All Industry Watch Updates

TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Sep 6, 2012
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The backpacks have been aired out, the supplies purchased, pencils sharpened, and the kids are now back to school.  With young people being away from home and parental supervision, however, moms and dads need to be vigilant. 


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Sep 4, 2012
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An editorial in The New York Times calls on elected officials and the Food and Drug Administration to close tax and regulatory loopholes that tobacco companies have exploited to keep some products cheap, flavored and appealing to kids.

"Give the tobacco industry credit for ingenuity," the Times wrote. "Just when it looked as if federal regulators could block their ability to addict children and young adults, several companies that make cigars and pipe tobacco have sidestepped the barriers by taking advantage of loopholes in federal law."


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Aug 15, 2012
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Delivering an historic victory in the global fight against tobacco, Australia’s highest court has upheld the world’s first law requiring that all cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. The High Court rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry, allowing Australia to move forward with requiring the plain packs starting on December 1.



TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Aug 14, 2012
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new survey results last week showing that youth cigarette smoking continues to fall, but it had troubling news about cigars.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Aug 3, 2012
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A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that tobacco companies are manipulating their products to avoid taxes and regulations aimed at reducing smoking, undermining the fight against the nation’s leading cause of preventable death.

In particular, tobacco companies have mislabeled roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco and increased the weight of many cigars to escape higher tobacco taxes imposed by a 2009 federal law.  By keeping the prices of these products low, tobacco companies are attracting kids and keeping smokers hooked.



TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Jul 27, 2012
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In a victory for public health, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected the tobacco industry’s attempt to escape any corrective actions despite a judgment that they have violated civil racketeering laws and defrauded the American people for decades.


PRESS RELEASE | Jul 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today delivered a victory for public health by rejecting the tobacco industry's attempt to escape any corrective actions despite a judgment that they have violated civil racketeering laws and defrauded the American people for decades.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Jul 20, 2012
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Across the United States, youth are playing critical roles in the fight against tobacco. They’re encouraging their peers to stay tobacco-free, taking on the tobacco industry and its deceptive marketing and urging elected officials to take strong action to protect America’s kids from tobacco.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Jul 11, 2012
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In a new segment, ABC News Nightline returns to Indonesia, a playground for the tobacco industry where tobacco marketing is inescapable and kids can easily buy cigarettes right outside their schools.


PRESS RELEASE | Jun 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – By funding a $47 million misinformation campaign, the Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds tobacco companies have again protected their profits at the expense of kids and lives by narrowly defeating a ballot initiative to increase California's cigarette tax by $1 per pack.



TOBACCO UNFILTERED | May 31, 2012
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Today is World No Tobacco Day, and the tobacco industry is doing exactly what the World Health Organization warns is a typical industry bullying tactic that must be stopped:  Tobacco companies are spending more than $45 million to defeat a California ballot initiative that would raise the cigarette tax by $1 to reduce smoking, as well as fund cancer research and tobacco prevention programs.


PRESS RELEASE | May 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tobacco giant Altria’s launch of a new nicotine lozenge underscores the need for the Food and Drug Administration to quickly extend its regulatory authority to all tobacco products and prevent tobacco companies from continuing to treat American consumers as guinea pigs in their constant quest for higher profits.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | May 18, 2012
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I am so honored to have received this award from the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, and for the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to accept it. It’s also been very exciting to be able to work with my fellow youth advocates, who have each done amazing things in their communities to prevent tobacco use and help save lives.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | May 11, 2012
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Confronted by activists – including youth who traveled to New York City to attend Philip Morris International’s annual shareholders meeting this week – Philip Morris CEO Louis Camilleri again played down the deadly consequences of his company’s products and claimed the company acts responsibly when the evidence shows otherwise.

At last year’s shareholders meeting, Camilleri minimized how addictive cigarettes truly are, stating that “it is not that hard to quit” (he backtracked under a torrent of criticism).


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | May 4, 2012
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Health advocates and scientists in China have won a major victory by forcing the withdrawal of research by the China National Tobacco Company from consideration for a prestigious national science prize.

The Ministry of Science and Technology announced the withdrawal, which came after the nomination sparked outrage among Chinese and international scientific and public health leaders.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 30, 2012
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California’s newspapers aren’t fooled by tobacco industry lies about Proposition 29 – and they’re urging voters to beat back the scare tactics and support the measure to increase cigarette taxes, fund tobacco prevention programs and boost cancer research to save lives.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 19, 2012
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China's health and scientific community is rallying to block the China National Tobacco Corporation from receiving a prestigious national science prize for a research project on cigarettes that are supposedly less harmful.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 12, 2012
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Pay packages for chief executives at the top three U.S. tobacco companies last year exceeded the amount of money being spent on tobacco prevention programs in all but three states.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 11, 2012
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A civil magistrate in Pakistan has found the head of marketing for Philip Morris Pakistan Ltd. guilty of violating Pakistan’s law that tightly restricts cigarette advertising, criticizing the executive’s excuse that he didn’t believe placing ads in magazines was the same as putting them in the "press."

The tobacco executive admitted that the company had run the ads, which included full-page, color advertising for Marlboro cigarettes in many of Pakistan’s leading magazines throughout November and December. But he claimed he didn’t realize these ads were subject to restrictions that limit their size and require pictorial warnings – because he believed the word "press" did not include magazines.


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Apr 10, 2012
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As an appeals court in Washington heard arguments today on the tobacco industry's lawsuit to block graphic cigarette warnings in the United States, an editorial in The New York Times called the suit a "bogus challenge" that is all too typical of tobacco industry tactics.

"The tobacco industry has never been bashful about fighting back against attempts to regulate the promotion of its deadly, addictive products," the Times wrote. "The latest is an effort to derail new regulations requiring large health warnings on cigarette packages by making baseless First Amendment claims."


TOBACCO UNFILTERED | Mar 30, 2012
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The first nationwide study of cancer in India shows the clear link between the nation’s urgent tobacco problem and cancer rates. The study published in The Lancet is the first to document the burden of tobacco use in India’s rural areas, where 70 percent of Indians live.



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