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Jul 5, 2011


The Food and Drug Administration's new, graphic warning labels for cigarette packs already have started working: Calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number that appears on the warning labels spiked the day the images hit the media, and call volume stayed unusually high for a week.

Jul 1, 2011


Fireworks can be transformed from a patriotic tradition into a personal celebration of freedom from nicotine for smokers who take steps to quit or get the support they need to break free of cigarettes.

Jun 29, 2011

If you're going on vacation, you've got more options than ever to get there smoke-free, and stay that way throughout your trip.

Three big cruise lines — Carnival, Princess and Holland America — have just announced that they're making all cabins smoke-free and tightening smoking restrictions in public spaces, beginning Dec. 1, 2011 for Carnival and Jan. 15, 2012 for Princess and Holland America. Princess will also ban smoking on cabin balconies, joining a growing number of cruise lines that do so.

Jun 24, 2011

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.

Jun 21, 2011


The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled nine bold, graphic health warnings that will be required on cigarette packs and advertisements beginning in September, 2012.

Jun 20, 2011


Tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will announce its nine final choices for large, graphic health warning labels for cigarette packs that are required by the new law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. The new warnings represent the most significant change in U.S. cigarette warnings since they were first required in 1965.

Jun 17, 2011


On Fathers' Day, encourage fathers to lead by example.

Help a Dad quit smoking, or eliminate a family's exposure to deadly secondhand smoke by making the house, the car and other places where the kids gather smoke-free.

Jun 16, 2011


The Obama Administration today unveiled a National Prevention Strategy that makes tobacco-free living a top priority as the nation tries to shift the health care system from one focused on treating costly illnesses to a model that encourages wellness and prevention.

Jun 14, 2011


Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has signed a tough new tobacco-control law that includes restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotions, as well as a requirement that all indoor workplaces and public places are smoke-free.

Jun 9, 2011


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.

Jun 7, 2011


The American rock bands Good Charlotte, 30 Seconds to Mars and Neon Trees are among a lineup of top musicians who are again acting as advertisers for Big Tobacco: They're scheduled to perform next month at Java Rockin' Land, Indonesia's largest and highest profile music event — sponsored by the cigarette company Gudang Garam.

Jun 3, 2011


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.

May 31, 2011


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.

May 27, 2011


On Tuesday May 31, the World Health Organization's 'World No Tobacco Day' draws global attention to the growing international tobacco epidemic and the urgent need for nations to pass and implement effective policies to reduce tobacco use and save lives. This year's focus is on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global public health treaty.

May 26, 2011


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.

May 24, 2011


As states from coast to coast continue to struggle with serious budget woes, Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor has a message for them: Using public funds to help smokers covered by state health insurance programs quit is a 'no brainer.'

May 19, 2011


Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick makes a point each spring of speaking to his team about baseball's tradition as a family sport. And he’s worked closely with Arizona health officials on an extensive educational program — 'the No Chew Crew' to teach elementary school children about the risks of smokeless tobacco.

May 17, 2011


An all-star lineup of Major League Baseball notables including Brett Butler, a cancer survivor who played in the majors for 17 seasons, and ESPN analyst and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, discuss the dangerous use of smokeless tobacco in baseball and its negative impact on young fans on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tonight.

May 12, 2011

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.

May 12, 2011


Better health is winning against Big Tobacco — even in tobacco-growing South Carolina.

In the past two weeks,' target='_blank'>three more South Carolina cities — Atlantic Beach, Florence and Spartanburg — have approved smoke-free workplace ordinances that include restaurants and bars. That brings to 41 the number of smoke-free cities and counties statewide, protecting 34 percent of the state's population.

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