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In June 2015 Posted

As Smoking Declines, More Are Likely to Quit

June 29, 2015   Smokeless tobacco and, more recently, e-cigarettes have been promoted as a harm reduction strategy for smokers who are “unable or unwilling to quit.” The strategy, embraced by both industry and some public health advocates, is based on the assumption that as smoking declines overall, only those who cannot quit will remain. A new […]
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Obama Can Help End Tobacco Epidemic, Says ASH

June 26, 2015   President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Froman have the opportunity to curb the tobacco epidemic forever. The Senate voted to pass the Trade Promotion Authority Bill (TPA or Fast-Track) which creates an expedited process to get trade bills through Congress, paving the way for Obama’s signature. Now that Fast-Track has passed, […]
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In a First, Shareholders Vote on Tobacco Depictions in Movies with As You Sow/Trinity Health Proposal at Time Warner

June 24, 2015   Time Warner, parent company of Warner Bros. movie studio, has become the first company to hold a shareholder vote on smoking in movies. The resolution was submitted by shareholder advocacy non-profit As You Sow and non-profit healthcare provider Trinity Health. A 2012 U.S. Surgeon General report concluded that “there is a causal […]
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In Twist, Scientists Join Tobacco Companies to Fight Cancer

June 24, 2015   Scientists who have devoted years developing medicines to cure disease are now working for tobacco companies to make e-cigarettes. Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, biostatisticians and regulatory affairs experts. Altria Group Inc, makers of Marlboro, […]
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Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

June 23, 2015   Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An incurable, progressive disease, […]
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U.S. House Bill Aims for Less E-cigarette Regulation

June 23, 2015  House Republicans are pushing to ease proposed government regulations for companies that sell e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, a move that Democrats charge could lead to unsafe products on the market.  A spending bill approved by a House subcommittee Thursday would prevent the Food and Drug Administration from requiring pre-market reviews […]
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Smoking Among Needham High Schoolers Plunged After Legal Age Rose to 21

June 18, 2015   Smoking rates among high-school students in Needham have plummeted since the town implemented its first-in-the-nation restrictions limiting tobacco sales to people over 21, according to a survey published this month. Smoking rates among Needham students dropped by nearly half in the first five years after the measure took effect in 2005, the analysis […]
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