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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

Newspapers Slam Big Tobacco for Warning Label Lawsuit

Say latest legal challenge is another bid to push deadly product

Editor
Aug 29, 2011

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Newspapers around the country have reached their own verdict on the latest tobacco companies' lawsuit challenging the new, graphic cigarette pack warning labels required under the 2009 law giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco.

The decision: Big Tobacco is guilty again.

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posted August 29, 2011

“The Insider” Revisited

60 Minutes provides timely reminder of Big Tobacco's lies

Editor
Aug 23, 2011

Last week, major tobacco companies again showed their aversion to the truth when they filed yet another lawsuit to block the FDA from implementing new, graphic warning labels on cigarettes.

The new warnings show and tell the truth about cigarettes — that they are addictive and deadly, causing cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. But the tobacco companies claim that being forced to tell the truth would violate their First Amendment rights.

Thanks to CBS's "60 Minutes," we have a timely reminder of just how far Big Tobacco will go to suppress the truth.

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posted August 23, 2011

As MLB Season Heats Up, Campaign to Get Tobacco Out of Baseball Grows

Supporters around the country now working to Knock Tobacco Out of the Park

Editor
Aug 18, 2011

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As the Little League World Series rolls along and Major League Baseball pennant races heat up, the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park coalition is hitting championship stride.

More than 120 national, state and local organizations — including baseball insiders, youth leagues and dozens of health groups — are urging the players union to agree to Commissioner Bud Selig's call for a ban. More are signing up every week.

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posted August 18, 2011

Smokeless Tobacco Users in India Cry “Enough!”

People hooked on gutka want authorities to take fast action

Rajika Jayatilake, Associate Director, International Communications
Aug 15, 2011

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Hundreds of thousands of victims of smokeless tobacco are raising their voices against a regional product — gutka — that is responsible for 90 percent of oral cancer cases in India, the nation with the highest rate of oral cancer in the world.

State by state, tobacco users who became addicted at young ages and suffer from devastating illnesses are trying to shock their state chief executives into action by telling their personal stories. So far, the chief ministers in 11 out of 28 states already have signed a pledge to "rid India of this menace tobacco."

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posted August 15, 2011

Indiana Smoking Rate Drops to Historic Low

But prevention cuts put progress at risk

Editor
Aug 10, 2011

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Over the past decade, Indiana has reduced the smoking rate among adults by nearly a quarter, reaching an historic low for the state of 21.2 percent in 2010.

Indiana was in the forefront of tobacco control efforts following the 1998 settlement of state lawsuits against the tobacco industry. It established an independent agency—Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation—and initially provided robust funding for programs to prevent kids from starting to smoke and help smokers quit.

But political will has waned, and funding has dropped steadily, threatening continued progress.

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posted August 10, 2011

U.S. Can Save 5.4 Million Lives by Following California’s Lead

Golden State's historic gains against tobacco set model for the nation

Editor
Aug 9, 2011

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California recently reported that its aggressive tobacco control programs had reduced adult smoking to just 11.9 percent in 2010 — an historic low for the state.

That got us thinking:  What would happen if the United States as a whole reduced smoking among adults from the current national rate of 20.6 percent to 11.9 percent?

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posted August 09, 2011

From “Social Acceptability” to “A Deadly, Disgusting, Addictive Product”

Groundbreaking advocate David Kessler reflects on 15-Year battle against tobacco

Editor
Aug 5, 2011

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David Kessler, the path-breaking former Food and Drug Administration commissioner who began the push for FDA regulation of tobacco during the mid-1990s, reflected recently on progress in the struggle against the tobacco industry, and the critical changes in social attitudes toward smoking that have taken hold in just the past 15 years.

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posted August 05, 2011

New Hampshire Hurts Health and Budget at the Same Time

Revenues drop after 10-cent cut in tobacco tax

Editor
Aug 4, 2011

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The upside-down logic that prompted New Hampshire lawmakers to cut the state's cigarette tax by 10 cents already has backfired:  State revenues dropped by $6.6 million in July compared with July 2010 due in part to the falloff in revenues from the misguided cigarette tax cut.

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posted August 04, 2011

Young Baseball Fan Makes a Great Play Against Smokeless Tobacco

Dad's struggle with addiction inspires Little League contest winner

Editor
Aug 1, 2011

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Eleven-year-old Louie Lafakis has seen the unhealthy relationship between baseball and smokeless tobacco up close and personal. His father, John, started using it in high school, when his baseball teammates told him he wouldn't make the varsity squad if he didn't dip.

What started as a youthful effort to fit in turned into a harmful addiction for John Lafakis, who is now 44 and still has been unable to quit.

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posted August 01, 2011

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