Tobacco Industry Watch

Tobacco's terrible toll in the United States and around the world is no accident. It stems directly from the tobacco industry's insidious and even illegal practices. For decades, the tobacco industry has marketed its deadly and addictive products to children, deceived the public about the devastating consequences of tobacco use and fought proven measures that reduce tobacco use and save lives. Read more.


Industry Watch Features

Global Epidemic: Big Tobacco targets new customers around the world.

Not Your Grandfather's Cigars: A new generation of cheap and sweet cigars threatens a new generation of kids.

Guilty as Charged: U.S. judge rules tobacco companies engaged in deadly fraud.


Latest Industry Watch Updates

PRESS RELEASE | Jul 16, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A report released today by an international group of public interest and health organizations builds on the recent multi-part investigation by The New York Times and provides additional documentation and detail about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber) has helped the tobacco industry fight life-saving policies in more than a dozen countries, undermining measures intended to combat a global tobacco epidemic that threatens one billion lives this century. 

 

PRESS RELEASE | Jul 7, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Demonstrating true corporate leadership, today CVS Health announced it is resigning from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber’s activities supporting the tobacco industry in the U.S. and across the globe. When the leaders of CVS Health decided last year to stop selling tobacco products, CEO Larry Merlo explained it well. “Put simply,” he said, “the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Jul 2, 2015
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In a statement today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin, Jeff Merkley, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, and Sheldon Whitehouse reacted to recent reports by The New York Times exposing how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use.

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Jun 30, 2015
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An in-depth story published today in The New York Times exposes how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use.

The Times story examines the U.S. Chamber’s three-pronged approach to fighting back against life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use like smoke-free indoor public places, graphic warning labels on tobacco products, restrictions on tobacco marketing and increased tobacco taxes. The U.S. Chamber’s tactics, deployed in countries ranging from Nepal to the Philippines to Uruguay, include:

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Jun 29, 2015
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When the Reynolds American tobacco company recently completed its purchase of Lorillard, Reynolds CEO Susan Cameron touted the deal as a return to the “old days” for the tobacco industry.

When it comes to Big Tobacco, the “old days” were a time when youth smoking rates were skyrocketing, the industry used cartoons and cowboys to target kids, and tobacco executives denied that smoking was addictive or caused disease.