TPEP – October 29, 2010

Check out this fascinating piece of history from the American Heritage Magazine. THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING: THE HUNDRED-YEAR WAR AGAINST THE CIGARETTE.  “The truly golden age of the antismoking movement in American began in the 1880’s, when a new and deadly manifestation of the smoking habit first appeared in large numbers on the American scene.”

Resources

The first of several Break the Chain campaign materials are now available for distribution, including a window cling and point-of-purchase stickers. An online ordering system is in development so that retailers and tobacco control professionals can order these and other products for their communities and stores.

New Public Service Campaign Sheds Light on the Deadly Consequences of Secondhand Smoke

A new secondhand smoke campaign from Legacy highlights the tragic situation faced by many Americans who work in the restaurant and bar industries: balancing the real-life dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace and the need to work. The new spots  – three print and two radio – reiterate how many workers, needing a job, simply have no choice in the matter.

The spots are available to media, public health organizations, and government entities for full use. Organizations interested in these ads can visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Media Communications Resource Center.

Share Valuable Quit Smoking Resources during Native American Heritage Month

In November, America celebrates Native American Heritage Month. As the month focuses on the rich contributions Native Americans have made to our history and our culture, it is also an opportunity to address current issues and challenges in the Native community. Nearly 25 percent of Native Americans smoke, and nearly 18 percent of Natives lose their lives to cancer. While sacred and ceremonial tobacco use is a major part of celebrating Native culture, we know that this use does not resemble the commercial cigarette smoking that causes tobacco-related diseases, including cancer. Native Americans continue to smoke cigarettes at high rates.  Read more from Legacy.

Reports and Articles

Eleven Original Articles Illustrate Impact of Social Factors on Health and Health Care Journal of Health and Social Behavior, October 2010
This supplemental issue explores the contributions that social and behavioral scientists have made in reframing public understanding of health and health care issues, including reshaping the health reform debate. Among other highlights, several of the journal articles emphasize the persistent inequalities in health and health care in the United States by social status (i.e., education, income, and occupation) as well as race and ethnicity, and demonstrate how these disparities influence the ways in which Americans use the health care system.

No-Smoking Rules Move to Condos, Apartment Complexes Associated Press, October 17, 2010
No-smoking signs are popping up at some apartment complexes and condos, barring people from lighting up even in their own homes. And in places where smoking is permitted, tenants and owners are beginning to seek protection from the secondhand smoke they say is seeping into their apartments.

Smoke Free Parks Update

And more locally, Salem City Council may consider smoking ban in city parks!

New York City Bans Flavored Tobacco Products

Mayor Bloomberg signed legislation on Wednesday to prohibit the sale of most forms of flavored tobacco products in New York City. The new law is more extensive than the federal Food and Drug Administration’s ban on candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes, which took effect last month. The ban includes cigars and smokeless tobacco, and covers “chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice flavors,” but exempts “tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen flavors.”

Common Anxiety Disorders Make it Tougher to Quit Cigarettes, October 25, 2010

Researchers may have pinpointed a reason many smokers struggle to quit: smokers with a history of anxiety disorders are less likely to quit smoking.

Heavy Smoking Linked to Alzheimer’s, Health Day, October 25, 2010

Heavy smoking in middle age is associated with a 157% increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and 172% risk of developing vascular dementia.

Chewing Tobacco Use Rises Among High-School Boys, San Jose Mercury-News, October 25, 2010

The use of chewing tobacco is rising among high school boys, even as overall tobacco use continues to fall, and anti-tobacco forces want Major League Baseball to step to the plate and ban the substance from its fields.

Much heated puffing among minority groups over menthol cigarette ban, LA Times, October 18, 2010

The FDA’s deliberations over a possible ban on menthol cigarettes have touched off a firestorm of debate within the African American community, and among public health groups divided about how to wean black consumers from their heavy dependence on cigarettes spiked with the minty flavoring.

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