if government leaders act fast to implement scientifically proven solutions.
Uganda's first-ever Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), released July 4, 2014 by the country's Ministry of Health, demonstrated both the threat tobacco use poses to the nation’s health and the opportunity for the government to take action.
WASHINGTON, DC – As he steps down as Assistant Secretary for Health, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids thanks and applauds Dr. Howard Koh for spearheading the Obama Administration’s efforts to reinvigorate the fight against tobacco use, the nation’s number one cause of preventable death. His legacy is the renewed progress our nation is making in reducing smoking among both youth and adults.
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 15 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.