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White House to Host Virtual Open House

This Wednesday, the morning after President Obama’s State of the Union Address, White House officials will spend the day answering questions from the public via social media. You can learn more about the event at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/24/first-ever-virtual-big-block-cheese-day-white-house-open-questions. This is a great opportunity to let the President know that you care about the ongoing tobacco epidemic and… Read the full article >

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45 State Attorneys General Call for Tobacco Carve Out in the TPP

January 27, 2014 Ambassador Michael Froman Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20208 Dear Ambassador Froman: The undersigned Attorneys General write to request that the United States Trade Representative act to preserve the ability of state and local governments to regulate tobacco products to protect the public health.… Read the full article >

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Why Kelsey Fights

My parents have always told me that they knew I would become a lawyer from a young age because of my favorite childhood expression- “That’s not fair!” As I got older, I never stopped feeling that some things just weren’t fair. I have a passion for the pursuit of justice, and I became a lawyer… Read the full article >

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Global Side of SG Report from Today

Washington, DC 17 January – At a White House event today, public health officials and advocates recognized the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The original report, so groundbreaking that its release was held on a Saturday to minimize the impact on the stock market, revealed to the world the… Read the full article >

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U.S. surgeon general calls for end of tobacco epidemic

(Reuters) – Fifty years after the first U.S. surgeon general’s report declared smoking a hazard to human health, the tally of smoking-related effects keeps rising, with liver and colorectal cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and even erectile dysfunction joining the list, according to a report released on Friday. The report, the first in more than a… Read the full article >

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Surgeon General report says 5.6 million U.S. children will die prematurely unless current smoking rates drop

Report also finds cigarette smoking causes diabetes and colorectal cancer Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today – or one out of every 13 children under age 18 – will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report. Over the last 50 years, more than 20… Read the full article >

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Surgeon General Tobacco Initiaive

January 11, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. The 1964 landmark report, released by Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry, was the first federal government report linking smoking and ill health, including lung cancer and heart disease. This scientifically rigorous report laid the foundation for tobacco control… Read the full article >

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New Surgeon General’s Report Shows Cigarettes Are More Deadly Today than 50 Years Ago

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Jan. 17 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – Fifty years after the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, the new Surgeon General’s report released today shows that cigarette smoking is even more hazardous than previously thought. This report documents that smoking causes even more diseases,… Read the full article >

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50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health

Click here to read the Surgeon General Report : The Health Consequences of Smoking —50 Years of Progress >

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Surgeon general report links more diseases, health problems to smoking tobacco

  Fifty years after the U.S. surgeon general first linked cigarette smoking to deadly diseasessuch as lung cancer and heart disease, his successors continue to add to the list of health problems associated with tobacco use. Smoking is a cause of liver cancer and colorectal cancer, the fourth-most-diagnosed form of the disease in the United States,… Read the full article >

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Chicago E-Cigarette Ban Advances, Health Panel Sends Proposal To City Council Vote

Chicago took a big step toward becoming the next city to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes indoors on Monday. The City Council’s Health and Finance Committees voted overwhelmingly — 15-5 — in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes wherever the smoking of regular cigarettes is also banned — i.e. inside… Read the full article >

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Should e-cigarettes be considered tobacco products?

Since e-cigarettes hit the market, they have been the subject of intense debate.  Are electronic cigarettes a cessation tool or an alternative smoking device? Should they be subject to the same smoke-free air laws as tobacco products? Should they be taxed at a similar rate as cigarettes? In Toulouse, France, the courts just took a… Read the full article >

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Baucus, Hatch, Camp Unveil Bill to Bring Home Job-Creating Trade Agreements

Finance, Ways & Means Leaders Team Up to Craft Bill to Deliver Trade Deals that Boost U.S. Exports, Create Jobs WASHINGTON - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) joined together today to introduce legislation that will establish strong rules for… Read the full article >

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Why I Fight: Violet Dyer

I fight for the health of our future leaders, the children across the world. I do not want any child to grow up with the health struggles that I have had to endure since my early childhood. People take for granted basics things, such as breathing. As a child, I cannot remember a single time… Read the full article >

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ASH Holiday Greeting 2013

Thank you so much for your support of ASH throughout 2013. We could not have reached so many of our goals without the moral & financial support that you provided. Please continue helping us work toward a tobacco-free world by donating today!

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Why I Fight: Nichelle Gray

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Top 5 International Tobacco Control Legal Victories of 2013

Chile became the 14th Latin American country to ban smoking in public places. Read more about the law here> Bangladesh enacted a new law that strengthens the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco use by banning sales to minors, including pictorial warnings on cigarette packaging and increasing the fine for smoking in public places. Read more about the… Read the full article >

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Top 5 US Tobacco Control Legal Victories of 2013

New York City signed into law a bill that prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from buying tobacco products. Read the full article here> Louisiana passed a law that prohibits smoking on the grounds of all Louisiana college campuses. Read about campus smoking bans here> The governors of Oregon and Utah signed laws that ban smoking… Read the full article >

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Action Review: 4th Quarter Edition 2013

Wishing You a Happy and Smoke-Free Holiday!   As I sit to write this message, I cannot believe it has been over a decade since I joined ASH.  So much has happened both internationally and right here at home, that time just seemed to fly. In looking back over this past year, I am moved… Read the full article >

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Big Tobacco Abuses Trade Rules

Tobacco Firms’ Tactics Limit Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation. The industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and investment treaties, raising the prospect of costly, prolonged legal… Read the full article >

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Malaysia stands firm on tobacco carve-out in TPP

The U.S. failed in a last-ditch effort to complete the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) earlier this week in Singapore, pushing the free trade agreement negotiations to 2014. A number of disagreements among the negotiating countries remain, but one of the most important is how to deal with tobacco. The draft TPP includes provisions that allow… Read the full article >

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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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