TPEP — August 6, 2010

In the tobacco industry: two worlds – photojournalist travels to China and India to investigate the tobacco industry, looking for the reality “behind a puff of smoke, behind this simple, apparently inoffensive, action.”


Call for Nominations: 2010 Community Activist Award

The award celebrates exceptional individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to creating a tobacco-free world in their local community. Each nominee must be a recognized leader in his or her community with experience spearheading innovative and influential tobacco control projects, especially those that reflect Legacy’s mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. The winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium. The deadline for nominations is September 17, 2010.

Tobacco regulation education from CDC and FDA
The CDC and the FDA are seeking support in educating consumers, public health partners, and the general public about new tobacco regulations prohibiting the use of words like “light,” “low,” or “mild” on tobacco products. To aid OSH and the FDA in spreading the word about this regulation, tobacco control advocates can:

  • Post a “Light/Low/Mild: No such thing” button on their organization’s website. Clicking on the button will take visitors to a website providing consumer-directed information about the regulations and links to other resources.
  • Encourage others to send Health-e-Cards emphasizing the value of being tobacco-free and explaining that there is no safe cigarette.
  • Inform others of a new widget on FDA’s website. Widgets enable users to embed content from another website onto their website, which will be automatically updated.
  • Follow CDCTobaccoFree on Twitter and re-tweeting messages related to the regulations.
  • Become a fan of the CDC’s Facebook page and share new “Light/Low/Mild: No such thing” status updates.
  • Tell others about a new posting on CDC’s Everyday Health Widget (coming soon)
  • View OSH’s new entry on CDC’s MySpace page
  • Follow OSH on GovLoop, a social networking site for the federal government community.
  • Subscribe to CDC’s Smoking and Tobacco Use main RSS feed

Meeting Materials from FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

An archived webcast and additional meeting materials from the July 2010 meeting of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee are now available.

Reports and Articles

Movie Ratings Downplay Smoking Risk, July 2010

Three years after the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners announced they would include smoking when assigning ratings to films, a new report from Legacy shows that more than half of widely released films showing tobacco were youth rated (that is, carrying a rating of G, PG or PG-13).

Five states increased cigarette taxes in July

Hawaii, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina, and Utah all implemented cigarette tax increases starting July 1. The increased taxes are designed to help states fight budget deficits as well as to discourage smoking. The average state cigarette tax is now $1.45 per pack. See a list of current state cigarette taxes and rankings.

Electronic Cigarettes Require More Suction than Conventional Brands Media Newswire August 3, 2010

Stronger suction is required to smoke “electronic cigarettes” – marketed as tobacco-free nicotine delivery systems – than conventional brands, with possible adverse effects on human health, according to researchers at the University of California.

Smokefree Parks Update


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