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Smokeless Tobacco Ads Push Flavored Products and Target Current Smokers

Marketing shift threatens kids and undercuts quitting efforts

Editor
Apr 11, 2011

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The 21st-century version of the "light" and "low tar" ruse that kept smokers hooked despite their health concerns may well be the emergence of a new marketing strategy for smokeless tobacco that pushes these harmful products as an alternative to cigarettes.

A new study conducted by Legacy clearly documents a shift in smokeless tobacco magazine advertising away from a determined focus on men's sporting and leisure publications toward general-interest magazines aimed at a much broader market. The industry is increasingly pushing flavored products — which could influence kids to start using smokeless tobacco. And it's trying to attract smokers who are restricted from lighting up due to the success of smoke-free air policies — when the best step they could take for their health is to quit.

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posted April 11, 2011

Tobacco CEO Pay and Tobacco Prevention:  A Tale of Two Payouts

Handful of industry executives make more than 49 states and DC spend on prevention

Danny McGoldrick, Tobacco-Free Kids Vice President of Research
Apr 8, 2011

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How do big pay packages for top tobacco executives stack up against state funding for programs to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit? 

It's a lopsided mismatch that the tobacco execs win. Guess the lifestyles of the Big Tobacco Execs are worth more than the health of our kids.

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posted April 08, 2011

United Nations to Tackle Global Threat from Tobacco-Caused Disease

Tobacco linked to major non-communicable diseases that cause two out of three deaths

Editor
Apr 7, 2011

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Tobacco use is a risk factor for all major categories of non-communicable diseases — heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes — and tobacco control must be the "top priority" if the world is to reduce the toll of diseases that now cause two out of every three deaths worldwide, according to a global alliance of scientists and non-governmental organizations.

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posted April 07, 2011

Women Come a Long way Back to Better Health

Four decades after Virginia Slims, lung cancer deaths among women finally drop

Editor
Apr 4, 2011

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Cigarettes were never sexy, sophisticated or a sign of independence — despite tobacco industry marketing that targets women for profit.  Now women are truly breaking free by quitting smoking and finally lowering their death rate from lung cancer.

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posted April 04, 2011

Update: MLB Commissioner Wants Smokeless Tobacco Out of Baseball

Editor
Apr 1, 2011

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Thanks to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who has just stated his view that "smokeless tobacco should be banned at the Major League level" and that MLB will propose such restrictions in contract talks with the players' union.

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posted April 01, 2011

ESPN Analyst, ex-Mets Manager Bobby Valentine Urges Tobacco Ban in Major Leagues

Tobacco-free all stars in lineup for opening day

Editor
Mar 31, 2011

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Baseball's Opening Day has started with a burst of energy, excitement and momentum in the campaign to get smokeless tobacco out of the ballgame.

 

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posted March 31, 2011

Health Officials in Major League Cities Want Tobacco-Free Baseball

Drive to knock tobacco out of the park quickens as opening day nears

Editor
Mar 29, 2011

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The movement to get tobacco out of Major League Baseball is gaining momentum.

Top public health officials from coast to coast — representing a majority of cities where Major League Baseball is played — have joined in asking MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, to prohibit use of tobacco by players, coaches and other baseball staff at games.

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posted March 29, 2011

How Important is it to be 100% Smoke Free?

Let CBS News show you how unhealthy the smokiest cities look

Editor
Mar 28, 2011

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CBS News, with the help of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, has found some of the smokiest cities in America and shows exactly why: They're places where elected officials have refused to take strong action to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

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posted March 28, 2011

China Sets May 1 Start for Smoke-Free Public Places

Big step in country with over one million tobacco deaths each year

Editor
Mar 24, 2011

Nowhere is the devastating toll of tobacco more evident than in China. Smoking kills more than one million Chinese people each year — one-fifth of the world total.

This week, China's Ministry of Health announced its strongest action to date to reduce this terrible toll: A new smoke-free policy that will prohibit smoking in indoor public places starting May 1.

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posted March 24, 2011

Thousands of Young People Take on Tobacco Industry

Youth from all corners of the country take action on Kick Butts Day

Editor
Mar 23, 2011

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Thousands of young people at hundreds of events from coast-to-coast are taking action against tobacco use today — the 16th annual Kick Butts Day!

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at hundreds of events across the USA — and even abroad.

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posted March 23, 2011

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