Tobacco — December 8, 2011

A new motion picture, Addiction Incorporated, is scheduled for release on December 14th – Addiction Incorporated tells the true story of how Victor DeNoble’s unexpected discovery of an addiction ingredient in tobacco leads to both more addictive Marlboro cigarettes and Congressional testimony.  Watch the trailer here.

Resources

The National Cancer Institute has a new set of cessation resources to help teens break free from tobacco products.  Check out http://teen.smokefree.gov/  and get connected on Twitter @SmokefreeTeen, Smokefree Teen Facebook and Smokefree Teen Tumblr.

Articles & Reports

Altria Must Pay $47.7 Million to Oregon, Court Rules, Business Week, December 3, 2011 The Oregon Supreme Court decided yesterday that Philip Morris, a unit of Richmond, Virginia-based Altria, must pay the state 60 percent of a $79.5 million punitive damages award, plus interest, in a smoking-related wrongful death claim.  More on this story from the Washington Post.

Vancouver City Council Bans Tobacco in Public Parks, Trails and Recreation Centers, The Oregonian, December 5, 2011 The Vancouver City Council members on Monday voted unanimously to completely ban all forms of tobacco — chewed and smoked — in the city’s public parks, trails and recreation centers. The ban will be effective in 30 days.

Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2011, American Lung Association, December 2011

This fourth annual report provides an overview of smoking cessation services and treatments offered in each state by Medicaid, Medicare, state employee plans, quitlines and private insurance.  Oregon ranked sixth in the nation.

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