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Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund Launches Campaign in Support of Jim Robey for Maryland State Senate

 

The Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund today launched an independent, direct mail and voter contact campaign in support of Maryland State Senate candidate Jim Robey (District 13) because of his commitment to reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The campaign will contrast the positions of Robey and his opponent, incumbent Sen. Sandy Schrader, highlighting Robey's leadership in passing legislation to protect all Howard County workers and families from secondhand smoke and his strong support for a statewide smoke-free law that would protect the health of all Marylanders.

"We're running this campaign in Maryland because of the clear contrast between the records of these candidates when it comes to fighting tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke," said William V. Corr, executive director of the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund. "Jim Robey is standing up to Big Tobacco and fighting to protect everyone's right to breathe clean, smoke-free air. His opponent, on the other hand, has refused to support efforts to make Maryland smoke-free. For Maryland voters who care about protecting the health of workers and families, there is a clear choice: Jim Robey for Maryland State Senate."

As Howard County Executive, Jim Robey stood up for the right of all Howard County workers and residents to breathe clean air by passing a county-wide smoke-free workplace law, making Howard County the fourth smoke-free county in Maryland and the first in the Baltimore region. Robey also supports a strong, statewide smoke-free law in Maryland. His opponent, Sandy Schrader, has refused to support a statewide smoke-free bill. Legislation in Maryland that would make all workplaces smoke-free died in a Maryland House committee last year.

The need for protection from secondhand smoke has never been clearer. In issuing his groundbreaking report on secondhand smoke on June 27, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona stated, "The debate is over. The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, but a serious health hazard that causes premature death and disease in children and nonsmoking adults." The Surgeon General found that secondhand smoke is a proven cause of lung cancer, heart disease, serious respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome. The Surgeon General also found that secondhand smoke is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States each year and that there is no risk-free level of exposure.

The Surgeon General's report also confirmed that smoke-free laws protect health without harming business. To date, 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have passed smoke-free laws that include restaurants and bars. The states are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii (effective Nov. 16), Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington (the Montana and Utah laws extend to bars in 2009, while the D.C. law does so on Jan. 1, 2007).

Samples of the direct mail can be found at:

http://tobaccofreeaction.org/adwatch/Maryland3.pdf

http://tobaccofreeaction.org/adwatch/Maryland4.pdf

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This communication is solely from the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund (1400 I St., NW 1200, Washington, DC 20005), and has not been authorized by or coordinated with any candidate or campaign. The Tobacco-Free Kids Action is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that works in Maryland and nationwide to reduce the devastating toll of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. The Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund does not receive any government or tobacco industry funding of any kind. For more information, please visit http://www.tobaccofreeaction.org

Condista Anuncia Campañas de Mercadotecnia Afiliadas con Comcast y Charter para Promover HTV, TeleFormula y Video Rola en Cuatro Mercados

Condista, el concentrador premier de programación para televisión por cable en español en Estados Unidos, anunció campañas de mercadotecnia afiliadas que involucran tres redes de cable en español y dos operadores de cable distintos en cuatro mercados diferentes. TeleFormula y Comcast lanzaron una campaña en Albuquerque; HTV y Comcast lanzaron una promoción de adquisición en el Sur de Florida; y Video Rola y Charter anunciaron campañas para Ft. Worth y el Centro de California.

TeleFormula, una red de noticias enfocada a México, inició en el paquete de Cable Latino de Comcast en Albuquerque el 25 de septiembre. TeleFormula es un canal por cable de noticias y debates con base en México que es propiedad de y está operado por RadioFormula, el grupo radiofónico más grande de México. TeleFormula emplea a algunos de los talentos más conocidos en el género de las noticias en México y ofrece contenido de la más alta calidad abarcando una gran variedad de temas: noticias, deportes, política, temas femeninos y entretenimiento. En Albuquerque, TeleFormula compró un horario de ocho semanas para propaganda en exteriores y transmisiones en radio para promover su lanzamiento en Cable Latino de Comcast. La campaña más grande en dos años para Cable Latino incluye obsequios de boletos para conciertos de Pepe Aguilar y Juan Gabriel. A la fecha la campaña ha generado dos veces más suscriptores que durante el mismo periodo del año pasado.

HTV, el canal de música latina con transmisión las 24 horas propiedad de Claxson, anunció una campaña de adquisición "regalo con compra" en sociedad con Comcast del Sur de Florida. Los primeros 2,000 clientes en suscribirse al paquete Cable Latino de Comcast antes del 18 de noviembre recibirán un CD gratuito de Juanes. La campaña se comunicará a los residentes a través de correo directo diseñado por HTV y comerciales producidos por HTV en canales bilingües. HTV es diferente a muchos otros canales de televisión de música latina en Estados Unidos de hoy: es el único canal que integra con éxito toda la cultura musical latina en un escenario, 24 horas al día. El planteamiento de HTV está basado en una programación 100% latina que combina los mejores videos musicales y entrevistas con los artistas latinos más populares, abarcando el espectro más amplio de géneros de música latina, entre los que se incluye el pop, rock latino, reggaeton, salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia y regional mexicana. También presenta los éxitos "crossover" más populares de hoy.

Video Rola, una red basada en México que presenta videos de música regional mexicana, entrevistas de artistas, conciertos y más, anunció hoy dos campañas distintas de adquisición/mejora con Charter Communications. Una campaña es en Ft. Worth, Tejas y la otra en la región del norte y centro de California de Charter que incluye Turlock, West Sacramento y San Luis Obispo. Ambas campañas ofrecen a los residentes de esos mercados la oportunidad de ganar un par de boletos de la aerolínea Mexicana buenos para viajar a donde sea que vuele Mexicana en Estados Unidos y México. La oferta de Video Rola en el norte y centro de California se comunicará a través de diecisiete transmisiones remotas de radio y otros eventos comunitarios. En Ft. Worth, la oferta se comunicará mediante una serie de tácticas: comerciales diseñados por Video Rola en canales bilingües, anuncios impresos, tarjeta postal por correo directo, avisos colgantes en puertas y volantes. Está programado que la campaña se realice desde el 23 de octubre hasta el 31 de diciembre en ambos mercados.

Acerca de Condista:

Condista es el concentrador premier de programación en español para televisión por cable en Estados Unidos, ofrece 18 redes de cable de la más alta calidad de todo el mundo al público hispano en Estados Unidos. Los canales representados por Condista incluyen Canal 24 Horas, Cine Latino, Canal 52MX, Docu TVE, EcuaTV, El Garage TV, HITN-TV, htv musica, Infinito, SUR, SUR Perú, SUR México, TV Venezuela, Telefe Internacional, TeleFormula, TVE Internacional, Utilisima y Video Rola. Para obtener más información, por favor visite http://www.condista.com/.

Source: Condista

 

A Democrat Majority Would Penalize Americans for Saving, Investing

 

Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) today issued the following statement regarding Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi's voting record on double- taxing:

"Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) is so addicted to tax increases that she has even voted to tax some forms of Americans' income two-times. By double-taxing Americans in these instances, Mrs. Pelosi punishes responsible Americans who work hard and save their money. At the same time, she rewards and encourages the practice of spending money quickly.

"In 2003, Pelosi fought tooth and nail against the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act which was designed to spur economic growth and increase savings. Central to this plan was the reduction in the double taxation on capital gains and dividend taxes. Since the Republicans passed this legislation, more than $14 trillion of new household wealth has been created and the net worth of America's investors increased by $5.7 trillion.

"Cutting these forms of double-taxation has proven to accelerate job and economic growth, as well as consumer spending. Therefore, voting for these tax increases adversely affects economic prosperity for all Americans. The American people ought to ask Leader Pelosi if she is going to increase the double taxation on savings and investment, should she become Speaker someday."

 

North Korea Also a Severe Threat to Its Own People, Report Says

 

Citing the new UN doctrine that each state has "a responsibility to protect" its own citizens from the most severe human rights abuses, a report issued today points to egregious violations of rights by North Korea and calls for immediate action by the UN Security Council under a parallel track to the UN's actions over North Korea's nuclear test. UN sanctions levied earlier this month may inadvertently worsen the abysmal human rights situation.

Failure to Protect: A Call for the UN Security Council to Act in North Korea affirms that "the Security Council has independent justification for intervening in North Korea either because of the government's failure in its responsibility to protect or because North Korea is a nontraditional threat to the peace."

The highly detailed report, based on a careful review of available information, was prepared by the law firm DLA Piper US LLP in cooperation with the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Commissioning the report were Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic; Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway and Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The report can be downloaded from http://www.dlapiper.com/NKReport or http://www.hrnk.org.

Failure to Protect focuses primarily on the active involvement of the government in crimes against humanity through food policy and famine and treatment of political prisoners. The report also describes the way North Korea misallocates its resources through the production of weapons.

"For more than a decade, human rights concerns have been relegated to a second-class status for fear of driving North Korea from the nuclear talks," said Jared Genser, a Washington- based attorney with DLA Piper. "Now that its government has gone ahead with a nuclear test anyway, it is time to have a parallel- track strategy for alleviating the suffering of the North Korea people through Security Council action."

"The nuclear threat posed by the North Korean government has raised concerns all over the world," added Debra Liang-Fenton, executive director of the U.S. Committee. "But no less alarming is the active involvement of the North Korean government in committing crimes against humanity. Now, with sanctions, the people may inadvertently suffer more."

"The situation in North Korea is one of the most egregious human rights and humanitarian disasters in the world today," said Havel, Bondevik and Wiesel in a joint statement. "Yet, sadly, because North Korea is also one of the most closed societies on Earth, information about the situation there has only trickled out over time."

The report recommends the UN Security Council adopt a non- punitive resolution urging the North Korean government to allow open access for international humanitarian organizations to feed its people, calling for the release of political prisoners, as well as insisting that the government allow the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea to visit the country.

 

 

 

 

 


 


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