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John Oliver Takes Down Big Tobacco

Exposing how tobacco companies target kids, bully countries around the world

Editor
Feb 17, 2015

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The big tobacco companies proclaim loudly and often that they have changed and are now responsible corporate citizens.

But it took just 18 minutes for political satirist John Oliver to rip those claims to shreds and show how Philip Morris International and other tobacco companies target kids around the world and bully countries that try to save lives.

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posted February 17, 2015

Now on Newsstands: Is it Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit or Tobacco Issue?

Magazine helps tobacco companies reach teens

Editor
Feb 12, 2015

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Tobacco companies claim they don’t market their products to kids, but their actions continue to show otherwise.

The latest example: Sports Illustrated’s just-published 2015 swimsuit issue, which contains an astounding seven ads for tobacco products. Amid the photos of curvaceous models in barely-there bikinis, there are two ads for cigarette brands (Natural American Spirit and Newport), three ads for the leading smokeless tobacco brands (Grizzly, Skoal and Copenhagen) and two ads for electronic cigarettes (MarkTen and blu).

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posted February 12, 2015

CVS Health Foundation Partners with Tobacco-Free Kids to Make Next Generation Tobacco-Free

Announcement Made on Anniversary of Historic Decision by CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Editor
Feb 5, 2015

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February 5th marks one year since CVS announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,800 CVS/pharmacy locations, making CVS/pharmacy the first national pharmacy chain to take this step. On the anniversary, the CVS Health Foundation has announced a $5 million five-year commitment to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to launch its new “Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free” grant program. The Foundation will partner with Tobacco-Free Kids to provide grants to organizations committed to implementing public health strategies to reduce youth tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

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posted February 05, 2015

Legacy’s truth Campaign Named One of the Top Ad Campaigns of the 21st Century

Making it cool not to smoke

Editor
Jan 14, 2015

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Legacy’s truth campaign is the most innovative and successful advertising campaign ever conducted to prevent youth tobacco use in the United States. So it is highly deserved that Advertising Age magazine has named truth one of the top ad campaigns of the 21st Century. We congratulate Legacy on this tremendous honor.

The truth campaign has featured such iconic ads as “Body Bags,” which used body bags being dumped outside Philip Morris headquarters to visualize the 1,200 deaths caused by tobacco use each day. These ads empowered youth to reject the manipulative tactics of the tobacco industry.

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posted January 14, 2015

2014: A Historic Year in the Fight Against Tobacco

Year filled with progress in U.S. and globally

Editor
Dec 31, 2014

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From CVS’s bold decision to end tobacco sales to once-unimaginable progress in countries such as Russia, India and China that have the world’s highest rates of tobacco use, 2014 has been a truly historic and pivotal year in the fight against tobacco.

As 2014 winds down, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids celebrates the achievements of the past year, and we renew our commitment to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States and around the world.  We are grateful to our many partners and supporters who are committed to making the next generation tobacco-free.

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posted December 31, 2014

New Survey Shows Need for Kenya to Take Strong Action to Save Lives from Tobacco Use

Survey finds 2.5 million Kenyans currently use tobacco

Editor
Dec 2, 2014

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An estimated 2.5 million Kenyans — over 11 percent of the country’s adult population — currently use tobacco, according to the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) ever conducted in Kenya. This smoking rate is the highest yet shown by a GATS survey in sub-Saharan Africa, underscoring the need for Kenya to take strong action to reduce tobacco use.

Kenya’s Ministry of Health released the survey results on November 28, highlighting the urgent need for the Kenyan government to fully implement the country’s tobacco control law and address rates of tobacco use that are sure to increase as the tobacco industry sets its sights on Africa.

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posted December 02, 2014

Protests Force Cancellation of Marlboro Concert Series in Bangladesh

Editor
Nov 24, 2014

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A recent report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations exposed how Philip Morris International is conducting a global marketing campaign — called Be Marlboro — that uses themes and images that appeal to youth.

Now Philip Morris has canceled a series of concerts in Bangladesh after health advocates protested that the concerts violated the country’s tobacco control laws and marketed cigarettes to kids.

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posted November 24, 2014

Big Tobacco Fined for Fueling Black Market in U.K.

Companies use bogus smuggling claims to fight tobacco control measures, then foster black markets themselves

Editor
Nov 17, 2014

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For years, the major tobacco companies have fought cigarette tax increases and other tobacco control measures by claiming they will spark massive increases in cigarette smuggling and black markets. But stories in The Wall Street Journal (subscription only), The Guardian and other media reveal that British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second largest multinational tobacco company, has been supporting — and profiting from — the same cigarette smuggling schemes that tobacco companies claim are caused by policies to reduce tobacco use.

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posted November 17, 2014

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

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