Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

Tobacco Companies Think Their Trademarks Are More Important Than Your Health

Back in January of this year, Techdirt reported on tobacco companies suing a local Australian importer of their products for covering up part of their logos with a mandatory health warning. At the time, a spokeswoman for the company involved, British American Tobacco, said:

Tobacco’s bad, but it is not the main killer

As the Summit County Coroner, I was surprised to read that tobacco is the No. 1 cause of death in Summit County (“Tobacco has a lifetime of consequences for kids,” guest commentary by Jenniffer Gonzalez, Nov. 25). When I then saw the “We Count” organization ad in the Daily on Nov. 28, I felt compelled to clarify. I cannot abide by facts being distorted or inflated to make a point. I list tobacco use on a death certificate as “past smoker or current smoker” when applicable, but it is NOT the No. 1 cause of death in Summit County.

Tobacco use part of SGA agenda again

The Student Government Association is taking steps to ensure that the issue of tobacco use is at the forefront of student consciousness at Bakersfield College.