Thumbs Down to Judge Joseph D. Russo for smoking e-cigarettes in his Cleveland courtroom. This shows the need to strengthen Ohio’s smokefree laws to protect nonsmokers’ rights. Read more

Thumbs Up to our friend Rae O’Leary with the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation for testifying before the U.S. Congress about the e-cigarette epidemic. She cited how Juul approached her tribe, attempting to exploit American Indians. She said, “It’s time to take action to prevent Juul from preying on at-risk populations. As you consider actions I challenge you to learn from the Lakota seven generations belief, which is that every leader should consider how their decision will affect our descendants seven generations in the future.” See her powerful testimony at 17:49.

Thumbs Down to Juul for its “smart” e-cigarette that monitors where users are and when they use them. Read more

Thumbs Up to American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for highlighting smokefree laws in their Fight Cancer report.  Read more

Thumbs Down to Big Tobacco’s fake eco-friendly marketing gimmicks that give the false impression of being safer. Fact: Cigarettes are the #1 cause of disease, death, AND toxic litter! From a recent Stanford study: ‘In 2006, a federal court concluded that the tobacco industry had deceived the American public for more than 50 years about the harms of smoking and secondhand smoke. The court suggested the word ‘natural’ be banned from cigarette marketing and brand names. “Our findings reinforce the court’s conclusion that positioning cigarettes as ‘natural’ deceives the American public of the harms of smoking,” said study senior author Judith Prochaska, an associate professor in Stanford’s Department of Medicine with the Stanford Prevention Research Center.’ Read more