Funding Opportunities- March 19, 2015

CDC Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
CDC plans to award approximately $2.5 million over five years to a national organization to disseminate evidence-based cardiovascular disease prevention strategies and resources,  promote the use of consistent cardiovascular messaging, and provide opportunities for sharing of best practices and evidence-based prevention approaches by partners at the state and local level.  More information about the FOA and application requirements is available at  CDC will host an Informational Teleconference to answer questions about the FOA at 2:00 PM (ET) on March 25, 2015. (Teleconference number: 1-800-779-2592; Participant passcode: 3201699).

Call for Sessions Now Open
The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association invites you to submit session or mobile workshop proposals for the 2015 Statewide Planning Conference.  This event will be held on October 15 and 16, 2015 at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Oregon.

Proposals for sessions can address any topic relevant to the planning profession. However, additional consideration will be given to proposals that relate to the three identified tracks – rural, transportation and planning healthy communities. Click here for further submittal information, form and CM criteria. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015.

Training Opportunity- March 19, 2015

Aligning State Cancer Plans with National Priorities
March 25, 2015 at 12pm Pacific Time
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Leading national public health entities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Surgeon General and others have put out a number of priority, strategy, and guidance statements on cancer and chronic disease topics. The GW Cancer Institute’s new Priority Alignment Tool aggregates and streamlines recommendations from 13 major national sources into the top 9 priorities in cancer and chronic disease.  Learn about how this new tool can help Comprehensive Cancer Control programs and coalitions:

  • Gain a better understanding of current national public health priorities
  • Critically assess their cancer plan and activities to identify opportunities for improving alignment with national priorities
  • Draft cancer plan goals, objectives, targets and strategies on national priority topics

The webinar will discuss development of the tool, contents of the tool, and step-by-step guidance on how to use the tool for cancer plan revision purposes.

America Walks Announces 2nd Webinar Series of 2015: “Taking Action at the Local Level”
America Walks’ second free webinar series of 2015 has been scheduled for April and May.
Following the first “Inspiring Stories” Webinar series, “Taking Action at the Local Level” will target advocates and professionals working to build community and institutional support for walkable design.  Each of the Webinars in this series will include a “Call to Action” – a specific task for webinar participants from all over the country to complete that will help move the needle at the local community level.  We will also ask you to report back to us what you did and what happened as a result. Topics include the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative and the “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” recipe for placemaking.

Monday, April 13th (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “The Fine Art of Messaging” – Based on research commissioned by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, this webinar will help you understand which messages about walking and walkability work, and which ones don’t.  Karen Saverino and colleagues at Metropolitan Group will present the results of surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups conducted across the country, that will help us effectively frame the issue of walkable communities.  Your “call to action” will be to build these messages into your next communications initiative.

Thursday, April 23rd (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “Lighter, Quicker Cheaper – And Healthier” - Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces will present health-promoting ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians, and farmers’ market stands.  After the webinar, participants will be ready to create great public places that attract people and provide many ways to get healthy.

DATE TBA, May 2015: “The Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets” – Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx challenged mayors across the country to take a leadership role in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety.   A former mayor himself, Secretary Foxx understands that effective action to reverse the current trend of rising pedestrian injuries and deaths can only be achieved through a partnership between the federal and local governments. This webinar will feature three of the mayors who have responded to the Challenge and task you to get involved in your mayor’s initiative or to get your mayor involved.

America Walks is grateful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.

Building Healthy Academic Communities across the U.S. to:
Prevent and Manage Chronic Conditions- A Solution-Focused Online Panel Discussion
Nearly 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease. One in four has a mental health problem, yet less than 25 percent receive treatment. One in three will have diabetes by 2050. Of every dollar spent on health care in the U.S., more than 75 cents is used to treat chronic disease. About 80 percent of heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes. The health of our country is in crisis.
Join our expert panel for a free webinar discussion of solutions to combat the number one cause of death, disability and rising health care costs: chronic disease.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Register here to join us via live stream.

Taxing E-Cigarettes: The Next (Complicated) Frontier|
Date: Thu, 03/26/2015
Time: 12:00PM
Link: Go To Webinar
This webinar will focus on the surprisingly complex policy considerations involved in e-cigarette taxation. Presenters will discuss key issues to consider in tax policy and will look briefly at jurisdictions that have enacted, or are considering enacting, a tax on e-cigarettes.  Presenters:  Molly Moilanen, Director of Public Affairs, ClearWay Minnesota; Mark Meaney, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.  Moderator: Susan Weisman, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center.

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- March 19, 2015


The Institute of Medicine released a powerful new report finding that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives.
For Immediate Release:  March 12, 2015
Contact:      Peter Hamm, 202-296-5469

 Institute of Medicine Report Provides Powerful Evidence to Increase Tobacco Sale Age to 21 – States and Localities Should Act to Save Lives
Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Highlights of the report are below:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today’s report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a clarion call to states and localities across the country to raise the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21.

This report, by one of the most prestigious scientific authorities in the United States, strongly concludes that boosting the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives. It finds that raising the tobacco sale age will significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking; reduce smoking-caused deaths; and immediately improve the health of adolescents, young adults and young mothers who would be deterred from smoking, as well as their children. Significantly, the greatest impact would be among adolescents 15-17 who would no longer be able to pass for legal age and would have a harder time obtaining cigarettes from their older friends and classmates.

Overall, the report predicts that raising the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 will, over time, reduce the smoking rate by about 12 percent and smoking-related deaths by 10 percent.

This report shows that increasing the tobacco sale age is a key new tool to prevent young people from ever becoming addicted to tobacco and starting on a path that all too often leads to serious disease and premature death. It should be adopted widely along with other proven measures to reduce tobacco use, including higher tobacco taxes, comprehensive smoke-free laws and well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs that include mass media campaigns.

Increasing the sale age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all smoking begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry.  National data shows that 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages of 18 to 21 are a critical period when many smokers move from experimental smoking to regular, daily use. While half of adult smokers become daily smokers before 18, four out of five do so before they turn 21. Increasing the tobacco sale age to 21 will help prevent these young people from ever starting to smoke.

The Institute of Medicine is part of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The report and related materials can be found at

Reports and Articles
cigsstacked New Global Fund to Help Countries Defend Smoking Laws
New York Times: March 18, 2015
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Wednesday that they had started a global fund to help low- and middle-income countries fight legal challenges to their smoking laws by the tobacco industry.
The fund is modest, at least so far, with a total of $4 million from the two charities. But Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the financial data and news company Bloomberg LP, said in a conference call with reporters that the investment was more like an initial marker, and that it was expected to grow as more donors joined the effort.

The Oregon House is expected to vote to ban the indoor use of electronic cigarettes in public places and in workplaces:

Crook County is kicking butts: Central Oregonian:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Washington, DC – Today, Senator Jeff Merkley, joined by Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Markey (D-MA), met with the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products to urge the agency to finalize its plan for regulating tobacco products. During today’s meeting, Senator Merkley also asked for the FDA to strengthen the proposed rules to address flavorings and marketing clearly designed to attract children and to mandate child-proof packaging of liquid nicotine.

“It has been almost six years since the FDA was given the authority to regulate tobacco products like e-cigarettes and tobacco candy, and we are still waiting for some type of regulation,” said Merkley. “In the meantime, more and more children are being introduced to a lifetime of dependence on nicotine through deceptive marketing and flavorings and a complete failure to regulate e-cigarettes. Further delay is unacceptable.”

Seattle officials want to ban smoking in public parks
The Daily Astorian: March 19, 2015
Seattle officials are hoping to expand the city’s smoking ban to public parks.
The Seattle Times reports ( ) Mayor Ed Murray’s administration is asking the Board of Park Commissioners to approve a new rule that would prohibit smoking in all public parks in Seattle.
The new rule would go farther than the city’s current ban, which prohibits smoking, chewing or other tobacco use only within 25 feet of other park patrons and in play areas, beaches or playgrounds.
Breaking the new rule would result in a warning, followed by possible park exclusion for repeated violations.

Development of Targeted Messages to Promote Smoking Cessation among Construction Trade Workers
This article describes the researchers’ formative work to develop targeted messages to increase participation in an existing smoking cessation program among construction workers.

Exhaled Electronic Cigarette Emission: What’s Your Secondhand Exposure?
This brief examines what is currently known about electronic cigarettes and the problem, the source-exposure-dose paradigm applied to electronic cigarettes and future research needs.

Healthy Communities- March 19, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!
The Centers for Disease Control’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign  ( is a multimedia effort promoting colorectal cancer screening. Launched in 1999, this campaign informs Americans, particularly those aged 50 years or older, about colorectal cancer and the importance of screening.

Even 50 years after the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking, research continues to newly identify diseases caused by smoking, including…colorectal cancer.”  (See Executive Summary, Major Conclusion #3)

Tools & Resources – 80% by 2018
Over 170 organizations have committed to the 80% by 2018 colorectal cancer screening goal.
80% by 2018 is a movement in which dozens of organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Visit some of the links below to learn more about this effort and how you can be a part of it.

Vegetarian Diet May Cut Colon Cancer Risk
The New York Times: March 11, 2015
A vegetarian diet, especially one that includes fish, significantly reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, a large new study reports.
Researchers recruited 77,659 men and women from Seventh-day Adventist churches nationwide. Adventists were chosen because they abstain from smoking and drinking, and are encouraged to eat a vegetarian diet. All filled out well-validated questionnaires that included more than 200 food items.
Meat intake in the population was very low: about two ounces a day. During an average of seven years of follow-up, the scientists found 490 cases of colorectal cancer. Over all, after adjusting for many health and behavioral variables, vegetarians had a 21 percent reduced risk compared with nonvegetarians. The results are in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The Cancer You Can Prevent Campaign


Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer but it doesn’t have to be. Screening can prevent the cancer or catch it early when it’s highly treatable. But only 59 percent of Oregonians are getting screened compared to 80.5 for breast cancer screening and 81.7 for cervical cancer screening.

To combat this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a grant to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among Oregonians age 50 to 75 (45 for African Americans) to 80 percent in five years.

The statewide campaign is now underway. In addition to raising screening rates among all Oregonians, the campaign seeks to decrease disparities related to colorectal cancer in specific communities. We are working with partners in African American and Native American communities where there is a higher rate of colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths, and implementing a mini campaign in Eastern Oregon where there are increased barriers to getting screened and is a higher death rate due to colorectal cancer compared to the state average.

Prevent Diabetes STAT website
Prevent Diabetes STAT – Screen, Test, Act – Today™ raises awareness about prediabetes and aims to increase screening, testing and referral to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs that are part of CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) Releases Healthier Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners
This resource provides guidance on how to develop, implement, and partner on initiatives in food retail settings. DNPAO also just released an updated version of Healthier Food Retail: Beginning the Assessment Process in Your State or Community. This resource provides an overview of how to develop a state or community assessment in food retail settings.  

Putting Local School Wellness Policies into Action: Stories from School Districts and Schools
Developed by CDC and USDA, this compilation provides examples of steps and strategies used to implement wellness policies.

CDC and researchers with the Bridging the Gap’s (BTG) National Wellness Policy Study have developed resources with updated data from the 2012-2013 school year (SY):

FDA Releases Menu Labeling Guidance; Senator Calls for Implementation Delay
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released guidance to industry regarding impending menu labeling rules that will require chain restaurants, food retail establishments like grocery and convenience stores, and vending machines —all with at least 20 locations—to disclose calorie information and make additional nutrition information available to consumers upon request. The rule for restaurants and food retail establishments takes effect on December 1, 2015; the rule for vending machines operators takes effect December 1, 2016. At his first hearing as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s agriculture subcommittee, Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., called on the FDA to scale back and delay implementation of the new rules

House Bill Would Provide Tax Incentive for Physical Activity Expenses
Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., introduced the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R.1218), a bill that would expand the definition of a medical expense to include qualified physical activities, such as membership in a fitness facility or equipment purchased for use in a physical activity program. The bill would allow individuals to place up to $2,000 a year in existing pre-tax medical accounts for reimbursement of physical activity expenses.

Reports and Articles
Most Parents Believe Some Sugary Drinks Are Healthy Choices for Kids
RWJF: March 12, 2015
Despite public health messages about the importance of reducing consumption of sugary drinks, many parents believe that some drinks with high amounts of added sugar—especially fruit drinks, sports drinks and flavored water—are healthy options for children, according to a new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, published in Public Health Nutrition.

“Although most parents know that soda is not good for children, many still believe that other sugary drinks are healthy options. The labeling and marketing for these products imply that they are nutritious, and these misperceptions may explain why so many parents buy them,” said Jennifer Harris, PhD, a study author and Director of Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center
Many parents believe that some drinks with high amounts of added sugar—fruit drinks, sports drinks and flavored water—are healthy options for kids. Why? For many parents, it’s the packaging. Which nutritional claims influence parents’ buying decisions? > 

Burger King Quietly Drops Sugary Soft Drinks From Kids’ Menu
Milk and 100% apple juice now displayed as options for younger patrons
Burger King has joined a growing number of fast-food restaurants trying to reduce the unhealthy options on their menus by removing calorie-laden soft drinks from its kids’ menu.
In a statement to USA Today, the fast-food giant said it removed fountain drinks from kids’ menus without fanfare last month “as a part of our ongoing effort to offer our guests options that match lifestyle needs.” Now, instead of Coca-Cola and Sprite, menus display milk or apple juice as options for young patrons.

Food manufacturers target children and change taste palates through sugary foods
March 3, 2015
Companies often claim their marketing is only having an impact on brand preferences, but a study from University of Oregon suggests that children’s taste palates are changing in response to the nutrient-poor, calorie-dense food marketing directed at them. The coordinator of the Children’s Food Campaign explains, “Whilst young children may have innate preferences for slight sweetness, manufacturers and marketers have exploited this so that the taste profile/preference of children is warped – so that appealing to sweet tastes is a self-reinforcing and beneficial choice for manufacturers rather than a neutral choice children make.”

2014 Bicycling and Walking in the U.S. Benchmarking Report
The Report, a collaboration between CDC and the Alliance for Biking and Walking, compiles data on bicycling and walking levels and demographics, safety, funding, policies, infrastructure, education, public health indicators, and economic impacts.

The Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse (BEPHC)
The BEPHC is a resource for training at both the university and professional levels and a source for relevant news and information at this critical intersection of community design and health.

Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment
Developers, owners, property managers, designers, investors, and others involved in real estate decision making can use the report’s recommendations and strategies to create places that contribute to healthier people and communities.

USDA Announces $97 Million Available to Expand Access to Healthy Food, Support Rural Economies
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts, which in turn will increase access to healthy, nutritious food for American families and children.

Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions
Please join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions on April 14-15, 2015 for a public workshop, Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions.

Study Suggests Link Between Adult Diabetes, Exposure to Smoke in Womb
03/07/2015 03:00 PM EST
Review of daughters hints at increased risk in middle age

Study documents sugar industry influence on dental research in the 1960s and 1970s
Posted: 11 Mar 2015 10:16 AM PDT
A new study in PLoS Medicine provides documentary evidence of sugar industry manipulation of research on dental caries in the 1960s and 1970s.
The paper is a formal presentation of an article in Mother Jones (which I wrote about in a previous post)

Stress reduction may reduce fasting glucose in overweight and obese women
A treatment known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) may decrease fasting glucose and improve quality of life in overweight and obese women, new research suggests. The results were presented in a poster at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego.
MBSR is a secular mindfulness meditation program that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The practice of MBSR involves paying attention to one’s thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations in the present moment in a nonjudgmental and nonreactive manner through mindfulness exercises such as breathing awareness. MBSR may be beneficial for overweight and obese women as it has been shown to reduce stress and improve quality of life.

An extra 30 minutes of weekend over-sleeping triggers obesity and diabetes – Think before oversleeping!
A recent study suggests that individuals who try to compensate their weekday sleep loss and make up for it by oversleeping in the weekend are risking their metabolic disruption which could encourage the influx of Type 2 diabetes.

Lead study author Shahrad Taheri, professor of medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha, said “While previous studies have shown that short sleep duration is associated with obesity and diabetes, we found that as little as 30 minutes a day sleep debt can have significant effects on obesity and insulin resistance at follow up.”

Funding Opportunities- February 6, 2015

Human Impact Partners (HIP) is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for our 2015-2016 Health and Equity Fellowship Program. Additional detail can be found at

From June 2015 – May of 2016, HIP will host one Fellow focused on building their leadership and skills in the fields of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Healthy Public Policy (HPP)/Health in All Policies (HiAP).

We are seeking a talented, self-motivated individual who is committed to health and equity for all. The HIP Fellow will be selected with the goals of increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of emerging professionals committed to promoting the consideration of health and equity in decision-making through approaches including Health Impact Assessment and Healthy Public Policy/ Health in All Policies, and building the expertise of communities that are underrepresented in decision-making processes.

Training Opportunities- February 6, 2015

Walk with a Doc: A “Simple” Solution
February 9, 1:00PM
Walk with a Doc is a grassroots effort organized by physicians to bring the benefits of regular exercise and healthy nutrition to the general public. Register.

Boosting Summer Meal Participation: Strategies and Best Practices
February 19, 2:00pm
Join NASBE as we discuss the facts of summer hunger and ways states can boost summer meal participation. Register.

Webinar: A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking Webinar
Tuesday, February 10, 2015  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time

To register:

The Federal Highway Administration just released “A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling,” a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. This webinar offers an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable.

Tamara Redmon, with FHWA’s Office of Safety, will introduce the guide and discuss how it fits within the US Department of Transportation’s Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative.

Laura Sandt, with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, will discuss the content of the new guide and how residents can use it, including how to identify, document, and communicate pedestrian and bicycle safety concerns; engage with a variety of groups and individuals to make improvements; explore various ways in which community members can be involved in implementing programs and changes; gain inspiration and ideas from more than a dozen success stories of other communities; and find additional resources, including tip sheets and sample materials.

Eva Garcia and Ramiro Gonzalez, with the City of Brownsville, Texas, will discuss how, through policies, programming, and new bike/ped facilities, Brownsville, a fast-growing city located on the Texas and Mexico Border with a rich cultural heritage and high poverty rates, and its partners have worked diligently to transform transportation and health within the community.

John Paul Shaffer will discuss Livable Memphis’s successes and lessons learned in advocating for and planning safer streets for bicycling and walking. Livable Memphis has used the principles of the Resident’s Guide to further its work around improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, increasing access to transit, and promoting Complete Streets in the Memphis region.

The guide is available for download at


Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts
Monday, February 23, 2015 1:00-2:30 PM ET
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. The use of electronic health records can play an important role in improving health by supporting tobacco cessation efforts.

This webinar, hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) will explore and identify opportunities for using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve two of the ABCS of Million Hearts: smoking cessation efforts and improving blood pressure control. Furthermore, we will provide an overview and national perspective of EHR use, state and local examples, and available resources to support these efforts.

The intended audience for this webinar includes state health agencies, local health agencies and community-based clinics.

Register at:
NDEP Webinar Series- Population Health Management: Improving Health Where We Live, Work, and Play
Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 12:00 PM EST 1 hour. Click here to register

United States health care costs continue to soar, outpacing inflation and taking up increasingly larger portions of business, government, and consumer budgets. But while costs are rising, overall health and well-being are declining. A population health management approach considers health quality and costs beyond the clinical setting to integrate health information, management, and support into people’s daily lives.

The National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, invite you to join them in this webinar, that will show you a different way to think about health and wellness on the job and in the community.

At this webinar, you will:

  • Recognize the social, economic, and physical environmental factors that contribute to health.
  • Find out how employers and communities can work together to control health care spending plus have a positive influence on health outcomes.
  • Hear how new technologies can be used for patient engagement, education, and management.

Tap into resources for enhancing health management in the workplace, in the home, and in time off.

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization

Tobacco- February 6, 2015


The Society of Toxicology (SOT) the main professional organization for practicing toxicologists. Occasionally, SOT develops position statements on particular issues. Recently, SOT developed a position statement on the hazards of hookah use. They have shareable info graphics as well as the statement itself online

Reports and Articles

UK Government backs standardised packaging of tobacco

MNT: January 23, 2015
After carefully considering the evidence for standardised packaging, and other relevant information, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison confirmed on 21 January that the Government backs the public health case for introducing the policy. Ministers in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will need to confirm whether they consent to the regulations applying to those parts of the UK.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:
Smoking remains one of our most significant public health challenges. It is a major cause of cancer, heart and respiratory disease and almost 80,000 people in England alone die every year from ill health caused by smoking. It places an enormous strain on the NHS.

Typical American Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million During Their Lifetimes
Time January 22, 2015
American smokers spend at least $1 million dollars on cigarette-related expenditures over their lifetimes, according to a state-by-state analysis done by the financial consultancy company WalletHub.
The most expensive state for smokers is Alaska, where the habit costs over $2 million dollars on average. For a bargain, move to South Carolina, but that still comes in at nearly $1.1 million.

Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Health Day  January 21, 2015
Little to no progress is being made in curtailing tobacco use in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association contends.
The Surgeon General’s 1964 report raised the red flag about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco, however, still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year and costs up to $333 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in the United States, says the lung association’s annual report for 2014.
“Despite cutting U.S. smoking rates by half in the last 51 years, tobacco’s ongoing burden on America’s health and economy is catastrophic,” said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association.

The CDC released a Vital Signs report
The report is on the disparities in nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke in the U.S.  The report finds that while nonsmokers’ exposure has been reduced by half between 1999-2012, approximately 1 in 4 nonsmokers remain exposed.

This Vital Signs report highlights the very striking disparities among those Americans who are still breathing secondhand smoke, especially young children, African Americans, people living in poverty, and people living in rental housing.

This report is a great opportunity for tobacco control partners to educate and reenergize our coalitions, community members, local elected officials, and our various public health, healthy housing, ethnic health, faith, and other networks and partnerships that have a stake in supporting smokefree workplaces and housing.

The full CDC Vital Signs is available at Colorful infographics, a fact sheet, a podcast, and other materials are available to help spread the word about this report and to support the work of everyone who is engaged in increasing smokefree air protections.