Tobacco Industry News
Eco-friendly cigarette ads make tobacco foes fume
Public health groups have expressed outrage over ads for Natural American Spirit cigarettes that play up the company’s efforts to be eco-friendly. Calling the ads “greenwashing,” the organizations note that cigarette butts are the most common source of litter, and that the ads are an attempt to distract consumers from the fact that Natural American Spirit cigarettes are just as deadly as any other cigarette. This is not the first time the company, a subsidiary of Reynolds American, has been rebuked for misleading advertising. When the company marketed their brand as “organic” in 2010, Attorneys General in 33 states took action, requiring the company’s ads to include a statement that organic cigarettes are no safer than regular cigarettes. Click here for more details, or click here to view a press release from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Legacy.
Tobacco money report shows tobacco interests spent nearly $100 million in the last decade to influence California elections and legislative policy (CA)
According to the American Lung Association (ALA) in California, tobacco interests have spent almost $100 million over the last decade on campaign contributions and lobbying in California. According to the President of the ALA in California, tobacco companies contribute money to campaigns and lobbies so as to oppose bills and ballot initiatives that reduce tobacco use. Reports still show that despite the Big Tobacco’s financial investments in California, smoking rates are still dropping. Read the press release from the American Lung Association in California here, or read the report highlights here.
Kentucky-based tobacco company suing Washington over drug law (DC)
The National Tobacco Company is arguing in court that a 2010 District of Columbia law banning the sale of wrapping papers used to make cigars is too vague to be considered constitutional and that the District is not allowed to ban a company’s product. Lawmakers passed the ban on wrapping papers because they were concerned teens were using them to roll large marijuana cigarettes, but the tobacco company claims that it has suffered direct injury from the law. U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins has not decided whether to prohibit enforcement of the ban or dismiss the lawsuit, and both sides will need to present more information to the court. Read more here.
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