Tobacco — March 30, 2012

Video of the week: a new PSA from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids


Last week, Legacy convened a meeting of the six National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention, which are funded by CDC to address tobacco-related disparities. Dr. Scout from the National Network for LGBT Health Equity reported from the meeting on the top policy priorities of each of the six networks.

Reports and Articles

State Cigarette Excise Taxes – United States, 2010-2011, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 3/29/12
This new report found that in 2010 and 2011, eight states increased and one state decreased their cigarette excise tax.  This is a noteworthy change from the last CDC report on this topic, when in 2009, 15 states increased their cigarette excise tax.

FDA: Dissolvable Tobacco Could Reduce Health Risks, TIME Healthland, 03/22/12
A Food and Drug Administration scientific advisory panel says dissolvable tobacco products could reduce health risks compared with smoking cigarettes but also have the potential to increase the overall number of tobacco users.  Get the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s final report here (pdf).

Tobacco Use Claimed 6 Million Lives in 2011, CBS News, 03/21/12
According to the latest edition of the “Tobacco Atlas,” the cost of a single pack of cigarettes costs an American smoker $35 when it comes to future health care costs. And, for the almost six million people who died from tobacco use in 2011, cigarettes also cost them their life.

Massachusetts Towns Move to Ban Tobacco Sales at Pharmacies, Metro West Daily News, 03/25/12
About 20 years ago, Philippe Bouvier decided to stop selling cigarettes in his Marlborough pharmacy.

Impact of Reduced Tobacco Smoking on Lung Cancer Mortality in the United States During 1975-2000 (pdf), Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 2012
This research codifies for the first time the number of lung cancer deaths which have been averted due to aggressive tobacco control actions in the U.S.   This editorial (pdf) from the American Cancer Society accompanies the study.


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