TPEP — September 9, 2011

The Coalition of National Health Education Organizations is collecting stories from public health programs around the nation on the impact of proposed budget cuts.  If you would like to tell your story or provide CNHEO with any information about your experience, please complete this survey by September 19th.

Articles & Reports

College Campuses Clear the Air, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, September 7, 2011

Prohibitions on smoking in residence halls, classrooms and other indoor spaces have long been common, but increasingly, students and faculty have advocated for — and won — smoke-free policies that apply anywhere on campus, including outdoor spaces such as athletic stadiums and parking lots.

Colleges tell smokers,’ You’re not welcome here’ CNN September 1, 2011  An increasing number of colleges adopted smoke-free or tobacco-free policies in the past few years.  In the past year alone, 120 campuses were added to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation’s list of smoke-free colleges (pdf).

Beach Cleanup Needs Volunteers – No If’s And’s or Cigarette Butts, Siuslaw News, August 30, 2011 The  number-one litter item found by Oregon Beach Clean-up volunteers each year is cigarette filters, which can be highly toxic — and possible infectious — if eaten by children or pets.

How We Can Protect Our Youth from Big Tobacco [opinion], Washington Post, September 1, 2011 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes about how we can protect our youth from Big Tobacco.

Which is Worse in Pregnancy: Snuff or Cigarettes?  Reuters, August 29, 2011

A new Swedish study has shown that babies born to snuff-using mothers were more likely to have breathing problems than those whose moms smoked cigarettes while pregnant.

Study Confirms that Living with a Smoker Increases Absenteeism in School Children, EurekaALert, September 5, 2011 Children who live in households where they are exposed to tobacco smoke miss more days of school than do children living in smoke-free homes, according to a new report from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Adult Smoking in the US, CDC Vital Signs, September 2011

This month, Vital Signs focuses on adult smoking rates and changes in smoking patterns among adult smokers in the United States.  The Vital Signs materials reveal that more efforts are needed to reduce smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in the United States and include direct calls to action for a variety of audiences.




CDC Reports Adult Smoking Rates Are Declining Slowly – Elected Leaders Must Act to Accelerate Progress and Save More Lives, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, September 6, 2011 It is good news for the nation’s health that the adult smoking rate is declining again after stalling for several years and in fact has fallen to the lowest level on record. As the CDC reported, there were three million fewer U.S. smokers in 2010 as a result of the declines since 2005. That means fewer Americans will become sick and die because of tobacco.

Tobacco Company versus Academia, The Scientist, September 6, 2011 The markers of Marlboro cigarettes are asking researchers at a Scottish university to disclose data on children’s thoughts on tobacco marketing.  “They wanted everything we had ever done on this,” says Gerard Hastings, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research.  “This is the sort of research that would get a tobacco company into trouble if it did it itself.”


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