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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

Nine E-Juice Flavors That Sound Just Like Kids’ Favorite Treats

Industry Leader Lorillard Even Admits "Fun Flavors" Attract Kids

Editor
Jun 11, 2014

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“Kids may be particularly vulnerable to trying e-cigarettes due to an abundance of fun flavors such as cherry, vanilla, pina-colada and berry.”

If that quote sounds like something a public health organization said (and many of us have expressed such concerns), think again.  This particular quote is from the so-called “youth smoking prevention” web site of tobacco giant Lorillard, manufacturer of blu eCigs, the best-selling e-cigarette brand.

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posted June 11, 2014

Adult smokers love… twerking?

Latest blu eCigs video seems awfully youth-oriented

Editor
May 21, 2014

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Manufacturers of electronic cigarettes keep saying they don’t market to kids. They claim their target audience is current smokers. So how, exactly, does a video called “How to Twerk: A helpful how-to for would-be booty-shakers” fit into that strategy?

The latest addition to blu e-cigarettes’ YouTube page – and to their website – features entertainer Big Freedia teaching cheering young adults how to shake their stuff. The twerking dance craze became nationally notorious thanks to Miley Cyrus’ performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

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posted May 21, 2014

Three Major Cities Add E-Cigarettes to Clean Air Laws Today

New York, Chicago and San Francisco preserve the public’s right to breathe clean air

Editor
Apr 29, 2014

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New York City, Chicago and San Francisco today implemented new laws that prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in the same workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars, where cigarette smoking isn’t allowed.  Two other California cities, Los Angeles and Long Beach, also recently implemented such laws.

According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, at least 170 municipalities and three states (North Dakota, New Jersey and Utah) have included e-cigarettes in their clean air laws.

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posted April 29, 2014

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

Los Angeles, Long Beach Add E-Cigarettes to Clean Air Laws

Growing number of cities are taking action

Editor
Mar 7, 2014

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This week, the Los Angeles and Long Beach City Councils voted to prohibit use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, bars and other public places and work places where cigarette smoking is also prohibited. San Francisco is considering similar legislation and a vote is anticipated soon.

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posted March 07, 2014

HO HO – OH NO!

E-cigarette Ad Exploits Santa Claus

Editor
Dec 17, 2013

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As we’ve documented, manufacturers of electronic cigarettes are using the same slick tactics long used to market regular cigarettes to kids. They have celebrity spokespeople, ads with rugged men and glamorous women just like the Marlboro Men and Virginia Slims women of old, race car sponsorships, sweet flavors and even a cartoon pitchman.

Now one e-cigarette retailer has stooped to a new low in copying Big Tobacco’s playbook. Vapor Shark features Santa Claus in a billboard ad for its e-cigarettes that was spotted on I-95 in Miami.

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posted December 17, 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

7 Ways E-Cigarette Companies Are Copying Big Tobacco’s Playbook

(or 7 reasons FDA should quickly regulate e-cigarettes)

Editor
Oct 2, 2013

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The CDC recently reported that rates of electronic cigarette use among U.S. youth more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, when 10 percent of high school students reported ever having used e-cigarettes.

These numbers are troubling but not surprising. There has been an explosion in e-cigarette marketing in recent years, and e-cigarette manufacturers are using the same slick tactics long used to market regular cigarettes to kids.

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posted October 02, 2013

State AGs, Members of Congress Demand Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Growing concern about marketing that tempts kids

Editor
Sep 27, 2013

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A growing chorus of elected officials at the state and federal level — 40 state attorneys general and a group of 10 U.S. senators and two U.S. House members — are demanding strong action to stop the marketing and sale of electronic cigarettes to kids.

The attorneys general wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg Tuesday, urging the FDA to swiftly regulate the e-cigarette industry and warning that e-cigarette manufacturers are tempting kids with sweet flavors, cartoon images and television advertising portraying e-cigarette use as attractive — in much the same way cigarette companies targeted children for decades.

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posted September 27, 2013

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