Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius takes on the tobacco companies that filed suit to block new graphic warning labels from appearing on cigarette packs, saying this would be "a huge setback for our children’s health."
From Philip Morris International’s Indonesian subsidiary Sampoerna comes a new billboard with a jaw-dropping slogan: "Dying is better than leaving a friend. Sampoerna is a cool friend."
See it in the full post.
Newspapers around the country have reached their own verdict on the latest tobacco companies' lawsuit challenging the new, graphic cigarette pack warning labels required under the 2009 law giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco.
The decision: Big Tobacco is guilty again.
Last week, major tobacco companies again showed their aversion to the truth when they filed yet another lawsuit to block the FDA from implementing new, graphic warning labels on cigarettes.
The new warnings show and tell the truth about cigarettes — that they are addictive and deadly, causing cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. But the tobacco companies claim that being forced to tell the truth would violate their First Amendment rights.
Thanks to CBS's "60 Minutes," we have a timely reminder of just how far Big Tobacco will go to suppress the truth.
Hundreds of thousands of victims of smokeless tobacco are raising their voices against a regional product — gutka — that is responsible for 90 percent of oral cancer cases in India, the nation with the highest rate of oral cancer in the world.
State by state, tobacco users who became addicted at young ages and suffer from devastating illnesses are trying to shock their state chief executives into action by telling their personal stories. So far, the chief ministers in 11 out of 28 states already have signed a pledge to "rid India of this menace tobacco."
David Kessler, the path-breaking former Food and Drug Administration commissioner who began the push for FDA regulation of tobacco during the mid-1990s, reflected recently on progress in the struggle against the tobacco industry, and the critical changes in social attitudes toward smoking that have taken hold in just the past 15 years.
WASHINGTON, DC (August 1, 2011) – The Federal Trade Commission on Friday reported that cigarette marketing expenditures in the United States declined from $12.5 billion in 2006 to $10.9 billion in 2007 and $9.9 billion in 2008.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2011) — The Reynolds American tobacco company is once again deceiving consumers by running magazine ads that describe its Natural American Spirit cigarettes as "eco friendly."
WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2011) — The amount of smoking in top-grossing, youth-rated movies has dropped significantly in the past five years, with far larger declines by studios that have published policies to reduce smoking in youth-rated films (those rated G, PG or PG-13), according to a new study published today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Widening its lens beyond the image of Indonesia’s infamous “smoking baby,” Current TV plans to air an hour long documentary Tuesday night that exposes the tobacco industry’s deadly expansion into Indonesia, where it is addicting a new generation and helping to create a global epidemic of deaths caused by tobacco use.
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.
The tobacco industry spends billions marketing its products with determined deception, but it can’t dupe U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler.
Judge Kessler issued the landmark 2006 decision that the tobacco companies have violated civil racketeering laws (RICO) and defrauded the public by lying for decades about the health risks of smoking and their marketing to children.
To mark World No Tobacco Day 2011, we share the words of Ulysses “Yul" Dorotheo of the Philippines, recipient of this year's Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence.
Dorotheo received the award and spoke at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual gala in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. A neuro- opthamologist, Dorotheo became involved in tobacco control after he learned about how the tobacco industry had “trained its sights" on low- and middle-income countries.
Untamed Internet tobacco vendors have just heard from the sheriff.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued 11 warning letters to online retailers for illegally marketing cigarettes described with terms such as "light" and "low" that deceive smokers by implying they are less risky than other brands. They are not.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2011) – According to a report by the Associated Press, Philip Morris International CEO Louis Camilleri today stated at the company's annual shareholder meeting in New York that, while cigarettes are addictive, "it is not that hard to quit."
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.
Maybe you thought you’d heard everything when the executives of Big Tobacco companies raised their right hands and swore to Congress that they didn’t believe nicotine was addictive or that cigarettes cause cancer.
Well, you were wrong.
Now they’re saying that the statements the Justice Department wants them to make under a federal court order stemming from the companies’ racketeering conviction are designed to “shame and humiliate” them.
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.
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.
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.