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Why we need to tax tobacco

Let’s be clear.  Tobacco use, and its negative health, social and economic impact, is not a global problem that is simply going away. As documented in a recent study, despite significant reductions in the estimated prevalence of daily smoking observed at the global level for both men and women since 1980, the actual number of… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Demonstrates Troubles for Trade Agreements

In 2012, Australia implemented tough anti-tobacco regulations, requiring that all cigarettes be sold in plain, logo-free brown packages dominated by health warnings. Philip Morris Asia filed suit, claiming that this violated its intellectual-property rights and would damage its investments. The company sued Australia in domestic court and lost. But it had another card to play. In… Read the full article >

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Australian plain packaging leads to dramatic declines in tobacco use

The tobacco industry has been hit by the heaviest declines on record amid otherwise strong economic growth for the nation, the latest figures show. Treasurer Joe Hockey may have described the national accounts figures released Tuesday as a “terrific set of numbers”, but tobacco and cigarette consumption has taken a dramatic tumble, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Household… Read the full article >

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Tobacco & Human Rights in Latin America

An article written by ASH Staff Attorney Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy was recently published in the American Bar Association’s “International Law News.” The article discusses the growing problem of tobacco use in Latin American countries.  There are 145 million current smokers in Latin America, more than half of whom will die from smoking related causes. Many of… Read the full article >

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Thailand Raises Minimum Age to 20 to Purchase Cigarettes

BANGKOK, 28 May 2014 (NNT) – The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the tobacco draft act which prohibits sale of cigarettes to those under 20 years old and raise punishment for offenders. Deputy Prime Minister YongyutnYuthawong said the draft act increased the minimum legal age for cigarette purchase from 18 to 20 years and prohibited sale… Read the full article >

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The Wrinkler

We’ve unlocked the secret to expediting the aging process! You can now look far older than you really are. The secret is smoking!   Download a PDF of this page here> Where is a smoker’s face affected?   How does a non-smoker’s face compare? Download a PDF of this page here:  

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Princeton, NJ bans tobacco sales to customers under 21

Princeton has become the fifth New Jersey town to ban tobacco sales to customers under 21. The town’s health board unanimously adopted the ordinance. Read more>

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Earth Day 2015 – The Unforeseen Consequences of Tobacco

Most people view cigarettes as a health problem, but they are a huge environmental problem as well. The entire life cycle of a cigarette has an impact on the environment – from growing the tobacco to throwing away the butt. Tobacco Farming Tobacco cultivation is responsible for a myriad of environmental problems, including land and… Read the full article >

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Hillary pressed to take on Big Tobacco

Public health groups are urging newly minted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to follow in her husband’s footsteps and take on Big Tobacco. The calls for Clinton to make the issue part of her campaign platform take place amid a growing push to raise the national smoking age to 21. “From a national standpoint, we’d… Read the full article >

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Use of E-Cigarettes Rises Sharply Among Teenagers, Report Says

E-cigarettes have arrived in the life of the American teenager. Use of the devices among middle- and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to federal data released on Thursday, bringing the share of high school students who use them to 13 percent — more than smoke traditional cigarettes. The sharp rise, together… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Free Generation

In Tasmania, Australia last week, a bill was introduced to the Legislative Council that would create a “Tobacco Free Generation.”  You can read the draft text of the bill here>. The phrase tobacco free generation is used widely and it often has different meanings. Some use it to describe a social movement that encourages young… Read the full article >

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Amos Hausner | Smokefree Israel

Hear this interview from Amos Hausner who is involved in the Smokefree kaupapa in Israel. He’s currently in Aotearoa and spoke with Dale Husband. Listen here>

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France: MEPs adopt neutral package for cigarettes

The measure, if adopted by the full Parliament, will take effect in May 2016. The ban on smoking in cars in the presence of a minor was also adopted. Read more>

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PHAI Takes Cigarette Companies to Court

 The Public Health Advocacy Institute (“PHAI”) announced today that its newly formed Center for Public Health Litigation has filed lawsuits against two major tobacco companies and several local distributors on behalf of the families of two former smokers who suffered devastating disease from smoking cigarettes. “This is the first time a non-profit organization has directly… Read the full article >

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Leaked TPP investment chapter shows US tobacco control rules at risk

WASHINGTON — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document. Read more>

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Hollywood and Tobacco: New Spotlight on Smoking At The Movies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2015 Hollywood and Tobacco: New Spotlight on Smoking At The Movies Launch of Revamped UCSF Website Ranks Actors, Directors, Top 10 Movies by Their Use of Tobacco    UC San Francisco is launching a revamped Smokefree Movies website that offers the public unusual insight into Hollywood’s role in the global… Read the full article >

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Resources: Criminal Liability for Tobacco Executives

ASH Resources Blog: If Drug Dealers Can Be Found Criminally Liable, Can Big Tobacco? Description: Drug dealers can and have been charged with murder or manslaughter when death results from the drugs they sold. This same logic could apply to Big Tobacco. Quote:  The inevitable question is then- Do you think that tobacco companies could… Read the full article >

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Criminal Liability and Human Rights Violations

Tobacco products kill more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Left unchecked, tobacco use will kill 1 billion people this century. As one state Supreme Court recently noted, cigarettes likely constitute “the most dangerous product lawfully sold” to consumers. The lethal consequences of smoking have been known to tobacco… Read the full article >

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Additional Tobacco Control Issues

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Videos

Learn more about ways Big Tobacco is targeting you, without your knowledge>   Learn more about ASH’s social experiment to see if smoking is attractive on Tinder>   Learn more about the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)>   Watch more videos on ASH’s YouTube Channel>

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Plain Packaging for Tobacco Will Become the Global Norm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Megan Arendt Office: 202-659-4310 Email: arendtm@ash.org PLAIN PACKAGING FOR TOBACCO WILL BECOME THE GLOBAL NORM But will the U.S. be last? WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 12, 2015 – Yesterday, Britain’s House of Commons overwhelmingly approved a law requiring plain packaging for tobacco products, just one day after Ireland’s president signed into… Read the full article >

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Breaking News: MPs back standardised cigarette packaging

MPs have voted in favour of introducing standardised packaging for cigarettes in the UK. It means from 2016 every packet will look the same except for the make and brand name, with graphic photos accompanying health warnings if the House of Lords also approves the move. The Irish Republic passed a similar law earlier this… Read the full article >

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Last Week Tonight: Irish Plain Packaging Cigarettes

John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight continued his original episode on the tobacco industry with this response. Watch here>

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Temporary injunction bars man from lighting up inside his Washington home after neighbors sue

WASHINGTON –  A temporary order by a Superior Court judge is keeping a man from smoking inside his home in the District of Columbia. WJLA-TV (http://bit.ly/1BrlPLl ) reports that Edwin Gray’s next door neighbors in northeast Washington have filed a civil suit claiming they’re being harmed by smoke that sneaks into their home through a… Read the full article >

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Corrective Ads Still Missing

**UPDATE**- On Friday, May 22, a federal appeals court issued a split ruling about what statements tobacco companies must make in product warnings. The three judge panel said that tobacco companies can be required to say they “intentionally designed cigarettes to sustain addiction” but can’t be required to say that they “deliberately deceived the public… Read the full article >

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