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WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is truly absurd that tobacco giant Reynolds American and former House Speaker John Boehner, who was elected to Reynolds’ board of directors today, would express a commitment to "speeding the decline in tobacco use among young people." Their records show the exact opposite. Reynolds’ announcement pairs the tobacco company with the most egregious record of marketing to kids and a politician with a long record of fighting policies to reduce youth tobacco use.
Putting Profits Before Kids, Tobacco Companies Spend Big to Deceive Voters and Fight State Ballot Initiatives to Raise Tobacco Taxes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This November, voters in California, Colorado and North Dakota will have the opportunity to protect children from tobacco addiction and save lives by approving ballot initiatives that increase state tobacco taxes in a meaningful way. To do so, however, voters will need to reject multi-million dollar campaigns tobacco companies are waging to deceive them and defeat these measures.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two-thirds of U.S. adults (66.1 percent), including nearly half of current cigarette smokers, support prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacies, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Support for ending tobacco sales in pharmacies came from 72 percent of never smokers, 66 percent of former smokers and 47 percent of current smokers.
Study Finds Many Youth E-Cigarette Users Say They’re Inhaling “Just Flavoring;” It Does Not Indicate How Many Are Also Inhaling Nicotine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A study published today in the journal Tobacco Control finds that about two-thirds of youth who had ever used electronic cigarettes or other vaporizers responded “just flavoring” when asked to choose only one reply from the choices “Nicotine,” “Marijuana or hash oil,” “Just flavoring,” “Other” or “Don’t know” to the question, “THE LAST TIME you used an electronic vaporizer such as an e-cigarette, what was in the mist you inhaled?” From 13 to 22 percent of these youth responded “nicotine” was in the mist they inhaled (percentages varied by grade). Youth who used e-cigarettes more frequently were much more likely to say they inhaled nicotine, with 47.5 percent of 12th graders who used vaporizers six or more times in the past 30 days saying they inhaled nicotine. The study is based on a single question from the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders.
New Study Finds Cigarettes Are Cheaper in Pharmacies, Undermining Health; Drug Stores Should Follow CVS’s Lead and End Tobacco Sales
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study published today in the American Journal of Public Health finds that cigarettes – both Marlboro and discount brands – are cheaper in pharmacies than in other types of stores.
This study provides another compelling reason for pharmacies to follow the lead of CVS Health and end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. There is a fundamental conflict between pharmacies’ stated commitment to promoting health and the sale of products that kill nearly half a million Americans each year. It’s even worse when pharmacies sell cigarettes at cheap prices that entice young people and undermine smokers’ efforts to quit. As the researchers note, this study indicates that ending the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies could eliminate an important source of cheap cigarettes.
NEJM Analysis: U.S. Smoking Rate Fell Much Faster Under Obama Administration, Would Reach Zero by 2035 if Recent Progress Continues
WASHINGTON, D.C. – An analysis published today in The New England Journal of Medicine finds that the adult smoking rate in the United States has fallen much faster under the Obama Administration than under the previous two administrations and would fall to zero by around 2035 if this accelerated rate of decline continues.
Michael Bloomberg Is Uniquely Qualified to Serve as WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The World Health Organization has made an inspired choice in appointing Michael R. Bloomberg as the WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases. No one is more qualified and committed than Mayor Bloomberg to lead the global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes, which are the world’s biggest killers and place an ever-growing burden on low- and middle-income countries.
Ten Years Ago, a Federal Judge Found Tobacco Companies Lied to the American People; They’re Still Fighting Order to Publish Corrective Statements
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten years ago, on Aug. 17, 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler issued a landmark judgment that the major U.S. tobacco companies had violated civil racketeering laws and defrauded the American people by lying for decades about the health risks of smoking and their marketing to children. In a 1,683-page opinion, Judge Kessler detailed like never before how the tobacco companies “have marketed and sold their lethal products with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success, and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs that success exacted.” Importantly, Judge Kessler concluded, “The evidence in this case clearly establishes that Defendants have not ceased engaging in unlawful activity.”
FDA’s New Rule for E-Cigarettes, Cigars Takes Effect Today; Congress Must Reject Proposals to Weaken Agency’s Oversight
WASHINGTON, DC – The Food and Drug Administration’s long-overdue rule to protect kids and public health from electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products takes effect today. This rule is necessary to address the skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes among youth and prevent kids from using any tobacco product.
As the FDA takes this important step, it is critical that Congress reject efforts to weaken the FDA’s rule, including the two provisions that were included in the House appropriations bill that funds the FDA.
The Ann Arbor City Council on Thursday took bold action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives by voting to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21. As the first city in Michigan to raise the tobacco age to 21, Ann Arbor is providing strong leadership in the fight against tobacco – the No. 1 cause of preventable death – and setting a terrific example for the entire state and the nation. We urge other Michigan cities to take similar action to prevent young people from using tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.
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
- 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 one state currently does
- Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 17 Years Later
Read our report on how the states are collecting billions in tobacco revenue, but are spending less than two percent 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.
- Still Seeking Replacements
How Big Tobacco targets kids today
- 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.