Tobacco – August 3, 2012

Not Quite So Different Video
Two women, different on the surface, discover that they may both suffer from similar health problems in the future, because they are both smokers. This video, created by William Bowman, was the first runner up winner in the 18-25 age category of the Surgeon General’s Video Contest: Tobacco — I’m Not Buying It.


During the month of August, Oregon Addictions and Mental Health is hosting a series of regional Tobacco Freedom Policy meetings to bring together its partners – consumers, residential providers, community members and other stakeholders – to discuss how to create tobacco-free housing throughout the addictions and mental health continuum of care. The meeting schedule is as follows.

Thursday August 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Community Room, Pendleton City Hall, 500 SW Dorion St., Pendleton, OR 97801

Friday, August 24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Room 315, Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97214

Wednesday, August 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Michael Rogers Conference Room #19, Lane Co. Mental Health, 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Eugene, OR 97401

Thursday, August 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, Medford Library, 205 South Central Ave in Medford, OR 97501

Please contact project manager LuAnn Meulink, at 503-945-6289, or for additional information.

The CDC will launch a new feature article on August 6th that you can use in your tobacco control communications activities. The article will have a “Back-To-School” theme, and will provide information about the harms of tobacco use and provide tips on how to help prevent initiation and keep children tobacco-free. The target audience is parents and caring adults who work with youth. The article can be accessed starting Monday morning from and CDC Tobacco Free social media profiles. View and share information on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to the Smoking & Tobacco Use playlist on YouTube.

CDC OSH recently updated four brochures that discuss actions that can be taken to protect children from secondhand smoke. Those publications are now online and available in the warehouse (please note that maximum quantities vary).

The content has been tested and is culturally appropriate for four audiences. You can preview each brochure via PDFs posted on OSH’s online publications catalog. The new brochures include:

  • How We Can Protect Our Children From Secondhand Smoke: A Parent’s Guide (general population)
  • How We Can Protect Our Children From Secondhand Smoke: (Humo de Segunda Mano) (Hispanic)
  • How We Can Protect Our Children and Traditions From Secondhand Smoke (Native American)
  • How We Can Protect Our Children From Secondhand Smoke (African American)

Reports and Articles

Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco — United States, 2000–2011, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8/3/12
Although consumption of cigarettes decreased 32.8% during 2000–2011, consumption of loose tobacco and cigars increased 123.1% during the same period.

Drop in cigarette consumption offset by increases in other forms of smoked tobacco, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8/2/12
This press release shows that sharp increases in total adult consumption of pipe tobacco (used for roll-your-own cigarettes) and cigarette-like cigars since 2008 have offset declines in total cigarette consumption, according to a new report from the CDC

Solving the Mystery of How Cigarette Smoking Weakens Bones, Science Daily, 7/26/12
Almost 20 years after scientists first identified cigarette smoking as a risk factor for osteoporosis and bone fractures, a new study is shedding light on exactly how cigarette smoke weakens bones. The report, in the Journal of Proteome Research, concludes that cigarette smoke makes people produce excessive amounts of two proteins that trigger a natural body process that breaks down bone.


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