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Tobacco Industry

Merchants of Doubt [VIDEO]

Rob Feld | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Rob Feld

In his new documentary, Merchants of Doubt, filmmaker Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) explores the ways in which corporate interests use media to create confusion and raise doubt over what might otherwise be considered scientific consensus.

California May Shut Down Baseball's Tobacco Habit

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.27.2015 | Sports

The familiar image of baseball players chewing tobacco may soon be history.

Here's What's Being Done To Get Child Laborers Working 16-Hour Days Off Of U.S. Tobacco Fields

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

Advocates are speaking out on behalf of child workers' health and well-being after a bill that would have regulated Virginia's tobacco farming industr...

How Wall Street's Toxic Tobacco Deals Saddled States With Billions In Debt

ProPublica | Cezary Podkul | Posted 08.08.2014 | Business

This story was co-published with Marketplace.In November 1998, attorneys general from across the country sealed a historic deal with the tobacco indus...

When Is the Science Settled?

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Dave Pruett

The first stage in planting doubt is to deny the evidence. When the evidence can no longer be denied, the second stage kicks in with its disingenuous claim: "The science isn't settled." This most cynical trick of disinformers exploits a germ of truth that strikes at the heart of all science.

The Hidden Dangers Of E-Cigarettes

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business

(Repeats with no changes) By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, ...

Britain Weighs Harsh Crack Down On Cigarettes

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business

* Government wants to ban branded cigarette packaging * Such a move "highly likely" to cut child smoking -report * New r...

11 Ads Marlboro Swears Don't Target Teenagers

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business

The world's best-selling cigarette brand is under fire for allegedly targeting teens. A new study released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a...

Smoking Gun: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco-Cancer Connection

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

As Phillip Morris said in their Virginia Slims ad, attempting to attract female smokers by tapping into the women's liberation movement, "You've come a long way, baby." But the truth is tobacco remains a formidable problem, baby.

Smoking Bans and Car-Seat Bribes: 5 Lessons From the 50-Year Effort to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Larry Cohen

As we consider and celebrate these victories, we must also remember how far we have to go. Today, while the rate of smoking has dropped, it remains the leading cause of preventable death, claiming the lives of 440,000 Americans each year.

'Toxic Hot Seat' Ignites Awareness

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants.

9 Reasons To Quit Smoking You Haven't Heard

Posted 10.17.2013 | Healthy Living

Smokers do not like to be asked if they know what their beloved cigarette is doing to their health. Yes, they know. They've taken health class too. ...

Tobacco Company Loses $37.5 Million Battle Over Lung Cancer Victim

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business

A South Florida jury this week found the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company partially responsible for the death of smoker Laura Grossman, who in 1995 died ...

Should Flavored Tobacco Be Banned From Convenience Stores?

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 06.01.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in fun flavors like chocolate, blueberry, gummy bear, wine and pink berry. But the Ameri...

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.

E-Butts: The Marlboro Man Plugs in.

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Alderman

You may have seen the recent flurry of stories about a supposed alternative to cigarette addiction called the electronic cigarette. E-butts are a mov...

When Will the FDA Stand Up to Big Tobacco?

Michele Simon | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

You might also think that debates over having tobacco industry representatives involved in public health decision-making would be a thing of the past, but not so.

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These States Don't Fund School For Littlest Learners

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's 2014 budget pits education activists against the tobacco industry by proposing to help fund a new early childhood education p...

Lucky Strikes

Don Ringe | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics
Don Ringe

It's hard to watch as Medicare is offered up for cuts while taxes are increased on virtually everything but tobacco. I agree with my politically conservative friends. Let's not raise taxes on tobacco.

Marijuana Legalization Proponents Deny Health Harms Just Like the Tobacco Industry Did

Sue Rusche | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Sue Rusche

Sooner or later, marijuana legalization proponents will have to take responsibility for grossly misleading the public about the health harms of pot. To persuade people to legalize, they have to perpetuate the myth that marijuana is harmless.

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.

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?

Time For LGBT Communities To Stop Being Such Easy Targets For The Tobacco Industry

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Today and every day, new LGBT youth will pick up cigarettes for the very first time, desperately looking for some way to fit in. I hope we can stop having that momentary isolation play itself out in decades of profits for the tobacco industry, at the direct expense of our communities' health.

5 Ways Parents Can Help Stop Their Kids From Smoking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

For every person who dies from smoking -- about 1,200 a day -- two youths or young adults become smokers. Ninety percent of these "replacement" smokers have their first cigarette before they are 18 years old. One of them could be your kid.

'Lower-Risk' Cigarettes On The Horizon?

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

In response to declining cigarette sales, some tobacco industry companies are planning to unveil a range of new tobacco products to entice new custome...