This page provides State, Local, Tribal and Territorial governments with FDA tobacco regulation information. New information and tools will be added on a regular basis.
The FDA would also like to hear about additional information you would like to see on the site, what currently posted material is not useful, and how this information can best be presented. Input should be shared with Josh Rising and/or Ashley Ross by November 26.
Dancing to the groove of truth®
The largest youth tobacco prevention campaign in the country, truth®, has partnered with MTV Games on a new initiative that will highlight tobacco-related facts in connection with the video game Dance Central. Dance Central is being released for the Kinect for the Xbox 360® system on November 4, and is the first controller-free, body tracking, fully immersive dance video game. The partnership will include an online dance contest, grassroots tour stops, and online outreach.
The 35th Annual Great American Smokeout will be held on November 18, 2010. This event is held each year on the third Thursday in November to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good. Click here to view a sample press release that can be used to promote the event.
Reports and Articles
Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke a Risk of Apartment Living, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, October 2010
The study explains that secondhand smoke from smoke-permitted units is capable of traveling to smoke-free units and adjacent hallways within a building. Scientists at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RCPI) say the findings suggest that individuals living in multiunit housing are particularly susceptible to the health risks of secondhand smoke exposure, and the most effective way to protect apartment residents and their visitors from exposure is by establishing smoke-free zones.
Read more about “Formation of Carcinogens Indoors by Surface-Mediated Reactions of Nicotine with Nitrous Acid, Leading to Potential Thirdhand Smoke Hazards” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES WON’T BE MARKETED TO MINORS, San Diego Union-Tribune, November 1, 2010
The California Attorney General has settled with one company, Smoking Everywhere, over allegations its products were targeted to minors and marketed as safe.
CHARTER AIRLINE GIVES OUT FREE BLU CIGS ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, USA Today, November 2, 2010
Blu Cigs is partnering with a charter jet company to provide free electronic cigarette samples to passengers. It hopes some commercial airlines will consider following suit.
SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS NOT A SAFE OPTION, WON’T HELP SMOKERS QUIT, American Heart Association, September 13, 2010
Smokeless tobacco products should not be used as an alternative to cigarettes or for smoking cessation due to the risk of addiction and return to smoking, according to an American Heart Association policy statement. Smokeless tobacco products such as dry and moist snuff as well as chewing tobacco may also increase the risk of fatal
Smokeless Tobacco Use Widespread in Some States HealthDay News, November 4, 2010
Many smokers in the United States and its territories also use smokeless tobacco products such as snuff and chew tobacco, a combination that makes quitting much more difficult, a new federal study shows. Researchers analyzed data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and found that the rate of smokers who also use smokeless tobacco ranged from 0.9 percent in Puerto Rico to 13.7 percent in Wyoming.