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February 27, 2011 |
Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner who announced his retirement earlier this month, will kick off a state ballot initiative campaign in Los Angeles on Monday for a measure that would direct hundreds of millions of dollars toward cancer research by levying an additional $1 tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Organizers of the initiative known as the California Cancer Research Act, which was spearheaded by former state Senate leader Don Perata, gathered more than 433,000 signatures last year to qualify for the next statewide ballot, which is scheduled for February 2012.
January 20, 2011 |
Individual states are failing "miserably" in their tobacco control efforts, trailing even the attempts of the federal government, according to the American Lung Assn.'s State of Tobacco Control 2010 report released Thursday. While the federal government has begun implementing the tobacco control policies made possible by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the Food and Drug Administration new powers to regulate tobacco, states have taken little new action to prevent or control smoking, instead diverting the vast majority of antismoking funds available under tobacco settlements to address general budget deficits instead.
January 7, 2011 |
By late March, tobacco companies will have to reveal to the Food and Drug Administration what sorts of new additives they've recently put in their products. But the ruling doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, whose makers are locked in legal battle with the FDA. Meanwhile, the e-cigs are starting to gain a pop-culture foothold – in the fall film “The Tourist,” actor Johnny Depp extols the devices’ virtues to Angelina Jolie, and Katherine Heigl showed up recently on the "Late Show with David Letterman" smoking the e-cigarette indoors.
December 13, 2010 |
Under threat from cigarette manufacturers, the Indian government has deferred the use of new, pictorial warnings on cigarette packs by a year. The new warnings, part of India's anti-smoking effort, were to be implemented on Dec. 1 after earlier delays in March. The delay came a week after two of India's largest cigarette makers halted production citing a "lack of clarity" on pictorial warnings. Activists saw the production stoppage as a pressure tactic and claimed the companies had produced "excessively in the past six months and may have shut for maintenance work.
November 19, 2010 |
Teenagers might change their attitudes about cigarette smoking by what could be dubbed a "don't show, don't tell" policy that keeps tobacco products in stores out of sight, according to a new British study. Researchers in Ireland simply removed cigarette and tobacco items from store displays during a three-year survey that examined the effect on attitudes about smoking. The University of Nottingham's Centre for Tobacco Control Studies reports the number of teens who recalled the tobacco-driven ad displays dropped from 81% to 22%. Further, the study says, 38% of teens thought the coverup would make it easier to keep kids from smoking while 14% of adults thought it would make it easier to quit.
March 18, 2010 |
Taking aim at the tobacco industry's youth marketing machinery, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday outlawed free samples of cigarettes and banned the use of tobacco brand names on promotional gear and in the sponsorship of concerts and sporting events. The agency also added a federal ban on the sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products to people under 18, imposing a uniform standard on varying state restrictions already in place. Under the new rules, store clerks will be required to check photo IDs to verify that customers are old enough to buy tobacco goods.
September 23, 2009 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned cigarettes with fruit, candy or clove flavors. Authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act enacted in June, the ban represents a national effort by the FDA to reduce an easy entry point for youth into smoking and tobacco addiction. Some cigarette makers favored and others opposed giving the FDA this new authority. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in America, the government says. The FDA also is considering bans on menthol cigarettes and flavored tobacco products other than cigarettes.
June 29, 2009 |
The tobacco bill signed into law by President Obama on June 22 is a compromise that acknowledges a few hard political facts: More than 43 million Americans remain addicted to the nicotine in tobacco (indeed, 70% of smokers say they wish they could quit, and 40% try yearly). Taxes on the sale of tobacco products are a major source of revenue for states.
June 29, 2009 |
Blake Brown He is an agricultural economist at North Carolina State University and provides economic analysis and educational programming for tobacco and peanut producers. Brown has worked with the tobacco industry and health advocates to understand factors that affect the demand for tobacco products. "It's very hard to quantify the impact of regulations on the demand for tobacco. But I would think there would be two effects as a result of this legislation.
June 13, 2009 |
By a 3 to 1 margin, the House on Friday approved a bill passed by the Senate this week that gives the federal government sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco. President Obama hailed the bipartisan votes in Congress on the bill, which he said "truly defines change in Washington." He said he looks forward to signing it into law.