TPEP — October 28, 2011

The Onion pokes fun at the FDA’s new graphic warning labels with their article:  “FDA Approves Putting Picture of Trish on Cigarette Packs.”

Resources

Partnership for Prevention has some new resources from their Leading by Example initiative focusing on worksite health and tobacco control:

Partnership also published two guides earlier this year that spotlight U.S. employers that have made a commitment to worksite health promotion.  Some of the case studies relate to tobacco control.

The Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation has updated its lists and maps of U.S. municipalities and states with smoke-free laws in effect as of October 7, 2011.

Smoke-free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success is a new curriculum on planning and implementing smokefree multi-unit housing policies from the American Lung Association.

LGBT People and Tobacco is a new fact sheet from The Network for LGBT Health Equity and contains facts about how LGBT communities are severely impacted by tobacco use; how tobacco companies target LGBT populations, and more.

Articles & Reports

No Smoking in City Parks, Lebanon Express, October 19, 2011 As of the evening of Oct. 12, smoking is banned in all Lebanon parks, with a few exceptions. “I was a heavy smoker, and I would have been pretty upset with you guys for passing this,” said Bob Elliott, council president. “But now, I’m offended by it (smoking), too.”

Special issue of Thorax: Smoking in the Movies
The October issue of the journal Thorax focuses on smoking in the movies. Studies center on exposure to smoking in movies and the effects it has on adolescents. The journal also includes a study on the effects of children’s exposure to smoking by parents and siblings.

Strategies Implemented by 20 Local Tobacco Control Agencies to Promote Smoke-free Recreation Areas, California, 2004-2007, Preventing Chronic Disease, September 2011  Evaluation reports on the adoption of local smoke-free policies in outdoor recreational facilities determined the six most effective strategies for passing these policies.   The authors suggest that others seeking to advance local smoke-free policies should utilize these strategies to increase their chances of success.

Occasional Smoking in College: Who, What, When and Why? Addictive Behaviors, December 2011 The majority of college students who smoke do so on an occasional basis and generally do not define themselves as smokers. This represents a considerable challenge for public health efforts to prevent escalation of use and to promote cessation.

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