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New Study Reveals Enormity of Global Tobacco Epidemic

Nations must act now to reduce tobacco use and save lives

Editor
Aug 17, 2012

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The Lancet medical journal has just published results of the largest-ever international survey of tobacco use, underscoring both the enormity of the global tobacco epidemic and the urgent need for countries to implement proven strategies that reduce tobacco use and save lives. Without strong action, tobacco is projected to kill one billion people worldwide this century.

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posted August 17, 2012

Australia’s High Court Upholds World’s First Law Requiring Plain Cigarette Packs

Victory called "watershed moment" in fight against tobacco

Editor
Aug 15, 2012

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Delivering an historic victory in the global fight against tobacco, Australia’s highest court has upheld the world’s first law requiring that all cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. The High Court rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry, allowing Australia to move forward with requiring the plain packs starting on December 1.

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posted August 15, 2012

Sweet, Cheap and Colorful – No Wonder Some Cigars Are Popular with Kids

Cigar smoking jumps among African-American teens

Editor
Aug 14, 2012

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new survey results last week showing that youth cigarette smoking continues to fall, but it had troubling news about cigars.

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posted August 14, 2012

Missouri Can Rise from the Ashes in November by Increasing Low Tobacco Tax

Voters will have a chance to keep kids from smoking, save lives

Editor
Aug 8, 2012

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Missouri voters in November can prevent kids from smoking and save lives by approving a ballot initiative to increase the state’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax by 73 cents per pack.

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posted August 08, 2012

CDC Report Exposes Tobacco Companies’ Latest Tricks to Promote Smoking

Low-tax products attract kids and keep smokers hooked

Editor
Aug 3, 2012

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A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that tobacco companies are manipulating their products to avoid taxes and regulations aimed at reducing smoking, undermining the fight against the nation’s leading cause of preventable death.

In particular, tobacco companies have mislabeled roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco and increased the weight of many cigars to escape higher tobacco taxes imposed by a 2009 federal law.  By keeping the prices of these products low, tobacco companies are attracting kids and keeping smokers hooked.

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posted August 03, 2012

Saudi Arabia requires smoke-free public places

Country steps up fight against tobacco

Editor
Jul 31, 2012

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The Saudi Arabian government has significantly stepped up the nation’s fight against tobacco use by requiring public places to be smoke-free. The smoke-free policy will apply to government offices, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and shopping malls in addition to airports, which have been smoke-free since 2011.  It even applies to water-pipes, or shisha.

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posted July 31, 2012

Smoke-Free Progress in Wyoming, Ohio

And more evidence that smoke-free doesn't hurt business

Editor
Jul 30, 2012

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The past week brought major progress in the movement for smoke-free air in Wyoming and Ohio.

In Wyoming, Casper's strong smoke-free law will take effect on September 1 after opponents failed to collect the required 2,000 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. The Casper City Council in June approved the ordinance, which will require restaurants, bars and other public places to be smoke-free.

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posted July 30, 2012

Court Rejects Tobacco Racketeers’ Bid to Escape Corrective Actions

Latest chapter in government’s lawsuit against tobacco companies

Editor
Jul 27, 2012

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In a victory for public health, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected the tobacco industry’s attempt to escape any corrective actions despite a judgment that they have violated civil racketeering laws and defrauded the American people for decades.

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posted July 27, 2012

Victory for Health in Vietnam

Nation approves historic tobacco control law

Editor
Jul 24, 2012

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The Vietnamese government has approved the country’s first-ever comprehensive tobacco control law, marking a public health milestone for the country.  

The new law requires smoke-free work places and public places with few exceptions, mandates large, graphic cigarette health warnings, and places strong restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. 

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posted July 24, 2012

Youth Leaders Sharpen Skills for Fight Against Tobacco

Congressional meetings highlight latest tobacco marketing tactics

Editor
Jul 20, 2012

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Across the United States, youth are playing critical roles in the fight against tobacco. They’re encouraging their peers to stay tobacco-free, taking on the tobacco industry and its deceptive marketing and urging elected officials to take strong action to protect America’s kids from tobacco.

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posted July 20, 2012

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