28 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Charles Rivkin, John Fithian

Make tomorrow's kid-rated movies smokefree and save one million lives

#RateSmokingR Why do so many kids still start to smoke? America removed cigarette commercials from TV and radio nearly fifty years ago. But kid-rated movies — especially PG-13 movies — still push smoking at children and teens. In 2017, half of PG-13 movies featured smoking, the highest level in years. Smoking in movies kills in real life. Smoking on screen will recruit six million American kids to smoke in this generation. Two million of those kids will die from cancer and other diseases caused by smoking. Parents and health advocates demand a reasonable solution to this urgent problem. America's #1 killer deserves the R-rating. R-rating future movies with smoking will keep smoking OUT of movies rated G, PG and PG-13 — the movies that kids see most — and cut young audiences' deadly risk in half. The CDC says the R-rating will protect three million kids from tobacco addiction, America's #1 cause of preventable death. Film producers will still be able to include smoking in any movie they want, accepting an R-rating just as they routinely do for other content. Why won't Hollywood act? The major movie studios and movie theater chains run the film ratings. They know the harm done by onscreen smoking. Their leaders could update the R-rating tomorrow but, so far, they've refused. The tobacco industry, far richer than Hollywood, has a long history of exploiting movies to sell smoking, using paid product placement and other tactics. Movies are the last media channel pushing tobacco at kids, completely unrestricted. When it comes to life and death, Hollywood must follow a simple rule: One little letter "R" will save one million lives. Learn more…and educate others:• Smokefree Movies (University of California, San Francisco) • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC fact sheet) ____________________________________________ Follow a lively Twitter stream tracking tobacco on screen: @onbeyondme 

Smokefree Movies
12,589 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Senator Andrew Lanza, Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Ron Castorina Jr., Assemblyman Matthew Titone, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Councilman Steven Matteo, Councilwoman Debi Rose, Councilman Joe Borelli

Protect Staten Islanders from Secondhand Smoke

There is NO safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Completely avoiding secondhand smoke is difficult and even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to health and increase the risk of asthma attacks, ear infections, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Since 1964, when the Surgeon General's report was released, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers, died due to secondhand smoke. Young children are most susceptible to secondhand smoke exposure and are least likely to avoid it. It could lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This is a public health issue that transcends to public spaces such as parks and beaches and affects those living in multi-unit housing as well. Here in Staten Island many strides have been taken at a city and state level to protect our community from secondhand smoke. This includes: 1. The Clean Indoor Air Act protects our community in public and private indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to protect workers and the public from exposure to harmful secondhand tobacco smoke and vaping aerosols. 2. Local Law 147 requires building owners to create a smoking policy that details whether or not the building permits smoking, and disclose it to current and prospective residents. Smoking disclosure is designed to help New Yorkers make better choices about where they live, and ultimately reduce the number of smokers across the city. 3. Local voluntary policies adopted by business owners and property managers to protect customers and residents from dangerous secondhand smoke emissions. 4. Tobacco Free Parks and Beaches allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors safe from secondhand smoke. 5. Under the new HUD ruling, all publicly funding housing authorities will be mandated to go smoke-free in July 2018. However, there is still more work to be done.  If you are a business, property manager, resident or concerned community member we want to work with you to bring positive and healthy changes to Staten Island.  For more information, call 718.475.5277 or visit

Tobacco-Free Staten Island
63 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to PNC

Move the "Designated Smoking Area" in PNC Plaza

Secondhand smoke is dangerous. While smoking in many public places in downtown Pittsburgh is banned, PNC has a designed smoking area within PNC Plaza that is centrally located in a public area, a common through-way for non-PNC employees, and located directly adjacent to a memorial. Many companies are making attempts to encourage their employees to live healthier lifestyles through exercise, mental wellness, and to quit smoking. While PNC may do this, they are actively encouraging their employees to continue smoking by designating an area for it. However, despite attempts, people will still smoke and designating a separate area for it is better than doing nothing. But designating an area for smoking that is exposing countless other non-smoking PNC employees, non-PNC downtown workers, out-of-town travelers, downtown residents, Pittsburgh residents visiting downtown etc., is unethical and endangering the health of the many for unhealthy practices of the few. This petition is asking PNC to relocate the designating smoking area from the marked red area to the marked green area; shown on the map. The green area is a dead-end, sits lower than the upper sidewalk, has tables, and is rarely used. Relocating the designated smoking area to the green marked area would greatly reduce secondhand smoke, be more respectful as it is not level with the Flight 427 memorial, and would still designate a place for smoking-PNC employees to smoke.

Bar Majernik
13 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Reject the FDA's Deeming of Vapor Products as Tobacco Products

Soon Congress will be presented with regulations proposing to deem electronic cigarettes and other vapor products as tobacco products, bringing them within the regulatory control of the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. We, the members of the vaping community, including users of vapor products, current and ex smokers, concerned citizens, and friends and family of those whose lives have been or could be changed by vapor products, urge you to reject the proposed deeming regulations. The classification of vapor products as tobacco products is tenuous at best. While some vapor products do contain nicotine, many do not, and this is where the link to tobacco ends. The goal of the FSPTCA is to minimize the effects of tobacco on public health. In 1976 Professor Michael Russell wrote: “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar.”1 Vapor products are free of tobacco, contain no tar, and are not combusted and as such are orders of magnitude less potentially harmful than combustible tobacco.2  In fact, more recent studies that look at nicotine, absent tobacco smoke, show that nicotine is possibly not addictive and could have potential health benefits related to treating Parkinson’s symptoms and staving off Alzheimer’s.3 The Federal government and each state have spent hundreds of millions over decades attempting to discourage people from smoking cigarettes. We now have a viable alternative to tobacco products that could do just that, through tobacco harm reduction. This life changing technology has the potential to accomplish what Tobacco Control has failed to do for the past fifty years, unless it is smothered in its infancy. Vapor products, as a recreational consumer good, have the potential to replace combustible tobacco, keeping millions from potential tobacco related illnesses. According to recent CDC surveys, in the time frame that vapor products have been available, smoking rates in the United States have plummeted to an all time low.4 However, if vapor products are subjected to the same strict regulatory control intended to minimize harm from tobacco products, they could be rendered ineffectual due to the stifling nature of those regulations.5 By rejecting the classification of vapor products as tobacco products we can: 1              Protect access to flavors, which are an integral part of the vapor experience.6 2              Protect access to online sales that allow consumers to procure the equipment and e-liquids that are best suited for their needs. 3              Protect access to all nicotine concentrations, which allow the consumer to tailor their experience to their needs which could range from higher concentrations to aid in transitioning from smoking to nicotine free for enjoyment and maintenance. 4              Protect access to open, reusable container systems that are more cost effective and environmentally friendly. 5             Allow for the continued innovation and refinement of products currently on the market. Vapor products are not tobacco products, they are a safer alternative to tobacco products which may or may not contain nicotine. Vapor products are also a driving force behind thousands of small and medium businesses across the country, creating jobs and feeding the economy, many of which will not survive the exorbitant fee structure of tobacco product approval that has kept the cigarette market in the hands of only the major tobacco companies. The vapor product industry has already gained ground in self regulation by the formation of industry trade groups, and through the active involvement of the consumers.7 Instead of relegating vapor products to tobacco control, a new category of product regulation can be implemented, one that could inspire innovation along with public health and safety. The best way to protect this life altering technology is to not place it under the auspices of the FSPTCA, by not deeming vapor products as tobacco products. #vaporisnottobacco Cited References 1            2            3            4            5            6            7            Additional Resources:  

Les Leung
68,160 supporters