TPEP — August 5, 2011

Resources

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products released a new set of consumer fact sheets on a variety of topics including the Tobacco Control Act and Regulations Restricting the Sale, Distribution, and Marketing of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco.

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has released new tips and tool sheets that provide information on tobacco pricing policy issues.  The Consortium’s new documents address cigarette minimum pricing laws, price-related promotions for tobacco products, and the taxation of tobacco products. The documents are part of a series of tobacco policy guides, and are intended to be a starting point for organizations interested in implementing tobacco control measures.

‘Native Communities’ is a new topic area on the “Tobacco’s Target Populations” section of the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights website.  The Native Communities page of the ANR website features information about the traditional use of tobacco in American Indian life, as well as resources for working with Native American tribes to help reduce the use of commercial tobacco products by tribal members and to adopt smoke-free policies.

Articles & Reports

Smoking Ban Expanded at County’s Behavioral Health Services Complex, Eugene Register-Guard, July 30, 2011 Lane County government has added another property to the growing list of sites nationwide where smoking is entirely banned, indoor and out.

State turns blind eye as stores break law, Portland Tribune, August 4, 2011 Oregon has the highest rate of tobacco sales to minors.  Nationally, the rate for teens able to illegally buy cigarettes from retailers is 9 percent. It has dropped steadily for 15 years. Oregon’s rate has steadily increased since 2006 to its current 19 percent. Last year in Multnomah County, teens were able to successfully buy tobacco products 24 percent of the time.

Cigarette Marketing Declined, but Smokeless Tobacco Marketing Doubled, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, August 1, 2011 The Federal Trade Commission on Friday reported that cigarette marketing expenditures in the United States declined from $12.5 billion in 2006 to $10.9 billion in 2007 and $9.9 billion in 2008.

Eco-Friendly Cigarette Ads Make Tobacco Foes Fume, USA Today, July 26, 2011 Public health groups have expressed outrage over ads for Natural American Spirit cigarettes that play up the company’s efforts to be eco-friendly.  More on this issue from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and Legacy and a full copy of the ad here.

Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Advertising and Promotion, Federal Trade Commission, July 29, 2011 The amount spent on cigarette advertising and promotion by the largest cigarette companies in the United States declined from $12.49 billion in 2006 to $10.86 billion in 2007, and again to $9.94 billion in 2008, according to a new FTC report.

Fewer Young People See Heavy Smoking as High Risk, MSNBC, July 21, 2011 The perception by teenagers and young adults that heavy cigarette smoking is a high-risk activity has declined in many states, according to a new study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Researchers Understand Why Smokers’ Lungs Don’t Get Better, University of Sydney, July 28, 2011 Cigarette smoke exposure fundamentally alters airway tissue in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even while other aspects of health improve, the lung damage lasts long after a smoker quits.

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