Beauty myth, workplace stress, drive girls to smoking and drinking

This video from the USA is Naomi Wolf on The Beauty Myth.

7 September 2010.

Translated from Dutch daily De Telegraaf (a politically Rightist daily, before anyone comments about “liberal feminist propaganda blah blah blah”):

The pressure on young women to look attractive and stress in the workplace makes them start to smoke and drink earlier.

This becomes apparent from a study by Girlguiding, a British organization organizing activities for girls.

GirlGuide UK launches campaign to raise awareness of the image issues facing teenage girls: here.

Using a Robot to Throw a Wrench Into the Stereotyping of Girls: here.

No young person can get through high school without being acutely aware of the pressures on physical appearance and personal image: here.

Smoking: The Next Generation (smoking is bad for your children’s fertility): here.

The idea that biology leads to fundamental differences in men and women’s behaviour has become common sense. Cordelia Fine spoke to Siân Ruddick about why this pseudo-science is wrong—and is a justification for women’s oppression: here.

Thin women earn more than fatter colleagues: here.

International trade union movement reaffirms its support for the World March of Women: here.

Female fetuses exposed to tobacco smoke may have increased diabetes risk in middle age: here.

Second hand smoke raises kids’ blood pressure: here.

A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that children who are exposed to passive smoke have almost double the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood compared with non-exposed children: here.

Two thousand public health campaigners picketed a large international tobacco fair in Manila on Thursday, condemning the event for enabling transnationals to push their deadly product in the Philippines and throughout Asia.

QUIT SMOKING, TODAY “‘Vape’ may be the word of the year, but the days of smoking being in vogue have long passed. The habit, which can cause cancer, stroke and heart disease (not to mention it’s expensive), may not be easy to kick but it’s essential. Once you do, your health drastically begins to improve. Just in the first 24 hours without cigarettes, your chance for heart attack decreases.” [HuffPost]

Alcohol, smoking and obesity fuel ‘alarming’ global cancer surge: here.

THE DROP IN CIGARETTE SMOKING “Cigarettes used to be everywhere in American society. Fifty years ago, 42.4 percent of U.S. adults smoked. Since then, that figure has declined by more than half, reaching a record low 17.8 percent in 2014. What’s more, the rate is still dropping.” [HuffPost]

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BIG SUPPORTER OF TOBACCO INDUSTRY “From Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have become the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging in a worldwide effort to fight antismoking laws of all kinds, according to interviews with government ministers, lobbyists, lawmakers and public health groups in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.” [NYT]

E-CIGARETTES ACCUSED OF DIRECTLY TARGETING SUMMER CAMPS A House subcommittee accused Juul Labs, the popular e-cigarette company, of waging a “sophisticated” effort to target teenagers and children at schools and summer camps in its bid to become the largest seller of vaping devices in the country. [HuffPost]

STATE ACCUSES E-CIGS OF MARKETING TO YOUTH North Carolina has filed lawsuits against eight e-cigarette companies, accusing the businesses of marketing to children. Attorney General Josh Stein said he’s filing eight complaints that allege these companies violate the North Carolina Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Act. [HuffPost]

CALIFORNIA SUES JUUL The state of California sued e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., alleging the San Francisco company engaged in a “systematic” and “wildly successful” campaign to attract teenagers to its nicotine devices. [Reuters]

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  11. Dear friends,

    The tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing Uruguay for having some of the best anti-smoking laws in the world, and there’s a good chance it could win, unless we strengthen the fight in court.

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    Let’s tell the court that this doesn’t just affect Uruguay — if Big Tobacco gets their way it opens the door for challenges everywhere — companies already have at least 4 other countries in their crosshairs, and many more have anti-smoking laws at risk.

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    Uruguay requires 80% of the cigarette package to be covered with medical warnings and graphic images. Smoking had reached crisis levels, killing around 7 Uruguayans each day, but since this law was put in place smoking has decreased every year! Now tobacco giant Philip Morris is arguing that the warning labels leave no space for its trademarks.

    It’s all part of a global Philip Morris strategy to sue and intimidate countries. The company already slapped an expensive lawsuit on Australia — and if it wins against Uruguay, it could run cases against more than a hundred other countries including France, Norway, New Zealand, and Finland who are all considering new life-saving legislation.

    Experts say Philip Morris has a good chance of winning because it’s using a closed door international tribunal that ruled for corporations two-thirds of the time last year. And their rulings are binding, even though many of the judges are private citizens with corporate ties instead of impartial legal experts. It’s up to us to force them to consider the devastating effect their ruling could have on health across the world.

    Uruguay has its own legal team, but they’re rightly focused on arguing their individual defence. We can submit a unique legal argument about how this ruling would set a precedent for every country with smoking laws and a similar trade agreement. And we can show the court that public opinion is behind them if they rule in favour of Uruguay and health protection everywhere.

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    When big corporations launch deadly attacks on our public good, our community has jumped into action — from Monsanto to H&M, we’ve made sure that profits don’t come before people. This is our chance to do it again, for all of us.

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    Uruguay sued by cigarette makers over anti-smoking laws (BBC)

    Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging (NPR)

    Big Tobacco puts countries on trial as concerns over TTIP deals mount (The Independent)

    The Secret Trade Courts (New York Times)

    Recent Trends in IIAs and ISDS (UN Conference on Trade and Development)

    Click to access webdiaepcb2015d1_en.pdf

    The arbitration game (The Economist)


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  14. Wednesday 8th June 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    STANDARDS of beauty are becoming ever harder to meet as the media intensifies its distorted perceptions of what a “normal” body looks like, scientists conclude in a report out today.

    University of Birmingham researchers’ report The Changing Requirements of Beauty found that extreme practices, including plastic surgery, are becoming commonplace.

    It also revealed how the understanding of what is and isn’t “normal” was increasingly underpinned by value judgements, with women in particular put under pressure to conform.

    Lead researcher Professor Heather Windows said: “As practices like Botox and breast implants become normalised, rather than just for the rich and famous, it may be that these practices also become regarded as routine and required for all.”


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