Tobacco — January 10, 2012

The FDA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) recently released a report that describes the strategic pratnership between the two agencies designed to decrease youth access tobacco.  Learn more about how the two programs work toward this goal, both separately and together.

Promoting Smoke-Free Environments and Tobacco Cessation in Residential Treatment Facilities for Mental Health and Substance Addictions, Oregon, 2010, Preventing Chronic Disease, December 15, 2011  35% of Oregon adults who report depression, anxiety or emotional problems smoke, compared to 16% overall, and national smoking rates among people with serious mental illness or addictions are higher.

Workplaces Ban Not Only Smoking, But Smokers Themselves, USA Today, January 3, 2012 As bans on smoking sweep the USA, an increasing number of employers – primarily hospitals – are also imposing bans on smokers.  They won’t hire applicants whose urine tests positive for nicotine use, whether cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or even nicotine patches.

One-in-Ten Smokers Reported They Have Concealed Their Smoking from Health Care Providers, American Legacy Foundation, January 6, 2012  Social stigma around smoking may be causing 13% of smokers not to disclose their smoking status to their health care providers, who are among the most important resources that a smoker could have in quitting successfully.

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