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On September 3, CVS Health announced that it has ended tobacco sales for good at its 7,700 retail pharmacies. In doing so, CVS sent a powerful message: Responsible retailers — especially those that provide health care through pharmacies and clinics – should not be in the business of selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, the number one cause of preventable death.
Newspaper editorials across the country have applauded CVS and called on other retailers to follow CVS's example.
WASHINGTON, DC – CVS Health’s announcement today that it has ended tobacco sales sends a resounding message to the entire retail industry: Responsible retailers – especially those that provide health care through pharmacies and clinics – should not be in the business of selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. There is a fundamental conflict between promoting health and selling tobacco products, which are the number one cause of preventable death. Retailers cannot have it both ways.
Philip Morris International's “Be Marlboro” campaign is coming under fire again for targeting youth. This time, the consumer protection agency from the Brazilian state of São Paulo has fined Philip Morris over $480,000.
The agency acted after a formal complaint was filed against Philip Morris by tobacco control activists who documented how its marketing tactics were aimed at youth. Paula Johns, Executive Director of the Brazilian advocacy organization ACT, calls the campaign "cynical", noting that “independence and autonomy are associated with a product that actually makes the person dependent."
New CDC Study Finds More Non-Smoking Kids Are Using E-Cigarettes, Shows Need for FDA to Quickly Finalize and Strengthen Regulations
WASHINGTON, DC – The number of U.S. youth who used electronic cigarettes, but have never smoked a regular cigarette, has more than tripled in the past three years, from 79,000 in 2011 to over 263,000 in 2013. And these youth are nearly twice as likely to intend to smoke regular cigarettes as those who have never used e-cigarettes, according to a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling was known for his toughness during his Major League Baseball career. Who can forget the bloody sock from the 2004 playoffs, when he helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series championship in 86 years?
Now Schilling is in another tough battle – against oral cancer that he today attributed to his longtime use of chewing tobacco. Schilling’s statement comes just months after Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s death from cancer that he, too, attributed to chewing tobacco.
Washington, D.C. – Legacy's truth® campaign has been the boldest and most successful media campaign ever conducted to prevent youth tobacco use in the United States. So it is uniquely important for America's kids and health that Legacy has announced it is launching a new generation of truth® aimed at ending the tobacco epidemic for good.
Attention back-to-school shoppers!
As you set out to fill your kids’ lockers and backpacks, you can also strike a blow for kids’ health – by shopping at CVS and other retailers who have chosen not to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. It kills nearly half a million American and costs us at least $289 billio
Leading Health Groups Urge FDA to Finalize Rule Regulating All Tobacco Products by April 2015 and Reject Exemption for Some Cigars
WASHINGTON, DC – In public comments jointly filed today, 24 leading public health and medical organizations called on the Food and Drug Administration to issue a final rule to regulate all tobacco products by April 25, 2015 – one year after the FDA issued a proposed rule – and to reject a proposal to exempt so-called “premium cigars.”
The health groups also called on FDA to close gaps in its proposed rule by extending current restrictions on cigarette marketing to newly-regulated products, including cigars and electronic cigarettes, and prohibiting the use of flavorings that appeal to kids.
Top Economists Tell FDA Its Cost-Benefit Analyses of Tobacco Rules are Badly Flawed and Underestimate Benefits
WASHINGTON, DC – Nine leading economists have submitted a paper to the Food and Drug Administration that shows how the FDA’s cost-benefit analyses of its proposed tobacco regulations are deeply flawed and vastly underestimate the benefits of these regulations. The paper was submitted as a public comment on the FDA’s proposed rule to extend its regulatory jurisdiction to all tobacco products, including cigars and electronic cigarettes (the deadline for submitting comments is August 8).
New Study Finds 17.4 Million U.S. Adults Smoke Cigars, Showing Need For FDA to Regulate All Cigars to Protect Public Health
WASHINGTON, DC – A new government study published today shows that 17.4 million Americans – 7.3 percent of U.S. adults – smoke cigars every day, some days or rarely. This study shows that cigar smoking is a serious public health problem that must be addressed through strategies such as Food and Drug Administration regulation of all cigars and taxation of cigar products at the same rate as cigarettes.
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.