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Tobacco Industry Reports on Revenues

Clearly, even though it kills over 5 million people per year, tobacco remains a very lucrative business. Quoting Warren Buffet: “I’ll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It cost a penny to make. Sell...
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California Tobacco Tax Referendum

During its Presidential primary election, California voters also had the chance to weigh in on a proposed $1/pack tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research. Polling just a few weeks before the vote showed w...
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Ratification from Czech Republic

On June 1st 2012 the Czech Republic joined the tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. 177 out of 195 eligible Parties have become Parties to this treaty. The U.S. has not yet joined this...
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WHO: World No Tobacco Day – MAY 31, 2012

(31, May 2012) This year’s theme for World No Tobacco Day is “Tobacco Industry Interference”. The focus is on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s attempts to undermine global tobacco con...
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WHA Adoption of Targets

The world must stay make clear commitments to reduce the tobacco caused epidemic. As Dr Chan, Director General of the WHO says, “what gets measured gets done”. The governments of the world have agreed to achiev...
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PAFNCD 2012

On May 8-9 I attended in Brasilia, Brazil, the first working meeting of the Pan American Forum for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (PAFNCD) http://new.paho.org/panamericanforum/ , an initiative of the Pan A...
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TPP Might Not Live To See Next Year

(WebProNews.com / May 8, 2012) With all the recent talk about CISPA and ACTA, it seems like we’ve been forgetting about our old friend TTP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. For those who need a recap, TPP is essen...
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President Obama’s Double Standard on TPP

(Wall Street Journal / May 7, 2012) The president wants other countries to embrace free trade, while defending tariffs for domestic textiles. Trade officials from nine dynamic Asia-Pacific economies begin 10 da...
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Why is the TPP Such a Big Secret?

(Huffington Post) Next week in Dallas, negotiations for what's likely to be the largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in U.S. history will continue in near total secrecy, despite growing demands for an open proces...
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Costing Tools

Tobacco use has been determined to be very costly to society as you can see in this Harvard- World Economic Forum publication http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Harvard_HE_GlobalEconomicBurdenNonCommunicableDi...
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Free Trade Won’t Snuff Plain Smokes

(Dominion Post) New Zealand has not signed any free trade agreement that will stop plans to sell cigarettes in plain packaging, Prime Minister John Key says. That's despite threats by a consortium of America...
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Foundations Are Laid for Future Trade

(Jakarta Globe) Last year, Indonesia’s clove cigarettes made headlines internationally. In an unprecedented move, Indonesia challenged superpower trading partner the United States at the World Trade Organizatio...
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Bloomberg’s Support on Tobacco Control

We applaud New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, for his unwavering commitment to public health by announcing his continued support of US $220 million to the global fight against tobacco ...