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New Jersey Senate passes bill to raise age to buy tobacco products to 21

TRENTON, New Jersey — New Jersey might become the first state in the nation to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The state Senate on Monday passed a bill that would raise the minimum age. The measure awaits action in the Assembly. Full Article>

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Tobacco giant initiates EU court challenge

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) wants to challenge new EU rules on tobacco to see if it can get the stricter labelling requirements changed. The Marlboro manufacturer on Friday (27 June) said the EU’s new tobacco products directive “appears to ban truthful and non-misleading claims on the packaging of tobacco products”. “PMI intends to… Read the full article >

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New Study Reveals No Drop in Use of Smokeless Tobacco for U.S. Workers

According to a recent study by the US. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. workers are continuing, and slightly increasing, their use of smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco (snuff and chew tobacco) are known to cause oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer. The study did not include other smokeless tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and candy-flavored dissolvable tobacco, therefore… Read the full article >

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One in Five US Adults Use Tobacco Products

Adult smoking rates have dropped from 42% in 1965 to 21.3% today, but the rate of decrease is slowing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR),released online June 24. The report also found use of cigars and smokeless tobacco products remains unchanged. Meanwhile, use of… Read the full article >

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Electronic Cigarette Executives Get Schooled In Senate Hearing

“I think we have seen this movie before,” Senator Richard Blumenthal said. “It is called big nicotine comes to children near you and you are using the same kinds of tactics and promotions and ads that were used by big tobacco and proved so effective” In a hearing Wednesday afternoon that harkened back to the… Read the full article >

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Real data show that plain packaging IS working in Australia

The Australian’s ‘exclusive’ story on plain packaging is just plain wrong. Watch more here>

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Why big tobacco companies are betting on e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco, are getting powerful new backers with an unhealthy reputation: big tobacco companies.The development points to ways Big Tobacco is moving to turn the young e-cigarette market to its advantage.  Full Article>

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PH a step closer to graphic health warning on cigarettes

MANILA, Philippines – The graphic health warning bill is now one step closer to becoming a law. The bicameral conference committee on Tuesday, June 10, reconciled the Senate and House of Representatives versions of the bill, which seeks to place graphic health warnings on cigarette packs.   Click here to read the full article>

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A Half Century of Avoidable Death

A Global Perspective on Tobacco in America   Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death, and while significant progress has been made, international examples help to illustrate steps that could be taken by the United States to curb this epidemic. “Avoidable Death” considers U.S. tobacco control activities with regard to six articles from… Read the full article >

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World No Tobacco Day 2014: What makes tobacco different?

Annually, the tobacco industry contributes over $1.6 million to federal candidates and spends approximately $16.6 million lobbying Congress. This money buys the tobacco industry access to government officials and influence over laws. This is a serious problem, because, there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests.… Read the full article >

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The 3 deadliest drugs in America are all totally legal

As the US debates drug policy and marijuana legalization, there’s one aspect of the war on drugs that remains perplexingly contradictory: some of the most dangerous drugs in the US are perfectly legal. Don’t believe it? Just look at this chart, compiled with available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): This chart… Read the full article >

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Tobacco’s Hidden Children

Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming The Human Rights Watch’s 138-page report documents conditions for children working on tobacco farms in four states where 90 % of US tobacco is grown: North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Children reported vomiting, nausea, headaches, and dizziness while working on tobacco farms, all symptoms consistent with… 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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FDA Extends Its Authority Over Tobacco Products & E-Cigarettes, Leaving Loopholes

Statement of ASH Executive Director Laurent Huber Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new rules that will extend its regulatory authority to include electronic cigarettes as well as cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) applauds the FDA’s action in taking this critical step.… Read the full article >

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FDA Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

he Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers. Click here to 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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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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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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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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Should e-cigarettes be considered tobacco products?

Since e-cigarettes hit the market, they have been the subject of intense debate.  Are electronic cigarettes a cessation tool or an alternative smoking device? Should they be subject to the same smoke-free air laws as tobacco products? Should they be taxed at a similar rate as cigarettes? In Toulouse, France, the courts just took a… Read the full article >

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NY to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21

Young New Yorkers who want to light up will soon have to wait for their 21st birthdays before they can buy a pack of smokes after lawmakers in the nation’s most populous city voted overwhelmingly to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21. The City Council’s vote Wednesday makes New York the biggest city… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Trade Simplified

The impact of trade on tobacco can seem complicated, but there are only 6 main things you need to know. Number 1: Tobacco is unique among consumer products. When used exactly as intended, tobacco products kill. Therefore, tobacco should be exempted or “carved out” from trade agreements. Number 2: Free trade agreements are meant to… Read the full article >

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Obama No-Show a (Minor) Blow for Asia Trade Talks

President Barack Obama‘s absence from a meeting of leaders from Asia Pacific dealt a symbolic blow to efforts to forge a regional trade pact. But Mr. Obama’s no-show, due to the drama of debt-ceiling talks in Washington, has little practical effect on the trade talks. Before news of Mr. Obama’s cancellation, the U.S. already was trying to dial down expectations… Read the full article >

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