Tobacco – 2/8/13


Using Facebook to get Dad to quit smoking? Click HERE. has a new infographic showing the affects of cigarette smoking.

Could a zombie help you quit smoking? Click HERE.

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments, supported by scientific evidence, regarding what changes to the smokeless tobacco product warnings, if any, would promote greater public understanding of the risks associated with the use of these products. Comments and supporting evidence should address how any changes in the warnings would affect both users’ and nonusers’ understanding of the risks associated with the use of smokeless tobacco products. Comments are due by April 1st. View the announcement HERE.

The FDA and NIH have initiated a joint national study designed to monitor and measure why people start using tobacco, quit using it, and start using it again after they’ve quit. The study is called the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health, or PATHclick here to learn more about its research goals.

The American Lung Association has developed a new fact sheet on tobacco surcharges. As you may know, starting January 1, 2014 increased tobacco surcharges permitted under the Affordable Care Act could make it too expensive for smokers to afford health insurance. This fact sheet outlines the ALA’s opposition to these surcharges and references the role state legislatures and insurance commissioners can play in limiting or eliminating them.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a new interactive map tracking state injury death rates for all ages, as well as the policies that states have in place to reduce harm from many common causes of injury across the United States. The map uses updated data from The Facts Hurt: A State-by-State Injury Prevention Policy Report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report has found that millions of injuries could be prevented annually if more states adopted additional research-based injury prevention policies, and if programs were fully implemented and enforced. Click here to view the interactive map and here to read the report.

Reports and Articles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their latest Vital Signs on smoking and mental illness.  The report entitled, Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Mental Illness — United States, 2009–2011, provides the latest information about adult smoking in the United States among people with mental illness. The report finds that a significantly higher percentage of adults with mental illness are current smokers, compared with adults who have no mental illness. The report concludes that increasing awareness of the high smoking prevalence in this population is needed.  In addition to investing in comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs at CDC-recommended levels, better coordination between tobacco control and mental health programs at the national, state, and community levels is needed.

Here is a 4-page consumer fact sheet.
Some of the key findings include:

  • Current smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness is 70 percent higher than smoking among adults with no mental illness.
  • About 36% of adults with mental illness are smokers, compared with 21% of adults who do not have a mental illness.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—about 45.7 million Americans—have some form of mental illness.

The CDC encourages the use of social media tools, such as the RSS feed, Everyday Health Widget, and Vital Signs buttons, to share the new report.  Also “Like” and “follow” CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter for live posts specific to the Vital Signs report.

Also visit for video clips.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)21st-Century Hazards of Smoking and Benefits of Cessation in the United States – Nationally-representative estimates of smoking-related death risks / benefits of cessation. Key messages: Smokers lose at least one decade of life expectancy versus never-smokers. Those who quit before the age of 40 can reduce their smoking-related death risk by 90%.

CDC Office on Smoking and Health – 2012 State Highlights Report – Key message: Combined interventions – increasing the price of tobacco products, implementing smoke-free policies, implementing mass media advertising campaigns, restricting tobacco advertising and promotion, controlling access to tobacco products, and promoting and assisting smokers to quit – are proven to significantly reduce smoking.

Three suggested reports: “National and State Estimates of Secondhand Smoke Infiltration Among US Multiunit Housing Residents.”

Moving Multiunit Housing Providers Toward Adoption of Smoke-Free Policies.”

Attitudes, Experiences, and Acceptance of Smoke-Free Housing Policies Among US Multiunit Housing Residents.”

MaineHousing’s Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program application, is released each year, describing how applicants will qualify for the highly competitive LIHTCs allocated by MaineHousing. The 2013 QAP requires that all applicants have a written 100% non-smoking policy in all units and common areas as a threshold requirement, rather than a scoring incentive. The Press Release from Smoke Free Housing for ME w/contact information is also available.

Study Gives Hospital Patients Nudge To Quit Smoking
February 1, 2013   Stormont-Vail HealthCare has teamed up with University of Kansas Hospital on a study looking at helping smokers quit while they’re a captive audience – hospital patients. Read More.


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