Tobacco companies continue to struggle truth

Although he has many supporters (also known as nicotine addicts), the tobacco industry has a few friends. This is not only because it sells a deadly product, but because of his inability to the COP for its health properties of stainless steel and its history lies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use kills more than 400,000 people each year in the U.S.

cigsgettyIn accordance with the Master Settlement Agreement in 1998, as described in the California Department of Justice, seven tobacco companies agreed to change the way their products to the market and pay the state about $ 206 billion. They agreed to fund the $ 1.5 billion anti-smoking campaign, open previously secret documents, and disband industry trade and industry groups, state attorneys general said conspired to conceal damaging research from the public.

Fourteen years after the settlement of the annual survey under the auspices of the campaign on the Tobacco Free Kids reports that “States continue to hold only a small portion of their income for tobacco control tobacco. States also failed to reverse the deep cuts to tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which undermine efforts to reduce tobacco use. “This is so, even though this fiscal year the state will collect a record $ 25.7 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes.

The study concluded that states:

• spends only 1.8 percent to $ 25.7 billion ($ 459. 5 million) for programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit smoking, it’s less than two cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue spent on fighting it use.

• failed to reverse the deep cuts that reduced funding tobacco prevention by 36 percent from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2012. $ 459.5 million allocated to the state this year, the second lowest amount they spend on tobacco prevention programs since 1999, when they first received the settlement funds.

• fall very short of recommended levels of funding for tobacco prevention established CDC-only 12.4 percent of $ 3.7 billion for the CDC recommends that all states combined.

The New York Times reported earlier this month, the settlement was given the freedom of the state on how to spend the money. Many use the dough to fund programs related to tobacco, and plug budget holes. Public health observers decry the fact that there are no guarantees of any money earmarked for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Over the last four fiscal years, federal funding for smoking prevention was about $ 522 million. As noted by The Times, tobacco companies spend $ 8 billion a year promoting their products.

Health professionals believe that smoking cessation programs work. Smoking rates in California were higher than the national average 20 years ago; today it is the second lowest in the country. Officials attribute this decline to as The Times put it, “a modest, but consistent spending on programs that help people quit smoking and to protect children from the beginning.”

According to the report, Washington saved $ 5 in tobacco-related hospitalization costs for every $ 1 spent in the first 10 years of their program.

But due to budget cuts, some states have as many abandoned their efforts to combat smoking. Public funding for the program was eliminated North Carolina, Ohio, has not allocated any funds for its once-successful program, and for three consecutive years, Washington has cut its program by about 90 percent.

Another threat that has been advanced to national efforts to reduce smoking and its negative consequences came to the court’s decision earlier this month. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, confirmed the decision, which makes tobacco companies to put graphic warnings on cigarette packages violates their free speech rights (see our post from August).

You might recall the shock value of the label to the question, they include images of corpses and sewn to the diseased lungs and gums. The images have been approved by the FDA in 2011 and were to appear in September.

By Winston-Salem Journal, the court denied the request FDA, to review confirming earlier ruling blocking the image with the order of the two proposals. “[T] he government has failed to hold the burden of demonstrating its compelling interest, and the burden of proving that the rule is narrowly based to achieve the constitutionally acceptable forms of forced commercial speech.”

“Graphics are fact or accurate.”

FDA has 90 days to appeal, and if it does, it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In what some people may call in America episode, Ohio, a federal appeals court in March upheld the use of graphic marks. Tobacco manufacturers, of course, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of Ohio. Feds have until Dec. 26 to file a response, and it may be early February before the judges decide whether to take the case.

In November, a federal judge ruled that tobacco companies should be spending its money on an advertising campaign telling people that they lied about the dangers of cigarette smoking. As described in the story of Reuters, it can be tough sanctions related to 1999, the Ministry of Justice case accusing tobacco companies of racketeering.

The campaign will appear in various media as long as two years. If this seems extreme, consider that the court referred to the “past deceit” cigarette manufacturers dating to at least 1964.

The judge ordered an advertising campaign in 2006, and six years later, companies are still arguing about the wording. And tobacco companies can always appeal the decision, too. So it will be a while before any public act of repentance occurs. But here, according to Reuters, several potential apologies:

• “The federal court ruled that the defendant tobacco companies deliberately deceived the American public, false advertising and selling low-tar and light cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes.”

• «Smoking kills an average of 1,200 Americans. The press secretary of the Tobacco-Free Kids told Reuters, “Require tobacco companies, at last, to tell the truth a small price to pay for the devastating consequences of their violation.”

If anyone still doubts that tobacco and tobacco smoke is harmful, consider the history of recently published on “It is a known fact that the active maternal smoking during pregnancy has a negative impact on the health of the child, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),” he said, and “new studies show that passive smoking and tobacco smoke (ETS), can be just as harmful.”

Study by researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing examined data from 646 mother-child pairs in China, where more than 7 out of 10 men smoke. One in 4 children whose mothers were exposed to smoke exhibited behavioral problems, compared to 16 in 100 children whose mothers unexposed. Children whose mothers were exposed to passive smoking have declined in the speech, language and intelligence tests. They also showed more behavioral disorders.

As the lead author of the study, said: “The key message for pregnant women to protect their growing fetus from exposure to second-hand smoke.”

Stay with us, although there is no doubt that tobacco is a deadly product, the powerful forces that make it to the consumer have a lot of money to indulge his irresponsible and corrupt instincts.

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