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Mexico Reaps Revenue Gains from Tobacco Tax

Windfall disproves industry claims on lost revenues

Editor
Nov 15, 2011

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Mexico saw a surge in tobacco tax revenues from January through September 2011, according to the finance ministry — the result of a 2010 hike in tobacco taxes that industry opponents had claimed would increase smuggling and lose revenue.

Instead, Mexico's finance minister said the historic increase in cigarette taxes, which raised the tax per cigarette pack by seven pesos, boosted revenues by 9 percent after adjusting for inflation.

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posted November 15, 2011

11,000 Sign Open Letter Calling for Tobacco-Free Baseball

Fans, health advocates urge players’ union to back tobacco ban at games

Editor
Nov 11, 2011

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Nearly 11,000 baseball fans and health advocates have sent an open letter to player representatives of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) urging players to agree to prohibit smokeless tobacco use at games and on camera.

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posted November 11, 2011

Most Smokers Want to Quit, but Too Few Succeed

CDC study shows need for affordable and accessible treatment

Editor
Nov 10, 2011

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The overwhelming majority of smokers want to quit and more than half of them tried to do so last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet too few smokers are using proven treatments, such as medication and counseling, to help them stop smoking for good.

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posted November 10, 2011

Court Upholds Key Indonesian Tobacco-Control Laws

A step forward in nation of "smoking baby" and severe epidemic

Editor
Nov 9, 2011

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Indonesia's Constitutional Court has upheld critical tobacco control related aspects of the country's 2009 Health Law, affirming that tobacco is indeed addictive and making it clear that pictorial warnings on cigarette packs are required and not just optional.

The ruling came on a challenge to the law backed by tobacco companies, which are politically powerful and have aggressively fought efforts to reduce tobacco use. The Indonesian government has lagged in implementing the law, bowing to the clout of tobacco interests.

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posted November 09, 2011

Lights, Camera, Let’s Take Action …

Youth can Kick Butts on film and radio

Editor
Nov 7, 2011

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Are you an aspiring filmmaker or broadcaster? Or perhaps just a passionate youth advocate with a camera or microphone who is ready to take on Big Tobacco?

The 4th annual Kicking Butts on Film (… and Radio!) contest is underway.

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posted November 07, 2011

House Members, Little League Join Call for Tobacco-Free Baseball

Kids “deserve nothing less”

Editor
Nov 4, 2011

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Two more members of Congress and Little League International have joined the drive to end smokeless tobacco use in Major League Baseball, urging big-league ballplayers to become better role models for the next generation of fans.

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posted November 04, 2011

Is Nicotine a “Gateway Drug” for Cocaine?

New NIH study provides compelling evidence

Editor
Nov 3, 2011

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Science has established that cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body, causing lung and other cancers, heart disease, reproductive damage and many other serious diseases.

Now a new study from the National Institutes of Health highlights another insidious way in which tobacco use can harm health: Nicotine may be a "gateway drug" that makes the brain more susceptible to addiction to cocaine, and possibly other illicit drugs.

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posted November 03, 2011

Honor Veterans and Military Service Members by Helping them Quit Smoking

Legacy forum, White House initiative can improve health of military families

Editor
Nov 1, 2011

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A great way to mark Veterans' Day is to help a veteran or someone currently serving in the military to quit using tobacco.

The smoking rate among members of the U.S. military — 30.6 percent in 2008 — is far higher than for the adult population as a whole. Despite slow but steady progress in reducing smoking among American adults, the rate of smoking among military personnel has remained unchanged since 1998, when it was 29.9 percent.

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posted November 01, 2011

World Series Resumes Tonight with Boost for Tobacco-Free Baseball

ABC World News Now reports on how young players mimic their role models to become addicted

Editor
Oct 27, 2011

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ABC World News Now reports on young baseball players who started chewing tobacco as teens and now can't break their addiction. Southern Baptist leader Dr. Richard Land and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine tell the network that Major League Baseball must provide better role models.

Says Valentine: "The message is this–wise up! We have to put forth a better face, and that face has to be one without a bulge in our lip."

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posted October 27, 2011

Bag the Chew, Snuff Out the Problem and Just Play Ball!

Editorials, columnists say get tobacco out of baseball

Editor
Oct 26, 2011

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Newspaper editorials and sports columnists around the country are calling for the Major League Baseball players union to finally end the game's unseemly addiction to tobacco by agreeing to ban the use of smokeless tobacco in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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posted October 26, 2011

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