Tobacco – March 8, 2013

Resources

TipsCDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has announced some preliminary details about the upcoming Tips From Former Smokers campaign activities, including the planned national media buy. OSH has been busy during the past several months developing the second round of Tips ads for the campaign (Tips 2). These ads expand on the initial Tips 1 campaign ads by including additional population groups and health conditions that were not featured in the first round.

Reports and Articles

Flavored TobaccoCourts Uphold Local Bans on Flavored Tobacco
Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld New York City’s ban on flavored tobacco products — that law remains in effect in that city, as well as in Providence, Rhode Island, which had its ban upheld in December. Want to learn more? Read our updated frequently asked question page on the bans!

Stubbing Out Cigarettes for Good
New York Times: March 3, 2013
Fewer than one in five American adults smoke, a share that’s plunged by about half since the 1960s — an achievement due, in some measure, to Dr. Koop’s antismoking crusade as surgeon general, from 1981 to 1989.

Cook County, Illinois cigarette tax increasing by $1 a pack
Associated Press, March 1, 2013
Taxes on cigarettes sold in Cook County (Illinois) are going up by one dollar a pack.

[OPINION] Stubbing Out Cigarettes for Good
New York Times, 03/03/2013
Perhaps no public official was as synonymous with the antismoking movement as C. Everett Koop, who died last Monday at age 96. Dr. Koop, who worked tirelessly to turn America into “a smoke-free society,” did not live to see that goal reached. But the rest of us have the power to make it happen.

One in Five U.S. Smokers Has Tried an ‘E-Cigarette’
HealthDay, 02/28/2013
About one in five U.S. adult smokers has used electronic cigarettes, a new study finds.

More Evidence That Smoking Raises Breast Cancer Risk
Study found strongest link for women who started smoking early in life
THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) — Cigarette smoking appears to increase the risk of breast cancer, especially when women start smoking early in life, new research indicates.
For years, experts have questioned whether cigarette smoking is directly linked with breast cancer risk or whether the association is complicated by the fact that many women who smoke also drink alcohol, which has also been tied to breast cancer risk.

Nicotine May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
February 25, 2013   The first scientific study to look at the role of cigarette smoke in the development of Alzheimer’s disease finds it may trigger or worsen the condition in older people who are at risk for this most common form of senile dementia. Read more.

WOMEN SMOKERS NOW AT ALMOST AS MUCH RISK OF DYING AS MEN, STUDY FINDS
The risk of lung cancer death has risen dramatically among women smokers in recent decades, with women’s risk now nearly on par with men, a recent study finds.

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium In response to the growing popularity of non-cigarette tobacco products in the U.S., this series of fact sheets provides information about policy options for regulating several of these new products. The fact sheets address dissolvable tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, hookahs and water pipes, snus, and little cigars by providing a brief overview of each product, their health risks, gaps in their regulation, and policy approaches that state and local governments might consider to control their use, pricing, or sale.

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