TPEP — June 3, 2011

Hookah in the news!

Hookah featured in Florida yearbook sparks controversy.  Principle Jim Michaels says the yearbook staff just wanted to show a slice of teenage life.

Putting a Crimp in the Hookah, New York Times, May 31, 2011 In California, Connecticut and Oregon, state lawmakers have introduced bills that would ban or limit hookah bars, and similar steps have been taken in cities in California and New York.

Resources

The Center for Tobacco Product’s new Health Fraud webpage provides information about the illegal marketing of tobacco products with misleading claims of less harm or reduced risk of disease.

Articles & Reports

Cigarette Packaging Still Too Alluring HealthDay, May 27, 2011 Savvy tobacco companies are using color and other design elements to circumvent new U.S. regulations that crack down on misleading cigarette packaging, researchers say.

Smokeless Smokers The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 2011
The air around e-cigs is thick with all sorts of disputed facts and friction, including whether they are effective nicotine replacement therapies like the patch, or – with flavors ranging from banana split to bacon – whether they entice young people who never have smoked.

Developing-World Lung Cancer: Made in the USA, The Atlantic Monthly, May 24, 2011 Even as American has curtailed smoking at home, it has helped Big Tobacco thrive abroad.  Will the double standard ever end?

The Tobacco Campaigns, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retrospectives, May 2011 This report shares the story of the efforts of RWJF and partners to reduce tobacco use and the profound changes that have resulted in social norms about smoking.

The New Prevention Fund – An Investment in the Future Health of America, March 2011 This report details what each state is receiving from the Prevention Fund this year to reduce disease rates in the state and help ensure today’s children are not the first generation in U.S. history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parent. CPPW specific success stories are also available

Smoking Could Kill 8 Million A Year By 2030 Reuters, May 31, 2011
Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

China’s Snapshot Campaign to Ban Tobacco in Hospitals, China Daily, May 26, 2011 Initiated by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the division of Health Promotion and Education with the Ministry of Health, the “Smoking Snapshot” campaign began Thursday and is intended to ridicule smoking in hospitals and public health institutions.

Grim Images Join Tough New Cigarette Warnings, MSNBC, June 1, 2011 The new warnings, proposed by the FDA, show shocking images that the agency hopes will convince smokers to kick the habit.  CBS News provides a collection of 55 graphic warning labels from around the world.

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