77 countries and territories now require them
Oct 14, 2014
The number of countries requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs is growing rapidly, according to a report issued today by the Canadian Cancer Society.
The report finds that 77 countries and territories have finalized picture warnings — up from 55 countries that had implemented by the end of 2012 and just one country — Canada — in 2001.
Continue reading New Report: Graphic Cigarette Warnings Spread Around World
Tobacco industry-funded organization asks government representatives to attend private meeting before WHO conference
Oct 8, 2014
A tobacco industry-funded organization is trying to gut life-saving efforts to raise tobacco taxes as countries prepare to discuss the issue at an upcoming World Health Organization conference on tobacco control, according to an article in the Financial Times (subscription required). The conference kicks off October 13 in Moscow.
The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), a Washington, DC-based organization, has asked government representatives from around the world to attend a private meeting shortly before the conference in an effort to undercut progress on tobacco tax increases. According to the Financial Times, “all four of the major international tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International, are sponsors of the ITIC and have representatives on its board of directors.”
Continue reading Ahead of Global Meeting, Big Tobacco Seeks to Derail Progress on Life-Saving Tobacco Taxes
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”
Support CVS and other tobacco-free retailers
Aug 11, 2014
Attention back-to-school shoppers!
As you set out to fill your kids’ lockers and backpacks, you can also strike a blow for kids’ health – by shopping at CVS and other retailers who have chosen not to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. It kills nearly half a million American and costs us at least $289 billio
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More evidence of how destructive smoking truly is
Jul 11, 2014
The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities around the world have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life. Yet we are continually learning new ways in which smoking harms health.
In the latest example, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International are reporting, based on a review of scientific studies, that smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia compared to non-smokers. “It is estimated that 14% of [Alzheimer’s disease] cases worldwide are potentially attributable to smoking,” the organizations write in a short report summarizing the scientific evidence.
Continue reading WHO: Smoking Increases Risk of Dementia
It has the greatest impact on heart health, lower death rate
Jun 5, 2013
It’s no news flash that exercise, eating healthy and watching your weight are all good for your heart – and that smoking is most decidedly not.
Continue reading New Study: Healthy Lifestyle Starts with No Smoking
New study: Tobacco smoke affects newborns' brain development
Oct 4, 2012
It’s well-known that smoking during pregnancy is harmful to pregnant women and their babies. But there’s more evidence all the time of how extensive the harm can be – both from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Continue reading Warning to Pregnant Women: Secondhand Smoke Harms You and Your Baby
Tell lawmakers that preventing disease saves money
Dec 15, 2011
Today is a National Day of Action on Prevention, a coordinated effort by hundreds of public health advocates around the country to protect critical prevention money in the new health reform law from deep cuts.
Proposals now moving forward on Capitol Hill would cut the prevention fund by two-thirds or more–just when evidence is mounting that proven prevention programs, especially those to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit, pay big returns by reducing health care costs.
Continue reading Act Today to Stop Congressional Cuts to Prevention Fund!
Tobacco use still responsible for one of five deaths in U.S.
Dec 9, 2011
Slow progress in bringing smoking rates down, coupled with dramatic increases in obesity and diabetes, mean the nation's overall health didn't improve in the past year.
United Health Foundation’s annual report, America’s Health Rankings, ranks states based on progress in fighting the causes of chronic diseases that are overburdening the health care system and driving up costs. States that showed the most improvement this year were New York and New Jersey — both of which advanced because of strides in reducing smoking.
Continue reading Let’s Get Healthier: Take Action for Change