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Big Tobacco Finally to Run "Corrective" Ads

Big tobacco is not running these ads because they have repented--they were ordered to run them.

Big tobacco will finally run the "corrective" ads a federal court ordered because they engage in massive wrongdoing that causes a staggering number of deaths--1200 deaths per day in the U.S. This advertising will highlight the deadly nature of their products starting on November 26 and will continue 5 times per week for one year in prime time on the major networks

PositiveTip: Take every opportunity to communicate the deception and dangers of using tobacco.

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New Tobacco Delivery System Catches Fire

FDA is likely to approve heat-not-burn devices. Safety unknown!

Japan is all aflame over heat-not-burn tobacco products--from the same big tobacco companies who are hoping to market them globally soon. These battery-powered devices heat the tobacco to about 500 degrees F.  (260 deg. C) producing an inhalable aerosol that delivers nicotine to the lungs without combustion. Are they safe? No one really knows. An early study found volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide present in the smoke.

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"Constructive Statements" to Finally Run

Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans every day.

Over ten years ago the major tobacco companies were ordered by U.S. federal court to run "corrective statement" ads on national media on the dangers of smoking. Finally, those are due to begin November 26, 2017! These will include messages such as: "More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol combined." Sadly, while these corporations seek to be seen as responsible citizens, they are the root cause of the problem. The amount they spend for these ads is miniscule compared to the amount they spend on marketing their deadly products.

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Big Tobacco Continues to Survive

The tobacco industry continues to thrive in spite of being a major cause of death.

Despite the predictions of the demise of the tobacco industry, it continues thriving, increasing sales and profitability. In 2016, the five global leaders (excluding China) shipped 2.7 trillion cigarettes, more than 300 for every man, woman, and child in the world. Investors in those companies earned $19 billion in dividends. Sadly, tobacco stocks are a staple of the stock market.

PositiveTip: The only way to curb this death inducing activity is to stop consuming the product!

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From the Plant to the Puff

There are 93 known and potentially harmful chemicals in cigarettes.

You may not be a smoker, but you know that cigarettes can kill you. It actually kills half of all who start and never quit! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created some videos and interactive tools to help you learn more about the potentially harmful chemicals in cigarettes from the plant to the product to the smoke.

PositiveTip: If you have children or grandchildren take some time to show them these videos and information. It could help them never start smoking.

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Did Your State Make the Grade?

New companies employ the same old dirty tricks to promote tobacco.

Tobacco kills 400,000 Americans every year. Another 16 million are living with tobacco-caused diseases. The American Lung Association has released its 15th annual State of Tobacco Control report. View the Federal Government grades here. Find out how your state is doing

PositiveTip: Let your state and national representative know you want them to do more to control cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Global Smoking Deaths Rising

Eighty percent of current smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

Smoking is responsible for about 6 million deaths per year globally at an estimated associated cost of $1 trillion. An international report projects that by 2030, smoking-related deaths will rise to over 8 million a year! While smoking in the U.S. has fallen to a record low of 15.!% of adults, it has been countered by rising numbers of smokers concentrated among the poor and other vulnerable groups. Just five tobacco companies account for 85% of global cigarette production.

PositiveTip: Fully support all reasonable efforts to control tobacco use!

 

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UN Calls for Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

Tobacco kills almost 6 million people every year.

On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all governments around the globe to require plain packaging of tobacco products in order to save lives. Restricting or prohibiting  the use of logos, colors and brand images save for brand and product name displayed in a standard color and font would save lives by reducing demand for tobacco products. It would also help families retain more of their income.

PositiveTip: Tobacco use is still one of the largest causes of preventable non-communicable disease. 

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No Decline in Tobacco Use Among U.S. Teens

Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S.

There has been no decline in overall tobacco use among middle and high school students in the U.S. since 2011. The use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and pipe tobacco has declined--while the use of nontraditional products such as e-cigarettes and hookah pipes continues to rise. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among teens today. Sadly these products remain unregulated.

PositiveTip: No form of tobacco use is safe. Nicotine is an addictive drug that may cause permanent harm to brain development.

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Hookah Use Leads to Cigarette Smoking

Forty percent of regular waterpipe tobacco smokers are at risk for later cigarette use.

A national cohort study found waterpipe tobacco (hookah) smokers were more than twice as likely to try cigarettes than nonsmokers. Yet only 16% of non-waterpipe users showed any susceptibility to cigarette smoking. A majority of the hookah users were men between the ages of 18-21, with only high school diplomas. This study did not determine a cause-and-effect relationship, but one is plausible.

PositiveTip: While often believed to be safer, young and old should be encouraged to stay away from waterpipe smoking.