TPEP — February 11, 2011

An original CNBC documentary, Cigarette Wars, premieres Wednesday, March 2nd. Cigarette Wars goes inside America’s original cash crop – the companies that sell tobacco, the people who smoke it, the elected officials who are trying to get rid of it, the federal law enforcement agencies who are fighting it on the black market, and the Kentucky farmers who grow it.

Resources

The Health Indicators Warehouse is a collaboration of many federal agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, providing a single, user-friendly source for national, state and community health indicators.  Access to high quality data improves understanding of a community’s health status and determinants and facilitates the prioritization of interventions.

The Center for Tobacco Products’ new webpage Menthol Report: What to Expect outlines what is to come over the next few months as the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee finalizes its report and recommendations on the impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes on the public’s health.

Reports & Articles

Tobacco Taxes and their Impact on Populations of Low Socioeconomic Status Break Free Alliance has recently released an updated version of their report, including several useful recommendations for pursuing tobacco tax increases.

Forcing the Navy to Sell Cigarettes on Ships: How the Tobacco Industry and Politicians Torpedoed Navy Tobacco Control, American Journal of Public Health, January 2011

Efforts to restrict tobacco sales and use aboard the USS Roosevelt prompted industry lobbyists to persuade Congress to legislate that all naval ships must sell tobacco.

Smoke Free Housing News

iPhone Quit-Smoking Apps Don’t Make the Grade, Center for the Advancement of Health, February 8, 2011

A new study finds that iPhone software applications designed to help people quit smoking do not meet accepted standards.  The 47 apps reviewed rarely helped users get assistance through counseling, hotlines or anti-smoking medications.

Depictions of Tobacco Use in 2007 Broadcast TV Programming for Youth, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, February 2011

A new report shows substantial amounts of tobacco images in TV programming most popular with young people who are at the greatest risk of initiating smoking.  Forty percent of TV episodes examined had at least one depiction of tobacco use.  Of these depictions, 89% were of cigarettes.  The percentage of episodes with any tobacco use was highest on the FOX network, followed closely by The CW.  Read more at MediaPost or from Legacy.

42% Cigarette Litter Reduction in National Grassroots Program, Keep America Beautiful, February 10, 2011

Keep America Beautiful reports that in 2010 there was an average 42 percent reduction of cigarette litter in the communities implementing Keep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

OSU Group Plans to Snuff out Smoking on Campus, Corvallis Gazette-Times, February 10, 2011

OSU’s 13-member Smoke-Free Review Task Force is moving ahead with plans for a comprehensive ban on all smoking on campus by the fall of 2012.  Smoking already is prohibited in campus buildings.

Tobacco-Free Hiring in Workplaces, New York Times, February 11, 2011

Smokers now face another risk from their habit: it could cost them a shot at a job.  More hospitals and medical businesses in many states are adopting strict policies that making smoking a reason to turn away job applicants.

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