HAHRC Beats: ‘Change is in our air’
By BELINDA BALLAH
Tobacco prevention specialist
There is a growing move toward protecting our air that we breathe from toxins that are known to cause cancer. In an effort to do this, you may be noticing more signage around our community that promotes healthy living. Within the last six months, Hood River County facilities, parks and forests have gone tobacco- and smoke-free, along with the Parks and Recreation District, the Library District, Mt. Hood Town Hall, the Power Station and all Hood River Chamber events.
By tobacco- and smoke-free policies being adopted, not only are we protecting our air but we are also protecting our youth. We as a community are making the statement that tobacco use is not the norm.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, at current rates 74,000 kids now under 18 and alive in Oregon will die prematurely from smoking. The younger someone starts, the harder it is for them to quit.
Our youth are not the only ones that are affected by tobacco. Nine percent of adults in Hood River County regularly smoke cigarettes, according to the Oregon Health Authority. This may not seem like a lot, but when you consider that $6 million is spent on medical care due to tobacco use, 32 people have died in the last year from tobacco and 620 people suffer from a serious illness caused by tobacco, it is simply too high (Oregon Health Authority, County Fact Sheet 2013).
Reports and Articles
How Oregon fails kids when it comes to smoking
Portland Business Journal: December 9 , 2013
About 9.4 percent of high school students in Oregon smoke, and more than 2,900 kids in the state take up the habit each year.
According to a report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Oregon is not doing enough to snuff out the trend. The group on Monday released a report titled“A Broken Promise to Our Children,” an annual report that looks at how states are spending the tobacco revenue they receive each year from the 1998 tobacco settlement.
Oregon ranks No. 19 among states for funding to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers quit. Here’s the state stacks up by the numbers
Broken Promises to Our Children
CTFK recently released how states are funded for tobacco programs, related to CDC recommended funding.
Monday (December 9), the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and our public health partners released our annual report ranking the states on their funding of tobacco prevention and cessation programs. We are releasing the report, titled “A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 15 Years Later,” along with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.
We have now posted the press releases for each state at: http://tfk.org/statereport_resources. This year, we have also created a downloadable infographic for each state, which you can find on the same web page as the press releases. We encourage you to share this infographic on your social media channels. We are using the hashtag #fighttobacco when tweeting about the report.
The full report and related materials are posted at: http://tfk.org/statereport.
THPRD smoking ban unanimously approved by district directors
The Oregonian: December 9, 2013
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District Board of Directors unanimously approved a smoking ban for all district facilities that will go into effect Feb. 1, 2014.
The board heard the second reading of the ordinance to ban smoking and opened the second and final public hearing regarding the ban on Monday, Dec. 9.
The district has been considering the ban for several months, with two open meetings in the fall and a formal public hearing during the Nov. 4 board of directors meeting.
The district received no formal comments from the public between the November hearing and Dec. 9.
The ban will prohibit “inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated tobacco or other non-tobacco legal/illegal smoking substance” on or in district properties, according to the text of the ordinance.
Oregon could ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors (poll)
The Oregonian: December 4, 2013
They come in flavors like gummy bear, chocolate and bubble gum — and there’s nothing in Oregon law to prevent minors from picking up the latest candy-flavored electronic cigarette.
That worries lawmakers, who fear such flavors in the growing e-cigarette market will simply entice more youths to start smoking.
Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, hopes to change that and plans to introduce legislation in the February 2014 session to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Officials with tobacco companies and health organizations say they support such efforts, paving the way for possible passage.
Use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) impairs indoor air quality and increases FeNO levels of e-cigarette consumers
ScienceDirect: December 6, 2013
Despite the recent popularity of e-cigarettes, to date only limited data is available on their safety for both users and secondhand smokers. The present study reports a comprehensive inner and outer exposure assessment of e-cigarette emissions in terms of particulate matter (PM), particle number concentrations (PNC), volatile organic compounds (VOC), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), carbonyls, and metals. In six vaping sessions nine volunteers consumed e-cigarettes with and without nicotine in a thoroughly ventilated room for two hours. We analyzed the levels of e-cigarette pollutants in indoor air and monitored effects on FeNO release and urinary metabolite profile of the subjects. For comparison, the components of the e-cigarette solutions (liquids) were additionally analyzed.
Our data confirm that e-cigarettes are not emission-free and their pollutants could be of health concern for users and secondhand smokers. In particular, ultrafine particles formed from supersaturated 1,2-propanediol vapor can be deposited in the lung, and aerosolized nicotine seems capable of increasing the release of the inflammatory signaling molecule NO upon inhalation. In view of consumer safety, e-cigarettes and nicotine liquids should be officially regulated and labeled with appropriate warnings of potential health effects, particularly of toxicity risk in children