Tobacco — January 20, 2012

The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium and Legacy have sponsored a special issue on Tobacco Control in the Health Promotions Practice Journal.  They have funded one year of open access so that all articles are downloadable for free!

Articles and Reports

The American Lung Association has released the 10th annual State of Tobacco Control report, which grades states and the federal government on key tobacco control policies.  Find the full report and all supporting information at:

Key messages from the 2012 Report:

  • There is much yet to be done in tobacco control: there was little progress last year in raising tobacco taxes, and no state passed a smoke-free air law in 2011
  • Many states have cut or eliminated tobacco control budgets in the past year, despite evidence that investing in tobacco control programs saves money and lives

FDA to Weigh Safety of Tobacco Lozenges, Strips, HealthDay, January 17, 2012 Experts fear candy-like dissolvable tobacco products could put children at risk for nicotine addiction and poisoning.

Providence, Rhode Island Bans Flavored Tobacco Products and Discounts,, January 17, 2012

The new ordinance bans the sale of tobacco products that have a characterizing flavor with a distinguishable taste or aroma of any fruit, chocolate, vanilla, honey, candy, cocoa, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb or spice and such “concepts as spicy, arctic, ice, cool, warm, hot, mellow, fresh and breeze.”

The tobacco products covered by this ban include cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snus, dissolvable tobacco and electronic cigarette cartridges.

Buenos Aires Becomes a Smoke-Free City, Latin Americna Herald Tribune, January 16, 2012  Buenos Aires, starting Thursday, is now a smoke-free city due to an new ordinance prohibiting smoking in closed areas, such as bars, restaurants and rooms where the public gathers. The law does not include “backyards, terraces, balconies and other open-air spaces in places closed to public access.”


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