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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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Write to Ambassador Samantha Power

If you think tobacco control is an important issue and should be included in the post-2015 development agenda, use this template letter to send to US Ambassador Samantha Power. The letter explains the advantages of implementing tobacco control measures in order to achieve sustainable development. You can send this letter on behalf of your organization… Read the full article >

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Watch: ASH Director Discuss the CDC’s Graphic Tobacco Ad Campaign

ASH Director Laurent Huber appeared on Fox 5 DC to discuss the success of the CDC’s graphic anti-tobacco ad campaign (which helped nearly 100,000 people quit smoking) and the work that is still needed to help combat the global tobacco epidemic. DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

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How cigarette companies use free trade deals to sell more cigarettes to women and kids

Global trade negotiations in Washington this week will determine how cigarette companies will be able to market their products in developing nations—and potentially, overturn smoking restrictions around the world. As cigarette smoking has fallen in the United States and Europe thanks to public health laws and liability lawsuits, global tobacco companies have increasingly turned to… Read the full article >

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Tobacco must go up in smoke The 21st century should be the last period in human history to report a tobacco-related death

Even well-informed people shake their heads in disbelief when they hear that tobacco killed 100 million persons in the 20th century and is projected to kill a billion in the 21st century. It is only when they are told that these are authentic estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the terrible truth begins… Read the full article >

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Scary anti-smoking ads prompt 100,000-plus to kick habit

An estimated 1.6 million Americans tried to quit and at least 100,000 likely succeeded as a result of graphic anti-smoking ads, a new study says. Want a smoker to quit? Scare, shock or disgust him. That’s what the U.S. government did with its first federally funded anti-smoking ad campaign and, new data suggest, it worked.… Read the full article >

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Stop TPP Protections for Big Tobacco

The U.S. has a rare opportunity this week to rein in the tobacco industry, and assert its mandate to protect and save lives, while proudly exercising cross-border diplomacy. The U.S. Trade Representative should accept a proposal to carve protections for Big Tobacco out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a mega-trade deal among 12 Pacific… Read the full article >

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Real Talk Tobacco

ASH has launched it’s video blog series to decode everything happening in the tobacco control public health field. From trade to development, you will soon be able to find your answer here as Shana Narula breaks everything down in Real Talk Tobacco (RTT). Real Talk Tobacco – FCTC Overview Real Talk Tobacco – Tobacco Trade… Read the full article >

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The Hazard of Free-Trade Tobacco

Give thanks to Malaysia for heading off, at least temporarily, an American effort to weaken the ability of countries to impose stiff rules on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within their own borders. The Malaysian proposal to preserve that ability led to a stalemate at a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade meeting in Brunei… Read the full article >

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Post-2015 Development Agenda Will Have Ramifications for Years to Come

September is quickly approaching, which means New York City will soon be buzzing with excitement surrounding the start of the high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly’s 68th session, where the post-2015 development agenda will be a key focus of discussion. All of these events will serve as the next big step in the post-2015… Read the full article >

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Global Development Resources

ASH: Tobacco A Barrier to Sustainable Development ASH Comments on GC Report ASH Comments on HLP Report ASH Comments on SDSN Report Template letter to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power Sustainable Development FAQs HLPF FAQs HLP UN Report UN Sustainable Development Website The UN in the Age of Sustainable Development Report of the… Read the full article >

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Once Again, Mayor Bloomberg Stands Firm For Health

On the threat from trade agreements to tobacco regulations, few have been able to come as close to the heart of the matter as Mayor Bloomberg. His opinion piece in today’s New York Times in reaction to President Obama’s reversal on tobacco in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement brilliantly summarizes why we should all care about how… Read the full article >

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Obama Goes to Bat for Big Tobacco in TPP

WASHINGTON, DC 19 August – The Obama Administration has backed down from a proposal revealed 15 months ago to protect health from Big Tobacco under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the pending free trade agreement with 11 other countries. New language concerning tobacco, the exact text of which has not been released, is expected to be… Read the full article >

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Cabinet to carve out tobacco from TPP

The Malaysian government is expected to carve out tobacco from the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in a soon to be convened special Cabinet meeting, according to an official from the Malaysian Council for Tobacco Control (MCTC). MCTC president Dr Molly Cheah said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) had apparently decided… Read the full article >

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Action Review: Second Quarter Edition 2013

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2013 The world lacks protection from tobacco and under 11% of the world’s population is protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws.  This year’s World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) theme focused on tobacco advertising bans.  According to the World Health Organization, bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship are “One of the most… Read the full article >

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WHO Report Demonstrates Need for Higher Tobacco Taxes

Most effective measure is the most under-utilized WASHINGTON, DC. 10 July – A report released today by the World Health Organization concludes that tax and price measures are the “least-achieved” of a global menu of regulations to combat the growing tobacco epidemic, in spite of overwhelming evidence that higher tobacco taxes are the most effective… Read the full article >

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WHO FCTC: The Challenge of Implementation

By Al Munzer Chair, Board of Trustees, Action for Smoking and Health (ASH) The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was developed in response to globalisation of the tobacco epidemic, and has been widely embraced by the world community. The FCTC now includes 176 parties, representing 88.6 percent of the world’s population. However despite… 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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