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Tuesday
Jul262011

Cigarette Companies Encouraged to Stop Alleged False Advertising 

AbleStock.com/Hemera Technologies(WASHINGTON) -- Cigarettes are neither healthy nor eco-friendly, despite what advertising campaigns may claim.

The Reynolds American tobacco company has relaunched their magazine advertisements for their acclaimed “eco-friendly” Natural American Spirit cigarettes and have targeted women, choosing to run the ads in the pages of Elle, Lucky and Marie Claire.

The ad campaign is both deceptive and dangerous, according to the Washington D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), which has called upon Reynolds American to stop what CTFK calls false advertising.

More than 400,000 U.S. deaths are attributed to smoking each year, and more than 7,000 chemicals -- several hundred of them toxic -- are emitted into the environment through cigarette smoke, according to the CTFK.

On a global scale, at least 5.6 trillion cigarettes are discarded into the environment annually, according to researchers in an issue of Tobacco Control funded by Legacy, published earlier 2011.

The Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup says it picked up more than two million discarded cigarettes in 2010.

The company that manufactures North American cigarettes, the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, has faced numerous counts of legal action by government agencies.  As of 2010, Santa Fe is required to add a disclaimer stating, “Organic tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette.” 

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Wednesday
Nov102010

FDA Proposes New Warnings, Graphics to Fight Tobacco Use

One of the FDA's proposed graphic health warnings. Photo Courtesy - Food and Drug Administration(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday a new strategy against tobacco use that calls for bolder warnings and graphics on cigarette packs and advertisements.

The Food and Drug Administration proposed the new warnings, requiring that "nine new larger and more noticeable textual warning statements and color graphic images depicting the negative health consequences of smoking appear on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements."

Americans will be able to give feedback on 36 proposed images through Jan. 9, 2011.  The FDA will choose the final graphics and warnings by June 22, 2011.

In the U.S., tobacco use is the number one cause of premature and preventable death.  It accounts for 443,000 deaths each year, 30 percent of all cancer deaths, and the premature loss of 1,200 lives each day.´╗┐

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