Tobacco Free Weld County

A Cigarette by Any Other Name… by tobaccofreeweld
June 21, 2010, 9:49 pm
Filed under: In the News, Industry Tactics, Laws, New Products | Tags: ,

…is still a poison.

A rose and a cigarette by any other name

After the recent FDA legislation prohibiting cigarette and tobacco makers from claiming any of their products are healthier than others (because there is no such thing as a less dangerous tobacco), Marlboro got busy changing its name. Rather than just taking the misleading products off the shelves, they just changed the name from Marlboro Lights to Marlboro Gold. Not only that, but they sent direct mail advertisements to people telling them that

  • Because of this, the FDA is looking into this and has issued Philip Morris and Altria a stern warning.


    No Tobacco Presence at Greeley Stampede by tobaccofreeweld
    July 6, 2009, 5:21 pm
    Filed under: Industry Tactics, Laws, Youth and Prevention | Tags: ,

    U.S. Smokeless Tobacco has had an immense and strong presence at the Greeley Independence Stampede for many years, but it is no longer that way. In December 2007, the Greeley City Council voted 4-3 in favor of passing an ordinance that prohibited the giving away of free tobacco in city limits. This included the Greeley Stampede. However that next summer at the Stampede, US Smokeless still had a booth and were giving away free items like bandanas. This year, there is no trace of them there at all. The reason is unknown, but the outcome is good all the same: children and adults alike will not associate the cancer-causing products with the fun events of the Stampede. Congratulations to the Stampede and Greeley!

    Copenhagen Booth


    Sampling Saloon flag





    No Chew
    The Same Location as the First Picture a year later

    CU Considers Smokefree Campus by tobaccofreeweld

    Lung Association study finds fewer college students smoking

    CU officials considering ‘smoking zones’ on campus
    By Heath Urie Camera Staff Writer
    Monday, September 8, 2008

    By the numbers

    For a copy of the American Lung Association’s report on smoking trends on college campuses, visit
    1 in 5 — College students are considered regular smokers.
    10 — The number of years CU Regent Michael Carrigan thinks it could take before CU goes smoke free.
    30.6 — The percentage of college students who smoked in the 1990s.
    51.5 — The percentage of CU students who said in a recent survey they’d prefer to ban smoking on CU’s three campuses.
    430,700 — Estimated number of people who die each year from smoking-related diseases.
    Source: The American Lung Association and the University of Colorado.

    Fewer college students than ever before are regular tobacco smokers, despite being targeted by aggressive tobacco marketing campaigns, according to a new study by the American Lung Association.

    The report, which provides an overview of tobacco use and policies on college and university campuses nationwide, found that about one in five college students are smokers.

    The last time the rate of college-age smokers was that low was 1989, according to the study, although the number later peaked at 30.6 percent in the 1990s.
    In a news release today, American Lung Association CEO Bernadette Toomey said colleges and universities still need to do more to protect students.
    “Every college student in America has a target on their back as far as the tobacco industry is concerned,” Toomey said. “Colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide safe spaces in which their students can learn and live. This should include an environment free from secondhand smoke and advertising that encourages young adults to use deadly tobacco products.”

    At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Regent Michael Carrigan has been leading that same chargefor more than a year.

    Carrigan has proposed banning smoking inside and out at the Boulder campus, and said this week that he believes it’s “only a matter of time” before all of CU goes tobacco free.
    “It’s a national trend, and CU has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this and not the end of it,” he said.
    According to the results of an unscientific survey conducted in November across CU’s campuses and administrative offices, a narrow majority — 51.5 percent — of respondents said they think the school should ban all tobacco use on the campuses.

    Smoking indoors is already prohibited.
    Figuring out how to do that, though, when so many students who live on campus would have to walk long distances to avoid breaking the rules, is still a big question.
    “I can’t tell you exactly what that answer will be,” Carrigan said. “I am fully confident that 10-15 years from now, all of our campuses will be smoke free. The question is, do we want to be a leader on this issue or a follower?”
    CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said university officials are examining how to possibly create “smoking zones” outside of buildings on campus that don’t interfere with passing students.
    “The challenge of implementing Regent Carrigan’s proposal is we don’t have uniform space between buildings,” Hilliard said. “We haven’t yet determined a way to make sure every building can have one of these zones.”
    Hilliard said a draft proposal for creating such zones is being considered by Frank Bruno, vice chancellor for administration at CU.
    “With the health conscience campus we have, it’s an important thing to look at,” Hilliard said.

    Tobacco Marketing Increases Youth Use by tobaccofreeweld
    September 3, 2008, 4:46 pm
    Filed under: Industry Tactics, Laws, Youth and Prevention | Tags: , ,

    Major Report from U.S. Government Concludes Tobacco Marketing Promotes Youth Smoking

    Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids especially among children.
    •A comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion is the most effective way to address the harmful impact of tobacco marketing. Partial bans allow tobacco companies to find new ways to market their products.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— A comprehensive report issued by the National Cancer Institute of the U.S. presents definitive conclusions that tobacco marketing increases tobacco use,

    The report also concludes that mass media campaigns to educate the public and comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and promotions are effective at reducing tobacco use.

    The 684-page report, entitled, “The Role of the Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use,” is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the scientific evidence on the media’s role in encouraging and discouraging tobacco use.

    The report is based on a review of more than 1,000 studies worldwide in the fields of marketing, psychology, communications, statistics, epidemiology and public health.

    It provides powerful scientific evidence and guidance to governments around the world on how the tobacco industry uses and manipulates the media to encourage tobacco use and effective steps governments can take to protect the health of their citizens.

    The report’s conclusions should spur nations to effectively implement the World Health Organization’s (WHO) international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

    The treaty commits nations to implement scientifically proven measures to reduce tobacco use, including comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships and well-funded mass media campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use.

    The report reaches several important conclusions that should guide policy makers worldwide in implementing measures to reduce tobacco use:

    •The scientific evidence shows that tobacco advertising and promotion cause tobacco use to increase, and even a brief exposure to tobacco advertising can influence adolescents. Much tobacco advertising targets the psychological needs of adolescents, such as popularity, peer acceptance and positive self-image.

    •The scientific evidence also shows that exposure to smoking in movies is causally related to youth smoking initiation.

    •Mass media public education campaigns are effective at preventing youth from starting to smoke and encouraging current smokers to quit. However, so-called “youth smoking prevention campaigns” sponsored by the tobacco industry have been generally ineffective and may actually have increased youth smoking.

    •Tobacco companies seek to weaken public or legislative support for effective tobacco control policies through various media tactics, including corporate sponsorship of events and social causes, corporate image campaigns that highlight their charitable work, and their “youth smoking prevention campaigns.” The tobacco industry also works to impede tobacco control media campaigns by preventing or reducing their funding or weakening the messages.

    This report is very timely as nations implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and step up efforts to combat tobacco use, which the WHO has found is the world’s leading cause of preventable death.

    Tobacco use killed one hundred million people in the 20th century, and if current trends continue, it will claim one billion lives in the 21st century, according to the WHO.

    Tobacco use already kills 5.4 million people a year and the epidemic is worsening, especially in the developing world where more than 80 percent of tobacco-caused deaths will occur in the coming decades.

    With 80 percent of smokers beginning as teens, the tobacco industry will continue to place a heavy emphasize on attracting a new generation of smokers.

    Every day, 80,000 to 100,000 young people around the world become addicted to tobacco. If current trends continue, 250 million children alive today will die from tobacco-related disease.

    To read the report’s executive summary, please go to Helpful Links. To read the full report, please go to

    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.