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New Report: Africa at Risk of Becoming “Epicenter of Tobacco Epidemic”

Report calls for strong measures to prevent and reduce tobacco use

Editor
Nov 20, 2013

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A new report by the American Cancer Society warns that without urgent action to prevent tobacco use, Africa will be the "future epicenter of the tobacco epidemic" with soaring rates of tobacco use and related disease and death.

According to the report, rates of tobacco use are likely to increase as African nations continue to experience strong economic and massive population growth. The number of African smokers will skyrocket from 77 million today to 572 million by 2100 unless proven measures to reduce tobacco use are implemented and enforced throughout the continent.

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posted November 20, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Landmark Bills to Further Reduce Smoking in New York City

New laws raise tobacco sale age to 21, ban tobacco discounts

Editor
Nov 19, 2013

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made history again today in the fight against tobacco.

Mayor Bloomberg signed into law bills that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, establish a minimum price for cigarettes and little cigars, and ban tobacco industry discounting schemes that keep tobacco products affordable and appealing to kids. New York City will be the first major city or state to have a minimum tobacco sale age of 21.

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posted November 19, 2013

Tobacco Company Blows Smoke on National Health Day in Indonesia

Cigarette ad shows disregard for health

Editor
Nov 14, 2013

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How does the Indonesian tobacco company Djarum celebrate the country’s National Health Day? It places a giant front-page ad for one of its cigarettes in a national newspaper. Then that newspaper happens to make its way onto every seat at the launch event for the Ministry of Health’s National Health Day event.

That’s how bad things are in Indonesia, where tobacco companies have near-free rein to promote and sell their deadly products and newspapers shirk their responsibility to readers by running those ads.

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posted November 14, 2013

Members of Congress: E-cigarette Marketing Mirrors Cigarette Marketing that Hooks Kids

Lawmakers call for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes

Editor
Nov 4, 2013

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Several leading members of Congress are warning of “e-cigarette flashbacks” – advertising and promotions for electronic cigarettes that mirror those long used by cigarette makers to target kids.

The Food and Drug Administration must act quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and protect kids, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg. These lawmakers hold leadership positions on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, serving as Ranking Member (Waxman), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member (DeGette) and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member (Pallone).

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posted November 04, 2013

U.S. Lawmakers to President Obama: Protect Tobacco Control Measures under Trade Pact

Letter urges President to strengthen U.S. position

Editor
Nov 1, 2013

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Fifty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week signed a letter to President Obama urging him to protect nations’ authority to adopt tobacco control measures under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  The United States is negotiating the trade pact with 11 other countries.

Last year, the United States Trade Representative announced that it would propose strong language recognizing that tobacco products are uniquely harmful and protecting tobacco control measures from being challenged as a violation of the TPP.  But in August, the U.S. backed off this strong language and offered a much weaker proposal.

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posted November 01, 2013

Big Tobacco’s Tricks Not Treats

Hooking kids with candy flavors

Editor
Oct 31, 2013

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They come in flavors like wild apple, berry blend, watermelon and chocolate.

They may sound like Halloween treats, but in fact they’re Big Tobacco’s tricks for getting kids hooked on their products.

Tobacco companies peddle sweet-flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products that are flavored and colorfully packaged just like candy. Sometimes sugary snacks and their tobacco imitators even share counter space in convenience stores.

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posted October 31, 2013

Strong Tobacco Control Laws Slow Sales for Philip Morris International

Cigarette sales are down for Philip Morris International (PMI) in countries with strong laws to reduce tobacco use

Editor
Oct 24, 2013

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Cigarette sales are down for Philip Morris International (PMI) in countries with strong laws to reduce tobacco use.  The international maker of the best-selling Marlboro brand is the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company.  During the third quarter of 2013, PMI reported that global cigarette sales fell both for the company and the industry as a whole, a promising sign that the tide may be turning on the global tobacco epidemic. 

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posted October 24, 2013

Russia Further Strengthens Laws to Reduce Smoking

Country emerges as global leader in fighting tobacco

Editor
Oct 21, 2013

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With new action to reduce smoking, Russia has firmly positioned itself as a global leader in the fight against tobacco use, which is the world’s number one cause of preventable death.

Last week, the Russian Duma passed its second major piece of tobacco control legislation this year, giving Russia some of the strongest laws to combat tobacco use.  The new law strengthens the comprehensive tobacco control law that President Putin signed in February and has been in force since June.

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posted October 21, 2013

Alaska Reports Big Drop in High School Smoking

It’s more evidence that tobacco prevention programs work

Editor
Oct 15, 2013

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Showing once again that well-funded, sustained tobacco prevention programs work, Alaska reported this week that the state’s high school smoking rate fell to just 10.6 percent this year – a 40 percent drop since 2007.

Alaska’s new rate is far below the national high school smoking rate of 18.1 percent (based on the most recent equivalent national survey, the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey).

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posted October 15, 2013

New Study: Global Tobacco Marketing Impacts Young Kids

Five- and six-year-olds can identify cigarette logos

Editor
Oct 7, 2013

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Tobacco companies claim they don’t market to kids.  But a new study conducted in six low- and middle-income countries provides fresh evidence that tobacco marketing and branding are highly effective at reaching kids.

In the six countries studied – Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia – more than two-thirds of five- and six-year-olds surveyed were able to identify at least one cigarette logo.  In China, where smoking rates are among the highest in the world, an alarming 86 percent of children surveyed could identify at least one logo.

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posted October 07, 2013

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