TPEP – December 10, 2010

How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General, December 2010

This report contains important new information on how tobacco smoke causes disease and explains why it is crucial to stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

NACDD & ACHIEVE, Changing Policies, Changing Lives

This web-based report is designed to share the stores and experiences from ACHIEVE communities with others to continue to promote building healthy communities through policy, systems and environmental change strategies.  Read real examples of community-based improvements like increased access to and use of attractive and safe locations for engaging in physical activity; revised school food contracts that include more fruits and vegetables and whole grain foods; ordinances that protect children and adults from exposure to secondhand smoke; and requirements for sidewalks to make them more pedestrian friendly.

Healthy People 2020

On December 2nd, the US Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, including a new emphasis on the social determinants of health.

FDA Experimental Study of Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels, Final Results Report For more information on the Proposed Cigarette Product Warning Labels, visit www.fda.gov/cigarettewarnings/

FDA Loses Appeal, Can’t Regulate E-Cigarettes as Drug, Business Week, December 7, 2010  The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said today the FDA can only regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. The ruling means the government can oversee the marketing of the products, not restrict their sale.

European Union Proposes End to Branded Cigarettes, Advertising Age, December 1, 2010  EU considering requiring cigarette packages to only carry warning and brand name in plain text.

Oil, Pharmaceutical, Health Insurance and Tobacco Top the List of Industries that People Thing Should Be More Regulated, PR Newswire, December 2, 2010   A new Harris Poll finds that oil, pharmaceutical, health insurance and tobacco industries top the list of industries that people believe should be more regulated.  These industries are the least likely to be thought of as honest and trustworthy (only 2% of people trust the tobacco industry).

E-Cigarettes are Unsafe and Pose Health Risks, University of California, December 3, 2010  UC Riverside researchers call for e-cigarettes to undergo safety evaluation.

Smokeless Tobacco Picking up Steam, Chicago Tribune, December 7, 2010  Other tobacco products are going in popularity as smokers turn to cheaper and less obtrusive alternatives to cigarettes.

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