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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

Study: Secondhand Smoke Greatest Source of Indoor Air Pollution in Beijing

China needs strong smoke-free regulations

Editor
Sep 28, 2012

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Secondhand smoke is the greatest source of indoor air pollution in China, according to a new study by a civil environmental group.

The study analyzed air quality in 43 restaurants, bars and Internet cafes over a six-month period and found that small particles from tobacco smoke made up 90 percent of the air pollutants.  The concentration of particulate air pollution was significantly greater than standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).   On average, pollution levels were 14 times greater than WHO-recommended levels in restaurants, 19 times greater in bars and 10 times greater in Internet cafes.

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posted September 28, 2012

Survey Finds High Tobacco Use in LGBT Population

First national survey to measure LGBT tobacco use

Editor
Sep 24, 2012

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A new survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just published in the American Journal of Public Health, finds significantly higher rates of tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.

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posted September 24, 2012

Study: Uruguay’s Strong Policies Produced Unprecedented Smoking Declines

Setting an example for the world

Editor
Sep 18, 2012

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Uruguay has some of the world’s strongest laws to fight tobacco use, and a new study published in The Lancet medical journal shows the nation’s efforts have dramatically reduced smoking.

Since 2005, Uruguay has implemented a series of strong measures to reduce tobacco use.  These include a comprehensive law requiring smoke-free workplaces and public places, a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships (except at the point of sale), and several tobacco tax increases.

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posted September 18, 2012

Movement Grows for Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities

New national initiative launched

Editor
Sep 14, 2012

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The movement to require tobacco-free college and university campuses is gaining steam across the United States.

All told, some 774 college and university campuses now have smoke-free policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.  Of these, 562 have a 100 percent tobacco-free policy.

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posted September 14, 2012

New Survey: Indonesia Has Highest Male Smoking Rate in the World

Cheap cigarettes, rampant marketing fuel tobacco epidemic

Editor
Sep 12, 2012

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Indonesia has the highest male smoking rate among countries surveyed to date, according to results from the nation’s first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) released today.

The survey underscored the scope of Indonesia’s tobacco epidemic, which is fueled by cheap cigarettes, rampant tobacco advertising and weak government policies to reduce tobacco use. Smoking kills at least 200,000 people in Indonesia each year.

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posted September 12, 2012

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