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Tobacco Company Blows Smoke on National Health Day in Indonesia

Cigarette ad shows disregard for health

Editor
Nov 14, 2013

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How does the Indonesian tobacco company Djarum celebrate the country’s National Health Day? It places a giant front-page ad for one of its cigarettes in a national newspaper. Then that newspaper happens to make its way onto every seat at the launch event for the Ministry of Health’s National Health Day event.

That’s how bad things are in Indonesia, where tobacco companies have near-free rein to promote and sell their deadly products and newspapers shirk their responsibility to readers by running those ads.

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posted November 14, 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

Indonesian Music Festival Drops Tobacco Company as Main Sponsor

A promising step for tobacco-free events in Indonesia

Editor
Jun 21, 2013

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Showing that it’s possible to tune tobacco out of the music industry, this year’s Java Rockin’land music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, will take place without one of its most infamous acts – the tobacco industry. Java Rockin’land – like many music festivals in Indonesia – has traditionally been sponsored by tobacco companies trying to lure a new generation of smokers. The concert attracts young music fans from across the country – but this year, the tobacco industry won’t be on stage. 

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posted June 21, 2013

Indonesia Tobacco Giant’s Shameful Billboard Says “DON’T QUIT”

PT Djarum puts profits over lives

Editor
Jun 10, 2013

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Indonesia has been called the tobacco industry’s playground due to the country’s large number of smokers and unrestricted tobacco marketing.

In the latest example, Indonesian tobacco giant PT Djarum has placed billboards promoting its L.A. Lights cigarettes with the shameful slogan “DON’T QUIT.”  If discouraging smokers from quitting isn’t bad enough, the ad appears to mock efforts to reduce smoking by instead encouraging smokers to “DO IT” and using the slogan “Let’s Do It!”

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posted June 10, 2013

In Idaho, Big Tobacco Spends Big Bucks to Buy Influence

Lawmakers must choose: Protect kids or protect industry profits

Editor
Feb 17, 2012

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From Idaho comes the latest evidence that the tobacco industry will go to great lengths — and spare no expense — to protect its profits and defeat measures proven to keep kids from smoking.

According to a report in the Idaho Falls Post Register, the Altria Group, the nation’s largest tobacco company and parent of Philip Morris USA, spent more money lobbying Idaho officials last year than any other group.  Altria spent $165,076 lobbying in the state in 2011 — it’s the only group to spend more than $100,000, and its total is 82 percent more than the next biggest spender.

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posted February 17, 2012

Causing lung cancer and heart disease the “eco-friendly” way

Tobacco Company Comes Under Fire for Green Claims

Editor
Jul 27, 2011

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Cigarettes kill and pollute.  There's nothing healthy or environmentally friendly about them.

So it's truly outrageous that the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, owned by Reynolds American, is running magazine ads promoting its Natural American Spirit cigarettes as "eco friendly."  It's called greenwashing — making deceptive environmental claims to improve the image of a controversial product or company.

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posted July 27, 2011

Tobacco Industry Finds New Ways to Buy Influence

Companies give millions to hard-to-track groups, step up state lobbying

Editor
Jun 9, 2011

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OpenSecrets Blog gives us an updated look at tobacco industry efforts to influence federal lawmakers and regulators, as well as their counterparts in the states.  

The industry's goal remains the same as always:  Protect its profits by defeating proven measures to reduce tobacco use and save lives.

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posted June 09, 2011

He Said What?

Philip Morris International chief's comment that tobacco is "not that hard to quit" only hints at company deception

Editor
May 12, 2011

Philip Morris International CEO Louis Camilleri made headlines at the PMI shareholders' meeting in New York on Wednesday, when he falsely claimed that "it's not that hard to quit" smoking cigarettes.

It was a revealing glimpse of the real Philip Morris at an event usually orchestrated to present the world's largest private tobacco company in the best light even as its products and practices spread death and disease worldwide.

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posted May 12, 2011

Skinny and Sick?

New Study: tobacco companies spiked cigarettes with diet aids to hook people worried about weight

Editor
May 4, 2011

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It's been nearly a century since Lucky Strike first used the slogan "Reach for A Lucky Instead of A Sweet" and decades since the early Virginia Slims advertising campaign depicted women who smoke as independent, stylish, sexy — and of course slim — to market to women and girls.

But slogans and sophisticated images weren't the only tricks in the tobacco industry's scheme to keep people smoking.

According to a new study published in The European Journal of Public Health, the companies added appetite suppressants to cigarettes "to enhance the effects of smoking on appetite and body weight" — and to stoke smokers' fears of gaining weight if they quit.

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posted May 04, 2011

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