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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

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

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