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· Real Estate
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USA, by State
· New York

Bloomberg Compares Smoking To Jumping Off A Bridge 

Jump to full article: The Gothamist [Blog], 2012-04-19

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· Smokefree Policies
· Workplaces
USA, by State
· Texas

Ft. Worth Weighs Hiring Ban on Smokers  

Jump to full article: ABC News, 2012-04-18

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· Smokefree Policies
· Editorial
· Outdoors
USA, by State
· Colorado

Editorial: Smokers shouldn't have to walk a mile 

As cities expand smoking bans to include outdoor areas, they should still consider smokers' rights.
Jump to full article: Denver (CO) Post, 2012-04-17

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· Health/Science
· Tobacco Control
· Women
non-USA, by Country
· China

New Program to Curb China's 12m Female Smokers 

Jump to full article: China Radio International (CRI) (cn), 2012-04-18

Intro:

The Chinese Association on Tobacco Control launched a new program on Tuesday which will be the first tobacco control program to involve influential women, the hope being that they will serve as role models for female smokers, Beijing News reports.

The population of female smokers has surpassed 12 million, with a total of 300 million smokers in China. 71.6 percent of females are affected by second-hand smoke, and 90 percent of those involved are affected in the home.

Elite women from all walks of life have joined the program and are combating smoking together, including former world record holder in the women's high jump Zheng Fengrong, Women's World Chess Champion Xie Jun and renowned actress Liang Danni.

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· International
· Federal/National
· Ingredients/Menthol
Organizations
· FDA
· CDC
· Surgeon General
· DHHS
· USTR
· WTO

Former HEW, HHS Secretaries, Surgeons General And CDC Directors Urge Trade Representative To Comply With WTO Appellate Body Decision And Encourage FDA To Ban Menthol Flavoring In Cigarettes  

Jump to full article: PR Newswire, 2012-04-18

Intro:

Former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and of Health and Human Services, U.S. Surgeons General, and Directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, back to the Johnson Administration, known as The Citizens' Commission to Protect the Truth, today urged the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk, to comply with the determination of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body and ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol cigarettes in order to bring the United States into compliance with its international treaty obligations.

In a letter, signed by the Citizens' Commission Chairman, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Carter who began the nation's first anti-smoking campaign in 1978 and Vice Chairman Louis Sullivan, M.D., president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine and Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush, the Citizens' Commission cited the WTO Appellate Body decision upholding a WTO panel decision which found that by banning all cigarette flavorings except menthol, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (the Act) discriminates against Indonesian clove cigarettes in violation of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement). The Appellate Body, like the panel before it, recommended that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body ask the United States to conform the Act with its obligations under the TBT Agreement and accord menthol and Indonesian clove cigarettes like treatment in recognition of their being like products.

The Citizens' Commission urged Ambassador Kirk to comply with the Appellate Body's ruling and ask the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes.

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· Health/Science
· International
· Tobacco Control

Tob Control — May 2012, Volume 21, Number 3 - TOC 

Jump to full article: Tobacco Control, 2012-04-19
Author: picking relevant boxes and click

Intro:

  • Editorial For once, truth in tobacco advertising: it is ‘better to die’ than to not smoke (better for tobacco companies, that is) Ruth E Malone

  • Roadmap to a tobacco epidemic: transnational tobacco companies invade Indonesia

  • Gainfully employed? An inquiry into bidi-dependent livelihoods in Bangladesh

  • Impact of tobacco advertisements on tobacco use among urban adolescents in India: results from a longitudinal study

  • A tobacco-related carcinogen: assessing the impact of smoking behaviours of cohabitants on benzene exposure in children

  • Trends in home smoking bans in the USA, 1995–2007: prevalence, discrepancies and disparities

  • Smokers' self-reported responses to the introduction of reduced ignition propensity (RIP) cigarettes

  • Tobacco expenditures and its implications for household resource allocation in Cambodia

  • Effectiveness of testing for genetic susceptibility to smoking-related diseases on smoking cessation outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

  • A systematic review of longitudinal population-based studies on the predictors of smoking cessation in adolescent and young adult smokers

  • Planting trees without leaving home: tobacco company direct-to-consumer CSR efforts

  • Smoking accessories for cessation? Mixed messages in Hong Kong

  • RJ Reynolds goes international with new dissolvable tobacco products

  • Better to die than to leave a friend behind: industry strategy to reach the young

  • Exempting casinos from the Smoke-free Illinois Act will not bring patrons back: they never left

  • Waterpipe tobacco products: nicotine labelling versus nicotine delivery

  • When a tax increase fails as a tobacco control policy: the ITC China project evaluation of the 2009 cigarette tax increase in China

  • Western Australian smokers strongly support regulations on the use of chemicals and additives in cigarettes

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  • Categories
    · International
    · Business (Tobacco)
    · Business (General)
    Organizations
    · Altria/Philip Morris

    The 100 Best Corporate Citizens 

    A new list of the most admirable companies has some curious additions, including oil and tobacco companies. Is there more to being a good business than not destroying people or the environment?
    Jump to full article: Fast Company, 2012-04-19

    Categories
    · Smokefree Policies
    · Elections/Politics
    USA, by State
    · West Virginia

    VIDEO: John Raese Equates Smoking Ban To Hitler Policy 

    Jump to full article: Huffington Post (blog), 2012-04-19

    Intro:

    John Raese, running for U.S. Senate as a Republican in West Virginia, equated a county smoking ban with Hitler forcing Jews to wear the Star of David at a recent Republican event.

    Speaking in Hurricane, W.Va., last Thursday at the Putnam County Lincoln Day Dinner, Raese turned to Monongalia County's recently enacted smoking ban as an example of government overreach.

    "But in Monongalia County now, I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say this is a smoke-free environment. This is brought to you by the government of Monongalia County. Okay?" he said. "Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing."

    Later on in the video, Raese calls President Franklin D. Roosevelt "General Roosevelt" and "Fidel Roosevelt."

    Asked by Politico about the Nazi comparison, he said: "No, this is not a standard line, nor a misstatement. It is a loss of freedom. As Ronald Reagan once said, there is no such thing as partial freedom, there is only freedom."

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    Categories
    · Lawsuits
    · Secret Documents
    non-USA, by Country
    · Canada

    Day 16 - Expertise not wanted 

    Jump to full article: Eye on the Trials (ASPQ) (ca), 2012-04-16
    Author: Posted by Cynthia Callard at 20:30

    Intro:

    As spectator sports go, trial watching does not have the adrenalin rush of the Stanley Cup playoffs (Go! Senators! Go!), although it often calls to mind other sporting matches.

    Today's proceedings seemed to have much in common with that sedate summer sport, croquet. In croquet the object is to be the first to get your ball through the hoops, but the real fun of the sport is in viciously knocking your opponents' balls out of the croquet court, all the while maintaining the appearance of polite gentility.

    The first sitting this week was spent discussing the tobacco companies' request to knock three of the federal government's balls out of the trial court. The industry wants to throw out the expert testimony offered by epidemiologist David Burns, toxicologist Len Ritter and chemist William Farone.

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    Categories
    · Lawsuits
    · Teen Smoking/Youth
    · Secret Documents
    non-USA, by Country
    · Canada

    Day 17 - Questions, Answers, Pleadings, Decisions 

    Jump to full article: Eye on the Trials (ASPQ) (ca), 2012-04-17
    Author: mid afternoon, the plaintiff's wound up their examination of

    Intro:

    The one-time vice president of marketing for Imperial Tobacco, Anthony Kalhok, was again on the stand when the trial of the Montreal tobacco class actions resumed this Tuesday morning.

    In answer to Justice Riordan's jovial "how are you, sir?" as the session began, Mr. Kalhok allowed that he felt "perked up" by a weekend of physical exercise.

    It would have taken a stalwart temperament to maintain any feeling of perkiness over the next few hours, as plaintiff lawyer Bruce Johnston took the witness through a series of focused and relentless questions about the marketing strategies of Imperial Tobacco during his tenure there.

    Young smokers - a major opportunity group

    Of the day's rich testimony, some of the most memorable sections involved the company's approach to young smokers.

    Mr. Johnston pushed Mr. Kalhok to explain the constraints under which his department operated with respect to advertising that reached young people. As happened last week, responses were usually framed around a business analysis.

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    Categories
    · Lawsuits
    · Secret Documents
    non-USA, by Country
    · Canada

    TOBACCO EXHIBITS 

    Jump to full article: Visard Solutions (ca), 2012-04-19

    Categories
    · Lawsuits
    · Obit
    USA, by State
    · Florida
    Lawsuits
    · Engle

    Tobacco Cos. Dispute Cause Of Death As Engle Trial Opens ($$) 

    Jump to full article: Law360, 2012-04-18
    Author: Steven Melendez

    Intro:

    Attorneys sparred before a Florida state jury Tuesday over whether decades of cigarette smoking caused a man's illness and death, in a so-called Engle progeny case his widow brought against tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc.

    Attorneys representing cigarette makers Lorillard Tobacco Co., Liggett Group LLC, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. said in opening arguments Monday that they don't deny that their products can be addictive and unhealthy.

    But they did deny allegations that Johnnie Calloway,...

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    Categories
    · Federal/National
    · Labels/Lights
    non-USA, by Country
    · Indonesia

    Who's scared of tobacco warnings? 

    Jump to full article: Jakarta Post (id), 2012-04-19

    Categories
    · Business (Tobacco)
    · Federal/National
    · Teen Smoking/Youth
    · Advertising/Promos
    · Business (General)
    non-USA, by Country
    · UK

    Brailles newsagent who stopped selling tobacco welcomes new controls  

    Jump to full article: Coventry Evening Telegraph (uk), 2012-04-19
    Author: Warren Manger, Coventry Telegraph

    Intro:

    A NEWSAGENT in Brailles, south Warwickshire, who decided to stop selling tobacco 15 years ago has welcomed new laws that will place tighter restrictions on stores which still sell cigarettes.

    John Baldwin was so shocked when a young girl tried to buy a packet of cigarettes that he decided to stop selling them once and for all.

    From 2015 all small shops will have to hide all tobacco products under the counter if they want to keep selling them - a measure which was forced on supermarkets this month.

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    Categories
    · Cessation
    · Tobacco Control
    non-USA, by Country
    · Canada

    100,000 sign up to quit smoking 

    Jump to full article: Vancouver (BC) Sun (ca), 2012-04-19
    Author: Cindy E. Harnett, Victoria Times Colonist

    Intro:

    Orders for a program that helps smokers kick their habit have hit the 100,000 mark, the government announced Wednesday.

    Since B.C.'s smoking cessation program was launched six months ago, 104,736 orders have been placed through HealthLink B.C.

    The Fraser Health region had the highest number of orders at 34,373, followed by Interior Health at 23,639, and Vancouver Island at 21,058.

    "The program supports British Columbians who wish to improve their health, and recognizes that quit-ting smoking is one of the best ways to improve our health and reduce the health risks associated with chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and asthma," said Health Minister Mike de Jong, in a news release. The program is accessed by calling 811.

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