November 17th is the 36th annual Great American Smokeout to encourage smokers to pick a day to quit or begin a quitting plan. Resources to promote the GASO are available online from the American Cancer Society.
Articles & Reports
Quitting Smoking Among Adults – United States, 2001-2010, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 11, 2011 The CDC found that 68.8% of current smokers want to completely stop smoking, 52.4% of smokers had made a quit attempt in the past year, and 6.2% of smokers had successfully quit within the past year.
FDA Acts to Protect Children from Illegal Tobacco Sales, Food and Drug Administration, November 10, 2011 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent Warning Letters to more than 1,200 retailers, the majority of which respond to violations related to selling tobacco to minors, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce tobacco use among children.
Clean Indoor Air Laws Encourage Bans on Smoking at Home, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 8, 2011 Secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers has declined over time as clean indoor air laws have been adopted. These laws are associated with large increases in voluntary smokefree policies in the home.
Judge Blocks Graphic Images on Cigarette Packages, Associated Press, November 7, 2011
On Monday, a judge blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images on their cigarette packages to show the dangers of smoking. Read more about this development at The Washington Post.
Oregon State University Smoking Cessation Program Supports Healthy Student Choices, The Oregonian, November 4, 2011 As a teenager, Adam Fargher ignored peer pressure to smoke, but in college, the social appeal of cigarettes and conversation won him over. Now a junior in electrical engineering at OSU, he started smoking pipes, eventually moving on to cigarettes.
Insurance Penalties for Smokers Draw Wide Support, NPR Shots Blog, November 3, 2011 Across the country, employers are rewarding some workers, such as those who exercise and penalizing those who are overweight or smoke.
FDA Plans to Spend $600M on Multimedia Tobacco Education Campaigns, The Washington Post, November 2, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration is planning to spend about $600 million over five years to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use. Their first campaign is aimed at youth.