TPEP — July 15, 2011

New York in the 1900s: When Cigarettes Ruled the World You don’t see cigarette ads anymore. That’s of course due to the many sorts of bans on tobacco advertising put in place over the years, but for the health benefits we’ve gained from decreased cigarette visibility, the world has missed out on some excellent graphic design.

Articles & Reports

World Health Organization Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011, July 7, 2011    This report is the third in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the epidemic and measures to stop it. The report finds that countries are making significant, measurable progress in implementing proven measures to reduce tobacco use.  Roughly 3.8 billion people (55% of the world’s population) are covered by at least one measure at the highest level of achievement, including 1.1 billion people covered by a new policy since 2008.

City vs. Country: Who is Healthier? The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2011
For many urban dwellers, the country conjures up images of clean air, fresh food and physical activities. But these days, Americans residing in major cities live longer, healthier lives overall than their country cousins—a reversal from decades past.

Stopping Smoking when Already Pregnant Can Boost Baby’s Health, The Guardian, July 6, 2011 Babies born to mothers who stop smoking in early pregnancy are similar weight to those born to mothers who never smoked.

Smoking during Pregnancy Raises Birth Defect Risk, BCC Online, July 11, 2011 Women who smoke while pregnant should be aware that they are increasing the chances their baby will be born malformed.

Secondhand Smoke Boosts Kids’ ADHD, Learning Disability Risks, CNN, July 11, 2011 Two new studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics look at how exposure to secondhand smoke affects American youths’ learning behaviors and their attitudes toward smoking.

Corporations Tell Smoking Employees to Pay More for Health Insurance, Huffington Post, July 6, 2011 If you smoke, you’ll pay more.  That’s the message and policy coming out of some of the country’s largest corporations, most recently joined by Macy’s.

In smokefree policy news:

New Study Examines the Changes in Marketing of Smokeless Tobacco, American Legacy Foundation, July 5, 2011 A new study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research finds that print advertisements for smokeless tobacco products have increased, especially in publications targeting males.


Smoking in Top-Grossing Movies – United States, 2010, CDC MMRW, July 14, 2011 Adolescents with the highest amount of exposure to onscreen smoking are about twice as likely to begin smoking as those with the least exposure. Policies designed to reduce onscreen tobacco use can substantially reduce tobacco incidents in youth-rated movies. The National Cancer Institute has concluded that studies indicate a causal relationship between exposure to depictions of smoking in movies and youth smoking initiation.


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