It’s time to take tobacco out of Major League Baseball
Aug 20, 2014
All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling was known for his toughness during his Major League Baseball career. Who can forget the bloody sock from the 2004 playoffs, when he helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series championship in 86 years?
Now Schilling is in another tough battle – against oral cancer that he today attributed to his longtime use of chewing tobacco. Schilling’s statement comes just months after Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s death from cancer that he, too, attributed to chewing tobacco.
Continue reading Baseball Great Curt Schilling: Chewing Tobacco “Gave Me Cancer”
Jun 19, 2014
All of us at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids were saddened this week by the death of baseball great Tony Gwynn — “a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person,” as MLB.com described him.
We are also grateful that he bravely spoke out about the link between oral cancer and chewing tobacco use, which remains all too common in Major League Baseball. Gwynn attributed his own cancer to longtime use of chewing tobacco. “Of course it caused it,” Gwynn once said. “I always dipped on my right side,” where his cancer started.
Continue reading Honor Tony Gwynn: Knock Tobacco Out of the Park for Good
CDC ad campaign has helped over 100,000 smokers to quit
Jan 31, 2014
On February 3, the CDC will launch the third year of its Tips from Former Smokers advertising campaign that has already inspired more than 100,000 smokers to quit for good.
The ads feature the compelling stories of real people who have suffered from tobacco-caused diseases, including cancer, heart attacks, amputations and diabetes complications. The ads counter the $8.8 billion a year marketing barrage of the tobacco industry and tell the harsh truth about how devastating and unglamorous cigarette smoking truly is.
Continue reading Former Smokers Are Back With More Tips to Save Lives
Nation’s health leaders call for ending the tobacco epidemic
Jan 17, 2014
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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Urgent action needed to reduce tobacco use
Nov 25, 2013
A recent conference in China highlighted both the huge toll tobacco use is taking on the country and the need for urgent action to stem this growing epidemic.
Cigarette smoking is the main force behind a 465 percent increase in lung cancer deaths in China over the past 30 years, making lung cancer the top cause of cancer in the country, according to doctors and researchers speaking at the Sixth China North-South Lung Cancer Summit in Beijing.
Continue reading Smoking to Blame as Lung Cancer Deaths Rise in China
Ads show tumor growing on a cigarette
Jan 7, 2013
“We want smokers to understand that each packet of cigarettes increases their risk of cancer.”
That’s how the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, Prof. Dame Sally Davies, describes a graphic new anti-smoking ad campaign launched by the UK's Department of Health.
Continue reading UK launches graphic anti-smoking ad
More states ban cancer-causing gutka chewing tobacco
Sep 7, 2012
Despite powerful opposition from a billion-dollar industry, India continues to make progress in banning gutka – a deadly form of chewing tobacco that is fueling the country’s oral cancer epidemic.
Continue reading India fights addictive “path to death”
States in oral cancer capital of the world take action
Jun 8, 2012
A growing number of states in India have banned or are considering bans on smokeless gutka, a cancer-causing cocktail of flavored smokeless tobacco and additives. Extremely cheap and easily purchased by children and teenagers, an estimated 5 million kids are addicted to the product.
Continue reading Ban on Smokeless Gutka Gains Ground in India
Rural areas previously uncounted show heavy toll
Mar 30, 2012
The first nationwide study of cancer in India shows the clear link between the nation’s urgent tobacco problem and cancer rates. The study published in The Lancet is the first to document the burden of tobacco use in India’s rural areas, where 70 percent of Indians live.
Continue reading First India Cancer Study Shows Clear Link to Tobacco
Reduced smoking and better screening save lives
Jan 6, 2012
Deaths from cancer continue to decline, pushed downward by critical prevention strategies, especially progress against smoking. The American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics says better screening and treatment also play a role.
Continue reading Prevention Drives Drop in Cancer Deaths
36th annual Smokeout kicks off a season of getting motivated and getting help to quit
Nov 16, 2011
For smokers trying to quit, there's no better time than to start than tomorrow — the Great American Smokeout.
For 36 years, the American Cancer Society has designated the day for smokers to quit, and for those who love them to give help and support.
Continue reading Great American Smokeout is Early Holiday Gift for Health
India’s smokeless tobacco epidemic claims actor whose character fought “gutka king”
Sep 16, 2011
Tobacco does not spare even Superman.
Shafique Sheikh, a 25-year old Indian actor, became a local celebrity playing Superman in a spoof of the popular superhero movies. In Sheikh's version of the film, Superman battled an evil "gutka king" who wants to flood the town with cheap, addictive chewing tobacco.
In real life, the former textile worker had begun using the local form of smokeless tobacco — gutka — at age eight, consuming as many as 40 packets daily until he was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition in his jaw when he was 18.
Continue reading Even Superman Succumbs to Tobacco
Abby Michaelsen works to pass California Cancer Research Act
Abby Michaelsen, National Youth Advocate of the Year
May 18, 2011
It is an immense honor to be the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ National Youth Advocate of the Year! I am so excited to be in Washington to receive this award and to meet my fellow advocates who have been working tirelessly in their own communities on their tobacco prevention campaigns.
At home, I’m focused on helping my local American Heart Association with our campaign for the California Cancer Research Act. This act would increase the state’s tobacco tax by $1, with all the new funds going towards tobacco prevention and cessation programs and cancer research. Voters will decide the issue in the next statewide election, though the exact date of that is still uncertain.
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Tobacco linked to major non-communicable diseases that cause two out of three deaths
Apr 7, 2011
Tobacco use is a risk factor for all major categories of non-communicable diseases — heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes — and tobacco control must be the "top priority" if the world is to reduce the toll of diseases that now cause two out of every three deaths worldwide, according to a global alliance of scientists and non-governmental organizations.
Continue reading United Nations to Tackle Global Threat from Tobacco-Caused Disease
Four decades after Virginia Slims, lung cancer deaths among women finally drop
Apr 4, 2011
Cigarettes were never sexy, sophisticated or a sign of independence — despite tobacco industry marketing that targets women for profit. Now women are truly breaking free by quitting smoking and finally lowering their death rate from lung cancer.
Continue reading Women Come a Long way Back to Better Health
Drive to knock tobacco out of the park quickens as opening day nears
Mar 29, 2011
The movement to get tobacco out of Major League Baseball is gaining momentum.
Top public health officials from coast to coast — representing a majority of cities where Major League Baseball is played — have joined in asking MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, to prohibit use of tobacco by players, coaches and other baseball staff at games.
Continue reading Health Officials in Major League Cities Want Tobacco-Free Baseball