May 7, 2016 |
Long-awaited federal rules announced Thursday that will ban e-cigarette sales to minors and require safety reviews for vaping products were greeted with outrage from the industry and applause from many, but not all, health advocates. The controversial regulations could have a particular impact in Pennsylvania, the only state besides Michigan with no age limit for e-cigarette sales. The Keystone State "should be dramatically affected for the better by the new federal law," said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control with the American Cancer Society.
October 19, 1999 |
Attorney General Mike Fisher is hosting public hearings to discuss what Pennsylvania should do with tobacco settlement money accruing to the states. What's wrong with this picture? These hearings could be a public-relations ploy on behalf of the attorney general's longtime client, the tobacco cartel. Last spring, Fisher defused a nationwide situation that had become a nightmare for the tobacco giants. They were facing separate multibillion-dollar lawsuits in 46 state courts, each with the potential for punishing jury verdicts and PR disasters.
March 1, 1999 |
Nobody would accuse the Ridge administration of leading the charge to kick butts - cigarette butts, that is. State support for tobacco control, education and enforcement dwindled by almost $200,000 from July 1, 1996, to July 1, 1998. This year, the state is spending just $465,000 on such programs. "We find there is a direct correlation between funding and support for tobacco control programs and reducing the use of tobacco," said Llelwyn Grant, spokesman for CDC's office on smoking and health.
January 1, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM - It's getting surprisingly easy to light up in the Netherlands these days - cigarettes, that is. Even as the Dutch government hardens its famous tolerance policy on marijuana, it is taking an increasingly relaxed stance toward tobacco, bucking the trend in nearly every other developed country. In 2010 it exempted some bars from a smoking ban, and now it plans to reduce spending on antismoking ad campaigns and end funding for health-care programs to help people kick the habit.
January 3, 2008 |
A global killer is ripping through the world's poorer countries largely unchecked. Within 25 years, it will cause 10 million deaths a year - far more than malaria, maternal deaths, childhood infections, and diarrhea combined. At least half of the dead will be age 30 to 69, losing about 25 years of life expectancy. The culprit? Smoking tobacco. The same addiction that became the top preventable cause of death in Western countries has made big inroads in developing countries. Given current trends, smoking will kill about one billion people in the 21st century, mostly in developing countries.
March 9, 1999 |
A coalition of 29 anti-smoking organizations said yesterday they want Pennsylvania to cough up $120 million a year from the state's tobacco settlement to help stamp out butts. "We are trying to make the point that the first priority should be prevention, control and cessation," said Jeffrey Barg, president of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Pennsylvania. "Otherwise, you're going to be facing a problem in the future of spending billions on smoking-related illnesses that will dwarf the amount of money the state gets from the settlement.
November 15, 1994 |
It could be described as fighting fire with fire. But to the tobacco-control folks taking on cigarette-makers with an ad campaign of their own, their arsenal might be described as a candle vying with a forest fire. the Tobacco-free Education and Action Coalition for Health - has launched a "pro-health" SEPTA ad campaign of its own for the month of November. The ads make the point that smoking, in the long term, causes disease and death. "If we can't get the (tobacco)
June 23, 1998 |
President Clinton struck back yesterday at tobacco companies for their role in killing antismoking legislation, announcing that his administration would survey teenagers on which brands of cigarettes they prefer and why. The announcement signaled Clinton's resolve to forge ahead in his fight against tobacco companies and the members of Congress who continue to side with them. In stern language, the President portrayed himself as firmly on the side of families as he took aim at companies that he said target the nation's children.
October 25, 1999 |
Sterlen Barr's anti-smoking message started simply enough, as the veteran health educator told an auditorium full of middle-schoolers about the hazards of cigarettes. But soon after the talk came the rap - as in rap music. "I say 'Don't,' you say 'Smoke' - I say 'Kick,' you say 'Butts,' " Barr chanted as the crowd of young people at Thomas Middle School immediately came alive, clapping their hands and swaying to the bass-driven beat. That kind of attention - and enthusiasm - is exactly what Barr, 31, was searching for when he first became a health educator in 1991 for the nonprofit Health Promotional Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
June 19, 2012 |
THIS PAST MONTH has seen a coordinated PR assault against "junk food" in the name of public health. The Institute of Medicine's 462-page report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation argues that wide-ranging changes are required, such as promoting physical activity and availability of healthy foods and beverages. The very same week saw publication of a related article funded by the Centers for Disease Control, predicting in two decades 42 percent of Americans will be obese and 11 percent will be severely obese, or 100 pounds overweight.