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A Billion People Now Protected by Large, Graphic Pack Warnings

WHO says more progress needed to fight tobacco epidemic

Editor
Jul 7, 2011

More than a billion people in 19 countries are now protected by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings that cover at least half of cigarette packs — nearly double the number that were exposed to these warnings in 2008.

The World Health Organization's Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011, finds that nations are making significant progress in implementing warning labels and other measures to reduce tobacco use.  But progress must be accelerated to reverse a tobacco epidemic that will otherwise kill one billion people worldwide this century.

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posted July 07, 2011

Celebrating Smoke-Free Anniversaries in Colorado and Wisconsin

Laws have been good for health and good for business

Editor
Jul 6, 2011

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Several states are celebrating anniversaries of their smoke-free laws this week, and they’re demonstrating once again that these laws protect health, don’t hurt business and are very popular with the public.

Colorado is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its smoke-free law that includes all restaurants and bars.  According to The Gazette of Colorado Springs, "Business at Colorado restaurants is up considerably.  The only statewide downward trends are in numbers of smokers, heart attacks and lung problems."

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posted July 06, 2011

New Cigarette Warnings Working Even Before They’re on Packs

Media coverage of graphic labels prompts surge in quitline calls

Editor
Jul 5, 2011

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The Food and Drug Administration's new, graphic warning labels for cigarette packs already have started working: Calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number that appears on the warning labels spiked the day the images hit the media, and call volume stayed unusually high for a week.

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posted July 05, 2011

Declare Your Independence from Cigarettes

Celebrate July 4th holiday with commitment to be free of nicotine

Editor
Jul 1, 2011

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Fireworks can be transformed from a patriotic tradition into a personal celebration of freedom from nicotine for smokers who take steps to quit or get the support they need to break free of cigarettes.

 

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posted July 01, 2011

See the World Smoke-Free

Cruise lines build on travel industry's smoke-free trend

Editor
Jun 29, 2011

If you're going on vacation, you've got more options than ever to get there smoke-free, and stay that way throughout your trip.

Three big cruise lines — Carnival, Princess and Holland America — have just announced that they're making all cabins smoke-free and tightening smoking restrictions in public spaces, beginning Dec. 1, 2011 for Carnival and Jan. 15, 2012 for Princess and Holland America. Princess will also ban smoking on cabin balconies, joining a growing number of cruise lines that do so. 

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posted June 29, 2011

For Big Tobacco, Indonesia is the new Marlboro Country

“Sex, Lies and Cigarettes” documentary airs on Tuesday night

Editor
Jun 24, 2011

Widening its lens beyond the image of Indonesia’s infamous “smoking baby,” Current TV plans to air an hour long documentary Tuesday night that exposes the tobacco industry’s deadly expansion into Indonesia, where it is addicting a new generation and helping to create a global epidemic of deaths caused by tobacco use.  

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posted June 24, 2011

Graphic Warning Labels Update

New, bold warning labels for cigarette packs prod smokers to quit

Editor
Jun 21, 2011

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The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled nine bold, graphic health warnings that will be required on cigarette packs and advertisements beginning in September, 2012. 

 

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posted June 21, 2011

Bigger, Bolder and More Effective

HHS to announce large, graphic cigarette pack warnings

Editor
Jun 20, 2011

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Tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will announce its nine final choices for large, graphic health warning labels for cigarette packs that are required by the new law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. The new warnings represent the most significant change in U.S. cigarette warnings since they were first required in 1965.

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posted June 20, 2011

Fathers Who Know Best Don’t Smoke

For Fathers' Day, help a Dad quit smoking and thank those who already have

Editor
Jun 17, 2011

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On Fathers' Day, encourage fathers to lead by example.

Help a Dad quit smoking, or eliminate a family's exposure to deadly secondhand smoke by making the house, the car and other places where the kids gather smoke-free.

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posted June 17, 2011

Tobacco-Free Living a Top Priority in National Prevention Strategy

Critical shift in health care system

Editor
Jun 16, 2011

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The Obama Administration today unveiled a National Prevention Strategy that makes tobacco-free living a top priority as the nation tries to shift the health care system from one focused on treating costly illnesses to a model that encourages wellness and prevention.

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posted June 16, 2011

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