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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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The Bigger Story of Tobacco Sales

Yesterday’s CVS news is the latest chapter in an 20 year story about neighborhoods fighting retail tobacco access. Click here to learn more>

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CVS Quits: This is the right thing to do

Washington, DC 5 February – In a statement to Bustle news outlet ASH Executive Director Laurent Huber had the following to say about the recent CVS decision: I don’t have any insight in CVS’ decision beyond what they have said publicly, but my opinion is that it was made for more than one reason. There certainly… Read the full article >

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. Click here to read the full story.

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Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, The FDA Warns Teens

When it comes to convincing teenagers not to smoke, you gotta think short-term, the Food and Drug Administration says. Click here to read the full article>

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50 Years of Tobacco Control

Check out the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s interactive online exhibit  highlighting milestones of the last 50 years in tobacco control since the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health. View the exhibit here>

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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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