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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

New Report Lists Best and Worst States to Quit Smoking

Insurance coverage, funding cessation programs make a huge difference for health

Editor
Dec 7, 2011

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States that require comprehensive insurance coverage for treatments that help smokers quit and adequately fund cessation services such as quit lines are the most “quit friendly” places to live, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

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posted December 07, 2011

BBC World Investigates Why India is the Oral Cancer Capital of the World

Lax enforcement of ban on sales to kids drives epidemic among young people

Editor
Dec 1, 2011

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BBC World's innovative series The Health Show will broadcast a report this weekend examining India's daunting problem of tobacco use among children and its shocking consequences for health.

Young people in India commonly use gutka, a carcinogenic cocktail of flavored smokeless tobacco and additives. Extremely cheap and easily purchased by children and teenagers, an estimated 5 million kids are addicted to the product. It's responsible for 90 percent of oral cancer cases in India.

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posted December 01, 2011

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

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