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October 2011 Tobacco Control in the News

Graphic Warning Labels on Tobacco Products

October 12, 2011   In 2009, Congress passed a law that mandates the introduction of new, graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. Read More.

Films with Smoking Scenes do Worse at the Box Office

October 11, 2011   Stanton Glantz, Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco,reviewed information on 1,232 movies released in the U.S. that were among the top 10 grossing films for at least one week between 2002 and 2010. Read More.

FDA and NIH Announce Joint Study on Tobacco Use

October 11, 2011   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health today announced a joint, large-scale, national study of tobacco users to monitor and assess the behavioral and health impacts of new government tobacco regulations. Read More.

WHO Chief Slams Tobacco Industry Tactics

October 10, 2011   The World Health Organization’s director-general Margaret Chan has urged governments to unite against “big tobacco”, accusing the industry of dirty tricks, bullying, and immorality in its quest to keep people smoking. Read More.

HHS Debuts Two Smoking Cessation Mobile Texting Apps

October 10, 2011   The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched two new free text messaging programs providing tips and encouragement to smokers to help them stop the habit. Read More.

Smokers Have Heart Attacks Earlier Than Nonsmokers

October 5, 2011   Smokers have heart attacks earlier in life than nonsmokers, and women smokers are more likely than men to suffer complications after a heart attack, according to a new study. Read More.

Current Smoking Rates Could Lead to Millions of TB Deaths

October 6, 2011   If smoking is not controlled worldwide, it could produce 18 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases and 40 million deaths from TB between 2010 and 2050, according to a study published in British Medical Journal. Read More.

Should We Pay People to Stop Smoking?

October 6, 2011   Last month, Obama proposed cutting almost $72 billion from Medicaid to bring down our staggering national debt. But what if there was a way to both save taxpayer dollars and improve Medicaid patients’ health? Read More.

Tobacco Free Weddings in China

October 5, 2011   Chinese health experts and tobacco control officers have initiated tobacco-free wedding campaigns in response to the country’s indoor tobacco control policy, but have made little headway so far. Read More.

Benefits of Tobacco Control Outweigh the Costs

October 4, 2011   The health and economic benefits of tobacco control outweigh the lost tax revenues, according to a journal commentary published in The Lancet. Read More.

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