Tobacco – August 24, 2012

 Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published a resource: Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit

Reports and Articles

Population Approaches to Improve Diet, Physical Activity, and Smoking Habits: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association, Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, 8/20/12

Findings: Poor lifestyle behaviors, including suboptimal diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use, are leading causes of preventable diseases globally. Although even modest population shifts in risk substantially alter health outcomes, the optimal population-level approaches to improve lifestyle are not well established.This systematic review identified and graded a range of evidence-based population-based strategies to effectively promote lifestyle change. The findings inform potential partnerships and strategies to successfully address suboptimal diet, inactivity, and smoking, which are each major preventable causes of poor health globally. New strategic initiatives and partnerships are needed to translate this evidence into action.

Study: Tax Hike Would Cut Smoking, Raise Revenue Associated Press,  8/17/12
A new study argues that the state of Georgia could cut smoking by 20% and yield almost $400 million in additional tax revenues with a $1 per pack increase in cigarette taxes.

Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities. The American Lung Association is pleased to release its fifth health disparity report as part of the Disparities in Lung Health Series. This latest report addresses the prevalence of tobacco use and the cycle of tobacco addiction in rural America.

Tobacco Use by African American High School Students on the Rise, National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, 8/10/12

Tobacco on pace to kill one billion people this century, The Atlantic¸8/21/12
The developing world stands to bear the health costs and economic burden of ongoing massive increases in tobacco use and tobacco-related death.

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