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On screen, smoking is 99.93% healthy

Mad Men’s Betty Hofstadt may be one of only four screen characters in more than a decade to suffer serious harm from smoking. The others were on the big screen: Constantine (Keanu Reeves) in Constantine, Tim Donohue (Donald Sumpter) in The Constant Gardener, and Otis Blake (Jeff Bridges) in Crazy Heart.   
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Another independent ecig company taken over by Big Tobacco: JTI buys Logic

Japan Tobacco Plans to Acquire Logic Technology – April 30, 2015
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New Smoke Free Movies ad lists the number of kids each movie company delivers to Big Tobacco

Are the studios in the movie or the tobacco advertising business?
The ad is also at
It appears in The Hollywood Reporter on May 26 and Variety on May 27, 2015.

CDC's 2014 annual report on studio performance on smoking in movies now available

The CDC just released its annual update of its fact sheet on studio performance on smoking in movies; you can read it at
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Japan Tobacco ad agency Dentsu finances cartoons with smoking: MPAA rates them for kids

Opening this week in the US, When Marnie Was There (PG rated for "thematic elements and smoking") is an animated feature financed by Japan advertising giant Dentsu, the agency for Japan Tobacco. 
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More evidence of fast benefits of smokefree law: Emergency visits for bronchospasm drop after Uruguay’s 100% law

Sara Kalkoran, Ernesto Sebrie, Edguardo Sandoya, and I just published "Effect of Uruguay's National 100% Smokefree Law on Emergency Visits for Bronchospasm" in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  This paper adds to the robust literature showing that 100% smokefree laws have immediate health benefits that immediately reduce medical costs.
Here is the abstract:
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Save the date: 2016 UCSF It's About a Billion Lives Symposium

The 2016 UCSF It’s About a Billion Lives symposium will be Friday January 22, 2016 from 8:30am through 1 pm at the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus.
Matt Myers, from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, will be the keynote.
UCSF professors Suzaynn Schick and Stella Bialous and postdoctoral fellows Noah Gubner and Lauren Dutra will present their work.
The closing speaker will be UCSF Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein.
More details later.  See you there!

Restoring the Promise of Higher Education: A Problem California Can Solve Now

Once, California had abundant water and few recognized the challenge of global warming.  . Governor Brown, recognizing that it is impossible to simply roll back the clock on these problems, is leading California to confront this changed reality  with enormous efforts that have uncertain outcomes. But there is one problem in which the governor could roll back the clock to when California worked better: higher education.
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Over 16,000 previously confidential RJR docs released on LTDL

Last Thursday, the UCSF Library we released over 16,000 previously confidential RJ Reynolds documents on LTDL.  
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Tobacco documents reveal questionable professional recertification by industry menthol expert

Lorillard Tobacco's Jonathan Heck is one of the industry's leading experts on menthol, was appointed by the FDA to serve on it's Tobacco Products Scientific Committee, and is a primary author of the industry's submission to the FDA that argues that menthol is harmless.
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