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Youth voices heard on Kick Butts Day

Youth voices heard on Kick Butts Day

Editor
Apr 3, 2014

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On Kick Butts Day, March 19, thousands of youth and public health advocates across the country stood up to Big Tobacco. In events in their schools and rallies at state capitols, they spoke out against the industry’s deceptive marketing – and their voices were heard.

Why is Kick Butts Day important? We couldn’t say it better than these supporters, whose messages were amplified in newspapers, on TV and in blogs.

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posted April 03, 2014

Poisoning Cases Related to E-Cigarettes Skyrocket

New York Times report highlights risk, spurs calls for FDA regulation

Editor
Mar 26, 2014

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Across the United States, poison control centers are reporting a soaring number of accidental poisonings related to the nicotine liquid used in electronic cigarettes.  These reports have spurred a growing call for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finally regulate these products, including from newspaper editorials and U.S. senators.

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posted March 26, 2014

Take the Marlboro Teen Fashion Quiz

Is it an ad for Marlboro cigarettes or teen fashion? You decide

Editor
Mar 12, 2014

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As revealed by a report issued today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other international public health groups, Philip Morris International (PMI) is conducting a global marketing campaign for its best-selling Marlboro cigarettes – called “Be Marlboro” – that uses themes and images sure to appeal to youth.

The campaign has spread to more than 50 countries despite being banned by a German court for targeting teens and generating similar complaints in other countries.

“Be Marlboro” ads feature attractive young people partying, falling in love, playing music and engaging in adventure sports such as snowboarding and surfing – in short, things youth around the world aspire to do.

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posted March 12, 2014

Lights, Camera, Fight Tobacco!

Announcing winners of Kicking Butts on Film Contest

Editor
Mar 10, 2014

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Youth across America will stand up to Big Tobacco on Kick Butts Day, just nine days away on March 19, 2014.

In the fall, our Kick Butts Day team invited youth across the country to submit original public service announcements as part of our annual Kicking Butts on Film PSA Contest.

We received dozens of creative entries from all over the U.S.  These videos showed how tobacco continues to effect America’s youth in their daily lives – and how many of them are galvanized to continue the fight.

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posted March 10, 2014

Los Angeles, Long Beach Add E-Cigarettes to Clean Air Laws

Growing number of cities are taking action

Editor
Mar 7, 2014

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This week, the Los Angeles and Long Beach City Councils voted to prohibit use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, bars and other public places and work places where cigarette smoking is also prohibited. San Francisco is considering similar legislation and a vote is anticipated soon.

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posted March 07, 2014

An E-Cigarette Ad on an Itsy, Bitsy Bikini

Teens sure to be attracted by ad in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Editor
Feb 24, 2014

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Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes have repeatedly claimed they don’t market to kids. But their actions tell a different story.

In the latest example, Lorillard Inc. has placed an ad for its best-selling blu eCigs in the just-published swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, no doubt one of the favorite magazines of teenage boys.  The ad features the blu logo front and center on the skimpy bikini bottom of a shapely model.  You can even zoom in on it on the online version of the ad.

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posted February 24, 2014

U.S. Senators to Walmart: Quit Tobacco Sales

Retail giant urged to follow CVS’s example

Editor
Feb 18, 2014

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Seven U.S. senators have written to Walmart urging the retail giant to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“We write to urge Walmart, as the number one retailer of cigarettes in the country, to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores,” the senators wrote. “We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans.”

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posted February 18, 2014

Youth Advocate Helps Launch FDA Media Campaign

New ads portray real costs of tobacco use

Editor
Feb 11, 2014

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The Real Cost, the FDA’s new public education campaign aimed at preventing youth tobacco use, launches nationally today across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, print and online.  It will run for at least a year.

Daniel Giuffra, one of our 2013 Youth Advocates of the Year, represented his peers at the Feb. 4 launch event in Washington, D.C. Now a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, Daniel considers himself “a teenager who wants to help other teens understand the risks of tobacco use.”

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posted February 11, 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies Ranked Among Most Innovative Companies

Editor
Feb 11, 2014

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Bloomberg Philanthropies has been named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company as part of its annual guide to business performance and creativity. Focusing on the foundation's results-oriented approach to tackling the world's most important issues, the magazine hails Bloomberg Philanthropies’ data-driven philosophy and highlights its role in driving progress against tobacco use.

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posted February 11, 2014

Eight U.S. Senators Urge Drug Stores to Follow CVS, End Tobacco Sales

Letters cite huge health and financial toll of tobacco

Editor
Feb 10, 2014

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Eight U.S. senators today sent letters to the CEOs of two major drug store chains – Walgreens and Rite Aid – and the president of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urging that other pharmacies follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. 

 

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posted February 10, 2014

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