TPEP — March 11, 2011

Cigarette Wars aired on CNBC last week – did you catch it?  And the Library of Congress digs up what was probably the first cigarette commercial ever made – back in 1897!

Resources

Policy Options for Smoke-Free Vehicles A policy brief released by the Public Health Law Center presents a concise overview of the public health rationale for regulating secondhand smoke in vehicles

Free Become an Ex Cards As part of an ongoing promotion of BecomeAnEX.org, Legacy is offering free info cards that you can distribute to smokers you serve.  Order the free cards here and help put EX resources in front of smokers.

FDA’s Spanish-Language Website The new website is part of the FDA’s to reach the Spanish-speaking community and provide key information to you as we work together to reduce the public health burden of tobacco use.

Reports & Articles

Liquor Store Installs Cigarette-Rolling Machine, KPTV, March 9, 2011       The Hollywood Liquor Store in SE Portland is the first store in Oregon to install an automated cigarette-rolling machine, which enables the store to offer cigarettes at half the normal price.  Read more at the Portland Tribune

Report on Secondhand Smoke-Related Hospital Admissions, American Journal of Public Health, March 2011   Researchers studied the relationship between Arizona’s 2007 law that bans smoking in public places and hospitalization rates for a range of ailments related to secondhand smoke exposure.

Researchers See Big Drop in Kid’s Ear Infections, Associated Press, March 4, 2011 Ear infections, a scourge that has left countless tots screaming through the night, have fallen dramatically, and some researchers suggest a decline in smoking by parents might be part of the reason.

Female ‘Empowerment’ is Great – Except When It Comes to Smoking, TIME Magazine, March 2, 2011  Going forward, rates of smoking in women are expected to rise in poor countries, closing the gender gap, according to the World Health Organization.

Los Angeles Prepares to Roll Out Smoking Ban in Outdoor Dining Areas, Torrance Daily Breeze, March 4, 2011  Los Angeles is gearing up to become the nation’s largest city with smoke-free outdoor dining. Starting Tuesday, it will be illegal to smoke in outdoor dining areas throughout the 500-square-mile city, including at restaurant patios and around mobile food trucks.

Drury Campus to go Tobacco-Free, Springfield News-Leader, March 4, 2011 Drury University will become a tobacco-free campus with the beginning of the fall semester in 2012.

Students to Vote on Western Tobacco Policy, St Joseph News-Press, March 5, 2011  Students at Missouri Western State University will decide next week by online vote if their campus becomes tobacco-free.  Montana State University students are also voting this week on a tobacco-free campus.

Cigarette Smoking in Housing Units Unsafe, The Epoch Times, March 3, 2011 “Parents try so hard to protect their children from dangers, such as tobacco smoke.  It’s surprising to realize that too many parents have no control over whether their children are exposed to secondhand smoke in their own homes.”

Passive Smoking Raises Breast Cancer Risk, National Health Service (UK), March 3, 2011 “Second-hand tobacco smoke as a child or adult appears to increase the risk of breast cancer,” reports the BBC News.

Leading Health Groups Launch National Campaign for Tobacco-Free Baseball, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, March 3, 2011  Ten major medical and public health groups have joined together to urge Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to ban tobacco use by players, managers, coaches and other staff at major league ballparks.  Check out the new campaign at www.TobaccoFreeBaseball.org.

Secondhand Smoke Risk Penetrates Womb, MedPage, March 7, 2011  Nonsmoking women who breathe secondhand smoke during pregnancy increase their risk of stillbirth and a range of birth defects.  Watch video coverage of this study at CNN’s The Chart Blog.

‘Rango’ Smokes the Box Office – and for some, that’s a problem, Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2011  The American Legacy Foundation, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Academy of Pediatrics are criticizing the presence of tobacco in this PG-rated animated film.

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