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Matthew L. Myers
Matthew L. Myers is President and CEO of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a privately funded organization established to reduce tobacco use and its devastating consequences in the United States and around the world. Over the last 25 years, Mr. Myers has participated in virtually every major national tobacco-related legislative effort and has worked with state tobacco prevention advocates and officials around the country. In 1999, Mr. Myers was asked to serve on the first advisory committee established to advise the Director General of the World Health Organization on tobacco issues. The following year, Mr. Myers was named by President Clinton to co-chair a Presidential Commission to examine the economic problems being experienced by tobacco farmers and their communities and recommend possible solutions. In October 2004, the Harvard School of Public Health bestowed its highest honor, the prestigious Julius B. Richmond award, on Mr. Myers for his work as an advocate in preventing tobacco industry marketing to children.

Entries by Matthew L. Myers

Philip Morris International Targets the Next Generation of Marlboro Smokers

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 4:14 PM

As Philip Morris International shareholders gather today at their annual meeting in New York City, millions of children around the world will see the company's Marlboro cigarette ads with images of someone they aspire to be - a rock star, a thrill-seeking athlete or just someone cool. In more than...

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Let's Finish the Fight Against Tobacco

(105) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 5:07 PM

Recent headlines have focused attention on the global fight against tobacco use, the world's leading cause of preventable death. A large international survey, published in The Lancet, underscored the enormity of a tobacco epidemic that without urgent action will kill one billion people this century. At the same time, Australia's...

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U.S. Bands Must Smash Tobacco Sponsorship

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 11:47 AM

Only a few months ago, American Idol Kelly Clarkson sent a powerful message to young people around the world by rejecting tobacco industry sponsorship of her "All I Ever Wanted" concert in Jakarta, Indonesia.

But yet again, the tobacco industry is showing its insidious determination to hook youthful new...

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Prevent the Senate From Gutting Prevention

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 9:09 AM

With many Americans struggling in a shaky economy, Congress is understandably working to address the concerns of small businesses as the new health reform law is implemented.

But efforts to relieve small business of new paperwork requirements in the law must not jeopardize one of its most...

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Fans Get Kelly Clarkson to Do the Right Thing

(11) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 1:59 PM

Kelly Clarkson and her concert promoters have done the right thing and announced they are cancelling the tobacco sponsorship of her upcoming concert in Indonesia, and removing tobacco-branded billboards and other promotions related to the event.

The show will go on, but Big Tobacco's pernicious marketing to youth won't.

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All I Ever Wanted Was a Tobacco-Free Idol

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 8:43 AM

Kelly Clarkson's fans around the world and international public health advocates are calling on the singing star and American Idol winner to withdraw tobacco industry sponsorship of her April 29 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia.

And with good reason.

Big Tobacco Wants Replacement Smokers

The tobacco industry has long used...

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Healthcare Reform Can Close the Smoking Gap

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 7:20 AM

As congressional leaders negotiate a final health-care reform measure, they should look to Massachusetts for a striking example of why emphasizing prevention should be a priority for all Americans, and for a simple way to help achieve this goal: By getting those insured by Medicaid to quit smoking.


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A Pound of Cure for Sick System

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 3:44 PM

All through the debate over health care reform, we've heard a lot about the billions we spend, how poorly we often spend them, and how we will bankrupt ourselves if we don't change our ways.

We know American medicine relies too much on expensive tests and high technology to...

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