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Debi Austin Dies Of Cancer

Posted 02.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Deborah "Debi" Austin died of cancer last Friday at the age of 62. Austin was best known for an anti-smoking ad she did for the California Tobacco...

National Cancer Institute Funds Tea Party Witch Hunt

Bill Frezza | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Is it so radical to believe that smoking--like junk food snarfing, motorcycle riding, sky diving, mountain climbing, promiscuous sex, and running with scissors--is a matter of individual choice, otherwise known as freedom?

False Spontaneity of the Tea Party

Al Gore | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Al Gore

A new study funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health reveals that the Tea Party Movement was planned over a decade ago by groups with ties to the tobacco and fossil fuel industries.

Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

Smoke and Mirrors: Obama DOE Fracked Gas Export Study Contractor's Tobacco Roots

Steve Horn | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

With easily apparent deep-seated roots dating back to the halcyon days of Big Tobacco, the DOE's NERA selection raises the question: Can one view the NERA/Obama DOE economic findings on LNG exports as anything but a deeply cynical PR ploy?

Paul Blumenthal

'Independent' Watchdog Has History Of Corporate Ties

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is known in Washington as a nonpartisan budget watchdog, a central voice in calls to rein...

History Can Be Guide to the Craziness in Gun Debate

Carol DeChant | Posted 12.20.2012 | Crime
Carol DeChant

In these familiar post-slaughter debates between weapon lovers and gun control advocates, history can be a guide to knowing whose claims have merit, and who is fudging the facts.

Jason Cherkis

Up In Smoke: Romney Spiked Massachusetts' Model Anti-Smoking Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the mid 1980s, Massachusetts Department of Public Health official Gregory Connolly began a seemingly hopeless campaign to end smoking...

Jason Cherkis

Mitt Romney's Bain Helped U.S. High Schoolers Get Hooked On Marlboros

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Mitt Romney served as CEO of Bain & Co., his consulting firm helped tobacco giant Philip Morris develop a groundbreaking sales stra...

Let's Finish the Fight Against Tobacco

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Matthew L. Myers

Our progress has driven tobacco out of sight and out of mind for many Americans. But it remains an insidious killer that claims too many lives, addicts too many children, costs too many health care dollars and devastates too many families

"Can Tobacco Cure Smoking?" And Other Highlights Of ALEC's Meeting in Salt Lake

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Recently, as General Motors and Walgreens announced they were quitting the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC members were meeting at a "five diamond" hotel in Salt Lake City to discuss how tobacco can cure smoking.

Aaron Sankin

California Ballot Fight Pits Lance Armstrong Against Big Tobacco

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.24.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cycling icon Lance Armstrong has, at various points in his life, played the parts of both David and Goliath. In his most recent fight...

Flame Retardant Industry: Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Promote the Asbestos of Our Time

Michael Green | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Michael Green

The Chicago Tribune found that the three leading makers of fire retardant chemicals have for decades used deception and phony "citizen's groups" to mislead the public, legislators and regulators about the efficacy and safety of their products.

John Celock

Big Guns Behind Kansas Smokeless Tobacco Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would require state health officials to conduct a study about the health effects of smokeless tobac...

Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Stores Pay Price For Encroaching On Big Tobacco's Turf

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business

A new kind of cigarette store has encroached on Big Tobacco's turf. The stores sell smokes at dramatically reduced prices by offering loose tobacco...

Brazil Declares War On Teen Smoking

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Efforts to prohibit teen smoking throughout the region escalates the conflict between governments who seek to legislate behavior and businesses and some politicians who view tobacco as a question of economics.

Native Americans and the Economic Termination Era

David Kimelberg | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
David Kimelberg

History does repeat itself, but sometimes in a veiled, and often sinister, way. When market share replaces land resources, overt termination takes on more covert forms.

We Can't Afford to Wait to Regulate Tobacco

Dan Smith | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Dan Smith

More than 40 years following the first surgeon general's report linked smoking to cancer, a simple list of ingredients is still not required for tobacco products.

Spending Big On Lobbying May Help Net Bigger Profits

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business

You need to spend money to make money, as the saying goes. It's an idea lobbyists might find particularly resonant: Companies that spend money on appe...

Cigarettes and Sinners

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Some of the Justice Department proposals as to what the cigarette companies must say in their ads are in the nature of a confession that might be heard by a priest in a confessional.

Who Will Fix Food? Obama? Walmart? You?

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Hatfield

Those of us who still have jobs pay taxes, so we should care about how our tax dollars influence our food systems. Because the State of the Food Union is not strong. But it could be.

Cell Phone Industry Lobby Threatens City of San Francisco

Elaine Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elaine Shannon

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted 10-to-1 to require that cell phone retailers post the radiation output of various cell phones.

Fans Get Kelly Clarkson to Do the Right Thing

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matthew L. Myers

All members of the music and entertainment industry, including performers and promoters, should follow Clarkson's lead in rejecting all tobacco sponsorships and promotions.

Closing BP's Escape Routes

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Weissman

BP generates enough cash to absorb its liabilities from the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. But that doesn't mean it will.

The Good and the Bad of the Tobacco Suit

Elliot Wineburg MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Elliot Wineburg MD

While the city's efforts have been valiant and any initiatives to get individuals to quit smoking should be applauded not challenged, they don't often work and can be dangerous.