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FDA launching $115M multimedia education campaign showing at-risk youth 'real cost' of smoking

By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM  AP Tobacco Writer WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads depicting wrinkled skin on youthful faces and teenagers paying for cigarettes with their teeth in a campaign to show the nation’s young people the costs associated with smoking. The federal agency said Tuesday it is launching a $115 million multimedia […]

E-Cigarette Makers Give Public the Finger

Rob Waters, Contributor, Forbes With Sarah Mittermaier and Lily Swartz In 1964, smoking was everywhere: on television, on airplanes, in workplaces and movie theatres, college campuses, doctors’ offices, restaurants and bars. In the 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health was released, smoking has gradually faded to the margins of […]

Nicotine Levels In US Cigarettes Went Up 15% Between 1999 And 2011

By: MICHAEL KELLEY, Business Insider Nicotine levels in cigarettes went up 15% between 1999 and 2011, according to a study published this week in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The data were collected from the annual report filed with Massachusetts Department of Public Health by four major manufacturers of cigarettes from 1997 to 2012. “Young people could have […]

Tobacco companies will say they lied, via advertising

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY The nation’s tobacco companies and the Justice Department have reached an agreement on publishing corrective statements that say the companies lied about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco companies are a step closer today to putting out “corrective statements” about their history of defrauding the American public by hiding the dangers of […]

The 50-year war on smoking

By The Times editorial board, Los Angeles Times The 1964 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on smoking — the first official acknowledgment by the federal government that smoking kills — was an extraordinarily progressive document for its time. It swiftly led to a federal law that restricted tobacco advertising and required the now-familiar warning label on […]

Fitful Progress in the Antismoking Wars

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times Fifty years ago this Saturday, on Jan. 11, 1964, a myth-shattering surgeon general’s report on smoking and health brushed aside years of obfuscation by tobacco companies and asserted, based on 7,000 scientific articles, that smoking caused lung cancer and was linked to other serious diseases. Those findings expanded […]

War on smoking, at 50, turns to teens: Our view

The Editorial Board, USATODAY Want kids to quit? Raise cigarette taxes. It works. The war on smoking, now five decades old and counting, is one of the nation’s greatest public health success stories — but not for everyone. As a whole, the country has made amazing progress. In 1964, four in ten adults in the […]

Drugs to Stop Smoking Better Given Together?

By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner Doubling up on tobacco cessation drugs helped smokers quit at first, but didn’t significantly improve longer-term abstinence, a trial showed. Quit rates at 12 […]

Anti-smoking efforts have saved 8 million American lives

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY A new analysis says smoking rates have dropped from 42% in 1964 to 18% in 2012. Anti-tobacco efforts have saved 8 million lives in the 50 years since the publication of a landmark Surgeon General report, “Smoking and Health,” a new analysis shows. The 1964 report, which concluded that tobacco causes […]