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New Rules for Cigarette Companies

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Sara Bellum

As the 1-year anniversary of the signing of the Tobacco Control Act approaches, new rules that let the Government regulate tobacco products are going into effect.

Starting on June 22, cigarette packs may no longer use labels that say "light," "low" and "mild." This is because research shows that “light” cigarettes are no safer than regular ones.

Also, tobacco companies will no longer be allowed to sponsor cultural and sporting events, distribute logo clothing, give away free samples or sell cigarettes in packages of less than 20—what’s known as "kiddy packs."

Another new law will prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 18, and vending machine sales of tobacco products will be banned except in adults-only places. We did an earlier blog about the ban on candy and fruit-flavored tobacco products, but these new laws will go even further.

This is great news for the public health and for teens, since tobacco products still account for 20 percent of all deaths in the United States each year, and tobacco companies keep trying to recruit new smokers. Every day 1,000 children become addicted to tobacco, and almost 4,000 try their first cigarette, according to John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, who says the tobacco industry spends $34 million every day to try and hook new young smokers.

So, show the tobacco companies you can think for yourself. Smoking is very addictive, so the best advice is (yeah, you’ve heard it before): Don’t start!

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so finally the Government has decided to act big against the tobacco companies. The usage of the term "light" has long been a controversial one. Now that it is scientifically proved that light cigarette are also equally harmful. let up hope and pray that this move reduces the number of smokers in the country.

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I hope to see a ban in my lifetime. I am tired of watching good people die of lung cancer.

smoking is very dangerous. government only say it it bad for our health. i think they sould say "it will kill you soon or later" [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

The government can't afford to ban cigarettes and forfeit billions in tax revenue. In a glaring conflict of interest, the more we smoke, the more money the government makes.
Besides, what happened to personal responsibility for our decisions? By now, everyone knows the health risks of tobacco, just like everyone knows the risks of sun exposure but makes their own choice. Will the government then be expected to inspect beaches and mandate sunscreen?
I don't know how much the government should spend (or forfeit) trying to save me from myself. Then again, it worked so well during Prohibition....
This country has to decide whether we want the tax money, or whether we want to protect the public's health and curtail smoking, because we can't have it both ways.

I think tobacco education is where our answer can be found. We are free to make choices both good or bad, so lets inform each other about the tobacco facts. The more people know about how harmful smoking is the better decisions they will make concerning nicotine. I am not sure if new government rules will help but it cant hurt. I hope my health class will look at all the facts before making a decision. Kudos to self respect and independence not to mention positive peer pressure!