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Cracking down on deception

FDA takes action against online tobacco retailers who continue “light” and “low” ruse

Editor
May 26, 2011

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Untamed Internet tobacco vendors have just heard from the sheriff.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued 11 warning letters to online retailers for illegally marketing cigarettes described with terms such as "light" and "low" that deceive smokers by implying they are less risky than other brands.  They are not.

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posted May 26, 2011

True Conservatives Know Helping Smokers Quit Saves Money

Tennessee Lt. Gov says spending for smoking cessation is "a highly effective use of funds."

Editor
May 24, 2011

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As states from coast to coast continue to struggle with serious budget woes, Tennessee's Lieutenant  Governor has a message for them:  Using public funds to help smokers covered by state health insurance programs quit is a "no brainer."

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posted May 24, 2011

Another Voice Speaks Out Against Tobacco in Baseball

Diamondbacks owner joins growing chorus urging MLB players to be better role models for kids

Editor
May 19, 2011

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Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick makes a point each spring of speaking to his team about baseball's tradition as a family sport. And he’s worked closely with Arizona health officials on an extensive educational program — "the No Chew Crew" to teach elementary school children about the risks of smokeless tobacco.

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posted May 19, 2011

Meet Our National Youth Advocate of the Year

Abby Michaelsen works to pass California Cancer Research Act

Abby Michaelsen, National Youth Advocate of the Year
May 18, 2011

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It is an immense honor to be the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ National Youth Advocate of the Year! I am so excited to be in Washington to receive this award and to meet my fellow advocates who have been working tirelessly in their own communities on their tobacco prevention campaigns.

At home, I’m focused on helping my local American Heart Association with our campaign for the California Cancer Research Act. This act would increase the state’s tobacco tax by $1, with all the new funds going towards tobacco prevention and cessation programs and cancer research.  Voters will decide the issue in the next statewide election, though the exact date of that is still uncertain.

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posted May 18, 2011

“I Dip Because You Do”

HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel takes on smokeless tobacco use in Major League Baseball

Editor
May 17, 2011

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An all-star lineup of Major League Baseball notables including Brett Butler, a cancer survivor who played in the majors for 17 seasons, and ESPN analyst and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, discuss the dangerous use of smokeless tobacco in baseball and its negative impact on young fans on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tonight.

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posted May 17, 2011

He Said What?

Philip Morris International chief's comment that tobacco is "not that hard to quit" only hints at company deception

Editor
May 12, 2011

Philip Morris International CEO Louis Camilleri made headlines at the PMI shareholders' meeting in New York on Wednesday, when he falsely claimed that "it's not that hard to quit" smoking cigarettes.

It was a revealing glimpse of the real Philip Morris at an event usually orchestrated to present the world's largest private tobacco company in the best light even as its products and practices spread death and disease worldwide.

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posted May 12, 2011

South Carolina Shakes Off Tobacco Ties

Cities and counties across Palmetto State are enacting smoke-free policies

Editor
May 12, 2011

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Better health is winning against Big Tobacco — even in tobacco-growing South Carolina.

In the past two weeks, three more South Carolina cities — Atlantic Beach, Florence and Spartanburg — have approved smoke-free workplace ordinances that include restaurants and bars. That brings to 41 the number of smoke-free cities and counties statewide, protecting 34 percent of the state's population.

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posted May 12, 2011

Standing Tall for Health

Nepal enacts comprehensive tobacco-control law

Editor
May 10, 2011

Home to the world's tallest mountain, Nepal also has big ambitions for improving health: It has just enacted a tough, comprehensive tobacco-control law that requires smoke-free public places and workplaces, mandates pictorial health warnings covering 75 percent of tobacco packages, and bans tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships.

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posted May 10, 2011

Need a Last Minute Gift for Mom?

Encourage her to quit smoking for the gift of better health

Editor
May 6, 2011

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Lung cancer — not breast cancer — is the leading cancer killer among women, and smoking causes 80 percent of these deaths.

So there's no better gift for Mom this Mother's Day than giving her the encouragement, support and information she needs to help her stop smoking.

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posted May 06, 2011

Skinny and Sick?

New Study: tobacco companies spiked cigarettes with diet aids to hook people worried about weight

Editor
May 4, 2011

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It's been nearly a century since Lucky Strike first used the slogan "Reach for A Lucky Instead of A Sweet" and decades since the early Virginia Slims advertising campaign depicted women who smoke as independent, stylish, sexy — and of course slim — to market to women and girls.

But slogans and sophisticated images weren't the only tricks in the tobacco industry's scheme to keep people smoking.

According to a new study published in The European Journal of Public Health, the companies added appetite suppressants to cigarettes "to enhance the effects of smoking on appetite and body weight" — and to stoke smokers' fears of gaining weight if they quit.

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posted May 04, 2011

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