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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

Tampa Bay Rays Show Winning Ways

Team support adds to building momentum for ban on tobacco in Major League Baseball

Editor
Feb 22, 2011

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The Tampa Bay Rays will have to play the 2011 season to see if they're winners on the field again — but they're already champions in the growing movement to get smokeless tobacco out of Major League Baseball. 

The 2010 American League East division winners took time out from spring training to talk to the Fox News affiliate in Tampa about their distaste for the widespread use of smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball, and the desire of many on the team and among its fans to see baseball go tobacco-free. 

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posted February 22, 2011

MGM Grand Rescinds Fee to Guarantee Non-Smoking Room

Why not join the growing ranks of smoke-free hotels?

Editor
Feb 18, 2011

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Facing a public outcry, the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas has rescinded its new $20 per day fee for customers to “guarantee” a non-smoking room.  It's the right thing to do.  As we said in a public statement earlier this week, no one should have to pay extra to avoid exposure to a toxic substance that causes lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses.

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posted February 18, 2011

Youth Around the Country Prepare to Kick Butts

Annual day of activism helps kids — and adults — turn down tobacco

Editor
Feb 16, 2011

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The 16th annual Kick Butts Day is coming on March 23, 2011.

What is it?

A nationwide event where young people stand out, speak up and seize control against tobacco! All day, and all across the country, youth hold events that educate their peers about tobacco, advocate for strong tobacco-control policies and protest cuts in funding for programs that keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit.

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posted February 16, 2011

It’s the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Not the Less Pain for Lorillard Act

Editor
Feb 16, 2011

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As the March 23 deadline approaches for a science advisory panel to recommend how the Food and Drug Administration should regulate menthol cigarettes, the biggest menthol maker – Lorillard Inc. – is doing what Big Tobacco usually does: blowing smoke.

Lorillard argues FDA should take no action to restrict menthol cigarettes such as its Newports. A Lorillard executive even claimed that when Congress granted FDA authority to regulate tobacco in 2009, the purpose was to “create order and supervision of the industry.”

No.

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posted February 16, 2011

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