WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made history today. The federal agency issued an order permitting the marketing of two new cigarette products, denied four requests to market new tobacco products, and announced that tobacco companies had withdrawn requests to market 136 other tobacco products. It is the first time any federal agency has ever denied permission to a tobacco company to market a new or modified tobacco product because of the threat it poses to public health.
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.
The death and disease caused by cigarettes is nothing to celebrate. But that’s not stopping R.J. Reynolds from celebrating the 100th birthday of its Camel cigarettes this year. Their Camel web site touts “A Century of Camel” and urges visitors to “Celebrate the original that sparked a tradition.”
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!”
WASHINGTON, DC – A Vermont Superior Court judge this week ordered the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to pay $8.3 million for deceptive marketing of its Eclipse cigarettes that violated both Vermont’s consumer protection laws and the 1998 state tobacco settlement, which prohibited tobacco companies from misrepresenting the health consequences of using a tobacco product.
Tobacco control advocates around the world today are marking World No Tobacco Day, organized by the World Health Organization to focus attention on the devastating global toll of tobacco use and the need for nations to take strong action to save lives.
WASHINGTON, DC – Five leading public health organizations are calling on state attorneys general to investigate whether R.J. Reynolds’ new magazine advertising campaign for Camel cigarettes violates the state tobacco settlement’s prohibition on targeting youth.
WASHINGTON, DC – It is troubling news for our nation’s health that marketing expenditures for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco increased by nearly four percent to $8.82 billion in 2011, representing the first increase in overall tobacco marketing since 2003.
At last week’s annual meeting of Philip Morris International shareholders in New York City, CEO Louis Camilleri answered a question from a youth tobacco control advocate by denying that the company markets to kids, saying “That’s just not true. It’s a fable.”
WASHINGTON, DC – In a victory for the nation's health, the U.S. Supreme Court today let stand an appellate court ruling that upheld most provisions of the landmark 2009 law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products, including the requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels.
Thanks to strong government action to reduce tobacco use, the tobacco industry's outlook in Latin America is dimming according to new analysis by Euromonitor International, a strategy research group for consumer products.
The analysis cites the example of Chile, which recently became the 14th Latin American country to go smoke-free. In February, Chile implemented a comprehensive tobacco control law that makes restaurants, bars and other public places smoke-free; restricts tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and prohibits the use of additives, including menthol, in tobacco products.
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama has proposed a 94-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax, and increased taxes on other tobacco products, to protect our children from tobacco addiction and save lives. Predictably, tobacco companies and their allies are attacking the proposal, claiming that tobacco taxes aren't a reliable revenue source and unfairly burden poor people.
When young fans attended the Java Jazz music festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier this month, they had to walk through concert grounds plastered with advertising for Djarum Super Mild, the cigarette brand that sponsored the concert.
When performers such as Joss Stone took the stage, they performed under a cigarette logo.
And for weeks before the concert, Djarum promoted its deadly products using the images of music stars, in the process telling kids that smoking is fun and glamorous.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of kids across America are taking a stand against tobacco today as part of the 18th annual Kick Butts Day. More than 1,200 events are planned nationwide.
Today is the 18th Kick Butts Day, our annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco.
With more than 1,200 events happening across the country and on military bases around the world, this is the biggest Kick Butts Day yet. Today and throughout the week, thousands of kids are taking a stand against tobacco. Find Kick Butts Day events in your area.
As smoking has declined in higher-income countries, multinational tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International have targeted low- and middle-income countries as their main opportunities to increase sales and profits.
Now, these countries are fighting back by enacting strong measures to reduce tobacco use and save lives, and Wall Street analysts are taking note. Writing in Forbes, analyst Charles Sizemore concludes, "Though enforcement varies from country to country, there is really no such thing as a 'tobacco friendly' country anymore. Everywhere you look, the noose is getting tighter."
WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2013) – While cigarette smoking has been declining in the United States, cigar sales have more than doubled since 2000, driven by an explosion of cheap, sweet small cigars that entice kids, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Tobacco companies have a long history of secretly adding things to their products that could make them more addictive, appealing or harmful.
Add another example to the list: Bloomberg News reported today that some of Cheyenne International’s cigars have a filter containing sepiolite, a clay material used in kitty litter.
WASHINGTON, DC – How low can the tobacco industry go? Thanks to one U.S. tobacco company, some Americans are now smoking kitty litter.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 28, 2013) – A study published today by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant increase in awareness and use of electronic cigarettes, which are not currently regulated by any government agency to protect public health.
The Java Jazz festival kicks off this Friday in Jakarta, Indonesia. It's one of the largest annual music festivals in the world, and concert promoters have spent the last few months promoting the stars who will perform. But they've promoted tobacco even more.
What are the biggest words on Java Jazz's official poster and billboards? It's not "Java Jazz." It's not the names of star performers. It's a brand of cigarettes made by Djarum, the tobacco company sponsoring the music festival.
WASHINGTON, DC – Reynolds American Inc. has launched a campaign, including a new web site by its R.J. Reynolds subsidiary, claiming it is a changed company that is "transforming" tobacco. But the tobacco giant’s actions don’t show change, but more of the same.
New Zealand plans to become the second country to require that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. New Zealand’s government announced today that it will introduce legislation requiring plain packaging, following the lead of Australia, which implemented its plain packaging law in December 2012.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is launching a new campaign and web site – called Tune Out Tobacco – urging musicians to reject tobacco industry sponsorships of their concerts.
As smoking declines in many developed nations, the tobacco industry is targeting low- and middle-income countries, and Africa is a prime target for the industry’s deadly products.