TPEP – September 17, 2010

Reports and Articles

Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adult, United States 2009, CDC, September 7, 2010                                                                                               Cigarette smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States, causing approximately 443,000 premature deaths each year.  This Vital Signs report describes how previous declines in smoking prevalence in the US have stalled during the past 5 years; the burden of cigarette smoking continues to be high, especially in persons living below the federal poverty level and with low educational attainment.

Vital Signs: Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, United States 1999-2008, CDC, September 7, 2010                                                                                         This Vital Signs report indicates that secondhand smoke exposure has declined in the US, but that 88 million nonsmokers are still exposed.  Progress in reducing exposure has slowed and disparities in exposure persist, with children being among the most exposed.

AHA: Don’t Be Fooled, Smokeless Tobacco Isn’t Exactly Safe TIME September 13, 2010
If you think that chewing on tobacco is any better for your health than smoking it, the American Heart Association respectfully disagrees. The national nonprofit group released a statement Monday discouraging smokers from relying on smokeless tobacco as an alternative to cigarettes or as a stop-smoking aid.

Positive Return on Investment for States that Invest in Quit Smoking Treatments, PR Newswire, September 14, 2010                                                                   A new study from the American Lung Association and researchers at Penn State University finds that helping smokers quit not only saves lives but also offers favorable economic benefits to states. For every $1 spent on helping smokers quit, states would see $1.26 return.  Read more about Oregon’s specific results here.

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