Tobacco – July 13, 2012

Nicotine: Priming Addiction Pathways.  A video from The Legacy Foundation.

A great example of how critical messengers can be to persuasion in this video from Thailand.


Great infographic on smoking around the world for National Geographic: The Real Facts on Smoking and Public Health  

Reports and Articles

In the War Against Smoking, America Is on the Wrong Side, Bloomberg Business Week, 7/2/12.  Though smoking has declined in the U.S.  and Europe, it’s on the rise in the developing world. Roughly a third of the world’s adult population smokes, and every year more than five million people die from it—more than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Which is why it may surprise you that international trade deals are adding to the global tobacco death toll, with the full knowledge and support of the U.S. government.

The incredible shrinking public health workforce, The Washington Post, 7/6/12.  Back in the early 2000s, five full-time staff members worked on smoking cessation in Worcester, MA. Just last year, there was money enough to go around to all 600 tobacco sellers in the area, to make sure they were complying with city regulations and not selling to teens.  This year, they had the budget to visit 300 stores.

40 Million Americans Addicted to Cigarettes, Alcohol or Drugs, Health Day, 6/28/12.  About 12 percent of Americans aged 12 years and older are hooked.  Another 80 million people -32 percent of the population- are “risky” substance users, defined as using substances in a way that threatens health and safety.

New Court Ruling on Tobacco Health Warnings in Stores, ChangeLab Solutions.  A federal court has struck down a local law requiring health warning signs in stores near tobacco displays and the point of sale, but the court held that local or state governments might legally be able to require tobacco retailers to post such signs in other locations.

In 2009, New York City’s Board of Health passed a regulation requiring tobacco retailers to post a warning sign in their stores about the negative health effects of smoking. This week the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit struck down the New York City regulation on the grounds that it was preempted by the Federal Cigarette Labeling & Advertising Act (FCLAA) and that it did not fit into the any of the FCLAA exemptions created by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. For more details on the case (94th St. Grocery Corp. v. New York City Bd. Of Health), see the FAQ from ChangeLab Solutions.


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