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Court Upholds Key Indonesian Tobacco-Control Laws

A step forward in nation of "smoking baby" and severe epidemic

Editor
Nov 9, 2011

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Indonesia's Constitutional Court has upheld critical tobacco control related aspects of the country's 2009 Health Law, affirming that tobacco is indeed addictive and making it clear that pictorial warnings on cigarette packs are required and not just optional.

The ruling came on a challenge to the law backed by tobacco companies, which are politically powerful and have aggressively fought efforts to reduce tobacco use. The Indonesian government has lagged in implementing the law, bowing to the clout of tobacco interests.

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posted November 09, 2011

Lights, Camera, Let’s Take Action …

Youth can Kick Butts on film and radio

Editor
Nov 7, 2011

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Are you an aspiring filmmaker or broadcaster? Or perhaps just a passionate youth advocate with a camera or microphone who is ready to take on Big Tobacco?

The 4th annual Kicking Butts on Film (… and Radio!) contest is underway.

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posted November 07, 2011

House Members, Little League Join Call for Tobacco-Free Baseball

Kids “deserve nothing less”

Editor
Nov 4, 2011

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Two more members of Congress and Little League International have joined the drive to end smokeless tobacco use in Major League Baseball, urging big-league ballplayers to become better role models for the next generation of fans.

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posted November 04, 2011

Is Nicotine a “Gateway Drug” for Cocaine?

New NIH study provides compelling evidence

Editor
Nov 3, 2011

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Science has established that cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ in the human body, causing lung and other cancers, heart disease, reproductive damage and many other serious diseases.

Now a new study from the National Institutes of Health highlights another insidious way in which tobacco use can harm health: Nicotine may be a "gateway drug" that makes the brain more susceptible to addiction to cocaine, and possibly other illicit drugs.

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posted November 03, 2011

Honor Veterans and Military Service Members by Helping them Quit Smoking

Legacy forum, White House initiative can improve health of military families

Editor
Nov 1, 2011

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A great way to mark Veterans' Day is to help a veteran or someone currently serving in the military to quit using tobacco.

The smoking rate among members of the U.S. military — 30.6 percent in 2008 — is far higher than for the adult population as a whole. Despite slow but steady progress in reducing smoking among American adults, the rate of smoking among military personnel has remained unchanged since 1998, when it was 29.9 percent.

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posted November 01, 2011

World Series Resumes Tonight with Boost for Tobacco-Free Baseball

ABC World News Now reports on how young players mimic their role models to become addicted

Editor
Oct 27, 2011

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ABC World News Now reports on young baseball players who started chewing tobacco as teens and now can't break their addiction. Southern Baptist leader Dr. Richard Land and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine tell the network that Major League Baseball must provide better role models.

Says Valentine: "The message is this–wise up! We have to put forth a better face, and that face has to be one without a bulge in our lip."

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posted October 27, 2011

Bag the Chew, Snuff Out the Problem and Just Play Ball!

Editorials, columnists say get tobacco out of baseball

Editor
Oct 26, 2011

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Newspaper editorials and sports columnists around the country are calling for the Major League Baseball players union to finally end the game's unseemly addiction to tobacco by agreeing to ban the use of smokeless tobacco in the next collective bargaining agreement.

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posted October 26, 2011

Smoke-Free Kentucky is Good for Business

Chamber of Commerce urges statewide smoke-free law

Editor
Oct 24, 2011

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A quarter century ago, Kentucky lawmakers responded to a proposal for smoke-free indoor air by lighting up cigarettes in a legislative chamber.

Now smoke-free advocates in the tobacco-producing state are getting a stunningly different reaction — a strong endorsement from the state's leading business group.

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posted October 24, 2011

‘Hoodwraps’ Don’t Belong in the Neighborhood

Flavored cigars, free samples and hip-hop imagery target urban youth

Editor
Oct 21, 2011

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A California-based company is promoting flavored cigars called "Hoodwraps" to inner-city youth, using names such as "Da Bomb Blueberry" and "Swag Berry," and even handing out free samples in downtown Indianapolis.

Trendsettah USA is marketing the cigars with "street teams" — inner-city youth recruited to give out the samples. The slogan for Hoodwraps: "So Hood. So Good." The aggressive promotion has angered local tobacco-control advocates, who note that urban youth in Indiana are more likely to begin smoking at an earlier age than the national average.

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posted October 21, 2011

Durbin Knocks Tobacco Out of the Park in Senate Speech

Video, radio interviews promote tobacco-free baseball

Editor
Oct 19, 2011

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Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, a long-time tobacco-control champion, hit a homerun on the floor of the Senate yesterday when he made a compelling speech aimed at getting smokeless tobacco out of Major League Baseball.

Among millions of viewers who will watch the start of the World Series tonight, Durbin noted, are kids who will see their baseball heroes and imitate "that little puff in the lip, that can in the pocket.  And they think that’s part of being a great baseball player."

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posted October 19, 2011

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