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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

Key Newspapers Call for Major Leagues to Get Tobacco Out of Baseball

MLB hometown papers step up to the plate

Editor
Mar 4, 2011

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Leading newspapers around the country have joined the call for Major League Baseball and the players union to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco at games.

In recent weeks, the Philadelphia Inquirer (hometown paper to the Phillies), the San Diego Union-Tribune (Padres) and the Star-Ledger of New Jersey (Yankees or Mets—you make the call!) have all spoken out in support of a ban.

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posted March 04, 2011

Tobacco Supporters in Indonesia Still Say It’s Not Addictive

Even the smoking baby knows better

Editor
Mar 2, 2011

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Thousands of international, scientific studies have proved the addictive power of nicotine, the essential element in tobacco products that gets people hooked and keeps them using a product that kills them.  

That arresting video of a chain-smoking Indonesian toddler that went viral on the Web last year was clear and disturbing proof that this potent drug can work its deadly grip on anyone, of any age.

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posted March 02, 2011

Secondhand Smoke Isn’t Red or Blue

Supporters of tea party want clean air, too

Editor
Mar 1, 2011

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It turns out that we can all get along.

State lawmakers immersed in contentious legislative sessions can find welcome relief from partisan combat on an issue where voter support transcends party lines and ideological leanings:  Backing for comprehensive smoke-free air laws.

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posted March 01, 2011

The Big Tobacco Wolf Sheds Its Sheep’s Clothing

Industry's latest actions put the lie to claims of change

Editor
Feb 28, 2011

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The tobacco companies claim they've changed and are now responsible corporate citizens.  All the while, they continue to market to kids, deceive the public and fight proven measures to reduce tobacco use.

The proof is in recent headlines:

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posted February 28, 2011

Why doesn’t Oscar® Quit?

Hollywood must stop promoting cigarettes to kids

Editor
Feb 25, 2011

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Tinsel Town and tobacco have a long and unhealthy relationship. Movies often glamorize smoking and in years past, the tobacco companies paid millions to film producers to get their brands placed on screen.

Society's attitudes about smoking have changed a lot over the past few decades.  Hollywood's? Not so much.

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posted February 25, 2011

Lies, Damn Lies and Big Tobacco

Companies convicted of racketeering still trying to cover up

Editor
Feb 24, 2011

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Tobacco companies have never let the facts get in the way of their deadly marketing.

So it's no surprise that they're still trying to thwart the Justice Department — and a federal judge — even though they've been found guilty of a long conspiracy to deceive and defraud the American people.

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posted February 24, 2011

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