Posts Tagged ‘Cigarettes’

Major League Baseball Limits Smokeless Tobacco Use

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A good first step. On November 22nd, Major League Baseball announced tighter restrictions pertaining to the use of smokeless tobacco by its players, as part of a new labor deal. Although players will still be able to use smokeless tobacco products during the game, they now cannot use them in pre-and post game interviews, or display packages in their back pockets when spectators are in the stands. In addition, the players union has agreed to partake in a national public service campaign with the Partnership at

This is a good first step, but there is still room for improvement.

See American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown’s statement below:

“The American Heart Association is pleased that baseball players recognize the dangers of smokeless tobacco use and will now take steps to reduce its visibility during and after games and other public events, and educate young people about its dangers.
While today’s Major League Baseball agreement on smokeless tobacco is not a grand slam, it is definitely a solid base hit.  Although the players would not agree to stop using tobacco while on the field, the contract provisions are an important step forward.
Children who emulate their favorite players by using smokeless tobacco risk falling into a trap that can lead to a lifetime of nicotine addiction.  Evidence shows that kids who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers.
Baseball is the nation’s pastime, and Americans cherish this great game and its time-honored traditions. But in the case of smokeless tobacco, there are clear indications that tradition leads to undesired health consequences, including oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.”

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Quit Smoking Today by Celebrating the Great American Smokeout!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Have you always wanted to quit? Are you always telling friends and family you’ll stop smoking tomorrow? Well, tomorrow is now today! Join our friends at the American Cancer Society and celebrate the 36th annual Great American Smokeout by kicking the habit right now. Today is the day where people from all over the country commit to quitting smoking. Not tomorrow. Not Monday. Not next year. Today!   

From a healthier heart to a little more cash in your pocket, the benefits of quitting smoking are crucial to anyone’s well-being! 

Still need a little inspiration to ditch the cigarettes? Watch the video below from President Obama and learn how to quit today!

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Statement: AHA CEO Strongly Urges Justice Department to Appeal Court Decision on Tobacco Warning Labels

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The American Heart Association ardently disagrees with today’s ruling by a federal judge blocking the implementation of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new graphic warning labels on cigarette packs.  These warning labels are a vital part of keeping children from becoming addicted and helping current smokers quit.  We strongly encourage the Justice Department to appeal this ruling.

There is a clear reason why the tobacco industry is fighting these warning labels—they work. Many other countries already require graphic warning labels, and research has clearly shown that they are effective in reducing tobacco use.  We know from decades of experience that the tobacco industry will fight any laws that reduce its profits from selling a deadly product.  Today’s misguided court ruling could result in more deaths from tobacco addiction and more profits for the tobacco industry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 45 million Americans smoke cigarettes, about 20 percent of the population, and one in five high school students still smoke.  The new health warnings represent an aggressive and welcome approach to reducing smoking rates that have leveled off in recent years as tobacco companies continue to launch campaigns to entice new smokers and maintain current customers.

The American Heart Association believes that the graphic depictions of smoking-related diseases on cigarette packages will drive home the message that tobacco use is an equal opportunity killer, affecting smokers and nonsmokers alike. In the United States, about one-third of smoking-related deaths are linked to heart disease and stroke. Cigarette smoking causes about 443,000 premature deaths each year and about 49,000 of these deaths are due to secondhand smoke. 

Undoubtedly, the new graphic health warnings, if allowed to proceed, will heighten awareness about the dangers of smoking and more importantly, encourage smokers to quit and discourage smoking initiation.  We are confident that future court rulings will reverse Judge Leon’s decision and allow the FDA to move forward with these important warning labels.

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New Cigarette Warning Labels Coming Soon

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

For the first time in 25 years, cigarette warning labels have been dramatically altered.  The labels were unveiled today by the Food and Drug Administration, and they will help give us the momentum needed to eradicate tobacco use in our nation.  These new labels graphically demonstrate the specific, serious health risks associated with smoking and these warnings will not only tell smokers how bad tobacco use is, but also direct them to smoking cessation resources that can help them quit.

Be sure to check out the labels, and see what AHA CEO Nancy Brown has to say about the move to more graphic warning labels, and how it will help our nation.

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New York Hikes Cigarette Tax to Highest in Nation

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Dressed in red on March 15, New York You’re the Cure advocates met with over forty legislative offices to voice their support for increasing the state’s cigarette tax- and their show of support worked!

Starting on July 1, the state’s cigarette tax increased by $1.60, making the total tax per pack $4.35, the highest in the nation. It is estimated this will encourage over 100,000 adult smokers to quit and prevent over 170,000 kids from ever beginning this deadly habit. The budget bill also includes language to curb cigarette tax evasion. And to encourage smokers to kick the habit rather than switch to lower priced tobacco products, the budget also includes the following:

-Increases the tax on other tobacco products – like cigars, chewing tobacco and pipe tobacco – from 46 percent to 75 percent of wholesale price;
-Increases the tax on snuff from $0.96 per ounce to $2.00 per ounce; and
-Imposes a tax on “little cigars” at a rate equivalent to the cigarette tax rate.

Numerous volunteers from throughout the state also helped secure this victory by writing letters to their local papers and calling their legislators to express their support for a high cigarette tax. Congratulations to New York You’re the Cure advocates for achieving this important legislative victory, and helping New York become the highest tax per pack state in the nation!

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