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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

Saving Lives at the Ballot Box

Voters to decide smoke-free initiative in North Dakota, tobacco tax measure in Missouri

Editor
Oct 25, 2012

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North Dakota and Missouri voters on November 6 will have the chance to deliver big wins for health and save lives in their states.

North Dakota voters can approve a statewide ballot initiative, Measure 4, to require smoke-free workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars.

Missouri voters can prevent kids from smoking and save lives by voting yes on Prop B to increase the state’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax by 73 cents per pack.

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posted October 25, 2012

Philip Morris International Nominated to Corporate Hall of Shame

Tobacco giant cited for bullying tactics

Editor
Oct 23, 2012

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Philip Morris International (PMI) has scored a well-deserved nomination to Corporate Accountability International's 2012 Corporate Hall of Shame for its legal bullying of countries that have adopted strong measures to reduce tobacco use.

The world's largest multinational tobacco company with billions of dollars in profits at its disposal, Philip Morris in recent years has used lawsuits and international trade disputes to fight bold tobacco control policies in Australia, Norway, Uruguay and other countries.

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posted October 23, 2012

Cigarettes and Slush Puppies

Store marketing tells kids cigarettes are normal and appealing

Editor
Oct 19, 2012

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Earlier this year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and our partners issued a report showing how tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing cigarettes and other tobacco products – and in fighting policies to reduce tobacco use.

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posted October 19, 2012

Russian Government Vows Tough Tobacco Control Legislation

Prime Minister: “Immoral” to let tobacco companies target children

Editor
Oct 16, 2012

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UPDATE (Oct. 18, 2012): Following Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's speech earlier this week, Russia's Cabinet of Ministers today approved the proposed tobacco control legislation. The bill is expected to be sent to the Duma, or parliament, soon.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev today vowed to enact strong tobacco control legislation in the face of unrelenting opposition from tobacco companies.

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posted October 16, 2012

Same Old Tricks: Big Tobacco Partners with International Music Stars in Indonesia

International artists perform at industry-sponsored event, help market tobacco to kids

Editor
Oct 9, 2012

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Thanks to some of the world’s weakest tobacco control laws, Indonesia continues to be the target of rampant, unrestricted tobacco marketing, including industry-sponsored concerts that are banned in the United States and many other countries. Unfortunately, popular international musicians continue to perform at these concerts, helping tobacco companies market their deadly and addictive products to Indonesia’s youth.

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posted October 09, 2012

Sri Lanka, Ukraine Implement Graphic Cigarette Warnings

New progress in global fight against tobacco

Editor
Oct 8, 2012

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Marking major victories in the global fight against tobacco, Ukraine and Sri Lanka have announced the implementation of graphic warning labels to be required on all cigarette packs sold in these countries.

Sri Lanka will join Australia and Uruguay in implementing some of the largest graphic warnings in the world, covering 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packages. In Ukraine, warning labels were implemented last week and now cover 50 percent of all cigarette packs.

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posted October 08, 2012

Warning to Pregnant Women: Secondhand Smoke Harms You and Your Baby

New study: Tobacco smoke affects newborns' brain development

Editor
Oct 4, 2012

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It’s well-known that smoking during pregnancy is harmful to pregnant women and their babies.  But there’s more evidence all the time of how extensive the harm can be – both from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

 

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posted October 04, 2012

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