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Big Tobacco loses tax battle in California, but Big Marijuana is on the rise

California voters handed Big Tobacco a resounding defeat Tuesday when they passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax by US$2 a pack (with increases in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products). This is the first increase in cigarette taxes in California in 18 years.
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Californians backing cigarette tax boost, even though Big Tobacco spending millions

Despite Big Tobacco spending US$71 million to snuff out Proposition 56, an initiative to raise cigarette taxes by $2, 56 percent of Californians said they planned to vote yes just 13 days before the election.
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Actress Kathy Griffin takes down Big Tobacco's misleading ad opposing Prop 56


As part of their ongoing deceptive campaign opposing California Proposition 59, they ran an ad in which a "white lady gardening" who bore a remarkable resemblance to actress Kathy Griffin urged women to vote against Prop 56. As the ad urged, Griffin "followed the money" and found that Big Tobacco paid for the ad.
 
She then posted her own ad on YouTube correcting the record. Read more »

First hearing held on lawsuit over MPAA, studios', theaters' rating system

The first hearing on Forsyth v. MPAA et al. —  the class action lawsuit alleging that the MPAA, member studios, and NATO's ratings system defrauds parents by giving movies with smoking PG or PG-13 ratings — took place in federal court on Friday, October 28, in federal court in San Francisco. 
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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity to work with Stanton Glantz on Marijuana and Tobacco Policymaking Research

Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine and Director of the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to conduct policy research in the evolving policy environment around marijuana policy and how it interacts with tobacco control policymaking.  This work will include research on the state and local policymaking process as it relates to tobacco control. Read more »

$2/pack increase in CA tobacco excise tax will reduce smoking, save billions in healthcare costs, and create jobs

My colleagues at UCSF recently released two research studies on the effects of the proposed tobacco tax increase in California at Proposition 56.  Links to the full reports are at the end of this fact sheet (which, itself, is available at www.escholarship.org/uc/item/9w38h5rn).  Another summary of this work, as well as related work done at UCSD, is available at is http://www.trdrp.org/news/tax-policy-updates.html.
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New ad completes three ad series that sums up Smoke Free Movies campaign

An ad summing up the five Smoke Free Movies policy goals – (1) R rating films with smoking (with two limited exceptions), (2) Certification of no payoffs for smoking, (3) Require anti-smoking ads, (4) Stop identifying brands, and (5) End subsidies for movies with smoking – is running in Variety and Hollywood Reporter tomorrow, October 11, 2016.
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Court opens door to FDA authorizing “Teddy Bear” cigarettes

A federal court’s August 2016 ruling opened the door to FDA approving Teddy Bear cigarettes.  Here’s some background to explain why: The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires tobacco companies to obtain FDA approval before marketing new tobacco products.  This can be obtained by submitting a comprehensive new tobacco product premarket application, or by convincing the FDA that the new product is “substantially equivalent” to one already on the market. Read more »

WHO spotlights films as “cross-border tobacco promotion”

Every two years, 180 nations meet for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to review progress and problems in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and develop new guidelines and protocols.
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