TPEP – September 2, 2010

Resources

“A Tobacco Free Nation Through Health Education” October 17-23, 2010
National Health Education Week is sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education.  SOPHE has developed a promotional flyer and a planning kit containing tips on how to promote NHEW.

25 of the 50 states now have at least one public housing authority with a smoke-free policy
The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project has released an updated listing of public housing authorities in the U.S. that have adopted smoke-free policies for at least one of their apartment buildings. As of August 2010, 171 local housing authorities in 25 states have adopted smoke-free policies, almost all of them occurring since 2005.  Click here to learn more about the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project.

Conference Presentations Posted Online. Presentations from the national conference, Promising Practices: Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control held in New Orleans, LA, April 27-28, 2010 are now available online.

Reports and Articles

Medicare Expands Coverage of Tobacco Cessation The Hill, August 25, 2010 Under previous rules, Medicare covered tobacco-related counseling only for beneficiaries already suffering from a tobacco-related disease. Under the new policy, Medicare will cover as many as two tobacco-cessation counseling tries each year, including as many as four individual sessions per attempt.

THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND LUNGS, BBC Online, August 27, 2010            In this two-part series for the BBC World Service, Sue Armstrong investigates the growing pressure on developing countries as tobacco companies battle for the hearts and lungs of new smokers.

U.S. TEEN SMOKING RATE DECLINE STALLS, UPI, August 26, 2010             An analysis of the National Youth Tobacco Survey from 2000 to 2009 finds teen cigarette smoking rates among high school students who say they have smoked in the past 30 days declined from 28 percent to 17.2 percent, and among middle-school students it dropped from 11 percent to 5.2 percent for the same time period.

LGBT YOUTH AND SMOKING, The Advocate, August 25, 2010                      Everyone knows that insecurities and peer pressure make teenagers susceptible to tobacco use, but in the case of LGBT youths, it has long been suspected that the unique challenges associated with having a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity heighten their smoking risk. A new survey explores the links between the stress of antigay discrimination and teenage tobacco use and suggests improved prevention strategies.

TOBACCO FIRMS’ WEB IMPACT PROBED, BBC Online, August 25, 2010        The tobacco industry may be using websites such as YouTube to get around a ban on advertising cigarettes, a study says.  Researchers in New Zealand studied YouTube videos and found a number of pro-tobacco videos “consistent with indirect marketing activity by tobacco companies or their proxies”.

WOMEN AND TOBACCO: A FATAL ATTRACTION, World Health Organization, August 2010                                                                                                              Almost the same marketing techniques that have been used to promote smoking among women in developed countries are now being applied to women and girls in developing countries who don’t have a history of cigarette smoking.

AIR FORCE BANS E-CIGARETTES FROM THE WORKPLACE, Stars & Stripes, August 31, 2010                                                                                                                    The military might want its troops to quit smoking, just not by using electronic cigarettes. In recent weeks, the Air Force and at least one Marine base banned the use of the smokeless gadgets from the workplace.

CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT – FOUNDATION AND MTV HOPE CAMPAIGN IS ‘DEAD ON’ WITH YOUTHS, New York Times, August 30, 2010                               When it comes to scaring and delighting youthful audiences these days, zombies are right up there with vampires and werewolves. An effort to discourage smoking among teenagers and young adults is seeking to take advantage of that lively interest in the undead.  The American Legacy Foundation, which sponsors the anti-smoking “Truth” campaign, is joining forces with the MTV cable channel for an initiative called “The Real World: Zombieville.”

Effects of waterpipe tobacco smoking on lung function: A systematic review, Chest, August 2010 A new meta-analysis of six studies suggests that waterpipe tobacco smoking negatively affects lung function, possibly at levels equivalent to cigarette smoking. These results indicate that waterpipe smoking adversely affects lung function, possibly doing the same amount of harm as cigarettes, and could be a cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Tobacco floats new products but relies on pricing Reuters August 26, 2010. Focusing on cigarette prices does not prevent tobacco companies from trying to increase sales volume overall, which has led to the appearance of snus in convenience stores and gas stations.

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