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Testimony on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)

From May 29-30, the United States Trade Representative held hearings on the upcoming negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). May 20, 2013, ASH’s Chris Bostic testified about tobacco, urging the U.S. to exclude it from the treaty. The text of his verbal comments is below. To read ASH’s written comments, click here.… Read the full article >

Philip Morris & IBM IMPROVER project: downplaying links between smoking & disease

I wonder if Philip Morris International (PMI) researchers have studied the ‘length of public memory.’ If so, the resulting answer seems to be ‘about 15 years.’ That’s how long it has been since the Tobacco Institute closed its doors, after 40 years of obfuscating the science on tobacco addiction, disease and death. A key aspect… Read the full article >

ASH Mourns the Passing of Our Beloved Trustee Martin A Jacobs

It is with deep sadness that Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) announces the passing of devoted ASH Trustee and former Chair, Martin Adam Jacobs, on May 14, 2013. Mr. Jacobs was a true pioneer in the public health movement. His vision prompted him to take action against the tobacco epidemic. He was instrumental in… Read the full article >

Protect Our Children’s Health

CALL TO ACTION: Protect Our Children! Today we ask each of you to take a moment to support the cause of a 24-year-old Michigan State University graduate and recently naturalized American citizen, Greg Holland, as he petitions the White House (http://wh.gov/Mj4J) to protect children from tobacco smoke while riding in vehicles. Greg grew up in… Read the full article >

Ban Tobacco Product Marketing

Tobacco advertising is everywhere – in magazines, outside nearly every store and gas station, and inside convenience shops. Ads are often right at a child’s eye level. Legislation only exists in the U.S. to limit and not to prevent all of this: 1973 – Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act – banned tobacco ads on… Read the full article >

Congratulations to Thailand on Protecting its Citizens from Tobacco!

Thailand continues its leadership in protecting its citizens from the ravages of tobacco. ASH congratulates them on the world’s largest health warnings!

Protecting Smoke-Free Spain

The Center for Tobacco Products Releases Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report Form

The new form released by the Center for Tobacco Products allows the public to report potential violations of the Tobacco Control Act and its related regulations. In turn this enables the FDA to monitor compliance with laws.  Below is a sample list from the FDA’s website highlighting some of the potential violations. Sales to minors… Read the full article >

TOBACCO COMPANIES CAN TELL THE TRUTH, BUT ONLY WHEN FORCED (PART 5)

A U.S. district court has ordered tobacco companies to issue and to pay for “corrective statements” in order to rectify decades of lying and manipulation. Here is what you can expect on the Adverse Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke: A Federal Court has ruled that the Defendant tobacco companies deliberately deceived the American public… Read the full article >

TOBACCO COMPANIES CAN TELL THE TRUTH, BUT ONLY WHEN FORCED (PART 4)

A U.S. district court has ordered tobacco companies to issue and to pay for “corrective statements” in order to rectify decades of lying and manipulation. Here is what you can expect on the Manipulation of Cigarette Design and Composition to Ensure Optimum Nicotine Delivery: A Federal Court has ruled that the Defendant tobacco companies deliberately deceived… Read the full article >

Tobacco Companies Can Tell The Truth, But Only When Forced (Part 3)

A U.S. district court has ordered tobacco companies to issue and to pay for “corrective statements” in order to rectify decades of lying and manipulation. Here is what you can expect on the  Lack of Significant Health Benefits from Smoking “Low Tar,”  “Light,”  “Ultra-Light,”  “Mild,” and “Natural” Cigarettes: A Federal Court has ruled that the Defendant… Read the full article >

Tobacco companies can tell the truth, but only when forced (Part2)

A U.S. district court has ordered tobacco companies to issue and to pay for “corrective statements” in order to rectify decades of lying and manipulation. Here is what you can expect on the Addictiveness of Smoking and Nicotine: Addictiveness of Smoking and Nicotine A Federal Court has ruled that the Defendant tobacco companies deliberately deceived the… Read the full article >

Tobacco companies can tell the truth, but only when forced (Part 1)

Can you imagine a tobacco company not only admitting that smoking and secondhand smoke cause disease, but admitting that they lied about it for decades? How about tobacco executives “seeing the light” and renouncing the sale of a product that, when used as they intend, kills? Okay, that last one can be filed with the… Read the full article >

NGOs tell Barroso to remove tobacco lobbyist from ethics commission

Philip Morris lobbyist reappointed to committee that should regulate lobbies and revolving doors policy for commissioners. European transparency groups Corporate European Observatory, Lobby Control, and Corporate Accountability International, have lodged a complaint with the European Commission, over the reappointment of a tobacco lobbyist to the Commission’s own ethical committee. Former EC head of legal services… Read the full article >

Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Today a new landmark in global health knowledge and evidence was released. After five years and the collaboration of 500 scientists and researchers from around the world, the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) http://www.thelancet.com/themed/global-burden-of-disease has been published in The Lancet.  Thanks to dramatic achievements in health over recent decades the world has… Read the full article >

Are We Being Duped by Our Government on Trade Negotiations?

The 15th negotiating round of the ongoing TransPacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement will end tomorrow in Auckland, New Zealand. This marks the fourth round that U.S. negotiators have failed to “table” (formally propose) a special exception protecting governments’ right to legislate on tobacco, which they promised back in May. The public health community has not… Read the full article >

Medical Students from Across the Globe Unite to Demand Special Treatment of Tobacco in Trade Agreements

A letter from TPP Medical Student Association Presidents including the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA)  went out to TPP negotiators asking for access to the negotiating text as well as revisions or removal of provisions that threaten public health including tobacco. Stating that “Tobacco alone is responsible for one in ten deaths worldwide”. To… Read the full article >

Pressure to End $30m Tobacco Investment

THE NSW government is considering abandoning tobacco investments after a backlash from health experts and anti-smoking campaigners. It has for the first time admitted to having nearly $30 million invested in tobacco companies. The figures were provided in an answer to a budget estimates question asked by the Greens NSW MP John Kaye. The NSW… Read the full article >

What is the FCTC?

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world’s first global public health treaty. It is also the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is one of the most widely adopted treaties in the United Nations system. The treaty entered into force in February 2005. It was… Read the full article >

FCA Video Highlights Tobacco Epidemic

A billion people will be killed by tobacco this century. It has been estimated that the tobacco industry makes approximately $6,000 for every death.   This must stop! The tobacco treaty is among one of the best tools the world has today to prevent this senseless massacre that hurts the citizens of the world and our… Read the full article >

Tell Your Representative Not to Take Tobacco Money

Below is a sample letter to send to your representative urging them to refuse political contributions from the tobacco industry.  To look up your  Senator/Representative you can view the ASH campaign contribution map or click here > Senator/Representative ______________________________ Dear Senator/Representative [last name]: I am writing to express my concern upon discovering that your campaign… Read the full article >

Big Tobacco Buys Big Political Influence

Money is doled out to both sides of the aisle The tobacco industry has always been a major player in congressional campaigns, but a new online map (ash.org/map) shows just how pervasive tobacco money is in politics. The map, produced by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), allows you to click on your home district… Read the full article >

Top 5 Recipients @ tobaccomoney.com

New website tobaccomoney.com highlights campaign contributions and gifts from tobacco lobbyists to members of the Oklahoma State Legislator.  Here is a listing of some of the websites top 5 recipients: Top Recipients of Tobacco Lobby Money in the Oklahoma House of Representatives* State Repre sentative Campaign Contributions from Tobacco Lobbyists Campaign Contributions from Tobacco Company… Read the full article >

Smoking Makes People Poorer

A new report comes to some startling conclusions about the up-front economic costs of smoking. Nationwide, the average smoker spends 14% of income on cigarettes. In New York, where taxes are among the highest, low-income smokers spend a staggering 25% of their money on their addiction! Cigarette costs add up to about $7400 a year… Read the full article >

More Resources Needed to Decrease Tobacco Dependence Prevalence

In the decade since the adoption of the FCTC, we have seen significant progress in the area of tobacco control policies that have helped decrease smoking prevalence. We have also seen increased demand in cessation support, in the form of a short intervention by a health care provider, counselling, or other treatment modality. However, medical… Read the full article >

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