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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 ...

Electronic Cigarettes -- Let's Think Before We Inhale

Jeffrey B. Lane | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Jeffrey B. Lane

As is the case with conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, an addictive drug. Beyond their addictive quality, the health consequences of e-cigarettes are largely unknown. Before we jump on the bandwagon of promotion, let's consider the facts.

NY's Clean Indoor Air Act: 10 Years of Smoke-free Air

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 09.18.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Despite our success in the last decade, tobacco use is still a major public health issue and there is still much to be done. What can we do to make even more progress in fighting tobacco and the disease it inflicts on New Yorkers?

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...

Joy Resmovits

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...

Celebrating a Decade of NYC's Landmark Smoke-free Law

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 05.26.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

If we want to spare the next generation from the tobacco-caused disease and death that afflicts ours, we need to renew our commitment to tobacco prevention and control so we can continue shifting attitudes and norms toward tobacco.

What Big Soda Learned From the Marlboro Man

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Food isn't tobacco. And Coca-Cola isn't Philip Morris. But the playbook is the same, and we ignore it at our peril.

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.

Who Has the Real Power to Stop Smoking? Hint: Not Smokers

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Scout, Ph.D.

Quitting smoking isn't just personal -- public health spending and policies help take down the fences to healthier behavior, and we haven't taken down many for smoking at all.

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.

Judge Delivers Bad News To Big Tobacco

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoki...

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...

Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against U.S. Government's 'Forced Public Confessions'

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to reject the government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements, calling t...

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

Kids Just Aren't Smoking Like They Used To

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 08.02.2012 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. -- Sales of tobacco to minors in the U.S. reached an all-time low in 2011 under a federal and state inspection program intended to curb ...