Tobacco — May 18, 2012

The Chicago Tribune looks at tobacco companies’ surprising role in the proliferation of flame retardants in American homes. Their involvement started with the desire to shift the focus away from cigarettes as a cause of fire deaths.


The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health has released a new edition of Expecting to Quit: A Best Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women.

Reports and Articles

In response to last week’s study, Fiscal and Policy Implications of Selling Pipe Tobacco for Roll-Your-Own Cigarettes in the United States, Senators Durbin (Ill.), Lautenberg (N.J.) and Blumenthal (Conn.) have introduced federal legislation to close the tax loophole by taxing all tobacco products at the same level as cigarettes.

Smokefree Car Laws and Slippery Slope Arguments, The Network for Public Health Law, 5/10/12
Studies show that without a prohibition, only 22.5 percent of smoking parents voluntarily prohibit smoking in the car with their child.

No Smoking at the Oregon Zoo as of May 26, KATU, 5/16/12
“Eliminating tobacco and its byproducts, particularly secondhand smoke, will help us provide a healthy, safe environment for visitors, staff and animals,” said Oregon Zoo director Kim Smith.


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