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Smoke-Free Campuses from Sea to Shining Sea

University of California system, Florida campuses join coast-to-coast trend

Editor
Jan 12, 2012

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All ten campuses of the University of California will be completely tobacco-free within the next two years, while on the other coast Nova Southeastern University is joining the University of Florida and other Sunshine State campuses in going smoke-free.

University of California President Mark G. Yudof this week directed chancellors to implement tobacco-free policies on their campuses within the next 24 months.  Key elements include prohibiting all tobacco use in both indoor and outdoor spaces and stopping the sale and advertising of tobacco products in University-owned and occupied buildings.

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posted January 12, 2012

Senegal Stunned at Deep Philip Morris Price Discount

Even smoker says:  "It’s not good"

Editor
Jan 11, 2012

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Senegal’s health officials are outraged at a sudden price cut of nearly 40 percent in Philip Morris International’s top-selling Marlboro brand, saying that the deep discount puts profits over health.

The global tobacco giant stunned Senegal, which is already struggling with soaring adult and youth smoking rates, when it announced the price cut last month.  AFP reports that officials and the public are alarmed.

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posted January 11, 2012

Prevention Drives Drop in Cancer Deaths

Reduced smoking and better screening save lives

Editor
Jan 6, 2012

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Deaths from cancer continue to decline, pushed downward by critical prevention strategies, especially progress against smoking. The American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics says better screening and treatment also play a role.

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posted January 06, 2012

Update: Orange Bowl Outlook Sunny After Cigar Sponsorship Dropped

Tobacco-free bowl game set for tonight

Editor
Jan 4, 2012

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Tonight's Orange Bowl game in Miami will kick off without the cloud of a tobacco sponsorship hanging over it: Bowl officials cancelled a planned three-year sponsorship by Camacho Cigars after public health groups, three U.S. senators and thousands of activists protested that the sponsorship would have helped market tobacco products to young fans.

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posted January 04, 2012

Ring in the New Year with Good Health

Smokers and their families can make 2012 the year to quit

Editor
Jan 3, 2012

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Every year, "quit smoking" is among the top 10 New Year's resolutions that Americans make, and for good reasons. 

 

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posted January 03, 2012

2011: A Year of Progress

Reducing U.S. smoking to new lows and clearing the air around the world

Editor
Dec 29, 2011

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2011 was a year of tremendous progress in fighting tobacco use, but there were also many reminders that the tobacco industry has not changed and continues to market to children and challenge governments that take strong action.

Smoking rates in the United States dropped to historic lows, the movement for smoke-free air spread around the world and even Major League Baseball started dealing with its addiction to smokeless tobacco.

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posted December 29, 2011

Stand With Us

We stand between the tobacco industry and millions of kids

Editor
Dec 21, 2011

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As we look ahead to 2012, we are more confident than ever that we can continue to beat back Big Tobacco’s continuing effort to hook a new generation of smokers by targeting kids.

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posted December 21, 2011

Orange Bowl Must Drop Tobacco Sponsorship

Camacho Cigars and smoking lounges have no place in sports

Editor
Dec 20, 2011

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Ten national public health and medical groups have called on the Orange Bowl Committee and the NCAA to cancel a cigar company sponsorship of the marquee college football game to prevent tobacco marketing at one of the nation’s premier sporting events.

Davidoff of Geneva, parent company of Camacho Cigars, last week announced that it has signed a three-year deal making Camacho Cigars a corporate sponsor of the Orange Bowl Festival, which includes the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Discover Orange Bowls, the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game and related fan events. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game will draw particularly intense fan interest and media attention.

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posted December 20, 2011

Brazil Becomes Largest Country in World to Go Smoke-Free

Momentum for Tobacco Control Builds Across Latin America

Marina Carter, International Press Secretary
Dec 16, 2011

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With Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signing a comprehensive tobacco control law this week, Brazil has taken historic action to protect its more than 190 million citizens from the deadly toll of tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

The law makes Brazil the most populous country in the world to go smoke-free. It also bans tobacco advertising at point of sale, increases tobacco taxes and requires health warnings on both sides of cigarette packs (current law requires graphic warnings covering the entire back of the pack, but no warning on the front of the pack).

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posted December 16, 2011

Update: New study shows tobacco prevention spending saves over $5 for every $1 spent

New study provides strongest evidence prevention and cessation programs reduce smoking, save lives, and reduce health care costs

Editor
Dec 15, 2011

A study published today by the American Journal of Public Health  provides some of the strongest evidence yet that tobacco prevention and cessation programs not only reduce smoking and save lives, but also save money by reducing tobacco-related health care costs.

The study found that from 2000 to 2009, Washington State’s tobacco prevention and cessation program saved more than $5 for every $1 spent by reducing hospitalizations for heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer caused by tobacco use. Over the 10-year period, the program prevented nearly 36,000 hospitalizations, saving $1.5 billion compared to $260 million that was spent on the program.

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posted December 15, 2011

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