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“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

Smoker Talks truth® to Philip Morris International CEO’s Claim That It’s “not that hard to quit”

Legacy’s truth® video turns the tables to show youth how addiction harms

Editor
Sep 14, 2011

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Philip Morris International CEO Louis Camilleri told company shareholders in New York recently that it's "not that hard to quit" smoking. But the words of a real smoker, sick and wheezing, speak truth to tobacco industry power.

In a new video from Legacy’s truth® campaign, "Steve" speaks through a tracheotomy hole, coughs and wheezes as he sets the story straight: "Having my vocal cords removed definitely helped me quit smoking…and talking."

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posted September 14, 2011

ABC’s 20/20: Philip Morris International’s Link to Indonesia’s “Mini-explosion of Smoking Babies”

Company documents show how PMI targets local brand to youth

Editor
Sep 12, 2011

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With Indonesia in the grip of what it calls an "uncontrolled tobacco epidemic," ABC’s 20/20 turns its cameras beyond the shocking images of smoking babies and schoolchildren to spotlight the role of lax government regulation and Philip Morris International’s marketing to youth.

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posted September 12, 2011

States With Lowest Cigarette Taxes “Could Do a Lot More to Snuff Out the Smokes”

CBS News highlights "tiny tobacco tariffs" in 15 states

Editor
Sep 8, 2011

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After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data this week showing the rate of adult smoking nationwide declined to 19.3 percent in 2010, CBS News decided to look at what it calls a "cigarette tax shocker" — the stunningly low rate of cigarette taxes in the 15 states that rank near the bottom in taxing cigarettes.

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posted September 08, 2011

College Campuses Clear the Air

Students return to smoke-free campuses

Editor
Sep 7, 2011

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Though lots of pizza and late nights still make college life a health challenge, exposure to secondhand smoke is becoming less of a threat:  More than 500 campuses around the country are now completely smoke-free.

Prohibitions on smoking in residence halls, classrooms and other indoor spaces have long been  common, but increasingly, students and faculty have advocated for — and won — smoke-free policies that apply anywhere on campus, including outdoor spaces such as athletic stadiums and parking lots. Among the smoke-free venues are all 33 campuses in the Arkansas state university system, and the 23 campuses of the City University of New York.

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posted September 07, 2011

HHS Secretary Counters Big Tobacco Lawsuit Challenging Cigarette Warning Labels

Washington Post column says labels, FDA law, protect youth from deadly addiction

Editor
Sep 2, 2011

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius takes on the tobacco companies that filed suit to block new graphic warning labels from appearing on cigarette packs, saying this would be "a huge setback for our children’s health."

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posted September 02, 2011

Video Urges World Leaders to Address Diseases that Kill 36 Million Each Year

Tobacco control is urgent step and a “best buy” for saving lives

Editor
Sep 1, 2011

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The World Health Organization has issued urgent warnings about the growing health threat from non-communicable diseases — such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes — that now cause three out of five deaths around the globe. Tobacco use is a risk factor for all of these diseases, and the WHO says effective tobacco control is a "best buy" that governments can take to save lives, prevent disease and reduce health care costs.

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posted September 01, 2011

Philip Morris International Suggests Cigarettes are “a Cool Friend” for Indonesians

In country of smoking baby, tobacco giant targets young men with outrageous billboard

Editor
Aug 30, 2011

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From Philip Morris International’s Indonesian subsidiary Sampoerna comes a new billboard with a jaw-dropping slogan: "Dying is better than leaving a friend. Sampoerna is a cool friend."

See it in the full post.

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posted August 30, 2011

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