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Uruguay Wins Its Tobacco Case Against Philip Morris International

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Megan Arendt Office: 202-659-4310 Email: arendtm@ash.org STATEMENT BY LAURENT HUBER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ACTION ON SMOKING AND HEALTH Uruguay Wins Its Tobacco Case Against Philip Morris International But PMI Accomplished Its Primary Goal WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 8, 2016 – After more than six years, this morning an arbitration panel ruled… Read the full article >

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Action Review: 2nd Quarter 2016

Just Released: ASH Annual Report 2015 “In the nearly 50 years since ASH started taking action, 2015 stands out as one of our most successful. I truly believe that we have turned a corner, and that victory, for the first time, may be in sight.” Laurent Huber ASH Executive Director Read the report here> ASH… Read the full article >

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A growing gulf in the terrain of tobacco control

The theme for World No Tobacco Day on May 31, an annual initiative of WHO and the Secretariat of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), is plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging prohibits the use of logos, colours, and promotional labelling on cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco and gives graphic health warnings more prominence.… Read the full article >

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Can Poor Countries Combat Big Tobacco Too?

This year for World No Tobacco Day on May 31 the World Health Organization has recommended that countries adopt plain packaging as a way to reduce tobacco use, however so far mostly only rich countries have been able to afford to implement the changes. read more>

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Action Review: 1st Quarter Edition 2016

BAT PETITION Thank you all for your support of our joint petition in January. This week, ASH joined allies (Corporate Accountability International, Public Citizen, & International Labor Rights Forum) to deliver 45,091 petition signatures to the U.S. Department of Justice, calling on DOJ to open an investigation on British American Tobacco (BAT)’s alleged corruption in… Read the full article >

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Kids Overexposed to Cigarettes in Video Games

Hundreds of video games come out every year. Avid gamers have at least 326 news ones to look forward to in 2016. If previous years are any indication, many of these games will contain images of cigarettes and tobacco use. Experts worry they could lead young people, who clock hours a day playing video games,… Read the full article >

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Breaking: Tobacco Carve-Out in TPP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Megan Arendt Office: 202-659-4310 Email: arendtm@ash.org Tobacco Carve-Out in TPP, Major Victory for Public Health Removes New Weapon for Tobacco Industry WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, October 5, 2015 – In a major victory for public health, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement concluded this morning with built-in protections to prevent… Read the full article >

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Action Review: 1st Quarter Edition 2015

Tobacco and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The inclusion of tobacco control in the Sustainable Development Goals has been in the works for several years. It is due to various advocacy efforts of the Framework Convention Alliance and the support of NGO partners and allied missions in New York and at country level. In the… Read the full article >

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U.S. floats cutting tobacco from part of Pacific trade pact -sources

By Krista Hughes WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The United States has floated excluding tobacco products from a key section of a 12-nation Pacific trade deal and signaled it may present a formal proposal to trading partners at talks in Australia, sources briefed on the negotiations said. Dropping tobacco from the investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, section… Read the full article >

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McConnell seeks to protect tobacco industry in trade deal

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pressing the Obama administration to protect his state’s tobacco industry in a trade deal. McConnell is pressuring U.S. negotiators to ensure that tobacco companies can take part in the dispute settlement portion of the trade deal, with talks scheduled next week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact… Read the full article >

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Where do your candidates stand on tobacco contributions?

The ten campaigns that accepted the most tobacco money are listed below. These ten campaigns combined accepted over $500,000 in campaign contributions from tobacco corporations. As you can see, both parties and eight states are represented. This is a pervasive problem in politics. Want to read more about tobacco campaign contributions or curious where your… Read the full article >

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FDA ‘Deeming’ Update

More organizations have revealed thecomments that they submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on whether certain tobacco products should fall under the agency’s authority. Aug. 8 was the deadline for interested parties to submitpublic comments to the FDA on the proposed tobacco “deeming” regulations–“Deeming Tobacco Products to Be Subject to the Food, Drug &… Read the full article >

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Big Tobacco Tries to Don A New Look: Are You Buying?

Big Tobacco wants to reclaim the hearts and wallets of most adult Americans by rebranding its tarred image — pitching “smokeless” e-cigarettes, embracing the mantra “harm reduction,” and funding science that could turn tobacco plants into life-saving medicine. That tactical shift, not surprisingly, has cultivated cynics like anti-tobacco crusader Patrick Reynolds, grandson of R.J. Reynolds,… Read the full article >

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Action Review: 2nd Quarter Edition 2014

What Makes Tobacco Different? In recognition of the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2014, Action on Smoking and Health certified 193 Senators and Representatives “Free from Tobacco Money.” This certification was given to all U.S. Senators and Representatives who have not accepted campaign money from the tobacco industry over the… Read the full article >

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New Jersey Senate passes bill to raise age to buy tobacco products to 21

TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey might become the first state in the nation to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would raise the minimum age. The measure awaits action in the Assembly. Full Article>

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Tobacco giant initiates EU court challenge

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) wants to challenge new EU rules on tobacco to see if it can get the stricter labelling requirements changed. The Marlboro manufacturer on Friday (27 June) said the EU’s new tobacco products directive “appears to ban truthful and non-misleading claims on the packaging of tobacco products”. “PMI intends to… Read the full article >

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New Study Reveals No Drop in Use of Smokeless Tobacco for U.S. Workers

According to a recent study by the US. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. workers are continuing, and slightly increasing, their use of smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco (snuff and chew tobacco) are known to cause oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer. The study did not include other smokeless tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and candy-flavored dissolvable tobacco, therefore… Read the full article >

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One in Five US Adults Use Tobacco Products

Adult smoking rates have dropped from 42% in 1965 to 21.3% today, but the rate of decrease is slowing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR),released online June 24. The report also found use of cigars and smokeless tobacco products remains unchanged. Meanwhile, use of… Read the full article >

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World Health Organisation says Pacific considering cigarette plain packaging

The World Health Organisation says a number of countries across the Pacific are considering following in Australia’s footsteps and introducing plain packaging of cigarettes. The WHO is set to join governments across the region in a major drive to make the Pacific tobacco free within 10 years. The WHO Pacific coordinator of non-communicable diseases, Dr… Read the full article >

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Electronic Cigarette Executives Get Schooled In Senate Hearing

“I think we have seen this movie before,” Senator Richard Blumenthal said. “It is called big nicotine comes to children near you and you are using the same kinds of tactics and promotions and ads that were used by big tobacco and proved so effective” In a hearing Wednesday afternoon that harkened back to the… Read the full article >

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New Jersey Gets $92 Million After Restructuring Tobacco Bonds

New Jersey reached a deal to obtain almost $92 million for its general fund by pledging the remainder of its revenue from the national tobacco settlement to investors. The bolstered payment pledge made trading prices on bonds linked to the agreement more than triple from March 3. Full Article>

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Why big tobacco companies are betting on e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco, are getting powerful new backers with an unhealthy reputation: big tobacco companies.The development points to ways Big Tobacco is moving to turn the young e-cigarette market to its advantage.  Full Article>

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E-Cigarettes May Get Advantage for Not Containing Tobacco

Electronic cigarettes may be closer to smoking cessation devices than regular smokes and regulators are keeping “an open mind” on their potential health benefit, said the top U.S. official overseeing their use. In comments that may boost the developing $3 billion e-cigarette market, Mitch Zeller, head of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco… Read the full article >

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Child workers in danger on US tobacco farms

HRW documents the shocking conditions on tobacco farms in the US, where child workers are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides and other dangers. Human Rights Watch’s recent report, Tobacco’s Hidden Children: Hazardous Child Labor in US Tobacco Farming, documents conditions under which children – ages seven to 17 – work on tobacco farms. Research was… Read the full article >

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U.S. Patent Allowed For 22nd Century Group’s Technology to Regulate Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT: XXII ) today announced that on June 9, 2014 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a Notice of Allowance to the Company for technology that reduces nicotine in tobacco by suppressing expression of the NBB gene by itself and in combination with other nicotine biosynthesis genes. Full Article>

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