Tobacco — November 30, 2012

Video of the Week: What the Tobacco Companies Didn’t Warn You About
UCSF’s Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, professor of medicine and director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, discusses the evolution of health warning labels on cigarette packs.

Pfizer has launched a branded consumer YouTube channel called The Quitting Smoking Channel, housing 13 videos that highlight tools to quitting smoking, treatment options, and more. The channel is meant to encourage smokers to think about quitting smoking and of course, to talk to their doctors about Chantix.

At, visitors can share how tobacco has impacted them. In one touching story this month, Elizabeth W. shares how her father – a Navy World War II Veteran – lost his battle to this devastating disease.  Please read her story, share yours and take action today.

Reports and Articles

U.S. Judge Orders Tobacco Companies to Admit Deception and Tell the Truth to the American People, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 11/27/12
A federal today ordered tobacco companies to admit that they have deliberately deceived the American public. Judge Kessler ordered the corrective statements to prevent future deception by the tobacco companies.  To achieve this goal, the tobacco companies must be required to tell the public the truth not only about their products, but also about their prior deceit so consumers will not be misled in the future. Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Obama Administration Gives Smokers a Way Out of Higher Insurance Premiums,, 11/21/12
The Obama administration on Tuesday effectively nullified a provision of the federal health law that would have allowed insurers in the small group market to charge smokers up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers. Under the proposed regulation, employees who use tobacco can avoid paying those higher premiums if they participate in a program to quit.

Implementation of tobacco cessation coverage under the Affordable Care Act: Understanding how private health insurance policies cover tobacco cessation treatments (pdf), Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Georgetown University, November 2012
Researchers performed a comprehensive analysis of 39 insurance contracts currently being sold in six states. The report finds that many insurers are not covering tobacco cessation treatments found to be effective by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and required by the Affordable Care Act.

Flying over the Holidays? Secondhand Smoke Still Poses Health Risk at Some Airports Time, 11/21/12
Airports with designated smoking areas can still expose nonsmoking travelers and employees to surprising levels of cigarette smoke.

Of course it’s easy to forget that until 1988 people could smoke cigarettes on airplanes.

CDC: Airports that Allow Smoking Pose Health Risks USA Today, 11/20/12
Ventilation at five major U.S. airports with designated smoking areas does not protect passengers from the health risks of secondhand smoke.


Two Alaskan Tribes go Tobacco Free, The Oregonian, 11/19/12
The Skagway Tribal Council and the Chilkat Indian Village recently adopted local, comprehensive tobacco-free workplace resolutions.

Teenage hookah smoking rates must be reduced, experts say, LA Times, 11/19/12
While the lion’s share of youth anti-smoking efforts has focused on cigarettes, a new report in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease suggests most needs to be done to reduce the number of teens smoking flavored tobacco from hookah.

Do Campus Smoking Bans Work? Washington Post 11/26/12
Most schools cite the same reason in enacting a ban: They want to protect students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and others from harmful second-hand smoke. But do these bans work? Do they change students’ behavior and attitudes?


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