Tobacco – 9/28/12


The Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation has new lists, maps, and data on the topic areas of local Youth Access, Advertising, and Conditional Use Permit laws.

Face the Facts USA has created a new infographic depicting federal and state tobacco taxes.

Reports and Articles

The Federal Trade Commission recently produced two reports outlining the tobacco industry’s advertising and marketing expenditures for cigarette and smokeless tobacco. The new data show spending declines for the 2009 and 2010 years. Among other things, the report indicates a significant decline in cigarette sales in the United States.

E-cigarettes gain in popularity as a way to quit smoking
New York Newsday, 9/25/12
Growing concerns that children and teenagers may use electronic cigarettes as a prelude to tobacco cigarettes have prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban the use of electronic cigarettes within 100 feet of entrances to public or private schools.

Secondhand Smoke Takes Big Illness, Expense Toll
US News Health, 9/21/12
Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 adults to assess the number of deaths, the years of potential life lost and the value of lost productivity caused by secondhand smoke in 2006. The study found that blacks had significantly higher levels of exposure to secondhand smoke than whites.

The Major Toll of Secondhand Smoke
Time Healthland, Alexandra Sifferlin, 09/21/2012
Secondhand smoke takes a sizable toll on Americans’ health and productivity, particularly among black Americans, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Secondhand smoke tied to memory problems
Chicago Tribune, 9/20/12
Smokers and people who regularly breathe others’ cigarette fumes are worse at remembering things on their to-do lists than are people with no tobacco exposure, a small study says.

Read the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Statement on E-Cigarettes

The Consequences of High Cigarette Excise Taxes for Low-Income Smokers, PLoS One, September 2012
Results from the New York and National Adult Tobacco Surveys indicate that the smoking prevalence is lower in New York (16.1%) than nationally (22.2%), and that smoking is associated with lower income in both New York and nationally. Smokers from the lowest-income group spent a larger share of their annual income on cigarettes than the higher-income groups.


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