Tobacco – March 15, 2013


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How does secondhand smoke affect pregnant women, babies, and children?
Oregon will be rolling out a new national number for the Spanish language Quit Line, 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have launched the new national Spanish portal.  Upon calling DEJELO-YA, Spanish-speaking participants will be greeted in Spanish by a Registration Intake Specialist and will be transferred to a Spanish speaking Quit Coach. Promotion of this new Spanish Portal should help bring more national traffic to the Spanish language Oregon Tobacco Quit Line.

Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation, Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. This year, more than 1,000 events will be held in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world. Visit the KBD website to learn about events taking place in your state or community.

Coming attractions from CDC: Tips from Former Smokers campaign
CDC’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. The following information regarding the upcoming media buy is preliminary and is subject to change.

  • Tips 2 ads will begin airing on April 1. The total duration of the paid campaign is anticipated to be 16 weeks. The Tips Web site will be updated on April 1st and will serve as a comprehensive resource for campaign content.
  • CDC is conducting a special promotion for health care providers mid-way through the paid portion of the campaign. This initiative, called “Talk With Your Doctor,” will encourage healthcare providers to use the campaign as an opportunity to talk with their smoking patients about quitting.  Stay tuned for more information about this exciting opportunity!
  • OSH is planning several media activities to support the launch of the Tips 2 ads. Several resources will be available prior to April 1 to assist you in promoting the Tips 2 ads.
  • OSH encourages partners to help leverage the Tips 2 campaign starting April 1st in several ways, including reaching out to your own constituents (e.g., membership base, listserv members, state or local affiliates, health care providers, and community leaders) and to the public to promote the importance of tobacco control and encourage smokers to quit. OSH will send more information and links to the Tips 2 campaign materials when the new ads are on air April 1st.

New monthly Tobacco Cessation Digest newsletter from ActionToQuit
The ActionToQuit network has launched a new monthly e-newsletter called Tobacco Cessation Digest, which will contain a compilation of the previous month’s news on cessation topics. Those who wish to receive it must subscribe; ActionToQuit members will not receive it automatically. Click here to view the most recent issue, or click here to subscribe.

Resource spotlight – NALBOH fact sheets: Board of Health Role in Addressing Tobacco Control and Prevention Factsheets   

The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) has created factsheets with information about how local boards of health can use their legal authority to address tobacco control and prevention policies! Click here to download any or all of the following resources:

  • The Board of Health Role in Developing and Implementing a Smoke-Free Air Policy
  • The Board of Health Role in Enforcing a Smoke-Free Air Policy
  • The Board of Health Role in Advocating for a Smoke-Free Air Policy
  • The Board of Health Role in Sustaining Effective Tobacco Control Policies

The Board of Health Role in Addressing New Tobacco Products

Reports and Articles

Ore. bill would raise cigarette tax by $1 a pack

California Smoking Ban Would Prohibit People From Smoking Inside Their Own Homes
March 7, 2013   In the mid-1990s, California became the first state to ban smoking tobacco in bars, clubs and restaurants. Read More.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new resources with national and state-level data on cigarette smoking among people with disabilities. A recent Morbidity and Mortality Report estimated that 19.0% of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers in 2011 and that cigarette use was significantly higher among those who reported having any disability (25.4%) compared to those who reported having no disability (17.3%).

Materials that help highlight these disparities include:

  • New web page with data on smoking prevalence among people with disabilities
  • New fact sheets with state-level data
  • Interactive data and mapping tools that allow users to create state profiles, including display of tobacco use indicators, and compare states with each other

CDC Smoking Chief Says Awareness, Use of Electronic Cigarettes Underscores Need for Regulation
Associated Press, Staff Writer, 02/28/2013
Increased awareness and use of electronic cigarettes in the U.S. outlined in a study released Thursday highlights the need for government regulation and evaluation, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s office on smoking and health said.

More Employers Shun Tobacco Users
Forbes, Ashlea Ebeling, 03/07/2013
More employers are getting tough on tobacco users, making them pay if they don’t participate in a smoking cessation program, even barring them from employment in some cases, according to a new report by Towers Watson. Never smoked? You still might be subject to testing in order to get a fat employer subsidy for your health insurance premiums.

Benefits of quitting smoking outpace risk of modest weight gain
03/13/2013 08:42 AM EDT
The improvement in cardiovascular health that results from quitting smoking far outweighs the limited risks to cardiovascular health from the modest amount of weight gained after quitting, reports a National Institutes of Health-funded community study. The study found that former smokers without diabetes had about half as much risk of developing cardiovascular disease as current smokers, and this risk level did not change when post-cessation weight gain was accounted for in the analysis.

Not Your Grandfather’s Cigar: A New Generation of Cheap & Sweet Cigars Threatens a New Generation of Kids Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – Topics: the changing landscape of cigars – the wide array of cigar products on the market, trends in use and sales, marketing of cigars, health harms, how cigars (and cigarettes) have been manipulated to avoid regulation and taxation, and the need for regulation (and adequate taxation) of cigars. Key message: Cigar sales have doubled since 2000 and teens smoke cigars at twice the rate of adults. The website for the report includes the full report, executive summary, and a slideshow of cigar products. Click here for a press release from CTFK.

New smoking and disability resources – Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCDC has released new resources to highlight disparities identified in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Report, which estimated that 19.0% of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers in 2011 and that cigarette use was significantly higher among those who reported having any disability (25.4%) compared to those who reported having no disability (17.3%).

  • Webpage with data on smoking prevalence among people with disabilities
  • Fact sheets with state-level data
  • Interactive data and mapping tools

CDC supports 18 State Disability and Health Programs which work to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities.  Click here for more information on the health of people with disabilities, or contact Amy Pulver.

Association of Smoking Cessation and Weight Change With Cardiovascular Disease Among Adults With and Without Diabetes JAMA – Key messages: Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Weight gain after cessation did not have a significant impact on CVD risk.

Stubbing Out Cigarettes for Good
New York Times, Richard A. Daynard (Opinion), 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.

Awareness and ever use of electronic cigarettes among U.S. adults, 2010–2011Nicotine & Tobacco Research – This study assessed the awareness and use of e-cigarettes among adults in the U.S. from 2010-2011. Key message: 21% of adult smokers and 6% of all respondents in 2011 had used e-cigarettes, which is about double the estimates from 2010. Related press releases are available from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Fact sheets: Regulatory options for non-cigarette tobacco productsTobacco 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.

[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.

Smokers Can Skirt Higher Premiums
Politico, Brett Norman, 03/06/2013
Under the health law, insurers next year will be able to charge smokers up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers.



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