Tobacco – February 15, 2013

Resources

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has resources to help you counter attempts to introduce industry programs into your schools:

February is Black History Month –

  • National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, www.naatpn.org – Delmonte Jefferson
    • The Resources tab on NAATPN site has a traveling wall that shows a timeline of major events that have impacted African American in tobacco control up until 2004; the timeline was recently updated to show events up until 2012.
    • Voices from the Village PSAs talk about decreasing smoking use in African American communities. The videos include commentary from prominent African Americans like actor/singer Harry Belafonte and legendary football player Jim Brown.
  • State example: Heritage Month Toolkit – North Carolina Health & Wellness Trust Fund

The Through with Chew/Smokeless Spitout Week is February 17-23, 2013. See the toolkit: www.throughwithchew.com

On February 8, FDA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Civil Money Penalties for Tobacco Retailers: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions.” The guidance explains CTP’s enforcement of FDA regulations regarding the sale and distribution of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to youth, as well as additional information about civil money penalties. Visit the website to read the full notice and draft guidance, and to officially submit your comments to the public docket by April 9.

Reports and Articles

STUDY: CALIFORNIA SAVED $134 IN HEALTH COSTS THANKS TO TOBACCO CONTROL PROGRAM
California’s tobacco prevention program saved $134 billion in health care costs over the last two decades, according to a new study published Wednesday about the smoking control program’s impacts in the most populous state. Read study.

Where There’s Smokeless Tobacco, There’s Fire
February 8, 2013   Have you noticed teenage girls spitting in the street lately, or wondered about young males walking around with their upper lip poking out? Read More.

E-Cigarettes Pose Dilemmas for Regulators, Tobacco Control Advocates
February 7, 2013   The turning point for David Hammond came about six months ago, when he was standing in a checkout line at his local grocery store in Waterloo, Ont. Read More.

People With Mental Illness More Likely to Be Smokers, Study Finds
February 6, 2013   People with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than people without mental illness, two federal health agencies reported Tuesday. Read More.

Smoking, Once Used to Reward, Faces a Ban in Mental Hospitals
New York Times, 2/6/13
After decades in which smoking by people with mental illness was supported and even encouraged — a legacy that experts say is causing patients to die prematurely from smoking-related illnesses — Louisiana’s move reflects a growing effort by federal, state and other health officials to reverse course

FDA Should Do More With its Authority Over Tobacco Products
February 5, 2013   In 2009, President Obama signed the Tobacco Control Act, which gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over tobacco products. Read More.

Nicotine Metabolism Inversely Linked to Addiction Severity in Teens
February 5, 2013   Reduced nicotine metabolism is associated with a greater number of cigarettes smoked per day and increased levels of dependence in adolescent smokers, researchers report. Read More.

Senate Democrats Go After Tobacco Tax Loophole to Increase Revenue
February 4, 2013   A group of Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would close tax loopholes for tobacco companies, generating $3.6 billion in revenue over 10 years. Read More.

‘No Smoking for Patients Pre-Surgery’: Doctors
February 4, 2013   “Not smoking before an operation reduces the risk of complications such as infection, disturbances in the healing process, and blood clots by 50 percent,” wrote Peter Friberg, chairman of the Swedish Medical Society (Svenska Läkaresällskapet), in an opinion piece in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN) published on Monday. Read More.

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