Tobacco – April 12, 2013

Funny videos Takes Aim at Social Smokers

Doing something “socially” doesn’t make it acceptable, says a new Canadian anti-smoking ad.
Visit “Quit the Denial” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quitthedenial

Resources

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Earth Day is April 22

Legacy Rethinks Butts to Support Earth Day
Legacy has partnered with environmental organization Leave No Trace to launch a public service announcement (PSA) campaign entitled, “Rethink Butts” this month in support of Earth Day.   The PSA campaign educates about the toxic waste created by cigarette litter and urges Americans to rethink the act of littering tobacco trash.

  •   There are PSAs in English and Spanish languages for TV and radio.  The spots, which are available for use by public health partners, can be downloaded and shared from Legacy’s Facebook page or RethinkButts.org.
  •   Toolkits are available for download with ideas on ways to help stop toxic litter on www.RethinkButts.org

How Can I Quit Smoking Successfully?
Dr. Cheryl Healton, a public health professional and former smoker provides tips on how to quit smoking successfully using nicotine replacements like gums, lozenges and patches.

Quit Smoking App on Facebook
An innovative three-year project funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Schroeder Institute and Legacy developed a new Facebook app that will help smokers quit as well as provide data about how people quit smoking on social networks like Facebook. The app, called UbiQUITous, is currently the only evidence-based app on Facebook dedicated to helping users quit smoking.

New Youth Activist Fellows Toolkit
Legacy has a tobacco control guide for youth activists created by Legacy’s Youth Activism Fellows Program.  The guide, the first of its kind, provides young people with the tools needed to expand their skills and take action against an industry that targets them.

Reports and Articles

UncleSam-stopsmokingHealth official wants Albany council to consider tobacco issues
Albany Democrat-Herald: 4/10/13
Sara Hartstein, a chronic disease policy specialist for tobacco with Benton County, asked the council at its work session on Monday to approve a resolution that would, among other things, support a committee that would get the word out especially to young people about how tobacco products can cause premature death, disability and disease.

Tobacco Products Display Ban Helped Smokers Quit, Poll Finds
April 5, 2013   One in four young people who gave up smoking last year said the ban on displaying tobacco products in large shops helped them quit, a survey has found. Read More.

Smokers Have Worse Colon Cancer Prognosis: Study
April 5, 2013   Smokers are less likely to be alive and cancer-free three years after having surgery for colon cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a new study. Read More.

Flavored Tobacco Continues To Play A Role In Tobacco Use Among Young Adults
April 4, 2013   In 2009, the U.S. Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned the sale of flavored cigarettes, except for menthol, largely because of their wide appeal to young people. Read More.

Community Tobacco-Free Programs Keep Candy-Flavored Blunt Wraps Out of the Hands of Youth
April 3, 2013   Vanilla. Chocolate. Cotton Candy. Grape. Strawberry. Peach. Read More.

CDC: Smoking is “70% Higher in the LGBT Community”
April 2, 2013   Ellie Nicholas, who calls herself a people lover, thoroughly enjoyed bartending in New York. Read More.

FDA to Ease Restrictions for Smoking-Cessation Products
April 2, 2013   Are you concerned that you have been chewing Nicorette longer than recommended on the box? Read More.

Raise Cigarette Prices to Snuff Teen Smoking
April 1, 2013   The nation’s decades-long battle against smoking has been remarkably successful, especially among teens. In 1997, 36% of high school students smoked. Today, half as many do. Read More.

DOD launches healthy base initiative
The Department of Defense (DOD) reported the selection of 13 sites for its Healthy Base Initiative, “a demonstration project for Operation Live Well, aimed at increasing the health and wellness of the total force, including wellness and family members.” Sites’ efforts will focus on making informed nutritional food choices, increased physical activity, weight management, and tobacco cessation.

FDA announces that nicotine replacement therapy labels may change – The FDA Center for Tobacco Products announced that labels on over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products can be changed to allow consumers to use them longer and at the same time as other nicotine-containing products. Related materials include: summary of FDA actions, Consumer update, FDA’s full announcement in the Federal Register, statement from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Investing in America’s Health:  A State-by-State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts – Trust for America’s Health, with funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This annual report examines the inadequate levels of federal funding, cuts in state and local funding and the wide variations in disease rates, other health factors and funding levels by state.

Prevention Success Stories from Around the Country – Trust for America’s Health
Public health success stories from state and local Community Transformation Grantees are highlighted. The stories can be browsed by public health topic, state, or city/county.
To commemorate the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released a story bank featuring stories of successful prevention initiatives in action from around the country.

Has the tobacco industry evaded the FDA’s ban on ‘Light’ cigarette descriptors? – Tobacco Control- Key findings:
Following the FDA’s ban on the use of “Lights” descriptors or similar terms to communicate about “reduced-risk” tobacco products, cigarette manufacturers substituted color descriptors within brand names. After the ban, 92% of smokers reported they could easily identify their usual brands, and 68% correctly named the package color associated with their usual brand, while sales for “Lights” cigarettes remained unchanged.

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