Video of the Week: Destiny – a new public service announcement featuring Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, showing teens describing their futures if they used tobacco.  The video makes it clear that smoking causes immediate damage that leads to health problems, even death.



“Tobacco—I’m Not Buying It” is a new video contest launched by the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

The contest invites youth ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-25 to submit original videos that feature one or more of the key findings from the new Surgeon General’s Report.

The National Cancer Institute launched two new cessation resources for Spanish-speaking smokers:

  • Smokefree Español  – a website for evidence-based smoking cessation information and interactive tools
  • Smokefree TXT en Español – a free text messaging program that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help Spanish-speaking smokers quit for good.

Reports and Articles

CDC ad campaign reveals harsh reality of smoking-related diseases,, 3/15/12
A hard-hitting national ad campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage suffered as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beginning Monday, March 19, ads will run for at least 12 weeks on television, radio, and billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers nationwide.

Youth Smoking: Stalled Progress in Oregon, The Oregonian, 3/9/12
Oregon’s anti-tobacco campaigns in the 1990s greatly reduced youth smoking; the prevalence among 8th graders is half what it was in 1996. But it looks like the state’s diminished tobacco control programs are losing effectiveness.

Oregon : Teens Sought as Replacement Smokers,, 3/8/12
The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division on Thursday hailed a new Surgeon General’s report that exposes the effect of the tobacco industry’s marketing efforts on youth, contributing to more than 20 Oregon teenagers starting to smoke each day.

Blowing Smoke, Albany Democrat-Herald and Corvallis Gazette Times, 3/11/12
Sarah Ballini-Ross, a tobacco prevention coordinator, and Sara Hartstein, her counterpart at the Benton County Health Department, want to dispel myths believed by many young people that hookah pipes and e-cigarettes are healthier than conventional cigarettes.


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