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US Smokeless uses Prizes as PR Stunts by tobaccofreeweld
August 25, 2008, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Industry Tactics, Spit and Chew Tobacco | Tags: ,

Below is an article about an ATV grant that was set-up by US Smokeless. This is just another example of the sneaky ways they try to convince the public that they care about people.

ATV to assist firefighters

Purcell Fire Department only one in state to receive six-wheeler
Susie Williams-Allen (405) 527-2126

 Purcell, OK — A new set of wheels arrived at the Purcell Fire Department last week in the form of an off-road vehicle.

The 2008 six-by-six Polaris Ranger was acquired through a grant.

Firefighter Quinn Kroth applied for the grant through the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Operation Ranger program. This particular program was through the company’s signature utility vehicle donation initiative.

The Purcell department was the only department in Oklahoma to receive the Polaris. There were 70 vehicles donated for the 2008 program.

“We will use this vehicle to assist with four-wheeler accidents on the river and at other places where vehicles can’t go,” Kroth said.

The next step will be fire department officials applying for a reimbursement program to get assistance in equipping the six-wheeler.

Kroth said a skid unit with a pump and tank will be added to the bed of the ATV. There will also be enough room for a back board that can hold a patient on the ATV bed.

The estimated $14,000 Ranger is awarded through an open, competitive application process.

The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Operation Ranger Program awards rugged, off-road utility vehicles to the nation’s emergency responders.

To date, more than 400 vehicles have been awarded across all 50 states.

The Operation Ranger program exists both to recognize the service of the nation’s emergency responders and to provide a versatile, practical vehicle that will enhance emergency response capability at the community level.

Kroth and the other firefighters are excited about having an all terrain vehicle such as the Ranger.

So many times, they are called to the river on an accident, and the fire trucks get stuck. This will assist the department greatly in these type of calls.


Tobacco Free Kids Issues 2008 New Products Report by tobaccofreeweld


The Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids 2008 New Products Report is now available.  Its three chapters discuss the Critical Role of Product Design;   The New Products: Recruiting New Youth Users, Creating and Sustaining Addiction, and Discouraging Quitting; and Creating and Sustaining Addiction. Jam-packed with pictures and information, it is a must read for anyone interested in tobacco control, reform and regulation.

Menthol’s FDA Exemption and its Effect in Congress by tobaccofreeweld
August 21, 2008, 3:20 pm
Filed under: Flavored Cigarettes, Laws | Tags: , , , , ,

Excerpt: A rift has opened in the 43-member caucus over a menthol provision in legislation that would enable the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco. To reduce smoking’s appeal to teenagers, the legislation would outlaw flavored cigarettes — except for menthol cigarettes, which are specifically exempted. …[M]enthol has become a politically charged subject in Washington because an estimated 75 percent of black smokers choose mentholated brands.

Why Is Denver International Airport still Smoking? by tobaccofreeweld
August 21, 2008, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Laws, Secondhand Smoke, SmokeFree Colorado | Tags: , , ,
Why is Denver International Airport The Only Colorado Airport Allowing Indoor Smoking?
Thanks to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 and the bipartisan support of many of our states’ elected officials, restaurants, bars, and other workplaces throughout the Centennial State

are free of secondhand tobacco smoke. And the state’s casinos went smoke-free on New Year’s Day 2008!


However, Denver International Airport, the state’s only remaining exempted public workplace,
continues to expose workers and travelers who patronize designated “smoking lounges” – exclusively contracted bar and restaurant establishments – to the health risks posed by secondhand tobacco smoke.





Denver’s old Stapleton International Airport was set to go smoke-free per the original version of Executive Order 99 issued by former Mayor Federico Pena in 1990. DIA was to be smoke-free as well. However, Executive Order 99 was stayed, and eventually amended in 1993, enabling construction of two “smoking lounge” concessions (now four) at DIA. 

Tobacco industry documents released as a part of the omnibus 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement clearly indicate the pro-smoking “public opinion,” as well as the two “smoking lounges” permitted via exclusive city contract, were bought and paid for by Big Tobacco.

The Health Risks of Secondhand Tobacco Smoke

Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure causes approximately 53,800 deaths per year in the U.S. This number is based on the midpoint numbers for heart disease deaths (48,500), lung cancer deaths (3,000), and SIDS deaths (2,300). The Environmental Protection Agency has found that fine particulate air pollutants can penetrate deeply into the lungs and have serious health effects, including increased respiratory symptoms and disease, decreased lung function, and alterations in lung tissue and structure.

The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report on The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke confirmed the known health effects of secondhand smoke exposure, including immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, and coronary heart disease and lung cancer. The report concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that establishing smokefree environments is the only proven way to prevent exposure. The report also finds that many millions of Americans are still exposed to secondhand smoke despite substantial progress in tobacco control.

What’s Contained in Secondhand Tobacco Smoke?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco smoke is a complex mixture of gases and particles that includes smoke from the burning cigarette, cigar, or pipe tip (sidestream smoke) and exhaled mainstream smoke.  Secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic, including more than 50 that can cause cancer.

A 1992 Environmental Protection Agency report, Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking, provides a list of a few of the 4,000 chemicals and substances in secondhand smoke, several of which are cancer causing agents, including: benzene, 2-napthylamine, 4-aminobiphenyl, nickel, polonium 210 (radioactive), nitrogen oxides, N-nitrosodimethylamine, N-nitrosodiethylamine, N-nitrosopyrrolidine , 1,3-butadiene, analine, formaldehyde, hydrazine, N-nitrodiethanolamine, cadmium, benzo[a]pyrene, benz[a]anthracene, Y-butyrolactone, particulate matter, N-nitrosonornicotine, NNK, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonyl sulfide, toluene, acrolein, acetone, pyridine,3-methylpyridine, 3-vinylpyridine, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, methylamine, dimethylamine, nicotine, anatabine, phenol, catechol, hydorquinone, cholesterol, quinoline, Harman, zinc, benzoic acid, lactic acid , glycolic acid, succinic acit, PCDDs and PCDFs (Dioxins, Dibenzofurans), formic acid, acetic acid, and methyl chloride.



NY Times on FDA Tobacco Regulation by tobaccofreeweld
August 21, 2008, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Laws | Tags: , ,

Warning Signs on packs in other Countries are much larger and blatant than in the US

Excerpt from Editorial:

The House of Representatives is poised to vote next week on a pioneering bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration its first real power to regulate tobacco products, much as it now regulates food, drugs and medical devices. This is a critically important bill, the culmination of more than a decade of struggle to bring the renegade tobacco industry under regulatory control.