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World Media Stunned by Tobacco Sponsorship of Chinese Schools

CNN focuses on the "dysfunction in this whole system"

Editor
Oct 5, 2011

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Spurred by reports that the Chinese National Tobacco Corporation is sponsoring at least 100 elementary schools — promoting their brands and logos among children — CNN interviewed Dr. Judith Mackay of the World Lung Foundation on the role the state-owned company plays in fostering the tobacco epidemic in China.

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posted October 05, 2011

European Commission Makes Key Contribution to Tobacco Control

"Investing in People" initiative will help low and middle-income countries save lives

Marina Carter, International Press Secretary
Oct 3, 2011

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Seeking to speed progress on tobacco control and save lives, the European Commission is providing 5.2 Million Euros (U.S. $7 million) to help low and middle-income countries effectively implement the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.

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posted October 03, 2011

Where You Work Affects Whether You Smoke

CDC study says employers can help reduce smoking, saving lives and money

Editor
Sep 30, 2011

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While the United States has made huge progress in reducing smoking, not all Americans are benefiting equally. Where you work can make a big difference in whether you smoke — and how healthy you are.

 

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posted September 30, 2011

Big Tobacco Sponsors Elementary Schools in China

Slogan tells kids: “Tobacco helps you become talented”

Editor
Sep 28, 2011

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In an apparent attempt to lure young smokers, China National Tobacco Corporation (CNTC) is sponsoring at least 100 elementary schools in China.

CNTC financed construction of these schools, which are named after Chinese cigarette brands and sometimes bear slogans such as "Talent comes from hard work, Tobacco helps you become talented." Many of the schools also feature the company's logo of a green tobacco leaf.

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posted September 28, 2011

“Moneyball” is Blockbuster Reason to Get Tobacco Out of Baseball

Brad Pitt spits as Billy Beane, highlighting the tobacco problem in baseball's culture

Editor
Sep 26, 2011

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Millions of moviegoers who saw the Hollywood blockbuster "Moneyball," this weekend watched a multi-million dollar advertisement for getting tobacco out of Major League Baseball.

Brad Pitt plays Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane with tobacco tucked in his cheek, spitting repeatedly into a cup. Though Major League Baseball asked Sony Pictures to remove the scenes of tobacco use, the movie company says it kept them in for authenticity.

And that’s the problem. 

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posted September 26, 2011

Low-Tax Missouri Can Lift Itself from Bottom of the Pack

Voters could get chance to raise cigarette taxes, fund education and tobacco prevention

Editor
Sep 23, 2011

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Missouri’s meager, 17-cents-per-pack cigarette tax — the lowest in the nation — could be raised by 80 cents, reducing smoking and generating  $300 million to help fund public education, state universities and programs to help smokers quit and keep kids from starting.

It’s truly a win-win for the state.

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posted September 23, 2011

Clinton Global Initiative Challenges Employers to Provide Smoke-Free Workplaces Around the World

Former president puts tobacco control on his global health agenda

Editor
Sep 22, 2011

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The Clinton Global Initiative has assembled a coalition of businesses, civic leaders and health advocates — including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — to lead a global effort for smoke-free workplaces.

 

 

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posted September 22, 2011

“One Tough Nerd” Stands Up to Big Tobacco

Conservative Michigan governor has courage to save lives

Jodi Radke, Regional Advocacy Director
Sep 21, 2011

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When Republican Rick Snyder ran for Michigan Governor he promised to be a strong conservative and "one tough nerd." Now that he's in the executive mansion, Snyder is showing his toughness by standing up to efforts by Big Tobacco to lower the state's cigarette tax.

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posted September 21, 2011

New York City Reduces Smoking to Record Lows

Results due to Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership in pushing proven solutions

Editor
Sep 19, 2011

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From New York City comes more evidence that we know how to win the fight against tobacco and just need the political will to implement proven solutions.

In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has provided that political will by championing a comprehensive strategy that includes a high tobacco tax, comprehensive smoke-free law and hard-hitting media campaigns that discourage kids from smoking and encourage smokers to quit.

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posted September 19, 2011

Even Superman Succumbs to Tobacco

India’s smokeless tobacco epidemic claims actor whose character fought “gutka king”

Editor
Sep 16, 2011

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Tobacco does not spare even Superman.

Shafique Sheikh, a 25-year old Indian actor, became a local celebrity playing Superman in a spoof of the popular superhero movies. In Sheikh's version of the film, Superman battled an evil "gutka king" who wants to flood the town with cheap, addictive chewing tobacco.

In real life, the former textile worker had begun using the local form of smokeless tobacco — gutka — at age eight, consuming as many as 40 packets daily until he was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition in his jaw when he was 18.

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posted September 16, 2011

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