TPEP — August 12, 2011

Two years ago, if a clerk were caught selling cigarettes to a minor, they’d be issued at $700 fine.  It’s still illegal to sell tobacco products to minors, but enforcement has changed.  Oregon Public Broadcasting radio show, Think Out Loud, had a segment on teenage tobacco use featuring Carl Nelson, Tobacco Retail Inspector, Brett Hamilton of TOFCO, and Sara Hartstein from Benton County.

The Center for Tobacco Products offers a new video on cigarette health warnings that will be required beginning in September 2012.   For more on the FDA’s new graphic warning labels, a New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the expected benefits and provides a slide show of the new labels.


“Did You Know?” is a weekly feature from the CDC  Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

Public Health Law & Policy has just released a new fact sheet: “Electronic Cigarettes: How they Are – and Could Be – Regulated” that provides background on the FDA’s attempts to regulate e-cigarettes and outlines some of the policy options that are available to state and local governments, such as limiting the use or sale of e-cigarettes.

All of the FDA Law Notes are available and you can also view PHLP’s FAQs regarding e-cigarettes.

Articles & Reports

Trends in Home Smoking Bans in the USA, 1995-2007, Tobacco Control, August 3, 2011 Home smoking bans significantly reduce the likelihood of secondhand smoke exposure among children and non-smoking adults.  The prevalence of a complete home smoking ban increased from 58% to 83%.

Q&A: Former FDA Commissioner Talks About Tobacco ABC News, August 5, 2011
More than 15 years have passed since David Kessler first worked to regulate the tobacco industry as a Food and Drug Administration commissioner, and much has changed. The federal agency can now limit tobacco marketing, ban some ingredients, mandate big, graphic labels and outlaw some flavored cigarettes.

One in Four Americans Have Less Respect for Smokers, Gallup Organization¸ August 5, 2011 Anti-smoker bias is higher today than it was two decades ago and smokers today face more social disapproval than those who are overweight,

Early Morning Smokers Have Higher Cancer Risk CNN’s The Chart blog, August 8, 2011
Smokers who indulge in their first cigarette shortly after waking up have an increased risk of developing lung and head and neck cancers, according to two new studies published in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society.

Norwegian Cruise Line to Ban Smoking in Staterooms on All Ships, Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2011 “We’ve been looking at this for a while based on feedback from guests,” says AnneMarie Mathews, vice president of public relations. Mathews says the company received complaints from passengers about smoky smells in staterooms — something she says is “challenging” to remove.

Women May Face Greater Heart Risk from Smoking Than Men HealthDay News, August 10, 2011 Women who smoke have a 25 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than male smokers do, according to a huge, new study.


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