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Letter opposing extension of menthol cigarette comment period

Dear Dr. Califf: The undersigned organizations write today to strongly oppose any extension of the comment period for the proposed rule removing menthol as a characterizing flavor. We note that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received several requests for an extension of the comment period from the tobacco industry. Our organizations note that [More]

May 25, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

Letter opposing extension of cigar comment period

Dear Dr. Califf: Today, we write in response to several requests the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule to remove all characterizing flavors, except for tobacco, from cigars. We strongly oppose any extension of the comment period, and we urge FDA to deny any such [More]

May 25, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

Letter to FDA on Rules to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Dear Dr. Califf: The undersigned public health, medical, education and community organizations write to express our support for the Food and Drug Administration’s commitment to issuing proposed rules this Spring to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors in cigars. Once issued, we urge FDA to move quickly to [More]

April 22, 2022|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|

Letter Urging Action on Synthetic Nicotine in E-cigarettes

Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: We write to urge you to respond to a new and growing threat to our nation’s youth: e-cigarette manufacturers’ use of synthetic nicotine to evade Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight. E-cigarette manufacturers, including the e-cigarette brand that is most popular with [More]

March 11, 2022|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|

Letter Opposing Bill to Exempt Some Cigars from FDA Oversight

We are writing to express our opposition to S. 438, the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2021, which would exempt some cigars, including some inexpensive, machine-made cigars, from oversight under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). To fulfill its responsibility to protect public health, the Food and [More]

December 3, 2021|Categories: Advocacy|

Tobacco Tax Equity Act Letter of Support

Dear Senator Durbin and Senator Wyden: We are writing to express our strong support for S. 1314, the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021, which would increase the federal excise tax on cigarettes and set federal tax rates for other tobacco products at an equivalent level. This legislation would generate substantial benefits to public health [More]

July 26, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|

The Mobilization of Reality Check and Other Youth Groups: Fighting Tobacco Industry Lies

Our team was excited to participate again this year in Reality Check’s action and advocacy to combat the tobacco industry’s targeting of youth. This year a multi-week virtual event was held with training webinars, social media advocacy, and interactive activities geared towards youth culminating with the annual Altria shareholders meeting. Reality Check is a youth-led [More]

June 30, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity, Partners|

97 Organizations Call on Human Rights Committee to Address Menthol

This week, Counter Tools along with 96 other organizations submitted a report to the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), an international human rights body made up of independent experts responsible for monitoring the implementation of the International Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The [More]

April 23, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity|

Letter to Labor-HHS to fund CDC’s Social Determinants of Health program

As Congress works to draft the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations legislation for FY 2022, the 191 undersigned organizations request that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) be properly funded at $50 million for its Social Determinants [More]

April 16, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity|

Supporting our AAPI communities

Our Counter Tools team mourns the loss of the eight victims of the Georgia shootings. We stand with the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities. No one should have to experience violence or live in fear because of their ethnic, cultural, national, gender, or occupational identity. Tragedies like the Georgia shootings call us to reflect [More]

March 19, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity|

Letter to FDA on Menthol Cigarettes and other Flavored Tobacco Products

The undersigned public health, medical, education and community organizations write to urge prompt action by the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit menthol cigarettes and other non-tobacco flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars. The public health and medical community has long been united in calling on FDA to use its authority under the Family [More]

March 4, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|

Improving Social Determinants of Health Act reintroduced

The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act was first introduced in July 2020. The bill was reintroduced by Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA-44) on January 21, 2021. This legislation would empower public health departments and community organizations to act as chief health strategists in their communities and lead efforts to convene partners across sectors to build [More]

February 1, 2021|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity|

Letter to FDA on Prohibiting Menthol Cigarettes

The undersigned public health and medical organizations write to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant the pending Citizen Petition referenced above and commence the requested rulemaking to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. The menthol Citizen Petition was filed over seven years ago and has yet to receive a substantive [More]

November 12, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Policy|

Tobacco Control Enforcement for Racial Equity – A joint statement from public health organizations

This fall, Counter Tools joined a working group of public health advocates to develop a collective statement on equitable tobacco control enforcement. More than 40 public health organizations endorsed and released the statement this month, titled Tobacco Control Enforcement for Racial Equity: Decriminalizing Commercial Tobacco – Addressing Systemic Racism in the Enforcement of Commercial Tobacco [More]

October 28, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity, News From Tools, Partners|

Counter Tools supports the Pandemic Child Hunger Prevention Act

Counter Tools envisions a nation where healthy living is equitable across communities and every person has access to healthful choices. We recognize the enormous impact of food access and food security on health and well-being. As our nation struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of strengthening our food and nutrition security systems continues to [More]

August 25, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Healthy Food|

The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020

Social and economic conditions such as those in housing, employment, food security, and education have a major influence on individual and community health. These conditions – often referred to as the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) – are receiving increased attention from insurance companies, hospitals, healthcare systems, and governmental agencies interested in improving health outcomes [More]

August 5, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity|

Letter to Support CDC’s Mission

Our organizations have been directly involved in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) – from serving on the frontlines, to working with policymakers to make evidence-based decisions, and to collecting and sharing data. We are deeply concerned about increasing reports of resistance to evidence-based public health messages and threats to public health leaders and agencies. [More]

July 7, 2020|Categories: Advocacy|

Letter to FDA on Premarket Review Disclosure

In light of the skyrocketing youth e-cigarette epidemic, and concerns that smoking and vaping may increase the risk of severe complications from COVID-19, it is more critical than ever that new tobacco products be subject to statutorily-required public health review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that products for which timely and complete [More]

May 20, 2020|Categories: Advocacy|

Collective Response to the COVID-19 Impact on African Americans

COVID-19 is exposing America’s health inequities. This unwelcomed disease vividly highlights pervasive intrinsic characteristics of American society that lead to systematic disadvantages for African Americans and other socially and economically high-risk population groups. Preliminary data from coast to coast has suddenly cast a harsh spotlight on the pandemic's impact on African American communities across the [More]

April 30, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Health Equity|

Coalition Comments on PMTA Proposed Rule

The proposed rule is designed to inform tobacco product manufacturers and the public about requirements for submission of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (“PMTAs”), related recordkeeping requirements, requirements for post-market information gathering and reporting, and the process FDA will use in the evaluation of PMTAs. SUMMARY OF MAJOR POINTS 1. FDA should recognize that for the [More]

December 16, 2019|Categories: Advocacy|
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