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20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

Tobacco Giant Reynolds Wants To Be A Major Nicotine Gum Company

AP | By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is taking its Zonnic brand nicotine gum nationwide, challenging the pharmaceutical indus...

Bloomberg Wants To Do More Good With Less Money To Meet Global Health Goals

New York Times | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact

On a sweltering Saturday in June in Istanbul’s old city, Michael R. Bloomberg, power-dressed in a dark blue suit, monogrammed white shirt and cuff l...

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...

Big Tobacco Merger Is A Desperate Bid To Corner Black Smokers

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business

The cigarette industry, like many of its customers, is gasping for air. And now it's turning more than ever to racial targeting to survive. Reynold...

Two Big Tobacco Companies Want To Merge

Reuters | Martinne Geller and Kate Holton | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

* BAT expects to buy more Reynolds shares to keep current stake * Lorillard market value is $22.9 bln * Imperial lining up about $7 bln to buy s...

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Takes Down Child Labor on Tobacco Farms

Margaret Wurth | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Margaret Wurth

I've done dozens of interviews about child labor in tobacco farming, both as the one asking the questions and the one answering them. But none of them were quite like my interview with Samantha Bee.

Believe It or Not, Big Tobacco May Help Make Anti-Addiction Drugs

Substance.com | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science
Substance.com

Much of the research into nicotinic compounds comes from Big Tobacco, the makers and marketers of one of the most addictive substances on the planet and the single most preventable cause of death. Researchers even believe that understanding nicotine may lead one day to an effective "cure" for smoking.

Raised the Age -- What About the Price?

Sheelah A. Feinberg | Posted 08.06.2014 | New York
Sheelah A. Feinberg

Research over the past decade has concluded that increases in cigarette prices result in reduced prevalence of smoking and smoking intensity among youth and young adults.

Merchants of Doom

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Big Energy has never stopped learning from Big Tobacco's successes. In this case, it is focusing its fossil fuel-selling campaigns on the developing world in trying to perpetuate the age of fossil fuels into the age of the apocalypse.

Let Them Eat Carbon

Michael T. Klare | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

The tobacco industry's shift from rich, developed nations to low- and middle-income countries has been well documented. The fossil fuel companies are similarly expanding their operations in low- and middle-income countries where ensuring the growth of energy supplies is considered more critical than preventing climate catastrophe.

Southwestern Energy Executive Mark Boling Admits Fracking Link to Climate Change

Steve Horn | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogAn Executive of a major shale gas development company has conceded what scientists have been saying for years: global...

American Kids Are In Serious Danger Working On Big Tobacco Farms

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - U.S. children working in domestic tobacco fields regularly suffer from breathing probl...

Philip Morris International Targets the Next Generation of Marlboro Smokers

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Matthew L. Myers

The "Be Marlboro" campaign features new images, but the same old themes that tell young people to assert their independence and define themselves by smoking Marlboro cigarettes.

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...

When Health Is Your Business: Pharmacies Must Stop Selling Cigarettes

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Every business that is involved in health and health care must now do its part. Time is of the essence; tobacco is an epidemic that must be stopped.

Lynne Peeples

Flame Retardant Fight Echoes Past Public Health Battles

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.07.2014 | Green

When chemical companies hired Grant Gillham in 2007 to manage a campaign in defense of flame retardants in couches and other consumer goods, Gillham r...

CVS Makes Big Move Against Big Tobacco

Reuters | Phil Wahba and Julie Steenhuysen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business

Feb 5 (Reuters) - CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first U...

The Battle Against Tobacco Rages On

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

The tobacco industry still spends billions of dollars a year -- more than $28 for every man, woman and child in the United States -- to promote its deadly products. CDC recommends that states fund tobacco prevention programs at $12 per person per year. But last year states spent less than $1.50 per person to address this serious health threat.

E-cigarettes: Should They Be Regulated as Cigarettes?

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Like other gateway products Big Tobacco has masked to entice its next generation of smokers, e-cigarettes follow suit as its popularity with youth nationwide more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

My Hypocrisy as an NFL Fan

Avi Sinensky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Avi Sinensky

NFL players are dying. And they're doing it for our entertainment.

An Ad Campaign with the Best Payoff Imaginable -- Healthy Lives

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

We know what works to help smokers quit and prevent young people from starting. One of the most effective but underused tools at our disposal is advertising.

9 Terribly Disturbing Things About Electronic Cigarettes

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.19.2013 | Business

By now, you've probably seen them being smoked on the subway or in a bar -- those shiny, futuristic, battery-operated nicotine inhalers better know as...

The Surprising Truth About Tobacco Sales And Minors

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. — New statistics show that the sale of tobacco to minors in the U.S. were held near all-time lows last year under a federal-state ...

Lynne Peeples

Will Lead Paint Makers Face The Same Fate As Big Tobacco?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green

A lawsuit in California that seeks some $1 billion from former lead paint manufacturers is far from the first attempt to hold the industry liable for ...