All Industry Watch Updates

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 11, 2011
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The 21st-century version of the "light" and "low tar" ruse that kept smokers hooked despite their health concerns may well be the emergence of a new marketing strategy for smokeless tobacco that pushes these harmful products as an alternative to cigarettes.

A new study conducted by Legacy clearly documents a shift in smokeless tobacco magazine advertising away from a determined focus on men's sporting and leisure publications toward general-interest magazines aimed at a much broader market. The industry is increasingly pushing flavored products — which could influence kids to start using smokeless tobacco. And it's trying to attract smokers who are restricted from lighting up due to the success of smoke-free air policies — when the best step they could take for their health is to quit.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 8, 2011
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How do big pay packages for top tobacco executives stack up against state funding for programs to keep kids from smoking and help smokers quit? 

It's a lopsided mismatch that the tobacco execs win. Guess the lifestyles of the Big Tobacco Execs are worth more than the health of our kids.


PRESS RELEASE | Mar 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2011) — It is inexplicable and troubling that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told Star Scientific Inc. that the company's Ariva-BDL and Stonewall-BDL smokeless tobacco products are not currently subject to FDA regulation.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Mar 23, 2011
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Thousands of young people at hundreds of events from coast-to-coast are taking action against tobacco use today — the 16th annual Kick Butts Day!

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against Big Tobacco at hundreds of events across the USA — and even abroad.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Mar 17, 2011
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The tobacco industry's spin machine has gone into overdrive as we near the March 23 deadline for an Food and Drug Administration science advisory committee to issue a report on menthol cigarettes.

It's trying to convince the media — and nervous investors — that the committee will find menthol does not make cigarettes any more harmful, and nothing should be done about it.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Mar 14, 2011
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In the spirit of Nick Naylor, the fictitious tobacco-industry lobbyist lampooned in the 2005 film Thank You for Smoking, lobbyists seeking to keep Oklahoma cities and towns from setting their own smoke-free policies are enjoying a business boom.

The Oklahoman reports that big tobacco companies have hired at least 13 lobbyists to try to defeat legislation that would let cities regulate smoking in public places.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Mar 10, 2011
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Strong and effective tobacco control laws in several Latin America countries, including Peru and Honduras, have been challenged recently and they’re at risk of being weakened.  


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Mar 7, 2011
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Last year's pay packages for tobacco chief executives are now being disclosed in financial filings with the government, and once again a big winner is Susan Ivey, the former CEO of Reynolds American Inc., the nation's second-biggest tobacco company.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Feb 28, 2011
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The tobacco companies claim they've changed and are now responsible corporate citizens. All the while, they continue to market to kids, deceive the public and fight proven measures to reduce tobacco use.

The proof is in recent headlines:


PRESS RELEASE | Feb 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — The Lorillard and R.J. Reynolds tobacco companies today sued the U.S. government to block a scientific advisory committee from even reviewing the evidence and making a non-binding report to the Food and Drug Administration about menthol cigarettes.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Feb 24, 2011
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Tobacco companies have never let the facts get in the way of their deadly marketing.

So it's no surprise that they're still trying to thwart the Justice Department — and a federal judge — even though they've been found guilty of a long conspiracy to deceive and defraud the American people.


PRESS RELEASE | Feb 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC — Even after being found guilty of a decades-long conspiracy to deceive and defraud the American people, the tobacco companies still do not want to tell the truth about their deadly and addictive products.



PRESS RELEASE | Dec 20, 2010

Washington, D.C. - It is good news for the communities involved that R.J. Reynolds has decided to stop its initial test-marketing of new, dissolvable smokeless tobacco products — called Camel Sticks, Strips and Orbs — that look, taste and are packaged like candy and are likely to entice children.


PRESS RELEASE | Dec 14, 2010

Washington, D.C. - It is troubling news for the nation's health that the 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey released today shows that smoking rates have stopped declining and may have ticked up slightly among 8th and 10th graders, while youth smokeless tobacco use has increased significantly in recent years.


PRESS RELEASE | Nov 18, 2010

PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY - Nations meeting in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on the world's first public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), today approved a declaration supporting Uruguay's efforts to protect its strong tobacco control laws against a legal challenge by Philip Morris International.











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