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Raising Support for a Ban on Flavored Tobacco

Written By: Natalie M.: Tuesday, 10 June 2014

My name is Natalie M., I am a sophomore at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia, and I have been a member of Y Street – Virginia’s biggest youth-led movement – for almost 2 years. During that time, I have collected public opinion surveys and support cards for the (dis)tasteful campaign with the goal of creating a world without flavored tobacco. I strongly believe i...

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The Truth Is Scary

Written By: Jason: Tuesday, 3 June 2014

It’s funny, not “funny ha-ha” but “funny-odd,” that so many smokers still don’t fully understand what they’re inhaling into their body. Sure, everyone and their mother knows that smoking is dangerous and that it can (and likely will, eventually) kill you but according to a new study as many as half of smokers aren’t aware of what big tobacco do...

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New (dis)tasteful Video Shares the Dangers of Flavored Tobacco

Written By: Angie C.: Friday, 30 May 2014

Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry – these words probably bring up a memory of the time when we would dress up in our scariest outfit and go door to door for Halloween in hopes of receiving a sweet treat. Even though sweet memories of stuffing your face with candy may come to mind, these flavors are also used in tobacco products. Tobacco companies are marketing and promoting...

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Singing Butts

Written By: Jason: Monday, 5 May 2014

It’s estimated that trillions (that’s right TRILLIONS) of cigarette butts are littered worldwide every single year. They amount t hundreds of millions of pounds of waste annually and are known to be one of the most toxic forms of marine debris.


Smokers make the choice to partake in an act that’s known to be harmful to themselves but when they do...

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Proposed Ban Stirs Up Drama

Written By: Jason: Monday, 7 April 2014


Politics is a tricky business chock full of checks, balances, hidden agendas, favors and obligations. Nothing is ever quick or easy and everything, everything comes at a price. In what seems like an odd disagreement, lawmakers are standing up against the U.S. Navy because the military branch is attempting to make a healthy move.


The U.S. Navy is...

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Kids Can Buy E-Cigs in 29 States

Written By: Jason: Monday, 3 March 2014


Sometimes working backwards is the only option you have. Such is the case when it comes to selling E-Cigs to minors. Currently, most states in the U.S. don’t have laws that prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices to minors but that’s about to change.

Right now there are 29 states proposing new legislation that would p...

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E-Cig Ad Airs During Big Game

Written By: Jason: Monday, 3 February 2014

Ok so the big game was a complete blow out and it was pretty much over as soon as it started. Lucky for everyone watching, The Superbowl is known for more than just football. Perhaps even more infamous than the game itself, are the incredibly expensive commercials that companies drop millions on, and in some cases risk the future of their product, to get your attention for 30 seconds.

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Written By: Jason: Thursday, 2 January 2014

During the first few days of the new year, you’re likely to see more joggers on the streets than you will during any other time of the year – most of them clad in their new, workout attire acquired during the holiday season. Within a few weeks though, the pack thins considerably, more and more would-be runners give up on their resolutions until the next year, when they’ll t...

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E-Cig Bans Coming Soon

Written By: Jason: Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Seems like big tobacco just cant catch a break. With smoking becoming an increasingly taboo endeavor, technology, convenience and (until recently for some cities) accessibility have paved the way for E-cigs to pick up steam – no pun intended in terms of sales.


Being that E-cigs are still, on the whole, a new and relatively untested product, concerns have ar...

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Rise of the E-Cig

Written By: Jason: Monday, 4 November 2013

Thanks to public health knowledge expanding over the past few years, cigarette sales have been steadily declining by up to 4% per year. This is good news in terms of health but for big tobacco, this means a decreasing paycheck and that is bad for business.


E-cigs have been gaining popularity recently and it’s really no wonder. The products are marketed as a...

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CounterBalance Campaign
The tobacco industry spends an average of $37 MILLION per day to promote their products. It's time to take tobacco ads out of places they don't belong.
The ActOut Campaign
The ActOut Campaign is about motivating teens all over Virginia to have fun and be healthy by getting involved in new, exciting, and different types of sports.
Meltdown Campaign
It's common knowledge that tobacco kills. Until recently, tobacco only came in cigarettes, cigars, and chew. That's all changed with the roll out of many new tobacco products that literally melt in your mouth...