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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

Leprechauns Love Smoke-Free Pubs

Ireland’s national smoke-free law started global trend for better health

Editor
Mar 17, 2011

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If you’re having a pint for St. Patrick's Day — and sipping in a smoke-free bar — be sure to tip your hat to Ireland, too.

In March 2004, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to implement a comprehensive, nationwide smoke-free law for all workplaces, including restaurants and pubs. At first, there was widespread disbelief that it could happen in a nation where smoking and drinking were so much a part of local culture. Television crews from around the world turned up in Dublin to record what was heralded as a stunning — if uncertain — change.

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posted March 17, 2011

Panel on Menthol Sees Through Tobacco Industry’s Smoke

Menthol cigarettes attract youth, African-Americans and may make it harder to quit

Editor
Mar 17, 2011

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The tobacco industry’s spin machine has gone into overdrive as we near the March 23 deadline for an Food and Drug Administration science advisory committee to issue a report on menthol cigarettes.

It's trying to convince the media — and nervous investors — that the committee will find menthol does not make cigarettes any more harmful, and nothing should be done about it.

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posted March 17, 2011

Smoke-Free Battle in Oklahoma Shows How Far Big Tobacco Will Go to Protect Profits

A baker’s dozen of lobbyists work to thwart health gains

Editor
Mar 14, 2011

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In the spirit of Nick Naylor, the fictitious tobacco-industry lobbyist lampooned in the 2005 film Thank You for Smoking, lobbyists seeking to keep Oklahoma cities and towns from setting their own smoke-free policies are enjoying a business boom.

The Oklahoman reports that big tobacco companies have hired at least 13 lobbyists to try to defeat legislation that would let cities regulate smoking in public places.

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posted March 14, 2011

How do you say “Industry Interference” in Spanish?

Mystery mischief-makers try to roll back effective laws

Editor
Mar 10, 2011

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Strong and effective tobacco control laws in several Latin America countries, including Peru and Honduras, have been challenged recently and they’re at risk of being weakened.  

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posted March 10, 2011

Get on the Map!

Hundreds of Kick Butts Day events registered — where's yours?

Editor
Mar 9, 2011

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We're two weeks away from Kick Butts Day, and more than 500 events from coast to coast already are registered. 

On March 23, thousands of youth will create pledge walls, hold rallies and stand out, speak out and seize control against Big Tobacco.

This interactive map shows registered events so that people in your community, the press and other Kick Butts Day participants can see how YOU are taking action. It also provides KickButtsDay.org viewers with contact information for event organizers, so other organizers can partner, combine events or share ideas!

Kick Butts Day Events on the Map

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posted March 09, 2011

Big Payoff for Pushing Deadly Product

Tobacco executives reap rewards from sowing misery

Editor
Mar 7, 2011

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Last year's pay packages for tobacco chief executives are now being disclosed in financial filings with the government, and once again a big winner is Susan Ivey, the former CEO of Reynolds American Inc., the nation's second-biggest tobacco company.

Ivey retired in February and she received a 2010 compensation package of $16.8 million, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. That's a 4 percent increase compared with 2009 — a year in which Ivey's compensation had soared by 84 percent.

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posted March 07, 2011

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