Daily Archives: June 16, 2011

A Case for Reform at Japan Tobacco

The Children’s Investment Fund was humiliated when it brandished the sword of shareholder activism at Japan’s corporate shogunates in 2008. Now the London hedge fund is back with what appears to be an even more foolhardy campaign — to prod the Japanese finance minister to shake up Japan Tobacco. But this time around the embattled government may have enough to gain to push for corporate reform.

More Smokers in Ohio

Despite rising taxes and continuing health warnings, Ohio’s adult smoking rate saw its biggest increase in more than a decade in 2010.

Report on the health and economic impact of comprehensive smoke-free laws

Each year, tobacco use causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and costs billions of dollars in medical care and productivity losses insmoking-ban the United States. Strong tobacco control policies at the state level can help reduce the burden of tobacco use. Saving Lives, Saving Money: A State-By-State Report on the Health and Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws, provides new information about the public health and economic benefits to states that implement smoke-free laws.
Comprehensive smoke-free laws reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, encourage people to quit or cut down on smoking, and prevent youth from starting to smoke. As these laws reduce smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, data show that they reduce disease and heath care spending, and they improve employee productivity.

Report on the Health and Economic Benefits of Tobacco Taxes

Each year, tobacco use causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and costs billions of dollars in medical care and productivity losses in the United States. Strong tobacco control policies at the state level can help reduce the burden of tobacco use. Saving Lives, Saving Money: A State-by-State Report on the Health and Economic Benefits of Tobacco Taxes, provides new information about the public health and economic benefits to states that increase their cigarette taxes.