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State Prevention Funding Cuts Threaten Progress Against Tobacco

Less than two cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue used to combat tobacco use

Editor
Nov 30, 2011

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States have slashed funding for programs to reduce tobacco use by 12 percent in the past year and by 36 percent over the past four years, threatening the nation’s progress against tobacco, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations.

The states this year will collect a near-record $25.6 billion in revenue from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend only 1.8 percent of it — $456.7 million — on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.  In other words, the states are spending less than two cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use.

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posted November 30, 2011

We Did It: New Baseball Contract Limits Smokeless Tobacco

Coalition to Knock Tobacco Out of the Park gets baseball to start snuffing out tobacco

Editor
Nov 22, 2011

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Major League Baseball and the players' union have taken an historic first step toward getting tobacco out of the ballgame by placing significant limits on smokeless tobacco at the ballpark and whenever players are around fans.

Under the new contract agreement that MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced, whenever fans are at the ballpark, players, manager and coaches will no longer be able to carry a tobacco tin or package in their uniform pocket, or anywhere on their bodies.

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posted November 22, 2011

Bloomberg Philanthropies Reports Progress in Fighting Global Tobacco Epidemic

Countries act to reduce smoking, protect everyone from secondhand smoke

Marina Carter, International Press Secretary
Nov 18, 2011

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Marking five years of significant achievements in global tobacco control, Bloomberg Philanthropies has released a report on the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use that shows ground-breaking progress in reducing tobacco use and protecting everyone from secondhand smoke.

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posted November 18, 2011

President Obama Takes on Tobacco in New Video

Administration has taken historic action against leading cause of preventable death

Editor
Nov 17, 2011

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Today is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, and President Obama is marking the occasion with a video underscoring his Administration's commitment to winning the fight against tobacco — the nation's leading cause of preventable death.

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posted November 17, 2011

Great American Smokeout is Early Holiday Gift for Health

36th annual Smokeout kicks off a season of getting motivated and getting help to quit

Editor
Nov 16, 2011

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For smokers trying to quit, there's no better time than to start than tomorrow — the Great American Smokeout.

For 36 years, the American Cancer Society has designated the day for smokers to quit, and for those who love them to give help and support.

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posted November 16, 2011

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

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