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Earlier this year Tel Aviv University’s School of Marketing, under pressure from the Israel Cancer Association, canceled an event sponsored by Philip Morris International. Unfortunately, victories like this for public health are few and far between. The tobacco industry continues to use corporate social responsibility (CSR) to market its deadly products. These schemes range from… Read the full article >

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Statement from Executive Director on the 25th Anniversary of Smoke-free Skies

Smoke-free in the Skies, but not on the Ground Just 25 years ago, smoking was a pervasive norm. People could smoke at work, in restaurants, and even on airplanes. Non-smokers were exposed to second hand smoke often and for extended periods of time. Twenty five years ago today, a huge step was taken to help… Read the full article >

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Statement from ASH on the 25th Anniversary of Smoke-free Skies

The absence of smoking on commercial airliners is something we all now take for granted.  But it wasn’t always that way. The ban on smoking was the culmination of years of effort by many individuals and public health organizations fighting an industry that had held sway in the US Congress seemingly forever.  About a year… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Giants Battle New Ads Painting Them As Liars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco. In 2006, U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the nation’s largest cigarette makers to publicly admit that they had lied for decades about the dangers of smoking. The basis for the punishment: Testimony from 162 witnesses, a nine-month bench trial and thousands of findings… Read the full article >

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Florida Bill Seeks to Shield Tobacco Industry from Lawsuits

The powerful cigarette industry reignited Florida’s tobacco wars Wednesday with a one-sentence bill that would strip away the right of thousands of Florida victims from collecting millions in damages…. But for Bob Wilcox, 49, a Miami-Dade police lieutenant in the homicide bureau, the bill is an “outrageous” attempt to shield an industry that deserves to… Read the full article >

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health released a report saying e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and… Read the full article >

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Tobacco sale ban for US campus shops

One of the world’s top universities is taking a smoking ban a step further this week, as Stanford University prohibits the sale of tobacco as well as smoking on campus. Campus shops at the Californian university will have to end the sale of all tobacco products from 1 March. Parts of the university already have… Read the full article >

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“We Have an Opportunity to Change History”

“Health must become a priority. The time is now,” said global tobacco control advocates in the Framework Convention Alliance video. They emphasize the importance of this year, 2015, and that leaders must raise their ambitions for humanity. They also encourage the general public to stand up and speak out. The global tobacco control community created… Read the full article >

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Big Tobacco Wants to do to Foreigners What it has Done to Americans

Those requirements have appeared in previous fast-track bills. They sound perfectly reasonable, right? Well, consider this: Australia is a party to the TPP and already has a free trade agreement with the United States. Under Australian law, cigarettes must be sold in “plain packaging.” Health warnings have to cover at least 75 per cent of… Read the full article >

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Good Enough Isn’t.

An ISDS carve-out in the TPPA would be good for tobacco control, but not good enough. There has been some scuttlebutt in trade circles over the past weeks about a possible US proposal in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to exempt tobacco measures from the investment chapter. The effect would be to deny the… Read the full article >

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A Winnable Battle

The CDC identifies reducing tobacco as a “Winnable Battle” because tobacco is a public health priority with “large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to address them.” For ASH, the ability to significantly improve the protection of U.S. citizens from tobacco-related damage, disease, and death is the driver behind our work in public… Read the full article >

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Why Read the ASH Report?

It can be hard for modern Americans to understand the amount of influence and harm US society has suffered as a result of tobacco.  It’s easy to see the disconnect, as it has been over five decades since more than ½ of the men and a 1/3 of the women in the US smoked.  50… Read the full article >

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Facing the Wrong Way

The Chamber of Commerce is undercutting its trade agenda by supporting Big Tobacco. Since early in 2011, much of our attention here at ASH has been focused on the nexus between trade and tobacco, in particular on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). If you have followed this issue, you’ve seen the involvement of public health… Read the full article >

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President Obama’s smoking problem in Malaysia

Malaysia’s government is battling against a smoking epidemic that threatens its young people — and it fears Barack Obama’s big Pacific trade deal will make the health crisis even worse. Read the full Politico article here>

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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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Statement of the United States on Menthol

Statement of the United States on Menthol for the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on July 23, 2013 The United States provided a status report in this dispute on July 11, 2013, in accordance with Article 21.6 of the DSU. As the United States has reported to the DSB, U.S. authorities have conferred with interested parties… Read the full article >

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Protect Our Children’s Health Petition

ASH Review: Second Quarter Edition 2013 ASH was pleased to help promote the White House Petition campaign of 24 year old Michigan State graduate Greg Holland.  His petition sought the protection of children from tobacco smoke while riding in vehicles.  Greg began his petition on the White House’s public call for petitions website and collected… Read the full article >

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National Public Health Week 2013

ASH Review: Second Quarter Edition 2013   National Public Health Week (NPHW) took place April 1-7 and this years themes included: Ensuring a safe and healthy home for your family Providing a safe environment for children at school Creating a healthy workplace Protecting you while you’re on the move Empowering a health community   ASH… Read the full article >

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66th World Health Assembly (WHA)

ASH Review: Second Quarter Edition 2013   ASH is pleased to report that the world made good progress at the recent meeting of health ministers from around the globe (The 66th World Health Assembly or WHA). The 66th WHA adopted a Global Action Plan and agreed to a set of targets to curb the rise… Read the full article >

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Tobacco consumption and hypertension increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Within the framework of World No Tobacco Day, PAHO/WHO warns that these two risk factors cause the most deaths in the region. Washington, D.C., 5 June 2013 (PAHO/WHO) – Tobacco consumption increases the risk of death of people who have high blood pressure. Within the framework of World No Tobacco Day, held every 31 May, the… Read the full article >

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WNTD: The Nightmare Epidemic Created by Tobacco Marketing

Tobacco is a Deadly Product –         Tobacco kills up to half of its users. –         Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, of whom more than 5 million are from direct tobacco use and more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Companies Are Not Public Health Stakeholders, Experts Conclude

When assessing information presented by the tobacco industry, the US regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulatory bodies in other countries, should be aware that they are dealing with companies with a long history of intentionally misleading the public. They therefore should actively protect their public-health policies on smoking from the commercial interests… Read the full article >

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Smoking Bans Really do Slash Heart Attacks and Strokes, Largest Ever Study Finds

The more stringent the laws, the better the health benefits, American researchers found Hospital admissions for heart attacks fell by 15%, strokes by 16% and those for respiratory diseases such as asthma by 24% Smoking bans dramatically reduce the number of people hospitalised for heart attacks, stroke and respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, new… Read the full article >

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