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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

U.S. Senators to Walmart: Quit Tobacco Sales

Retail giant urged to follow CVS’s example

Editor
Feb 18, 2014

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Seven U.S. senators have written to Walmart urging the retail giant to follow the example of CVS Caremark and end sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“We write to urge Walmart, as the number one retailer of cigarettes in the country, to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores,” the senators wrote. “We recognize the legality of selling and profiting from tobacco products; however, Walmart’s position as the nation’s largest retailer of any kind puts your company in a unique position to contribute to the health and well-being of all Americans.”

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posted February 18, 2014

Eight U.S. Senators Urge Drug Stores to Follow CVS, End Tobacco Sales

Letters cite huge health and financial toll of tobacco

Editor
Feb 10, 2014

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Eight U.S. senators today sent letters to the CEOs of two major drug store chains – Walgreens and Rite Aid – and the president of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urging that other pharmacies follow the lead of CVS Caremark and stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. 

 

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posted February 10, 2014

President Obama: CVS Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products Sets “Powerful Example”

CVS Caremark’s decision to end sales of tobacco products widely hailed as a courageous and historic step

Editor
Feb 5, 2014

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From President Obama and the First Lady to members of Congress to public health leaders, CVS Caremark’s decision to end sales of tobacco products is being widely hailed as a courageous and historic step that will help drive down tobacco use and improve the nation’s health.

First Lady Michelle Obama thanked CVS and tweeted, “now we can all breathe a little easier, and our families can live healthier.”

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posted February 05, 2014

Deadly Gifts for Chinese New Year

Bloomberg News report shows China needs to curtail appeal of cigarettes

Editor
Feb 12, 2013

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As China celebrates the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, cigarettes are casting a deadly pall over the festivities.

A new report by Bloomberg News highlights how the exchange of cigarettes as gifts is a deeply ingrained part of the country’s New Year celebrations, contributing to a tobacco epidemic that kills more than one million Chinese each year.

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posted February 12, 2013

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