Tobacco – 1/25/13

Reports and Articles

21st-Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States
The New England Journal of Medicine, 1/24/13
Extrapolation from studies in the 1980s suggests that smoking causes 25% of deaths among women and men 35 to 69 years of age in the United States. Nationally representative measurements of the current risks of smoking and the benefits of cessation at various ages are unavailable.

50-Year Trends in Smoking-Related Mortality in the United States
The New England Journal of Medicine, 1/24/13
The disease risks from cigarette smoking increased in the United States over most of the 20th century, first among male smokers and later among female smokers. Whether these risks have continued to increase during the past 20 years is unclear.

Let’s move forward with smoke-free laws: Guest opinion
The Oregonian, 1/23/13
Not only do smoke-free laws reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, they also reduce the number of cigarettes an individual smokes each day and increase the number of smokers who quit (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Quitting smoking prolongs life at any age
Los Angeles Times, 1/23/13
Kicking the smoking habit can add years of life even in one’s 60s, new research in the New England Journal of Medicine shows. Younger smokers can gain a whole decade by quitting.

In N.A.A.C.P., Industry Gets Ally Against Soda Ban
The New York Times, 1/23/13
As the American soft-drink industry argued its case in court on Wednesday against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s restrictions on sugary drink sizes, a prominent local group stood by its side: the New York chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.


Smoke-Free, No Reservations
Adweek, 1/22/13
Read about an industry where 1/3 of their employees use tobacco – one of the highest rates for any industry – and how one employer is taking action.

Nearly Half Of Americans Would Support Reducing Nicotine In Cigarettes If And When The FDA Exerts It
American Journal of Public Health, 1/18/13
A study released online today by the shows strong public support – nearly 50 percent —for a potential federal mandate to reduce nicotine content in cigarettes.

Improved Physician-Patient Communication Could Influence Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking
American Journal of Health Promotion, 1/18/13
The study reviewed audio-recorded discussions between obstetric care providers and their pregnant patients to assess whether or not providers adhered to the “Five A’s” for smoking cessation communication.

Say Goodbye To Smoking Lounges In US Airports
A handful of US airports still have designated indoor smoking lounges, but not for much longer.

Toward Tobacco-Free Troops
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the new military will need to be “smaller, leaner, but agile and flexible.” But how do we achieve an agile and flexible force when 30 percent of the force may be off-duty for several days because of illness related to tobacco use?


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