TPEP — May 27, 2011

Just for Fun

Zombies upstage a routine public health bulletin – the first official CDC instructions on coping with a zombie apocalypse!

Want to see how smoking affects your looks?   The Canadian Lung Association has a new online tool that lets people upload and age their own faces!  “We’re offering people the opportunity to see how they would look in the future if they start smoking or continue to smoke,” says Heather Borquez, CEO and president of the CLA.


This time-lapse map from Policylink shows increasing diversity/people of color in the United States from 1990-2040!

Knock Tobacco out of the Park campaign update
Ten medical and public health groups are continuing their efforts to convince Major League Baseball and the Players Association to agree to a ban on the use of smokeless tobacco in major league baseball – on the field and in the dugout.

  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is asking national, state, and local groups to sign up as supporters of the campaign and encourage their partners to do the same; a list of all supporters can be found here.
  • Organizations interested in having their name listed on the campaign website as a supporter can email to express interest. Public health advocates can also ask their local youth baseball organizations to sign on as supporters of the campaign.

Keeping Your Hospital Property Smoke-Free how-to manual from the Joint Commission is designed for healthcare organizations looking to sustain and enforce their smoke-free hospital property policies.

World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2011 World No Tobacco Day is a yearly celebration led by the World Health Organization to inform the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

New policy guides available from Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s series of short guides, Tobacco Policy Tips and Tools, provides helpful background information on timely tobacco policy issues.  New publications include:

New SOPHE website on tobacco control and prevention
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has launched a new micro-website for Clearing the Air: Influencing Tobacco Control and Prevention Policy.  The site will provide the latest news and resources tobacco control and prevention, information from SOPHE’s national partners, and updates on SOPHE’s efforts to provide technical assistance to matched communities in the areas of coalition building, evaluation, and project support.

Prevention Institute Tools

  • Taking Two Steps to Prevention traces the pathway of illness and injury to community conditions, norms and root factors that cause poor health and inequality. The Two Steps approach helps in planning health strategy and contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.
  • The Spectrum of Prevention describes the elements of a comprehensive community prevention strategy, and shows how a multi-faceted prevention strategy can create synergy and build momentum for improving health.
  • Collaboration Multiplier offers a matrix for creating multi-disciplinary coalitions. It aids coalitions in more effectively identifying their strengths, targeting individual and joint needs, and applying skills – thereby multiplying collective accomplishments.

Articles & Reports

Hookah Bar Slips Through Legislative Loophole, Eugene Register-Guard, May 22, 2011 If Oregon lawmakers pass House Bill 2726, new hookah bars would be banned from opening, but the existing lounges statewide plus any established before July would be grandfathered in.

The Impact of Cigarette Pack Design, Descriptors, and Warning Labels on Risk Perception, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, June 2011 Participants selected larger, pictorial and loss-frame warning labels as more likely to attract attention, encourage thoughts about health risks, motivate quitting, and be most effective.

Reynolds Launches Campaign to Push Smokeless Products, Winston-Salem Journal, May 22, 2011 As New York City’s outdoor smoking ban takes effect, R. J. Reynolds is launching a major advertising campaign for Camel Snus, urging smokers to “reclaim the world’s greatest city.”

New Yorkers Encouraged to Enforce Outdoor Smoking Ban, NY1, May 23, 2011 City officials say the new law is expected to be enforced mostly by New Yorkers themselves, who are urged to call 311 if they spot smokers breaking the law.

Licensing Smokers in Australia?  Public health expert Simon Chapman proposes requiring people to qualify for a license to smoke, like driving a car.  Critics call this plan nonsense.

FDA Takes Action against Illegal Marketing of Tobacco Products,, May 25, 2011 The FDA has issued 11 warning letters to online retailers for illegally marketing tobacco products with misleading or unsubstantiated claims or descriptors indicating they can be used to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease.

Smokeless Tobacco Marketing News from Trash & Trinkets:  Copenhagen’s brand website announced that a line of wintergreen pouches is coming soon and Skoal has continued to promote its new X-tra and Snus styles with email ads. Altria recently announced it would be raising prices on its SLT brand products, including Skoal, Copenhagen and Marlboro Snus.

Cigarette Package Health Warnings and Interest in Quitting Smoking – 14 Countries, 2008-2010, CDC MMWR, May 27, 2011 This report examines smoking prevalence, warning labels, and interest in quitting smoking among adult manufactured cigarette smokers, using data from the 2008–2010 Global Adult Tobacco Surveys conducted in 14 countries


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