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Wrapping Death & Disease in Red, White & Blue

Tobacco companies exploit patriotism to sell cigarettes

Editor
Jul 2, 2014

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As we’ve seen time and time again, tobacco companies will take advantage of any opportunity to market their deadly and addictive products.

On Independence Day, we offer a look at just a few of the times Big Tobacco has shamelessly exploited our national pride to sell cigarettes.  What these ads leave out, of course, is that tobacco use isn’t a path to freedom, but to addiction, disease and death – 480,000 deaths a year, according to the latest Surgeon General’s report on tobacco and health.

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posted July 02, 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

Big Tobacco’s Cross-border Pollution

Youth in Canada exposed to Camel cigarette ads in American magazines

Editor
Sep 24, 2013

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Restrictions in Canada keep glamorous tobacco ads out of magazines. But that doesn’t keep them from coming in from the U.S.

Health advocates in Canada are outraged that glossy, full-page ads for Camel cigarettes have made their way to Canadian youths’ backpacks and bed stands inside recent issues of several American magazines – including Sports Illustrated, People, Glamour, and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

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posted September 24, 2013

World No Tobacco Day 2013 Calls for Tobacco Ad Ban

Countries highlight progress and challenges in fight against tobacco

Editor
May 31, 2013

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Tobacco control advocates around the world today are marking World No Tobacco Day, organized by the World Health Organization to focus attention on the devastating global toll of tobacco use and the need for nations to take strong action to save lives.

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posted May 31, 2013

Cigarette Butts Are Toxic Waste

Legacy encourages you to “Rethink Butts”

Editor
Apr 9, 2013

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We know that cigarettes are the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.

Here’s a fact that isn’t as well-known: Cigarettes are also the number one littered item on U.S. roadways and on beaches and in waterways worldwide.

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posted April 09, 2013

Pennies for Prevention

States collect $25.7 billion in tobacco dollars, spend little to fight tobacco use

Editor
Dec 6, 2012

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The states are collecting record amounts of revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but are spending only a tiny portion on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations.

This year, the states will take in $25.7 billion in tobacco revenues. But they're spending less than two cents of every tobacco dollar — $459.5 million altogether — to fight tobacco use.

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posted December 06, 2012

Today is the Great American Smokeout

Quit now, benefit immediately

Editor
Nov 15, 2012

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Today’s a great day to be a quitter.

The American Cancer Society leads the 37th annual Great American Smokeout — a day for smokers to quit and for those who love them to provide help and support.

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posted November 15, 2012

Report:  Graphic Cigarette Warnings Spread Worldwide

More than 60 countries now require them

Editor
Nov 14, 2012

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Consumers around the world are learning the deadly truth about smoking thanks to the growing adoption of large, graphic cigarette warnings.

Sixty-three countries and territories now require graphic warnings, an 85 percent increase since 2010, according to a report released today by the Canadian Cancer Society.  Altogether, these countries have more than 40 percent of the world’s population.  A few countries on the list, including the United States, are still implementing their graphic warning requirements.

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posted November 14, 2012

Evidence Grows of How Smoking Harms Reproductive, Child Health

Pregnant smokers can get help quitting

Editor
Nov 5, 2012

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The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health experts have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life.  Increasingly, we are learning of the many ways that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke harm reproductive and child health.

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posted November 05, 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

Powerful Anti-Smoking Ads Prompt Record Calls to Quit Lines

Smokers also seek help online after seeing hard-hitting media campaign

Editor
Apr 2, 2012

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Calls to the toll-free number that provides help to smokers trying to quit more than doubled in the first week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled new anti-smoking ads, which depict former smokers coping with devastating diseases and disabilities caused by their tobacco use.

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posted April 02, 2012

State Prevention Funding Cuts Threaten Progress Against Tobacco

Less than two cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue used to combat tobacco use

Editor
Nov 30, 2011

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States have slashed funding for programs to reduce tobacco use by 12 percent in the past year and by 36 percent over the past four years, threatening the nation’s progress against tobacco, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations.

The states this year will collect a near-record $25.6 billion in revenue from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend only 1.8 percent of it — $456.7 million — on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.  In other words, the states are spending less than two cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use.

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posted November 30, 2011

States With Lowest Cigarette Taxes “Could Do a Lot More to Snuff Out the Smokes”

CBS News highlights "tiny tobacco tariffs" in 15 states

Editor
Sep 8, 2011

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After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data this week showing the rate of adult smoking nationwide declined to 19.3 percent in 2010, CBS News decided to look at what it calls a "cigarette tax shocker" — the stunningly low rate of cigarette taxes in the 15 states that rank near the bottom in taxing cigarettes.

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posted September 08, 2011

Tobacco-Free Living a Top Priority in National Prevention Strategy

Critical shift in health care system

Editor
Jun 16, 2011

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The Obama Administration today unveiled a National Prevention Strategy that makes tobacco-free living a top priority as the nation tries to shift the health care system from one focused on treating costly illnesses to a model that encourages wellness and prevention.

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posted June 16, 2011

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