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Bloomberg Philanthropies Ranked Among Most Innovative Companies

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Feb 11, 2014

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Bloomberg Philanthropies has been named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company as part of its annual guide to business performance and creativity. Focusing on the foundation's results-oriented approach to tackling the world's most important issues, the magazine hails Bloomberg Philanthropies’ data-driven philosophy and highlights its role in driving progress against tobacco use.

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posted February 11, 2014

Eight U.S. Senators Urge Drug Stores to Follow CVS, End Tobacco Sales

Letters cite huge health and financial toll of tobacco

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Feb 10, 2014

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Eight U.S. senators today sent letters to the CEOs of two major drug store chains – Walgreens and Rite Aid – and the president of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urging that other pharmacies follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. 

 

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posted February 10, 2014

Newspaper Editorials Hail CVS’s Decision to End Tobacco Sales

Other drug stores urged to follow company’s example

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Feb 7, 2014

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Since CVS Caremark announced its decision to end tobacco sales, support has poured in from a range of opinion leaders, including newspapers across the nation. Editorials have praised CVS’s leadership and urged other drug stores to follow its example.

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posted February 07, 2014

President Obama: CVS Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products Sets “Powerful Example”

CVS Caremark’s decision to end sales of tobacco products widely hailed as a courageous and historic step

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Feb 5, 2014

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From President Obama and the First Lady to members of Congress to public health leaders, CVS Caremark’s decision to end sales of tobacco products is being widely hailed as a courageous and historic step that will help drive down tobacco use and improve the nation’s health.

First Lady Michelle Obama thanked CVS and tweeted, “now we can all breathe a little easier, and our families can live healthier.”

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posted February 05, 2014

Former Smokers Are Back With More Tips to Save Lives

CDC ad campaign has helped over 100,000 smokers to quit

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Jan 31, 2014

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On February 3, the CDC will launch the third year of its Tips from Former Smokers advertising campaign that has already inspired more than 100,000 smokers to quit for good.

The ads feature the compelling stories of real people who have suffered from tobacco-caused diseases, including cancer, heart attacks, amputations and diabetes complications. The ads counter the $8.8 billion a year marketing barrage of the tobacco industry and tell the harsh truth about how devastating and unglamorous cigarette smoking truly is.

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posted January 31, 2014

Fighting Big Tobacco in Indonesia and Africa

News stories expose industry’s marketing to kids

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Jan 29, 2014

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Indonesia and Africa are among Big Tobacco’s top targets as the industry increasingly targets low- and middle-income countries in its insatiable quest for profit, no matter the cost in lives and health.

Recent news stories document both the enormous challenges posed by the tobacco epidemic in these countries and regions – and the growing call for strong action to rein in the tobacco industry and save lives.

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posted January 29, 2014

“Enough Is Enough”

Nation’s health leaders call for ending the tobacco epidemic

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Jan 17, 2014

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As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the nation’s leading health officials today issued a clarion call to end the tobacco epidemic for good.

“Enough is enough,” acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said at a White House ceremony where he released a new, 980-page report that documents both the remarkable progress we’ve made and the huge toll tobacco continues to take on the nation’s health.

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posted January 17, 2014

Did FDA Make Best-Possible Case for Warning Labels?

Second article suggests agency undercut itself

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Dec 23, 2013

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In November, researchers published a study that concluded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had seriously underestimated the impact that graphic warning labels would have in reducing smoking rates in the United States. Now, another prominent researcher is arguing that the FDA's economic analysis grossly overestimated the cost to the economy of requiring such labels because of the amount of weight that was given to the "lost pleasure" people would experience if they were not smoking.

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posted December 23, 2013

HO HO – OH NO!

E-cigarette Ad Exploits Santa Claus

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Dec 17, 2013

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As we’ve documented, manufacturers of electronic cigarettes are using the same slick tactics long used to market regular cigarettes to kids. They have celebrity spokespeople, ads with rugged men and glamorous women just like the Marlboro Men and Virginia Slims women of old, race car sponsorships, sweet flavors and even a cartoon pitchman.

Now one e-cigarette retailer has stooped to a new low in copying Big Tobacco’s playbook. Vapor Shark features Santa Claus in a billboard ad for its e-cigarettes that was spotted on I-95 in Miami.

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posted December 17, 2013

“They’re trying to intimidate everybody”

NY Times shows how Big Tobacco abuses trade treaties

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Dec 13, 2013

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The New York Times today made the tobacco industry’s latest bullying tactic front page news. 

The Times story by Sabrina Tavernise shows how tobacco companies are fighting nations’ laws to reduce tobacco use by challenging them as violations of international trade and investment agreements. These efforts are at aimed at defeating measures to reverse soaring smoking rates, especially in low- and middle-income countries with limited resources to fight back.

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posted December 13, 2013

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