Tobacco – 2/1/13


The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on “what changes to smokeless tobacco product warnings, if any would promote greater public understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokless tobacco products.  Comments are due by April 1st.   For full information.

National Native Network Seeking Tribal Commercial Tobacco Policies and Resolutions
The National Native Network (NNN), the CDC-funded National Network that is working to reduce disparities related to commercial tobacco abuse among American Indians/Alaska Natives (learn more about the network here), is now in the process of gathering Tribal commercial tobacco policies and resolutions that have been implemented throughout Indian Country. These will be added to their membership map, which currently allows visitors to view NNN members in any given state.

To submit information about a policy or resolution, send the following to NNN at

  • Name of your Tribe
  • Your contact information (name, title, email and/or phone number)
  • Policy or Resolution Title
  • Date enacted

If possible, please send the actual policy or resolution as well so it can be added to NNN’s Tribal Policy Toolkit.

Tobacco Facts and Figures
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health problems.

Washington County Accepting Nominations for Annual Public Health Recognition Awards
As part of the 2013 National Public Health Week celebration (April 1-7), Washington County Department of Health and Human Services will honor an individual and an organization that have made significant contributions to public health in the county. Nominations are now being accepted.

Criteria for nominees: Work focuses in Washington County; demonstrates public health best practices; projects are sustainable and make a lasting impact; and may have created new partnerships, systems or policy changes.

Past honorees have started a student-run community garden; collaborated to help incarcerated women provide breast milk to their infants; implemented a food program for seniors and homebound individuals; collaborated on complicated tuberculosis outbreaks and treatment; and provided nutritious food and educational activities for low-income children during the summer.

The 11th Annual Public Health Recognition Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 4, 9:00 AM, in Washington County’s Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building, Shirley Huffman Auditorium, 155 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97124. A reception will follow.

Nominations are due by Friday, March 8. Download a nomination form at (click on the Public Health tab) or call Wendy Gordon at 503-846-3634 to request one.

Reports and Articles

Smoking Still Takes a Heavy Toll in U.S., CDC Finds
HealthDay, Steven Reinberg, 01/25/2013
Even though proven anti-smoking strategies exist, more than 440,000 Americans still die each year from cigarette smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, federal health officials said Friday.

State Tobacco Control Highlights 2012 Report
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has released the Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012, which provides tobacco control programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with state-specific valid and reliable data about the high-impact strategies they are currently or could be implementing and measures to track their progress. Click here to access the report.

Attitudes Toward Smoke-Free Workplaces, Restaurants, and Bars, Casinos, and Clubs Among U.S. Adults: Findings From the 2009–2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey
Oxford Journals, 12/13/12
An increasing number of U.S. states and communities have implemented smoke-free policies prohibiting smoking in all indoor workplaces and public areas. Public attitudes toward smoke-free environments are an evidenced-based, key indicator for the successful implementation and enforcement of smoke-free policies.

American Journal of Public HealthA Comprehensive Examination of the Influence of State Tobacco Control Programs and Policies on Youth Smoking. Study assessed the impact of four policy interventions: tobacco control program expenditures, smoke-free air laws, youth access law compliance, and cigarette prices. Key message: If tobacco control policies and programs had remained at 2002 status/levels, youth smoking prevalence would have been 10% higher in 2008 than it actually was.

New England Journal of Medicine – 21st-Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States.

States Receive an “F” in Spending to Reduce Tobacco

The “State of Tobacco Control 2013” report shows most U.S. states are failing in their efforts to use tobacco tax or legal settlement money to fund smoking prevention or cessation programs.


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