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Teens and young adults spend several hours a day looking at their phones and watching videos, many of which might contain product placements for vaping. Flashpop/Getty Images

Vape sellers are using popular music videos to promote e-cigarettes to young people – and it’s working

Product placement in music videos totals $15 million to $20 million a year and is rising. E-cigarette makers are discovering it’s a great way to lure young adults into vaping.
Cigarettes have been known for years to cause many diseases. Tobacco companies now have to pay $9 billion each year to help states pay for the costs of treatment to people they sickened. Protosav-AN/Shutterstock.com

April 15 is the day tobacco companies pay $9 billion for tobacco illnesses, but is it enough?

April 15 is not only a day to pay individual taxes to the IRS. It is also the day that tobacco companies must pay a penalty to help offset states’ costs for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases.
This ad featuring then-actor Ronald Reagan is an example of industry advertising that made smoking so popular. University of California San Francisco Tobacco Archives

Smoking rates in US have fallen to all-time low, but how did they ever get so high?

Smoking rates are at their lowest, but it has been a long and expensive struggle. Promoters of cigarette smoking have included not only tobacco companies but advertisers and even the US government.
Anti-smoking ads such as this one can help curb smoking, but studies are suggesting that raising the tax on cigarettes may be most effective to help deter poor people. California Department of Public Health

A vaccine to stop lung cancer? It’s made from tobacco taxes and legislation

Lung Cancer Awareness Month starts today, but observance of it often slips under the radar, in part because there are so few survivors. Here’s how the biggest cancer killer could actually be halted.

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