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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

USA TODAY: 2009 Federal Cigarette Tax Hike Cut Smoking

Tobacco taxes are health win and revenue win

Editor
Sep 11, 2012

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The 2009 increase in the federal cigarette tax achieved the goals of significantly reducing smoking and raising revenue to help fund expansion of children’s health insurance, according to today’s lead story in USA TODAY. 

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posted September 11, 2012

India fights addictive “path to death”

More states ban cancer-causing gutka chewing tobacco

Editor
Sep 7, 2012

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Despite powerful opposition from a billion-dollar industry, India continues to make progress in banning gutka – a deadly form of chewing tobacco that is fueling the country’s oral cancer epidemic.

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posted September 07, 2012

Back to School and Tobacco-Free

Protecting kids from the tobacco industry’s products and marketing

Editor
Sep 6, 2012

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The backpacks have been aired out, the supplies purchased, pencils sharpened, and the kids are now back to school.  With young people being away from home and parental supervision, however, moms and dads need to be vigilant. 

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posted September 06, 2012

North Dakota Voters Can Make Their State Smoke-Free

Voters should protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air

Editor
Sep 5, 2012

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North Dakota voters in November can deliver a big win for health by approving a statewide ballot initiative to require smoke-free workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars.

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posted September 05, 2012

NY Times Editorial: Close Loopholes in Tobacco Regulation

Tobacco companies manipulate products to attract kids

Editor
Sep 4, 2012

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An editorial in The New York Times calls on elected officials and the Food and Drug Administration to close tax and regulatory loopholes that tobacco companies have exploited to keep some products cheap, flavored and appealing to kids.

"Give the tobacco industry credit for ingenuity," the Times wrote. "Just when it looked as if federal regulators could block their ability to addict children and young adults, several companies that make cigars and pipe tobacco have sidestepped the barriers by taking advantage of loopholes in federal law."

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posted September 04, 2012

CDC’s Powerful Ads Motivate Smokers to Get Help Quitting

Ads produced big jumps in quitline calls, website visits

Editor
Aug 30, 2012

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that its unprecedented anti-smoking ad campaign — Tips from Former Smokers (TIPS) — motivated hundreds of thousands of smokers to seek help quitting.

The 12-week campaign, which ended June 10, featured the real stories of former smokers who are suffering the debilitating health effects of their tobacco use.

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posted August 30, 2012

“Warning: Smoking Can Kill You”

New York Times criticizes ruling against new cigarette warnings

Editor
Aug 28, 2012

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An editorial in The New York Times harshly criticized the court ruling last week that struck down the graphic cigarette warnings required by Congress under a 2009 law.

In a 2 to 1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday found that the new warnings violated the First Amendment rights of tobacco companies. The majority opinion ignored the significant scientific evidence demonstrating that graphic warnings are most effective at communicating the health risks of smoking, discouraging children and other nonsmoker from starting to smoke and motivating smokers to quit.

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posted August 28, 2012

Let’s Finish the Fight Against Tobacco

Elected officials must accelerate proven strategies

Editor
Aug 20, 2012

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Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has written an op-ed in The Huffington Post warning against complacency in the fight against tobacco use and calling on elected officials in the United States to finish the fight against the nation’s number one cause of preventable death.

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posted August 20, 2012

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