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Why I Fight: Kim Intino

She made every holiday special.  She would fill Easter baskets with candy, carve pumpkins, make me beautiful Halloween costumes, and spend hours trimming the Christmas tree. And she smoked. She talked to me, listened to me and encouraged me.  She was my best friend.  And she smoked. I don’t have a single memory of my… Read the full article >

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ASH ally SEATCA demands tobacco carve-out in TPP

ASH’s Ally the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) released a statement urging governments to demand a tobacco carve-out from the TPP.  Read the SEATCA statement here>

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Why Shana Fights

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Public Health Groups Agree: Carve Tobacco Out of Trade

December 5, 2013 Ambassador Michael Froman Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508 Dear Ambassador Froman: We seek your explicit commitment that the U.S. will not propose or agree to any provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that would undermine the domestic sovereign rights of participating countries… Read the full article >

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Vapors and Emotions Rise at Hearing on E-Cigarettes

A woman in a skintight dress lounged in the front row of the City Council chamber on Wednesday, sucking on an electronic cigarette and blowing out sweetly scented clouds, as if she were at a nightclub. Other people in the crowd of about 200 did the same, puffing on devices like a red-tipped cigarette clone,… Read the full article >

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Lancet Report: Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation

A new Lancet report on global health was just released, and it argues strongly for the implementation of tobacco control measures, especially increasing tobacco taxes. Titled Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation, the report argues “The returns on investing in health are impressive. Reductions in mortality account for about 11% of recent economic growth in… Read the full article >

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NYC to hear both sides in e-cigarette regulation bill Wednesday

Electronic cigarettes have boomed in popularity over the last couple of years, according to the city’s health department, but plans to regulate the plastic sticks in the same fashion as their paper counterparts has set up a serious debate about the untested product. The City Council’s health committee is set to hold a hearing Wednesday… Read the full article >

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If Drug Dealers Can be Found Criminally Liable, Can Big Tobacco?

Last month, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the case of Burrage v. United States. The case focuses on a federal law that requires a mandatory sentence for a drug dealer if “death or serious injury” results from drugs they sold. During oral arguments, much of the court’s discussion focused on the question of what… Read the full article >

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NYC officials eye electronic cigarette regulation

Electronic cigarettes have boomed in popularity over the last couple of years, according to New York City’s health department, but a plan to regulate the plastic devices in the same fashion as their paper counterparts has set up a debate about the untested products. The City Council’s health committee is set to hold a hearing… Read the full article >

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Health Officials Call on President Obama to Exclude Tobacco from the TPP

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, which represents over 100,000 public health officials, call on President Obama to exclude tobacco from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  Read the letter here>

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Double Your Impact

About 25% of all deaths in the US are related to tobacco. That’s more than murders, car accidents, and HIV/AIDs combined. And 10% of all deaths worldwide are the result of tobacco-related diseases. The worst part is that tobacco-related diseases & deaths are all PREVENTABLE. Our Challenge: the tobacco industry makes billions of dollars selling their deadly… Read the full article >

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The Great American Smokeout: Pop culture’s (bad) influence on smokers

It’s been almost fifty years since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was released, confirming the statistical relationship of smoking to lung cancer and other serious diseases. Since then, smoking among adults has been reduced by half — yet tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United… Read the full article >

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The Great American Smokeout: 7 Things To Do Instead of Smoking Read more: It’s the Great American Smokeout: 7 things to do instead of smoking

Today is the Great American Smokeout, the day that the American Cancer Society hopes will be the first smoke-free day for more smokers.Does quitting for just one day make a difference? The latest studies say yes; a study out this week showed that smokers aged 65 and older who used to smoke 3.2 packs a day and… Read the full article >

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Big Tobacco’s Pacific Trade-Pact Fight

Images of rotten teeth and cancerous lungs on cigarette packs in Australia have commanded much of the recent attention in the global war between health advocates and the tobacco industry. But next year a battle over a little-known trade treaty could discourage other nations from adopting tobacco controls as stringent as Australia’s plain packaging law.… Read the full article >

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Ranking Members Warn of Dangers of E-Cigarette Advertising

Reps. Waxman, DeGette, and Pallone Renew Call for FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes  WASHINGTON, DC— Today Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette, and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg warning that electronic cigarette companies are targeting… Read the full article >

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NY to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21

Young New Yorkers who want to light up will soon have to wait for their 21st birthdays before they can buy a pack of smokes after lawmakers in the nation’s most populous city voted overwhelmingly to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21. The City Council’s vote Wednesday makes New York the biggest city… Read the full article >

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US Reps. Waxman, Doggett, Capps and Over 50 Members Urge Administration to Strengthen Tobacco Proposal in TPP

33rd Congressional District of California Rep. Henry A. Waxman   For Immediate Release:  October 30, 2013 Karen Lightfoot (Waxman):  (202) 225-5735 Doug Molof (Doggett):  (202) 225-4865 Chris Meagher (Capps):  (202) 225-3601   Reps. Waxman, Doggett, Capps, and Over 50 Members Urge Administration to Strengthen Tobacco Proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement   WASHINGTON, DC—Today Reps. Henry… Read the full article >

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It’s time to ban menthol cigarettes

Smoking may be under siege, but it is still the world’s second-biggest cause of preventable death. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people every year, approximately 10 percent of all deaths. Smoking also results in hundreds of billions of dollars in economic costs from increased health care expenditure and lost productivity.  In the West, anti-smoking campaigns… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Trade Simplified

The impact of trade on tobacco can seem complicated, but there are only 6 main things you need to know. Number 1: Tobacco is unique among consumer products. When used exactly as intended, tobacco products kill. Therefore, tobacco should be exempted or “carved out” from trade agreements. Number 2: Free trade agreements are meant to… Read the full article >

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Will Obama Fast-Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

This week there has been discussions between leaders from the Pacific Rim over the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Bali, Indonesia at APEC. President Barack Obama has demanding a ‘trade promotion authority’ from the United States Congress to fast-track the Pacific Rim treaty, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.[1] The fast-track authority plays a pivotal role in determining the extent… Read the full article >

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Letter to President Obama

State Legislators sent a joint letter to President Obama to urge U.S. Trade Policy to support State & Federal policies to reduce tobacco use and promote health. Read their full letter here. Joint Letter to President Obama  

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Public Health Institute endorses tobacco carve-out out in TPP

PHI Letter to White House regarding Tobacco Control and the Trans-Pacific Partnership October 3, 2013 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: I am writing on behalf of the Public Health Institute (PHI), a nonprofit that generates and promotes research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for… Read the full article >

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MEPs tighten anti-tobacco laws aimed at young smokers

Euro MPs have voted to tighten tobacco regulations aimed at putting young people off smoking, but some measures do not go as far as originally planned. They rejected a European Commission proposal to treat electronic cigarettes as medicinal products – a move that would have restricted sales. They backed a ban on menthol cigarettes – but with… Read the full article >

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Obama No-Show a (Minor) Blow for Asia Trade Talks

President Barack Obama‘s absence from a meeting of leaders from Asia Pacific dealt a symbolic blow to efforts to forge a regional trade pact. But Mr. Obama’s no-show, due to the drama of debt-ceiling talks in Washington, has little practical effect on the trade talks. Before news of Mr. Obama’s cancellation, the U.S. already was trying to dial down expectations… Read the full article >

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Live at the UN: Wrap up

There are less than 850 days remaining until the current MDGs expire. This past week at the UN General Assembly, member states gathered together to discuss progress on the MDGs to date and looked forward to the post-2015 development agenda. They renewed their commitment to achieve the MDGs by the deadline and also signed on… Read the full article >

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