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As Young Fans Enjoy World Series, Magazine Ads Link Baseball and Smokeless Tobacco

Huge tobacco ads placed in Sports Illustrated, ESPN magazine

Editor
Oct 28, 2014

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For millions of fans of all ages, October means the excitement of the baseball playoffs and World Series.

For tobacco companies, it means another opportunity to target kids by associating smokeless tobacco with baseball and other sports.

This month’s issues of the two leading sports magazines, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, have included huge, two-page advertising spreads for Grizzly, which is by far the most popular smokeless tobacco brand among youth ages 12-17. Grizzly is made by American Snuff Company, a subsidiary of tobacco giant Reynolds American.

 

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posted October 28, 2014

WHO Conference Recommends Nations Increase Tobacco Taxes To Save Lives

Tobacco taxes are proven to reduce tobacco use and raise revenue

Editor
Oct 17, 2014

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Meeting in Moscow on implementing the world’s first public health treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, country delegates from around the world have unanimously recommended that parties to the treaty increase tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco use and save lives.

The 179 parties to the treaty are legally obligated to raise taxes on tobacco products to reduce tobacco consumption.  The guidelines unanimously adopted this week will help parties meet this obligation.

Studies and experience from around the world show that making tobacco products more expensive by raising taxes is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use, especially among vulnerable populations such as youth, pregnant women and low-income tobacco users. Tobacco taxes are also an effective way for governments to generate revenue.

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posted October 17, 2014

New Report: Graphic Cigarette Warnings Spread Around World

77 countries and territories now require them

Editor
Oct 14, 2014

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The number of countries requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs is growing rapidly, according to a report issued today by the Canadian Cancer Society.

The report finds that 77 countries and territories have finalized picture warnings — up from 55 countries that had implemented by the end of 2012 and just one country — Canada — in 2001.

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posted October 14, 2014

Ahead of Global Meeting, Big Tobacco Seeks to Derail Progress on Life-Saving Tobacco Taxes

Tobacco industry-funded organization asks government representatives to attend private meeting before WHO conference

Editor
Oct 8, 2014

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A tobacco industry-funded organization is trying to gut life-saving efforts to raise tobacco taxes as countries prepare to discuss the issue at an upcoming World Health Organization conference on tobacco control, according to an article in the Financial Times (subscription required). The conference kicks off October 13 in Moscow.

The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), a Washington, DC-based organization, has asked government representatives from around the world to attend a private meeting shortly before the conference in an effort to undercut progress on tobacco tax increases.  According to the Financial Times, “all four of the major international tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International, are sponsors of the ITIC and have representatives on its board of directors.”

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posted October 08, 2014

Poisoning Cases Related to E-Cigarettes Keep Spiraling Upward

Incidents have increased tenfold since 2011, data shows

Editor
Sep 26, 2014

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Across the United States, poison control centers continue to report soaring numbers of accidental poisonings related to the nicotine liquid used in electronic cigarettes.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports that, through August 31, there have been 2,724 calls so far this year involving exposures to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine.  That is up from 1,542 in 2013, 460 in 2012 and 271 in 2011.

These reports have spurred a growing call by public health organizations and members of Congress to require child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid products.

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posted September 26, 2014

Graphic Warnings Begin to Appear on Cigarette Packs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has taken another important step to protect public health from the terrible toll of tobacco use

Editor
Sep 22, 2014

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Costa Rica has taken another important step to protect public health from the terrible toll of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death worldwide.

Starting last week, pictorial warning labels are required on cigarette packs sold in Costa Rica.  The new warnings cover 50 percent of both the front and back of cigarette packs and feature gruesome images depicting the consequences of smoking, as well as text warnings.  Retailers and suppliers have a two-month grace period to sell their stock of old packs.

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posted September 22, 2014

Newspaper Editorials Laud CVS for Quitting Tobacco, Urge Other Retailers to Follow Suit

Editor
Sep 16, 2014

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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.

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posted September 16, 2014

Philip Morris International Fined in Brazil for Targeting Youth with its “Be Marlboro” Ads

Tobacco giant’s ad campaign has spread to over 50 countries

Editor
Aug 28, 2014

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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."

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posted August 28, 2014

Baseball Great Curt Schilling: Chewing Tobacco “Gave Me Cancer”

It’s time to take tobacco out of Major League Baseball

Editor
Aug 20, 2014

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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.

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posted August 20, 2014

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

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