TPEP — August 26, 2011

The FDA has a new docket open for public comments.  The docket will be open until October 11, 2011.  Open Docket on Harmful and Potentially Harmful Constituents in Tobacco Products and Tobacco Smoke.

Articles & Reports

Local example of media advocacy from Coos County: Clean Air at the Fair Makes Sense (editorial, published 7/29) “The anti-tobacco crusaders in the Coos County Health Department have made a good choice for their next smoke-free target. Few environs are more wholesome and youth-oriented than a county fair. Our county health officials have become militant in the past couple of years.” And the response (published 8/6).

Oregon is abdicating its role in battle against tobacco’s seductive lure, Portland Tribune, August 25, 2011 Peter Korn’s article, “State turns blind eye as stores break law” (Aug. 4), underscores Oregon’s need for better enforcement of laws meant to eliminate the sale of tobacco products to minors. Sadly, better enforcement alone is just part of the solution and more attention to the bigger issue is critical.

Where There’s Smoke, There Must Be Enforcement, Portland Tribune, August 18, 2011 When it comes to deciding which laws are the most important ones to enforce, most people would place a high priority on those regulations that protect the health of children.

Some Worry E-Cigarettes May Be Worse than Traditional Ones, ABC Action News, August 16, 2011 Touted as a safer alternative to traditional smoking, electronic cigarettes are supposed to give smokers their nicotine fix without the cancer-causing side effects of tobacco. But some have serious concerns that the battery-operated vaping devices may actually pose more dangers to users.

How Safe is Tobacco that Melts in Your Mouth? TIME Healthland, August 19, 2011
Big name tobacco brands are ramping up their presence in the dissolvable tobacco game, and consumers in test markets, as well as regulators, are trying to figure out what make of the new products.

State Preemption of Local Smoking, Advertising, and Youth Access Restrictions – United States 2000 – 2010, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, August 25, 2011 This report finds there has been no progress in reducing the number of states which preempt local restrictions on tobacco advertising or youth access to tobacco products from December 31, 2000 to December 31, 2010.  This stands in sharp contrast to the marked progress achieved over the past decade in reducing the number of states which preempt local smoking restrictions.

Smoke-Free Policies Could Save Landlords Millions, Imperial Valley News, August 21, 2011 When apartment tenants light up a cigarette, it’s not just their smoking-averse neighbors who suffer.  Landlords are also sucking it up – in increased cleaning costs.

Children with Asthma More Likely to Have Been Exposed to Tobacco Smoking Before Birth, News-Medical.net, August 23, 2011 Children with severe asthma are 3.6 times more likely to have been exposed to tobacco smoking before birth – even without later exposure – than children with a mild form of the disease.

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