Tobacco — February 10, 2012

Resources

The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center is now offering a new national toolkit for creating and implementing tobacco-free policies. The toolkit was developed for a broad continuum of public health care organizations and treatment facilities, particularly those organizations serving persons with mental illnesses and addictions.

The NCI Smokefree Teen iPhone app (QuitSTART) has been approved and is now available HERE free of charge in the Apple App Store.

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has created new resources for Valentine’s Day that focus on love, caring, and heart health:

Articles and Reports

Too Many Kids Are Breathing Secondhand Smoke in Cars TIME Healthland, February 6, 2012 In the first national estimate of its kind, a report from government researchers says more than one in five high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others are smoking.  Read the full report here.

More than Half of Hookah Tobacco Websites Don’t Include the Word “Tobacco”, University of Pittsburgh School of the Health Sciences, January 30, 2012  Of the growing number of businesses promoting hookahs online, fewer than 1% included a tobacco-related warning on the first page of their websites.  The study also found that none of the hookah web pages required any type of age verification.

Rep. Carolyn Tomei Wants OLCC to Enforce Tobacco Sales to Minors, The Oregonian, February 2, 2012 It’s illegal for children under 18 to buy tobacco products in Oregon — yet no one in the state appears to have the power and the money to enforce the law against retailers who do sell to minors.

Tobacco Lawsuit Helps Oregon Balance Budget, Associated Press, February 1, 2012 Legislators in charge of writing the state’s financial plan suggest taking funds from a court victory over tobacco giant Philip Morris to shrink a $200 million spending gap.

Smoking Ban Unlikely in Clark County Parks, The Oregonian, February 1, 2012  A complete ban on all forms of tobacco is now in effect in Vancouver parks, but it isn’t likely that Clark County will follow the same steps.

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