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FDA Deeming

Statement of ASH Executive Director Laurent Huber Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new rules that will extend its regulatory authority to include electronic cigarettes as well as cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) applauds the FDA’s action in taking this critical step. The FDA’s… Read the full article >

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FDA Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

he Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers. Click here to read the full article>

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Action Review: 1st Quarter Edition 2014

ASH Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report January 11, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.  The original report revealed to the world the scientific fact that smoking causes disease and death, and was so groundbreaking that its release was held on a Saturday… Read the full article >

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Nigerian Court Upholds Seizure of Cigarettes without Warning Labels

A Federal High Court in Nigeria recently upheld the power of Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to impound products considered to be harmful or that constitute a health hazard to the unsuspecting Nigerian public – in this case, cigarettes. In February 2013, CPC made an inspection visit to the Nigerian warehouse of the distributor of… Read the full article >

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Dem Senators Urge Navy Secretary to Ban Tobacco Sales on Bases & Ships

“While annual profits from all Department of Defense (DOD) authorized military tobacco sales are roughly $90 million, a DOD report from June 2009 estimated that the annual tobacco-related military health costs and lost productivity are about $1.9 billion, or 21 times greater than the annual sales,” the senators wrote. The senators cited a 2008 Defense… Read the full article >

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Smoking Proves Hard to Shake Among the Poor

MANCHESTER, Ky. — When smoking first swept the United States in the early decades of the 20th century, it took hold among the well-to-do. Cigarettes were high-society symbols of elegance and class, puffed by doctors and movie stars. By the 1960s, smoking had exploded, helped by the distribution of cigarettes to soldiers in World War… Read the full article >

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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes

A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel. The drug is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form — extracted from tobacco and tinctured with a cocktail of flavorings, colorings and assorted chemicals to feed the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. Click here… Read the full article >

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Governments versus Big Tobacco in trade talks

Beginning in the 1950s, trade negotiators evolved an elegant solution to a vexing problem: the risk that poor countries would seize the oil fields, mines, and factories of Western corporations that operated within their borders. Fearful of nationalization or other harsh treatment, multinationals were holding back on investment. Everyone lost. Click here to read the… Read the full article >

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Gay-marriage backers, Philip Morris spent big on lobbying last year

A new report finds that both the successful campaign to legalize gay marriage and the unsuccessful campaign to stop cigarette and tobacco tax increases spent more than $1 million on lobbying in Minnesota last year. Click here to read the full article>

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#TruthInTrade Day 1: Big Tobacco Uses Bad Trade Laws to Fight Anti-Smoking Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today launched his #TruthInTrade campaign to highlight the threats free trade agreements – negotiated in secret – pose to the American people.  Poorly-crafted trade deals have made it easier for Big Tobacco to promote their harmful products to children and teens, by challenging regulations on cigarettes and… Read the full article >

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6 States to Lose out on $500 million from tobacco settlement?

The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, dramatically changed tobacco control in the United States. The settlement, between the major tobacco companies (Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard) and 46 U.S. States, banned advertising that targets children, eliminated billboard advertising, and made available to the public… Read the full article >

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Indonesia Steps Up Fight Against Australia’s Plain-Packaging Rules for Tobacco Products

By Daniel Pruzin March 10 — Indonesia will join Honduras and Ukraine in seeking a World Trade Organization panel ruling on whether Australia’s tough plain-packaging rules for tobacco products violate global trade rules. In a notification circulated by the WTO March 6, Indonesia said it would request the establishment of a WTO dispute panel to… Read the full article >

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ASH Campaign Coordinator Speaks at UN

ASH Campaign Coordinator Shana Narula was at the UN to discuss tobacco and the post-2015 agenda.  Click here to view the webcast>

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Rehoboth passes smoking ban

REHOBOTH BEACH — Rehoboth Beach’s slogan is “The Nation’s Summer Capital,” but this summer it could also be “Thank You For Not Smoking.” Click here to read the full article>

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European Parliament passes sweeping anti-tobacco law

The European Parliament stands on the public health side in tobacco vote Today’s endorsement of the new TPD strengthens the current European regulation on tobacco in several ways. Among other measures, it increases the size of the pictorial and text health warnings to cover 65% of tobacco packages and bans flavoured cigarettes and features on… Read the full article >

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Editorial on pictorial warnings on cigarette packets

Governments propose, Oppositions oppose.  That’s a four-word capture of parliamentary tradition.  Considering prevalent numbers the outcome is predictable.  One cannot fault the opposition for opposing when legislation tabled for vote is of a self-serving nature.  And yet, the recent unanimous decision to make it compulsory to carry pictorial warnings on cigarette packets does indicate that… Read the full article >

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Should Tobacco Marketing be Illegal?

This January marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon’s General report on Smoking and Health. On that anniversary, a new Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, was released. Read the report here> That report indicates that since the first report in 1964, more than 20 million premature deaths in… Read the full article >

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Boom in e-cigarette sales divides smoking campaigners

In the window of a hairdresser’s in a west London side-street, there is an array of brightly coloured little bottles, which the casual passer-by who doesn’t look too closely might assume had something to do with hair conditioning. References to best “juice” don’t immediately give the game away. You probably need to have come across… Read the full article >

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Govt remains steadfast on tobacco

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has reaffirmed Malaysia’s position that it wants tobacco to be excluded from trade liberalisation discussions under the United States-sponsored Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Click here to read the full article>

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TPP: Tobacco control alliance calls for support for Malaysia’s bid to exclude tobacco

PETALING JAYA: All negotiating countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement must fully support Malaysia’s proposal to totally exclude tobacco from the trade pact, said the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). Click here to read the full article>

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Only a Blanket Exemption for Tobacco Will Suffice in the TPP

Exceptions leave too many openings for aggressive tobacco companies WASHINGTON, DC. 21 February – Negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement are currently meeting in Singapore in the hopes of ironing out a set of thorny political issues remaining after years of talks. Among the most important of those issues is the treatment of tobacco… Read the full article >

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FDA issues first orders to stop sale, distribution of tobacco products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders today to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The action marks the first time the FDA has used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to order a manufacturer of currently available tobacco products to… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Progress at the UN

The UN Secretary General released his progress report on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) from 2011 to the present. This report was mandated by the Political Declaration on NCDs. It serves as the first step in the preparations for the 2014 UN Review and Assessment on NCDs. In the report, it explains the new challenges for addressing… Read the full article >

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Report Shows Need for US to Strengthen Efforts to Reduce Tobacco

The Report finds that while the US was once a leader in tobacco control, partial smokefree legislation, the failure to adopt graphic warnings, and the relative affordability of tobacco means that the US has fallen behind countries like Canada and Australia. Read the original article here>

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Is the Tobacco Lobby Losing its Grip?

This week, CVS– the biggest drugstore in the country–announced that it plans to stop selling cigarettes in all of its stores 7,000-plus stores across the country. Yesterday, we looked at the marketing, branding, and public health implications of their decision. Today, we turn to the economic implications. What does this move mean for the tobacco industry? Are… Read the full article >

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