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Pennies for Prevention

States collect $25.7 billion in tobacco dollars, spend little to fight tobacco use

Editor
Dec 6, 2012

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The states are collecting record amounts of revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but are spending only a tiny portion on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations.

This year, the states will take in $25.7 billion in tobacco revenues. But they're spending less than two cents of every tobacco dollar — $459.5 million altogether — to fight tobacco use.

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posted December 06, 2012

Health Care Reform Is Opportunity to Help More Smokers Quit

Lung Association issues annual check-up on tobacco cessation coverage

Editor
Dec 3, 2012

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Too many states currently fall short in requiring Medicaid and private health insurance coverage for treatments to help smokers quit.  The federal health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, presents a tremendous opportunity to expand coverage and help more smokers quit – but only if federal and state authorities effectively implement and enforce the law.

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posted December 03, 2012

Australia Implements World’s First Law Requiring Plain Cigarette Packs

Tobacco industry still trying to sneak around the law

Editor
Nov 30, 2012

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The deadly truth about smoking is plainer than ever in Australia starting on December 1.

Australia becomes the world’s first country to require that all cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding.  Cigarette packs will now bear only the brand name and the world’s largest health warnings, which cover 75 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of the pack.

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posted November 30, 2012

FairWarning Details How Tobacco Companies Use Trade Treaties to Fight Tobacco Control Measures

Article exposes Big Tobacco’s legal bullying

Editor
Nov 29, 2012

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As countries around the world adopt strong policies to reduce tobacco use, tobacco companies are turning to a new tactic to fight these measures: Challenging them as violations of international trade treaties.

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posted November 29, 2012

Delaware Celebrates 10 Years of Smoke-Free Air

State’s landmark law helped spur national movement

Editor
Nov 28, 2012

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Congratulations to Delaware, which on Tuesday celebrated the 10th anniversary of its comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.  The law, which applies to all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, was signed by then-Governor Ruth Ann Minner and implemented on November 27, 2002.

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posted November 28, 2012

CDC Study: Five Big Airports Still Have Smoking Areas, Putting Travelers and Employees at Risk

24 of 29 large hub airports are smoke-free

Editor
Nov 21, 2012

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A new study of smoking policies and air quality at the largest U.S. airports has both good news and bad news for travelers heading into the busy holiday season.

The good news: 24 of 29 large hub airports do not allow smoking in any areas accessible to the public, according to the study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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posted November 21, 2012

Today is the Great American Smokeout

Quit now, benefit immediately

Editor
Nov 15, 2012

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Today’s a great day to be a quitter.

The American Cancer Society leads the 37th annual Great American Smokeout — a day for smokers to quit and for those who love them to provide help and support.

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posted November 15, 2012

Report:  Graphic Cigarette Warnings Spread Worldwide

More than 60 countries now require them

Editor
Nov 14, 2012

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Consumers around the world are learning the deadly truth about smoking thanks to the growing adoption of large, graphic cigarette warnings.

Sixty-three countries and territories now require graphic warnings, an 85 percent increase since 2010, according to a report released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.  Altogether, these countries have more than 40 percent of the world’s population.  A few countries on the list, including the United States, are still implementing their graphic warning requirements.

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posted November 14, 2012

Cook County, IL, Delivers Win for Health by Increasing Cigarette Tax

$1 hike will protect kids, save lives

Editor
Nov 12, 2012

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It’s been a great year in the fight against tobacco in Illinois.  Earlier this year, the state increased its cigarette tax by $1 per pack.  Now Cook County commissioners have taken another critical step by increasing the county’s cigarette tax by $1, effective March 1, 2013.

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posted November 12, 2012

Evidence Grows of How Smoking Harms Reproductive, Child Health

Pregnant smokers can get help quitting

Editor
Nov 5, 2012

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The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health experts have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life.  Increasingly, we are learning of the many ways that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke harm reproductive and child health.

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posted November 05, 2012

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