TPEP — August 19, 2011

Podcast: “Knock Tobacco Out of the Park” – Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ advocacy initiative with Major League Baseball to ban smokeless tobacco from the majors. To learn more about the initiative, www.tobaccofreebaseball.org

Articles & Reports

Ban on Smokeless Tobacco in Major League Baseball May be Difficult to Attain, The Star Ledger, August 10, 2011 Smokeless tobacco has been as much a part of baseball as hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks, but the movement to rid the national pastime of tobacco in the major leagues is gaining traction.

Strategies Implemented by 20 Local Tobacco Control Agencies to Promote Smoke-Free Recreation Areas, California, 2004-2007, CDC Preventing Chronic Disease, September 2011 Issue. Since 2000, local jurisdictions in California have enacted hundreds of policies and ordinances in an effort to protect their citizens from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. We evaluated strategies used by state-funded local tobacco control programs to enact local smoke-free policies involving outdoor recreational spaces.

Menthol Cigarette Debate Rages On, Consumer Affairs, August 15, 2011 Does smoking a menthol-flavored cigarette make it harder to quit?  A new study finds that menthol cigarettes are associated with decreased quitting in the United States and this effect is more pronounced for African-Americans and Puerto Ricans.

Tribes Rolling out Cigarettes, Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2011 Cigarette sales have long been part of the economic engines of U.S. tribal reservations, along with casinos and tax-free gasoline sales. “Rising cigarette taxes in some states and steady price increases by big tobacco makers have created opportunities for tribal manufacturers, as strapped consumers seek out cheaper cigarettes, said J.C. Seneca, a Seneca tribe member who owns Six Nations Manufacturing in Irving, N.Y.

At Portland conference, Native American doctors urge a return to old ways to cure a population hit by chronic disease, The Oregonian, August 12, 2011 More than 200 members of the Association of American Indian Physicians at a six-day conference are looking at ways to reduce high death rates afflicting tribes across the country.

Tobacco Companies sue FDA over Graphic Warning Labels, CBS News, August 16, 2011 Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels that include the sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the warnings violate their free speech rights and will cost millions of dollars to print.

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