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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

Act Today to Stop Congressional Cuts to Prevention Fund!

Tell lawmakers that preventing disease saves money

Editor
Dec 15, 2011

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Today is a National Day of Action on Prevention, a coordinated effort by hundreds of public health advocates around the country to protect critical prevention money in the new health reform law from deep cuts.

Proposals now moving forward on Capitol Hill would cut the prevention fund by two-thirds or more–just when evidence is mounting that proven prevention programs, especially those to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit, pay big returns by reducing health care costs.

 

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posted December 15, 2011

Teen Cigarette Smoking Drops to Record Lows

But new industry tactics to hook kids include smokeless tobacco and "little cigars"

Editor
Dec 14, 2011

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Cigarette smoking among American youth has dropped to record lows, with just 11.7 percent of kids in grades 8, 10 and 12 reporting that they smoked in the past month.

The annual Monitoring the Future survey released today shows that since youth smoking rates peaked in the mid-1990s, they have dropped dramatically — by 71 percent among eighth graders, 61 percent among students in 10th grade and 49 percent among those in 12th grade.

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posted December 14, 2011

Cheap and Sweet Like Candy – Kills Like Tobacco

Sweet flavors and low prices entice kids to smoke "little cigars"

Editor
Dec 13, 2011

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The tobacco industry has maneuvered around marketing restrictions aimed at protecting youth and found yet another way to hook kids when they're young: Flavored "little cigars" that are so cheap kids can easily afford them, and so sweet with kid-friendly flavors that some young smokers believe they're less addictive than cigarettes.

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posted December 13, 2011

Let’s Get Healthier: Take Action for Change

Tobacco use still responsible for one of five deaths in U.S.

Editor
Dec 9, 2011

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Slow progress in bringing smoking rates down, coupled with dramatic increases in obesity and diabetes, mean the nation's overall health didn't improve in the past year.

United Health Foundation’s annual report, America’s Health Rankings, ranks states based on progress in fighting the causes of chronic diseases that are overburdening the health care system and driving up costs. States that showed the most improvement this year were New York and New Jersey — both of which advanced because of strides in reducing smoking.

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posted December 09, 2011

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