Tobacco – September 7, 20

The National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative is launching!  This collaboration with academic leaders and public health experts is dedicated to the promotion of the adoption and implementation of comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies at institutes of higher learning across the nation.

  • Join a webcast on September 12th from noon – 1:30 (pacific) to hear Dr Howard Koh (DHSS) and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, along with tobacco policy experts and educational leaders from across the country discussing the policy initiative.
  • The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative website: will also launch on the 12th.
  • Check out NRF’s Smokefree Colleges & Universities List to see if your college or alma mater has a smokefree or tobacco free campus yet!


Two new toolkits on smoke-free multi-family housing are available from HUD, DHHS, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Lung Association.  The purpose of these toolkits is to protect children, the elderly, disabled, and other disadvantaged individuals from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Legacy has released a new guide that aids in combating commercial tobacco use in schools and communities.  The toolkit was designed as a tool for youth and young adult activists to use in their communities.

Reports and Articles

U.S. Health Policy Related to Hookah Tobacco Smoking, AJPH, September 2012
This new study examines policies regarding hookah smoking in large cities across the U.S.  73 out of 100 cities studied have laws that prohibit cigarette smoking in bars, and 69 of those allow hookah smoking.

For As Long as the Grasses Grow and Rivers Flow
This new position paper from the National Native Network explains the history of commercial tobacco control programs in relationship to use among American Indian/American Native populations and the importance of direct funding to tribal nations for tobacco control.

Tobacco Smoke Tied to Flu Complications in Kids Reuters, 8/31/12
Kids hospitalized with the flu are more likely to need intensive care and a longer stay if they’ve been exposed to second-hand smoke at home, a small new study finds.


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