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A New Hampshire Giveaway to Big Tobacco

House Speaker O'Brien blamed for helping tobacco industry at taxpayers' expense

Editor
Jul 28, 2011

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When the New Hampshire Legislature cut the state's cigarette tax by 10 cents a pack, effective July 1, it was touted as a way to boost the state's economy by reducing cigarette prices and attracting smokers from neighboring states.

It's outrageous enough that a state would encourage sales of a deadly and addictive product — one that kills 1,700 New Hampshire residents and costs the state $564 million in health care bills each year.

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posted July 28, 2011

Causing lung cancer and heart disease the “eco-friendly” way

Tobacco Company Comes Under Fire for Green Claims

Editor
Jul 27, 2011

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Cigarettes kill and pollute.  There's nothing healthy or environmentally friendly about them.

So it's truly outrageous that the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, owned by Reynolds American, is running magazine ads promoting its Natural American Spirit cigarettes as "eco friendly."  It's called greenwashing — making deceptive environmental claims to improve the image of a controversial product or company.

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posted July 27, 2011

California Strikes Gold with Lowest-Ever Smoking Rate

Long commitment to tobacco prevention, smoke-free policies bring dramatic decline

Editor
Jul 18, 2011

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It's not just the sunny climate that gives the Golden State its healthy glow:  The rate of smoking among California adults has just hit a record low, dropping to 11.9 percent.

California now joins Utah as one of two states in the nation to achieve the federal Healthy People 2020 target of reducing the prevalence of adult smoking to 12 percent.  Nationally, the adult smoking rate is 20.6 percent, a level that's remained essentially unchanged since 2004.

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posted July 18, 2011

Tobacco-Free Baseball a Big Hit at MLB FanFest

Hundreds of fans, baseball legends want tobacco out of the major leagues

Editor
Jul 11, 2011

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Hundreds of fans, coaches, and families — as well as current players and baseball legends — at the MLB FanFest in Phoenix are joining the campaign to get Major League Baseball players to stop using smokeless tobacco at games and on camera, where their chewing and spitting creates the image that tobacco use is cool and athletic.

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posted July 11, 2011

A Billion People Now Protected by Large, Graphic Pack Warnings

WHO says more progress needed to fight tobacco epidemic

Editor
Jul 7, 2011

More than a billion people in 19 countries are now protected by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings that cover at least half of cigarette packs — nearly double the number that were exposed to these warnings in 2008.

The World Health Organization's Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011, finds that nations are making significant progress in implementing warning labels and other measures to reduce tobacco use.  But progress must be accelerated to reverse a tobacco epidemic that will otherwise kill one billion people worldwide this century.

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posted July 07, 2011

Celebrating Smoke-Free Anniversaries in Colorado and Wisconsin

Laws have been good for health and good for business

Editor
Jul 6, 2011

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Several states are celebrating anniversaries of their smoke-free laws this week, and they’re demonstrating once again that these laws protect health, don’t hurt business and are very popular with the public.

Colorado is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its smoke-free law that includes all restaurants and bars.  According to The Gazette of Colorado Springs, "Business at Colorado restaurants is up considerably.  The only statewide downward trends are in numbers of smokers, heart attacks and lung problems."

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posted July 06, 2011

New Cigarette Warnings Working Even Before They’re on Packs

Media coverage of graphic labels prompts surge in quitline calls

Editor
Jul 5, 2011

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The Food and Drug Administration's new, graphic warning labels for cigarette packs already have started working: Calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number that appears on the warning labels spiked the day the images hit the media, and call volume stayed unusually high for a week.

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posted July 05, 2011

Declare Your Independence from Cigarettes

Celebrate July 4th holiday with commitment to be free of nicotine

Editor
Jul 1, 2011

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Fireworks can be transformed from a patriotic tradition into a personal celebration of freedom from nicotine for smokers who take steps to quit or get the support they need to break free of cigarettes.

 

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posted July 01, 2011

See the World Smoke-Free

Cruise lines build on travel industry's smoke-free trend

Editor
Jun 29, 2011

If you're going on vacation, you've got more options than ever to get there smoke-free, and stay that way throughout your trip.

Three big cruise lines — Carnival, Princess and Holland America — have just announced that they're making all cabins smoke-free and tightening smoking restrictions in public spaces, beginning Dec. 1, 2011 for Carnival and Jan. 15, 2012 for Princess and Holland America. Princess will also ban smoking on cabin balconies, joining a growing number of cruise lines that do so. 

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posted June 29, 2011

For Big Tobacco, Indonesia is the new Marlboro Country

“Sex, Lies and Cigarettes” documentary airs on Tuesday night

Editor
Jun 24, 2011

Widening its lens beyond the image of Indonesia’s infamous “smoking baby,” Current TV plans to air an hour long documentary Tuesday night that exposes the tobacco industry’s deadly expansion into Indonesia, where it is addicting a new generation and helping to create a global epidemic of deaths caused by tobacco use.  

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posted June 24, 2011

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