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Seeing just 10 Tobacco Ads increases risk of Teen Smoking by 40%

The more tobacco advertising teenagers see, the more likely they are to start smoking, according to a new study. Every 10 tobacco ads that teens view increases their risk of starting to smoke by nearly 40 percent and boosts their chances of becoming a daily smoker by 30 percent, the German researchers found. via Tobacco [...]

Is it time to sue the alcohol companies?

ALCOHOL PROMOTION TARGETING YOUNG PEOPLE — IS IT TIME TO SUE THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY? Transcript Thank you for the invitation to speak here today. I want to present a non-lawyer’s perspective – so this will not be an analysis of legal issues, but a discussion of some broad considerations. These are momentous times for public [...]

Big tobacco shifts its sights to Asia

While much of the industrialized world has seen a big drop in the number of smokers, the opposite is true of many emerging and developing markets in Asia. Health officials are concerned. Big tobacco companies like big numbers, and they're finding them in Asia, with the world's largest and fastest growing population. Take China with [...]

Dear Tobacco Companies…….it’s over!

Dear tobacco companies, You just don't know when to quit, do you? Remember how cool you were in the first half of the 20th century? How just about everyone was into you? Well, that was more than 60 years ago. I'm writing to tell you that it's time to give up. You're not cool, or [...]

By |2012-08-17T17:16:30+10:00August 16th, 2012|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

The Tobacco Industry and Youth Smoking Provides Clues about the Alcohol Industry’s Strategies

This fascinating paper provides a description of how the tobacco industry, over time, has promoted its products to young people. It provides an insight into the strategies that the alcohol industry has and continues to use to promote sales of alcohol to young people despite growing community concern. The Tobacco Industry and Youth Smoking | Coombs | [...]

By |2012-08-17T18:16:03+10:00January 2nd, 2012|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Social and economic impact of drinking and smoking

22,000 deaths a year caused by tobacco and alcohol consumption and related illnesses. Tobacco, like alcohol and other drugs, has a tremendous social and economic impact on the health and wellbeing of Australian communities. In an effort to make smoking less appealing the Government is about to introduce the plain packaging legislation. Another step in [...]

US study finds children exposed to cigarette smoke suffer poor health

A study into the effects passive smoking has on children and their health has been conducted by American scientists. The results were recently presented at the Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (APACT) in Sydney. The study found that children exposed to second-hand smoke had a higher rate of health issues including: Attention Deficit [...]

Big tobacco companies behind resistance to plain packaging

By 2012 the government intends to ensure that all cigarettes sold in Australia are in plain packaging. However the tobacco industry is fighting back in an attempt to block their plans. The big tobacco companies are bank rolling a series of newspaper and television ads for an alliance of small retailers and have hired Melbourne [...]

2010 World No Tobacco Day

87% of females prefer to date non smoking partners 80% of smokers don’t believe cigarettes damage the skin* Monday 31st May is ‘world no tobacco day’. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is using World No Tobacco Day to emphasize the negative aspects of smoking; particularly for women. In Melbourne, The Royal Dental Hospital [...]