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For Back-To-School Supplies, Shop Tobacco-Free!

Support CVS and other tobacco-free retailers

Editor
Aug 11, 2014

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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

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posted August 11, 2014

Youth Leaders Sharpen Skills for Fight against Tobacco

Helping to create a tobacco-free generation

Editor
Jul 23, 2014

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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.

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posted July 23, 2014

Despite Outrage, Philip Morris International Expands Global “Be Marlboro” Campaign

Marketing campaign has been found to target teens

Editor
Jul 15, 2014

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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.

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posted July 15, 2014

WHO: Smoking Increases Risk of Dementia

More evidence of how destructive smoking truly is

Editor
Jul 11, 2014

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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.

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posted July 11, 2014

Uganda’s First Adult Tobacco Survey Shows Peril and Opportunity to Head-off Epidemic

Ugandans strongly support measures to reduce tobacco use

Editor
Jul 7, 2014

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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.

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posted July 07, 2014

Wrapping Death & Disease in Red, White & Blue

Tobacco companies exploit patriotism to sell cigarettes

Editor
Jul 2, 2014

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As we’ve seen time and time again, tobacco companies will take advantage of any opportunity to market their deadly and addictive products.

On Independence Day, we offer a look at just a few of the times Big Tobacco has shamelessly exploited our national pride to sell cigarettes.  What these ads leave out, of course, is that tobacco use isn’t a path to freedom, but to addiction, disease and death – 480,000 deaths a year, according to the latest Surgeon General’s report on tobacco and health.

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posted July 02, 2014

Honor Tony Gwynn: Knock Tobacco Out of the Park for Good

Editor
Jun 19, 2014

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All of us at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids were saddened this week by the death of baseball great Tony Gwynn — “a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person,” as MLB.com described him.

We are also grateful that he bravely spoke out about the link between oral cancer and chewing tobacco use, which remains all too common in Major League Baseball. Gwynn attributed his own cancer to longtime use of chewing tobacco. “Of course it caused it,” Gwynn once said. “I always dipped on my right side,” where his cancer started.

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posted June 19, 2014

BBC Report: Philip Morris’ Be Marlboro Campaign “Aimed Unashamedly at Young People”

Ad campaign has spread to more than 50 countries

Editor
Jun 16, 2014

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A new documentary from the BBC calls out Philip Morris International for its global marketing campaign promoting Marlboro cigarettes that has been found to target youth. The BBC report finds the "Be Marlboro" ad campaign is "aimed unashamedly at young people."

A report released in March by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health groups exposed how the "Be Marlboro" ads uses themes and images sure to appeal to youth. The ads have spread to more than 50 countries despite being banned by a German court for targeting teens.

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posted June 16, 2014

Sweet, Cheap and Colorful – No Wonder Kids Are Smoking Cigars

High school boys now smoke cigars at same rate as cigarettes

Editor
Jun 13, 2014

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The CDC's 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, released on Thursday, had both good news and bad news. The good news: a big decline in cigarette smoking among high school students from 18.1 percent in 2011 to 15.7 percent in 2013.

The bad news: essentially no change in cigar smoking or smokeless tobacco use. In fact, high school boys now smoke cigars at the same rate as cigarettes (16.5 percent for cigars and 16.4 percent for cigarettes). Nearly a quarter of 12th grade boys (23 percent) smoke cigars, compared to 19.6 percent who smoke cigarettes. (Note: We’ll have more about smokeless tobacco in a later blog post.)

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posted June 13, 2014

Nine E-Juice Flavors That Sound Just Like Kids’ Favorite Treats

Industry Leader Lorillard Even Admits "Fun Flavors" Attract Kids

Editor
Jun 11, 2014

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“Kids may be particularly vulnerable to trying e-cigarettes due to an abundance of fun flavors such as cherry, vanilla, pina-colada and berry.”

If that quote sounds like something a public health organization said (and many of us have expressed such concerns), think again.  This particular quote is from the so-called “youth smoking prevention” web site of tobacco giant Lorillard, manufacturer of blu eCigs, the best-selling e-cigarette brand.

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posted June 11, 2014

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