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FDA Oversight is Key to Minimizing Risks of E-Cigarettes, Especially to Kids, and Realizing Potentia

By Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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Oct 24, 2015

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If there is a public health benefit to the emergence of e-cigarettes, it will only come if they are effective at helping smokers end the use of cigarettes and if they are marketed in a way that prevents the re-glamorization of smoking among young people.

These goals can be achieved only through effective oversight by the Food and Drug Administration, not by circumventing it.

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posted October 24, 2015

Latest New York Times Report: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ties to Big Tobacco Go Back Decades

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Oct 15, 2015

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This summer, an investigative series by The New York Times exposed how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to fight life-saving policies to reduce tobacco use. The Chamber’s strategies have included directly opposing countries’ tobacco control policies, pitting countries against each other in costly international trade disputes, and seeking to influence trade agreements to benefit tobacco companies.

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posted October 15, 2015

Chelsea Clinton’s Book Highlights Fight Against Tobacco – and Youth Advocate Magi Linscott

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Sep 16, 2015

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Chelsea Clinton’s new book – "It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going" – examines today’s biggest challenges and shares stories about young people who are bringing about real change in their communities, countries and the world.

Appropriately, the book highlights the fight against tobacco – the No. 1 cause of preventable death. And we’re thrilled that it features the work of Magi Linscott, our 2014 National Youth Advocate of the Year.

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posted September 16, 2015

Big Tobacco: You Give Bon Jovi a Bad Name

Editor
Sep 4, 2015

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Jon Bon Jovi quit smoking several years ago, and his foundation works “to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair” and has supported programs for kids with cancer. So the rocker should be concerned that one of Indonesia’s biggest tobacco companies is using his name and his band to market its deadly products.

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posted September 04, 2015

New truth® Ad: Don’t Get Played by Flavored Tobacco Products

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Aug 17, 2015

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A year ago, a reinvigorated truth® campaign challenged young people to “finish it” and help end the tobacco epidemic for good. Now a new truth ad has another important message: The battle isn’t just about cigarettes. With the warning “Don’t get played while they get paid,” the ad informs young people that other tobacco products, such as hookah and little cigars, are also addictive and deadly, even if they are often disguised with candy flavors. The ad aired Sunday night during the Teen Choice Awards.

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posted August 17, 2015

Norway’s Health Minister Blasts U.S. Chamber of Commerce Lobbying for Big Tobacco

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Aug 12, 2015

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New examples continue to emerge about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) affiliates have done the bidding of the tobacco industry and fought measures to reduce tobacco use around the world. In the latest example, Norway’s Health Minister Bent Høie is blasting the American Chamber of Commerce in Norway for opposing a government proposal to require that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging.

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posted August 12, 2015

Youth Activists Step Up Fight against Tobacco

Congressional meetings highlight leadership training

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Aug 6, 2015

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In the fight against tobacco, youth voices pack a powerful punch.

Last week, we welcomed 26 youth activists from 20 states to Washington, D.C., for our annual Youth Advocacy Symposium – a series of skill-building workshops on leadership, advocacy and communications. The youth activists lead the fight in their communities, encouraging their peers to stay tobacco-free, standing against the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and urging elected leaders to take action.

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posted August 06, 2015

Uganda Sets Powerful Example with Comprehensive Tobacco Control Law

Strong smoke-free provisions enacted over industry objections

Editor
Jul 30, 2015

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Uganda has joined the growing movement to reduce tobacco use in Africa by enacting a comprehensive tobacco control law. A key provision of the law requires 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces and public transport and also prohibits smoking within 50 meters of all public places. This provision and others faced strong opposition from British American Tobacco Uganda, which lobbied policymakers to provide for designated smoking areas.

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posted July 30, 2015

Moldova Enacts Historic Law to Fight Tobacco Use, Resisting Pressure from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Jul 14, 2015

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In a significant victory for public health, the Republic of Moldova has passed a bold and comprehensive law aimed at reducing tobacco use and its devastating consequences. The new law was enacted despite years of opposition from the tobacco industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The new law will help Moldova fulfill its obligations under the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty. Key provisions will ...

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posted July 14, 2015

Senators to U.S. Chamber: Stop Renting Your Letterhead to Big Tobacco

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Jul 2, 2015

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In a statement today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin, Jeff Merkley, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, and Sheldon Whitehouse reacted to recent reports by The New York Times exposing how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use.

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posted July 02, 2015

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