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February 5, 2014
CVS has announced plans to become the first major U.S. pharmacy chain to stop selling cigarettes and all other tobacco products, despite the fact that it will cost the company an estimated $2 billion in annual sales. CVS plans to have completely removed tobacco products from its 7,600 locations by October 2014, though specific timelines for each store will likely vary. (Photo via Generic Brand Productions) source

CVS has announced plans to become the first major U.S. pharmacy chain to stop selling cigarettes and all other tobacco products, despite the fact that it will cost the company an estimated $2 billion in annual sales. CVS plans to have completely removed tobacco products from its 7,600 locations by October 2014, though specific timelines for each store will likely vary. (Photo via Generic Brand Productions) source

14:52 // 6 months ago
January 7, 2014

Analysis charts huge gains by anti-smoking movement since ‘64

  • 8MAmerican lives saved by anti-smoking efforts since the release of the Surgeon General’s report "Smoking and Health" in 1964, according to analysis published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It found that rates of smoking amongst American adults plunged over the course of the near fifty-year stretch, from 42% in 1964 to just 18% in 2012. In a related editorial, Center for Disease Control director Thomas Frieden hailed “tobacco control” as “described, accurately, as one of the great public health successes of the 20th century.” source
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20:01 // 11 months ago
August 25, 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals won’t allow graphic cigarette label warnings

  • then The FDA, in an effort to curb the use of tobacco products in American society, began requiring that cigarette packages bear a graphic image on one side – maybe a diseased lung, or the corpse of (ostensibly) an ex-smoker. They were able to do this thanks to a 2009 law bringing tobacco products under federal regulation.
  • now An appeals court handed the tobacco industry a victory, ruling 2-1 that the requirement is unlawful due to free speech protections. “It’s a significant vindication of First Amendment principles,” said Floyd Abrams, attorney for Lorillard Tobacco. Smoking is estimated to lead to 443,000 unnecessary deaths per year. source

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14:34 // 2 years ago
August 20, 2012
The usage habits of 3 billion smokers: Now in color!
By the numbers: The Economist put together a great infographic, visualizing the information provided by a new study from the University of Buffalo’s Gary Giovino. Printed in The Lancet, Giovino’s new study closely examines tobacco use, among 3 billion people in 16 countries, offers an interesting look at the gender, age, and economic affluency of those who choose to use. source
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By the numbers: The Economist put together a great infographic, visualizing the information provided by a new study from the University of Buffalo’s Gary Giovino. Printed in The Lancet, Giovino’s new study closely examines tobacco use, among 3 billion people in 16 countries, offers an interesting look at the gender, age, and economic affluency of those who choose to use. source

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17:27 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012

Michael Bloomberg’s charity spending hundreds of millions against tobacco

  • $220 million from Bloomberg to fight ills of smoking source

» That brings the grand total to $600 million: Michael Bloomberg’s spent hundreds of millions to fight smoking globally through his charitable foundation. The NYC mayor, who calls tobacco ”a scourge all over the world,” plans to use the money to fund legal challenges against smoking in low-and-moderate-income countries where smoking is widespread, including Russia, China and India. Bloomberg’s anti-smoking efforts in NYC (which included increasing cigarette taxes and encouraging directors not to film actors smoking in films) have met with success; the smoking rate has dropped in the city. Bloomberg might face trouble in China, however: Smoking is a very common part of socializing in the region and cigarettes cost less than a dollar a pack, and China relies heavily on tax revenues raised through packs of cigarettes.

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11:18 // 2 years ago
December 22, 2011

Christmas miracle: Why Virginia farms plant lots of evergreens these days

  • cause Tobacco has long been a key crop for farmers in Virginia, and until the early 2000s, it was a heavily-regulated industry, with quotas and price supports for farmers. However, in 2004, the industry was largely deregulated.
  • reaction After the deregulation happened, farmers got money from the federal government allowing them to focus on new kinds of crops. One of the big ones? Christmas trees, which are hard to smoke but pretty easy to decorate. source
11:28 // 2 years ago
June 21, 2011
FDA issues graphic warnings to help smokers quit
Starting next year, cigarettes Will have to put warnings like this on all their packs. The graphic warnings will cover up about half of the pack — both front and back. (For a slideshow of the graphic images, check here.) They should hit around September of next year. While the FDA says that this will help people quit, others say smokers are already aware of the risk they take when they light up. It’s also worth noting that other countries have had much harsher warnings on their cigarettes for years, and studies have shown they’ve helped people quit smoking. Either way, tobacco companies aren’t happy with this, and neither are many smokers. What do you think? source
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Starting next year, cigarettes Will have to put warnings like this on all their packs. The graphic warnings will cover up about half of the pack — both front and back. (For a slideshow of the graphic images, check here.) They should hit around September of next year. While the FDA says that this will help people quit, others say smokers are already aware of the risk they take when they light up. It’s also worth noting that other countries have had much harsher warnings on their cigarettes for years, and studies have shown they’ve helped people quit smoking. Either way, tobacco companies aren’t happy with this, and neither are many smokers. What do you think? source

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14:41 // 3 years ago
May 31, 2011
Smokers of the world, quit! Today is “World No Tobacco Day”
Never a bad time: The new, concerning report on cell phone use isn’t the only place you’ll hear the word “carcinogenic” being used today; May 31st is World No Tobacco Day, a cause that could probably benefit from a slightly less clunky title. The World Health Organization estimates that some 6 million people die each year from tobacco-related illness. Anti-smoking measures within the U.S. have blossomed over the last decade, with smoking bans in public places, restaurants, and bars becoming more and more prevalent across the states — check here for a list of smoking bans applicable in your area. source
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Never a bad time: The new, concerning report on cell phone use isn’t the only place you’ll hear the word “carcinogenic” being used today; May 31st is World No Tobacco Day, a cause that could probably benefit from a slightly less clunky title. The World Health Organization estimates that some 6 million people die each year from tobacco-related illness. Anti-smoking measures within the U.S. have blossomed over the last decade, with smoking bans in public places, restaurants, and bars becoming more and more prevalent across the states — check here for a list of smoking bans applicable in your area. source

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17:23 // 3 years ago
March 7, 2011

Nanny state: People up in arms about the smoking in “Rango”

  • 100+ number of scenes where characters smoke in the just-released animated flick “Rango”
  • 60 number of smoking scenes in “101 Dalmations,” the only other animated film that comes close source

» Won’t someone please think of the CHILD-REN?! Some groups are coming out against the Johnny Depp film as a result, saying that there are so many scenes of characters smoking in “Rango,” they need a DVD to get a firm number. ”A lot of kids are going to start smoking because of this movie,” said Stanton Glantz, an anti-tobacco activist and official at the University of California-San Francisco. While they have a point, is it really worth all this hand-wringing?

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20:57 // 3 years ago