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Poisoning Cases Related to E-Cigarettes Skyrocket

New York Times report highlights risk, spurs calls for FDA regulation

Editor
Mar 26, 2014

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Across the United States, poison control centers are reporting a soaring number of accidental poisonings related to the nicotine liquid used in electronic cigarettes.  These reports have spurred a growing call for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finally regulate these products, including from newspaper editorials and U.S. senators.

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posted March 26, 2014

Youth Advocate Helps Launch FDA Media Campaign

New ads portray real costs of tobacco use

Editor
Feb 11, 2014

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The Real Cost, the FDA’s new public education campaign aimed at preventing youth tobacco use, launches nationally today across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, print and online.  It will run for at least a year.

Daniel Giuffra, one of our 2013 Youth Advocates of the Year, represented his peers at the Feb. 4 launch event in Washington, D.C. Now a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, Daniel considers himself “a teenager who wants to help other teens understand the risks of tobacco use.”

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posted February 11, 2014

“Enough Is Enough”

Nation’s health leaders call for ending the tobacco epidemic

Editor
Jan 17, 2014

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As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, the nation’s leading health officials today issued a clarion call to end the tobacco epidemic for good.

“Enough is enough,” acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said at a White House ceremony where he released a new, 980-page report that documents both the remarkable progress we’ve made and the huge toll tobacco continues to take on the nation’s health.

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posted January 17, 2014

Did FDA Make Best-Possible Case for Warning Labels?

Second article suggests agency undercut itself

Editor
Dec 23, 2013

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In November, researchers published a study that concluded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had seriously underestimated the impact that graphic warning labels would have in reducing smoking rates in the United States. Now, another prominent researcher is arguing that the FDA's economic analysis grossly overestimated the cost to the economy of requiring such labels because of the amount of weight that was given to the "lost pleasure" people would experience if they were not smoking.

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posted December 23, 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

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

NY Times Editorial: Close Loopholes in Tobacco Regulation

Tobacco companies manipulate products to attract kids

Editor
Sep 4, 2012

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An editorial in The New York Times calls on elected officials and the Food and Drug Administration to close tax and regulatory loopholes that tobacco companies have exploited to keep some products cheap, flavored and appealing to kids.

"Give the tobacco industry credit for ingenuity," the Times wrote. "Just when it looked as if federal regulators could block their ability to addict children and young adults, several companies that make cigars and pipe tobacco have sidestepped the barriers by taking advantage of loopholes in federal law."

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posted September 04, 2012

“Warning: Smoking Can Kill You”

New York Times criticizes ruling against new cigarette warnings

Editor
Aug 28, 2012

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An editorial in The New York Times harshly criticized the court ruling last week that struck down the graphic cigarette warnings required by Congress under a 2009 law.

In a 2 to 1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday found that the new warnings violated the First Amendment rights of tobacco companies. The majority opinion ignored the significant scientific evidence demonstrating that graphic warnings are most effective at communicating the health risks of smoking, discouraging children and other nonsmoker from starting to smoke and motivating smokers to quit.

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posted August 28, 2012

Let’s Finish the Fight Against Tobacco

Elected officials must accelerate proven strategies

Editor
Aug 20, 2012

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Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has written an op-ed in The Huffington Post warning against complacency in the fight against tobacco use and calling on elected officials in the United States to finish the fight against the nation’s number one cause of preventable death.

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posted August 20, 2012

Big Tobacco’s Challenge to New Cigarette Warnings Called “Bogus”

As U.S. appeals court weighs case, Canada forges ahead

Editor
Apr 10, 2012

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As an appeals court in Washington heard arguments today on the tobacco industry's lawsuit to block graphic cigarette warnings in the United States, an editorial in The New York Times called the suit a "bogus challenge" that is all too typical of tobacco industry tactics.

"The tobacco industry has never been bashful about fighting back against attempts to regulate the promotion of its deadly, addictive products," the Times wrote. "The latest is an effort to derail new regulations requiring large health warnings on cigarette packages by making baseless First Amendment claims."

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posted April 10, 2012

Mints, Gum, Candy — or Tobacco?

Youth advocate tells FDA panel of dangerous confusion on dissolvable products

Editor
Jan 20, 2012

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Brightly colored packages for products labeled "fresh," "wintergreen" and "java" just aren't what they seem, youth tobacco-control advocate Judy Hou says.

"They're these little packages that you can stick in your pocket," says Hou. "They look like Tic Tacs."

In fact, they're dissolvable tobacco products, and the subject of Food and Drug Administration hearings this week on whether these new smokeless products and the marketing used to promote them appeal to kids and pose a public health threat.

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posted January 20, 2012

Newspapers Slam Big Tobacco for Warning Label Lawsuit

Say latest legal challenge is another bid to push deadly product

Editor
Aug 29, 2011

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Newspapers around the country have reached their own verdict on the latest tobacco companies' lawsuit challenging the new, graphic cigarette pack warning labels required under the 2009 law giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco.

The decision: Big Tobacco is guilty again.

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posted August 29, 2011

From “Social Acceptability” to “A Deadly, Disgusting, Addictive Product”

Groundbreaking advocate David Kessler reflects on 15-Year battle against tobacco

Editor
Aug 5, 2011

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David Kessler, the path-breaking former Food and Drug Administration commissioner who began the push for FDA regulation of tobacco during the mid-1990s, reflected recently on progress in the struggle against the tobacco industry, and the critical changes in social attitudes toward smoking that have taken hold in just the past 15 years.

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posted August 05, 2011

New Cigarette Warnings Working Even Before They’re on Packs

Media coverage of graphic labels prompts surge in quitline calls

Editor
Jul 5, 2011

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The Food and Drug Administration's new, graphic warning labels for cigarette packs already have started working: Calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number that appears on the warning labels spiked the day the images hit the media, and call volume stayed unusually high for a week.

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posted July 05, 2011

Graphic Warning Labels Update

New, bold warning labels for cigarette packs prod smokers to quit

Editor
Jun 21, 2011

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The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled nine bold, graphic health warnings that will be required on cigarette packs and advertisements beginning in September, 2012. 

 

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posted June 21, 2011

Bigger, Bolder and More Effective

HHS to announce large, graphic cigarette pack warnings

Editor
Jun 20, 2011

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Tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will announce its nine final choices for large, graphic health warning labels for cigarette packs that are required by the new law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. The new warnings represent the most significant change in U.S. cigarette warnings since they were first required in 1965.

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posted June 20, 2011

U.S. Judge Slaps Down Tobacco Industry Effort to Evade Sanctions in Racketeering Case

Argument that new FDA law should replace court’s order is “particularly unconvincing”

Editor
Jun 3, 2011

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The tobacco industry spends billions marketing its products with determined deception, but it can’t dupe U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler.

Judge Kessler issued the landmark 2006 decision that the tobacco companies have violated civil racketeering laws (RICO) and defrauded the public by lying for decades about the health risks of smoking and their marketing to children.

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posted June 03, 2011

Cracking down on deception

FDA takes action against online tobacco retailers who continue “light” and “low” ruse

Editor
May 26, 2011

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Untamed Internet tobacco vendors have just heard from the sheriff.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued 11 warning letters to online retailers for illegally marketing cigarettes described with terms such as "light" and "low" that deceive smokers by implying they are less risky than other brands.  They are not.

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posted May 26, 2011

Panel on Menthol Sees Through Tobacco Industry’s Smoke

Menthol cigarettes attract youth, African-Americans and may make it harder to quit

Editor
Mar 17, 2011

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The tobacco industry’s spin machine has gone into overdrive as we near the March 23 deadline for an Food and Drug Administration science advisory committee to issue a report on menthol cigarettes.

It's trying to convince the media — and nervous investors — that the committee will find menthol does not make cigarettes any more harmful, and nothing should be done about it.

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posted March 17, 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

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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