WASHINGTON, DC – Truth Initiative and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today criticized as wholly inadequate an agreement reached between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, the makers of Natural American Spirit cigarettes, that permits the company to continue using deceptive health-related claims and imagery that contribute to the widespread misperception these cigarettes are less dangerous. While the January 19, 2017, agreement requires the company to remove the terms “additive-free” and “natural” from its product labels, advertising and promotional materials, it would be permitted to continue to use “Natural” as part of its brand name. It also includes a path to use the statement “Tobacco Ingredients: Tobacco and Water,” which would continue the deception that because of the lack of additives, these products are safer than other cigarettes. The agreement also fails to address the use of “organic,” another misleading term.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to oppose a proposed merger between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Reynolds American (RAI) until allegations of corrupt and anti-competitive conduct by BAT in Africa are fully investigated.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philip Morris International – the world’s largest non-governmental cigarette manufacturer – this week launched a new website that claims the company is committed to a "smoke-free future." As long as Philip Morris continues to do everything it can to fight proven policies and programs that reduce smoking and continues to aggressively market cigarettes around the world, often in ways that appeal to children, their claims do not deserve to be taken seriously.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is truly absurd that tobacco giant Reynolds American and former House Speaker John Boehner, who was elected to Reynolds’ board of directors today, would express a commitment to "speeding the decline in tobacco use among young people." Their records show the exact opposite. Reynolds’ announcement pairs the tobacco company with the most egregious record of marketing to kids and a politician with a long record of fighting policies to reduce youth tobacco use.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This November, voters in California, Colorado and North Dakota will have the opportunity to protect children from tobacco addiction and save lives by approving ballot initiatives that increase state tobacco taxes in a meaningful way. To do so, however, voters will need to reject multi-million dollar campaigns tobacco companies are waging to deceive them and defeat these measures.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Baseball legend Tony Gwynn was one of the game’s most respected figures on and off the field. His death in 2014 after a long battle with cancer remains a lesson to all about the horrible dangers of smokeless tobacco use.
The wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his family this week provides another public service. It is a powerful reminder of how the tobacco industry has long targeted kids, athletes, African Americans and other groups with shameful marketing tactics that lured many into a deadly addiction. Tony Gwynn’s death and this lawsuit provide a clarion call to Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Players Association to take tobacco out of the game once and for all.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama Administration today has taken a critical first step – but only a first step – to protect America’s kids from a new generation of tobacco products by issuing a long-overdue rule establishing FDA oversight of electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products.
WASHINGTON, DC – In landmark victories for global health and major defeats for the tobacco industry, high courts in India and the European Union today upheld strong measures to reduce tobacco use, including requirements for large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products and, in the EU, a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol, and authority for countries to adopt standardized plain packages. Together, these rulings provide a powerful boost to worldwide efforts to combat a tobacco epidemic that will otherwise kill one billion people this century. They also represent a resounding rejection of the tobacco industry’s scorched-earth tactics that put profits before lives.
WASHINGTON, DC – As we mark exactly two years today since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule to begin regulating electronic cigarettes, a new study of e-cigarette advertising underscores the urgent need for the White House to issue a final rule – and shows how every day of delay further endangers the health of our children.
WASHINGTON, DC – The government’s 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey released today shows that while youth cigarette smoking remains at historically low levels, the alarming increase in youth use of electronic cigarettes continues and overall youth use of any tobacco product has not fallen since 2011.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Trade Commission’s latest reports on tobacco marketing – showing expenditures of nearly $9.5 billion in 2013 – send another warning sign about our nation’s kids and health. The FTC’s reports are a timely reminder that the tobacco companies are as relentless as ever in marketing their deadly and addictive products, often in ways that entice kids. We must remain vigilant to combat this torrent of industry marketing. We are fortunate to know what policies work – now we have to implement them aggressively.
WASHINGTON, DC – A CDC report released today shows alarming levels of youth exposure to electronic cigarette advertising and underscores why the White House must act now to issue a long-overdue rule providing for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes, including restrictions on marketing, sweet flavors and other tactics that entice kids.
Based on data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, the CDC report finds that nearly 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people altogether – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies. It is especially troubling that even the youngest kids surveyed, 6th graders, have extensive exposure to e-cigarette advertising, with half seeing e-cigarette ads in stores and a third seeing such ads on the Internet.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a public health victory of global significance, Australia has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris to uphold its pioneering law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging. An arbitration tribunal today threw out Philip Morris’ challenge to the law under an investment treaty between Australia and Hong Kong, ruling unanimously that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.
WASHINGTON, DC – In terrific news for the nation’s health, the government-sponsored Monitoring the Future survey released today shows that the steep, decades-long decline in youth cigarette smoking continues, with smoking rates falling to record lows in 2015 among all three grades surveyed (grades 8, 10 and 12). Cigarette use among 12th graders fell to just 11.4 percent from 13.6 percent last year and 36.5 percent in 1997, representing extraordinary and historic progress.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – An investigative report broadcast yesterday by the BBC disclosed extensive evidence, supported by previously secret documents, that British American Tobacco (BAT), Britain’s fifth-largest company, paid illegal bribes to influence members of parliament, gain advantage over competitors and undermine life-saving tobacco control policies in multiple African countries.
A new report documents how the tobacco industry is breaking laws and exploiting loopholes to target kids with deadly tobacco products in 14 countries across Latin America. According to the report, the tobacco industry is using a variety of marketing tactics – some illegal – to target youth at shops, kiosks and other places where tobacco is sold to consumers.
This summer, an investigative series by The New York Times exposed how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to fight life-saving policies to reduce tobacco use. The Chamber’s strategies have included directly opposing countries’ tobacco control policies, pitting countries against each other in costly international trade disputes, and seeking to influence trade agreements to benefit tobacco companies.
WASHINGTON, DC – It is absurd that tobacco giants Philip Morris International and Altria are complaining the tobacco industry is being "singled out" because the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement prevents them from using the TPP to attack life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use.
WASHINGTON, DC – A study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine provides powerful new evidence that reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes could make a fundamental difference in preventing and reducing cigarette smoking, which is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.
WASHINGTON, DC – Two new studies published today by the CDC and the FDA demonstrate the urgent need for the FDA to issue its long-overdue final rule regulating all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars, and to expand the current ban on candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes to include all flavored tobacco products.
WASHINGTON, DC – For the first time since being granted regulatory authority over tobacco products by a 2009 law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today ordered a tobacco company (R.J. Reynolds) to pull a major cigarette brand – Camel Crush Bold – off the market. The agency acted under a key provision of the law that requires prior FDA review and authorization before tobacco companies market new or changed products.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Food and Drug Administration today has taken a critically important action to protect the American public from tobacco industry deception by warning several manufacturers – most prominently Reynolds American’s subsidiary, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, and its Natural American Spirit cigarette brand – that they are violating the law by marketing their products with health-related claims, including "additive-free" and "natural." If these products continue to make these claims, the FDA can and should order them removed from the market.
WASHINGTON, DC – A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides troubling new evidence that use of electronic cigarettes by youth who had not previously smoked could lead to use of cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.
A year ago, a reinvigorated truth® campaign challenged young people to “finish it” and help end the tobacco epidemic for good. Now a new truth ad has another important message: The battle isn’t just about cigarettes. With the warning “Don’t get played while they get paid,” the ad informs young people that other tobacco products, such as hookah and little cigars, are also addictive and deadly, even if they are often disguised with candy flavors. The ad aired Sunday night during the Teen Choice Awards.
New examples continue to emerge about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) affiliates have done the bidding of the tobacco industry and fought measures to reduce tobacco use around the world. In the latest example, Norway’s Health Minister Bent Høie is blasting the American Chamber of Commerce in Norway for opposing a government proposal to require that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging.