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Sweet, Cheap and Colorful – No Wonder Kids Are Smoking Cigars

High school boys now smoke cigars at same rate as cigarettes

Editor
Jun 13, 2014

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The CDC's 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, released on Thursday, had both good news and bad news. The good news: a big decline in cigarette smoking among high school students from 18.1 percent in 2011 to 15.7 percent in 2013.

The bad news: essentially no change in cigar smoking or smokeless tobacco use. In fact, high school boys now smoke cigars at the same rate as cigarettes (16.5 percent for cigars and 16.4 percent for cigarettes). Nearly a quarter of 12th grade boys (23 percent) smoke cigars, compared to 19.6 percent who smoke cigarettes. (Note: We’ll have more about smokeless tobacco in a later blog post.)

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posted June 13, 2014

Nine E-Juice Flavors That Sound Just Like Kids’ Favorite Treats

Industry Leader Lorillard Even Admits "Fun Flavors" Attract Kids

Editor
Jun 11, 2014

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“Kids may be particularly vulnerable to trying e-cigarettes due to an abundance of fun flavors such as cherry, vanilla, pina-colada and berry.”

If that quote sounds like something a public health organization said (and many of us have expressed such concerns), think again.  This particular quote is from the so-called “youth smoking prevention” web site of tobacco giant Lorillard, manufacturer of blu eCigs, the best-selling e-cigarette brand.

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posted June 11, 2014

Brazil Takes Crucial Step toward Becoming World’s Most Populous Smoke-Free Country

Government issues regulations to enforce landmark tobacco control law

Editor
Jun 6, 2014

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In December 2011, Brazil enacted a historic tobacco control law that, among other things, would make Brazil the world’s most populous country to go smoke-free.  However, fierce tobacco industry opposition has slowed implementation of the law.

On May 31, Brazil’s Ministry of Health took a critical step forward by issuing regulations to implement the law beginning in December of this year.

 

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posted June 06, 2014

Big Changes in Russia as Nation Fully Implements Tobacco Control Law

Law makes all public places smoke-free, bans point-of-sale displays

Editor
Jun 2, 2014

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Russia on June 1 finished implementing its comprehensive tobacco control law, extending a prohibition on smoking in public places to hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. Newly-implemented provisions also ban point-of-sale displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products and end tobacco sales at kiosks that are common through the country.

These are historic actions to reduce tobacco’s devastating toll and save lives in Russia, a country that has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and where tobacco kills nearly 400,000 people every year.  Russia is the world’s second largest cigarette market.

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posted June 02, 2014

Skoal’s Return Ramps Up Smokeless Tobacco Ads in Magazines

Nearly 13 percent of high school boys use smokeless

Editor
May 28, 2014

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Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes aren’t the only tobacco products being heavily advertised in magazines with large youth readerships.

So are smokeless tobacco products, especially now that the Skoal brand is again advertising in magazines for the first time since February 2009, according to the Trinkets & Trash website, which tracks tobacco advertising.

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posted May 28, 2014

Tobacco Giants’ Huge Profits Show Hypocrisy in Opposing Tobacco Tax Increases

Governments should increase tobacco taxes to reduce smoking, save lives

Editor
May 23, 2014

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Tobacco companies claim they have smokers' interests at heart when they oppose tobacco tax increases. But they are all too willing to exploit smokers for their own financial gains, as shown by a USA TODAY story this week.

USA TODAY reviewed companies in the Standard and Poor's 500 and found that three tobacco giants — Philip Morris International, Altria and Lorillard — are among the top 10 with the biggest profit margins, a measure of how much companies keep of every dollar in revenue after paying expenses. The three tobacco companies all have profit margins of over 40 percent.

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posted May 23, 2014

Adult smokers love… twerking?

Latest blu eCigs video seems awfully youth-oriented

Editor
May 21, 2014

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Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes keep saying they don’t market to kids. They claim their target audience is current smokers. So how, exactly, does a video called “How to Twerk: A helpful how-to for would-be booty-shakers” fit into that strategy?

The latest addition to blu e-cigarettes’ YouTube page – and to their website – features entertainer Big Freedia teaching cheering young adults how to shake their stuff. The twerking dance craze became nationally notorious thanks to Miley Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

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posted May 21, 2014

Honoring Young Leaders in the Fight Against Tobacco

Youth Advocates of the Year Take on Big Tobacco

Editor
May 20, 2014

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Last week, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids honored our Youth Advocates of the Year, extraordinary young leaders who are working to make tobacco history and create a tobacco-free generation.

We proudly honored them at our 18th annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., attended by more than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders.

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posted May 20, 2014

Youth to Philip Morris International: Stop Targeting Kids with “Be Marlboro” Campaign

Health groups, government officials join effort to end shameful campaign

Editor
May 8, 2014

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Youth advocates sent a loud and clear message to Philip Morris International this week: We won’t be Marlboro.

Protesting outside Philip Morris’ annual shareholders’ meeting in New  York City on Wednesday, the youth called on the tobacco giant to stop targeting kids and immediately end its “Be Marlboro” campaign that is running in more than 50 countries.

Inside the meeting, health advocates presented Philip Morris with an open letter demanding an end to this ad campaign for best-selling Marlboro cigarettes.  It was signed by over 250 civil society organizations and representatives of more than 25 governments.

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posted May 08, 2014

Three Major Cities Add E-Cigarettes to Clean Air Laws Today

New York, Chicago and San Francisco preserve the public’s right to breathe clean air

Editor
Apr 29, 2014

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New York City, Chicago and San Francisco today implemented new laws that prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in the same workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars, where cigarette smoking isn’t allowed.  Two other California cities, Los Angeles and Long Beach, also recently implemented such laws.

According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, at least 170 municipalities and three states (North Dakota, New Jersey and Utah) have included e-cigarettes in their clean air laws.

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posted April 29, 2014

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