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Update: Global Health Chiefs Back Quicker Implementation of Tobacco-Control Treaty

Editor
May 2, 2011

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Health ministers meeting in Moscow last week declared that speeding up implementation of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is critical to addressing the growing threat from non-communicable diseases, which cause nearly two out of three deaths around the globe. They also called on more countries to ratify the pact.

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posted May 02, 2011

Navajo Nation President Signs Smoke-Free Policy

Historic Step to Reduce Tobacco's Huge Toll on Native Americans

Editor
Apr 29, 2011

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Native Americans have the highest rates of smoking and other tobacco use of any population group in the United States.

So it was an historic step this week when Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an executive order stating, "It is the policy of the Navajo Nation Executive Branch to establish a commercial tobacco free environment in all workplaces and public places within the Navajo Nation."

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posted April 29, 2011

Tobacco Control Strategies Are “Best Buys” for Improving Global Health

WHO cites four key policies as critical to preventing "impending disaster"

Editor
Apr 28, 2011

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Effective tobacco control policies are among the top 10 "best buys" that governments can implement to combat the growing threat from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, the World Health Organization says in its first worldwide report on such diseases.

Tobacco use is a risk factor for all of these illnesses — diseases that have now surpassed infectious disease as the leading cause of death worldwide and threaten "impending disaster" in some countries, according to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. The WHO released new figures showing that nearly 6 million people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke each year. By 2020, that is expected to increase to 7.5 million — accounting for 10 percent of deaths across the globe.

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posted April 28, 2011

Russian Public Enthusiastic about Tobacco Control as Health Leaders Meet

Country with sky-high smoking rates shows strong support for government action

Editor
Apr 27, 2011

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Health ministers from around the world are meeting in Moscow this week to discuss the growing global health threat from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and heart disease.  Russia’s severe tobacco epidemic makes it a case study in NCDs. 

The good news is that the Russian public strongly supports effective solutions:  Eight in ten Russians — including nearly two-thirds of daily smokers — support a national tobacco control policy to help reduce tobacco use.

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posted April 27, 2011

The Earth is not an Ashtray

On Earth Day, a reminder that cigarettes are an environmental hazard as well

Editor
Apr 21, 2011

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As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, new research shows that cigarettes not only are a grave health hazard, but a serious threat to the environment as well.

Research funded by Legacy and published in the journal Tobacco Control shows that, “Tobacco is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, and cigarette filters/butts are the No. 1 littered item found on beaches and in urban environments.”

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posted April 21, 2011

Bismarck, N.D., Voters Approve Smoke-free Ballot Measure

Another reminder that public wants the right to breathe clean air

Editor
Apr 20, 2011

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By a 60-40 percent margin, voters in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Tuesday approved a ballot measure extending the city's smoke-free law to bars, truck stops and tobacco stores. Voters rejected a separate measure that would have allowed "smoking huts" outside bars. The new law will take effect in about a week.

The Bismarck vote underscores once again the strong public support for smoke-free laws that apply to all workplaces and public places. As demonstrated by ballot initiatives and polls across the country, the public strongly supports everyone's right to breathe clean air, free from the toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke. That support is strong across party lines and in every region of the country.

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posted April 20, 2011

More Smoking Babies!

Tots on a train underscore need for enforcement of China’s new smoke-free rules

Editor
Apr 15, 2011

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The world was shocked last summer to see videos of an Indonesian toddler chain-smoking as part of his daily routine.

Now China has doubled the trouble: A video of two toddlers in a train car, puffing on cigarettes and blowing smoke in each other's faces, has surfaced on the Internet.

Adults nearby watch, comment and even chuckle at the kids' disturbing use of deadly tobacco.

See for yourself ...

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posted April 15, 2011

How do you Shame an Industry that has None?

Tobacco companies whine to federal court about their humiliation and shame

Editor
Apr 14, 2011

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Maybe you thought you’d heard everything when the executives of Big Tobacco companies raised their right hands and swore to Congress that they didn’t believe nicotine was addictive or that cigarettes cause cancer.

Well, you were wrong.

Now they’re saying that the statements the Justice Department wants them to make under a federal court order stemming from the companies’ racketeering conviction are designed to “shame and humiliate” them.

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posted April 14, 2011

Smokeless Tobacco Ads Push Flavored Products and Target Current Smokers

Marketing shift threatens kids and undercuts quitting efforts

Editor
Apr 11, 2011

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The 21st-century version of the "light" and "low tar" ruse that kept smokers hooked despite their health concerns may well be the emergence of a new marketing strategy for smokeless tobacco that pushes these harmful products as an alternative to cigarettes.

A new study conducted by Legacy clearly documents a shift in smokeless tobacco magazine advertising away from a determined focus on men's sporting and leisure publications toward general-interest magazines aimed at a much broader market. The industry is increasingly pushing flavored products — which could influence kids to start using smokeless tobacco. And it's trying to attract smokers who are restricted from lighting up due to the success of smoke-free air policies — when the best step they could take for their health is to quit.

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posted April 11, 2011

Tobacco CEO Pay and Tobacco Prevention:  A Tale of Two Payouts

Handful of industry executives make more than 49 states and DC spend on prevention

Danny McGoldrick, Tobacco-Free Kids Vice President of Research
Apr 8, 2011

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How do big pay packages for top tobacco executives stack up against state funding for programs to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit? 

It's a lopsided mismatch that the tobacco execs win. Guess the lifestyles of the Big Tobacco Execs are worth more than the health of our kids.

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posted April 08, 2011

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