Tobacco — November 18, 2011

Listen to President Obama’s video message in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 36th Great American Smokeout.


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed two new advisories to address tobacco cessation and policy implementation in substance abuse treatment counseling.

The CDC Learning Connection Spotlight is in Tobacco Control this month!  Featured learning products include:

Global Tobacco Control

  • Developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use
  • Provides a broad introduction to the global public health problem of tobacco use

Clearing the Air: Smoke-Free Policies, Politics, and Promoting Evidence-Based Strategies

  • Addresses tobacco control research, policies and laws, and the role for public health practice
  • Comprises three presentations followed by a moderated discussion and Q & A
  • Presented by the Michigan Public Health Training Center and University of Michigan School of Public Health

Tobacco 101 (version 3; updated March 2010)

  • Developed by Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Provides materials for conducting a 2-day training for public health practitioners related  to tobacco control programs and strategies to reduce tobacco use

Articles & Reports

Local Ban on the Sale of Flavored Smokeless Tobacco Upheld – yesterday a federal court in New York upheld New York City’s ban on the sale of flavored smokeless tobacco, dismissing a legal challenge brought by US Smokeless Tobacco, which is owned by Altria.  Learn more from Public Health Law & Policy.

Most Smokers Want to Quit, But Few Try the Best Strategies, TIME Magazine, November 11, 2011 More than two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit, but few actually succeed, according to a new report from the CDC.

Public Health-Related Apps Growing in Number and Popularity, Medscape, November 11, 2011 “Increasingly, public health organizations are putting out their own [smartphone] apps and their apps are getting better,” said Lorien Abroms, ScD, an assistant professor at  George Washington University who studies health technology.

Money Woes May Drive Some Seniors to Smoke, Drink More, HealthDay, November 9, 2011  Some older adults may turn to alcohol or cigarettes as a way to cope with financial stress, particularly men and people with less education, a new study suggests.

Smoke-Free Federal Buildings Bill Closes Smoking Loophole, Federal News Radio 1500 AM, November 11, 2011 A new bill would ban smoking in and near all federal buildings, closing a loophole that exempted many federal buildings from a 2008 directive.


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