Governments should increase tobacco taxes to reduce smoking, save lives
May 23, 2014
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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Countries highlight progress and challenges in fight against tobacco
May 31, 2013
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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Industry's shameful tactics on full display for World No Tobacco Day
May 31, 2012
Today is World No Tobacco Day, and the tobacco industry is doing exactly what the World Health Organization warns is a typical industry bullying tactic that must be stopped: Tobacco companies are spending more than $45 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax by $1 to reduce smoking, as well as fund cancer research and tobacco prevention programs.
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Yul Dorotheo of the Philippines speaks on the international challenge of tobacco control
May 31, 2011
To mark World No Tobacco Day 2011, we share the words of Ulysses “Yul" Dorotheo of the Philippines, recipient of this year's Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence.
Dorotheo received the award and spoke at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual gala in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. A neuro- opthamologist, Dorotheo became involved in tobacco control after he learned about how the tobacco industry had “trained its sights" on low- and middle-income countries.
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World No Tobacco Day 2011 marks progress of landmark public health treaty
May 27, 2011
On Tuesday May 31, the World Health Organization's "World No Tobacco Day" draws global attention to the growing international tobacco epidemic and the urgent need for nations to pass and implement effective policies to reduce tobacco use and save lives. This year's focus is on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global public health treaty.
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