Tobacco – 2/22/13

Resources

The Center for Tobacco Products recently released the Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report Form. This form will make it easier for anyone to report potential violations of the Tobacco Control Act and related regulations, allowing the FDA to better monitor compliance with the laws, help reduce the health burden of tobacco use on the American public, and protect America’s youth. To learn more about the reporting process and to download the Potential Tobacco Product Violations Report Form, visit the website.

Looking for tobacco information in Spanish? Visit the USDA website for the Spanish-speaking community.

ALA Call for Nominations: Unsung Heroes in Tobacco Control Award
The American Lung Association is pleased to request your nominations for the American Lung Association and Koop Foundation, Inc. Unsung Heroes’ Award. This annual award celebrates the unsung heroes that make a tobacco-free future possible.
In the war against Big Tobacco, there are many people who fight daily to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. A victory occurs every time a smoker quits and every time a kid chooses not to pick up a cigarette. These victories are so important, and they save lives. However, they often go uncelebrated – as do the people who helped make them happen.
Please recognize your friends and colleagues in the tobacco control community by nominating them for this award.  See the attached document for information on the easy submission process. Nominations are due on Friday, March 8, 2013.For more information click here.

Reports and Articles

smokingStudy Links Smoking Bans to Fewer Pre-term Births
February 15, 2013   Banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to lower rates of preterm birth, according to Belgian researchers who say the findings point to health benefits of smoke-free laws even in very early life. Read More.

California’s Tobacco Control Program Generates Huge Health Care Savings
February 14, 2013   Over a span of nearly 20 years, California’s tobacco control program cost $2.4 billion and reduced health care costs by $134 billion, according to a new study by UC San Francisco (UCSF). Read More.

World Leaders Must ‘Take Tobacco Much More Seriously’ to Achieve Development Goals
February 14, 2013   In order to cut premature death rates, the world’s politicians need to focus on “simple measures” like anti-tobacco policies, cutting salt levels in food, and improving access to affordable heart disease drugs, according to experts writing in The Lancet. Read More.

As I see it: How a doctor who smoked finally stopped
Corvallis Gazette-Times, 2/13/13
With disbelief, I complied, and stood there for perhaps five minutes, as he inhaled, held the smoke for a few seconds, released it, and repeated the process. I thought, “This is insane. I am going to quit.” My friend died that night, and that was the last cigarette for both of us. That is what it took to make this smoker a nonsmoker.

Youth Smoking, Obesity May Lead to Early Death
Young adults and teens who smoke, are obese and have high blood sugar levels may be more likely to die before they reach their 55th birthday, new government research suggests.

Study: The Effect of the California Tobacco Control Program on Smoking Prevalence, Cigarette Consumption, and Healthcare Costs: 1989–2008Key messages: Tobacco control programs are great value; the California Tobacco Control Program (TCP) saved $134 billion in healthcare costs between 1989 and 2008, compared to the $2.4 billion spent on the program. The study found a significant association between cumulative per capita TCP funding on smoking prevalence and per capita cigarette consumption. TCN members can share this information with partners and policymakers to educate

E-cigarette Commercial During Super Bowl has Lung Association Officials Fuming
February 11, 2013   A Super Bowl television ad that aired in Phoenix and other markets has worried some health groups because it shows a man smoking what appears to be a cigarette, even though smoking ads have been banned for more than four decades. Read more.

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