Tobacco – April 26, 2013

Comment Received From Tips Campaign E-mail Box

“I just wanted to thank Terrie and all of the people involved in the making and airing of these commercials. I quit 2 weeks ago and these commercials are a great reminder to keep me on track.” Kim, 4/7/13

Comment Posted to Facebook

“These ads NEED to be disturbing. I am stopping soon. My son deserves a healthy father, and I deserve to be him.” Bob, 4/2/13

Resources HHS_Tobacc_SmokingGraphic6Check out the FDA Center for Tobacco Product’s tools to make the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act easier to access, understand, search, and use. You can also view a recorded presentation from the Searchable Tobacco Control Act webinar to learn more.

This Week in CTP – Updates from the Center for Tobacco Products
The Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a website showcasing its commitment to ending the tobacco epidemic. This comprehensive tobacco website,, provides a “one-stop-shop” for the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies. This consolidated resource includes general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, evidence-based methods on how to quit, and much more.

If you have recently quit tobacco, we congratulate you! Learn some tips to remain tobacco free and help keep you on the path to a healthier life.

Toolkit on Harm Reduction
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: 4.22.13
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has introduced a new online collection of resources to help public health advocates address the industry’s tobacco harm reduction promotion. Materials include media resources, advocacy resources such as sample testimony and letters to legislators, and research resources including new factsheets summarizing the existing research literature on this issue.  Some of the factsheets are being finalized and will be posted soon.  A reminder email will be sent when they are up. The toolkit can be accessed here.

In 2012, the Surgeon General concluded that there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and smoking initiation among young people. Last year, there were more than fourteen billion in-theater tobacco impressions delivered by youth-rated films, representing a 54% increase over 2011. In fact, tobacco incidents in youth-rated films doubled between 2010 and 2012, returning to levels of a decade ago. These data suggest that current movie studio policies are not sufficient to maintain reductions in on-screen tobacco incidents.

Here is Legacy’s short video that clearly frames this problem. Be sure to check out their American Horror Show infographic too. Here is the press statement Legacy released this month.

HERE is CDC’s webpage dedicated to smoking in the movies, with helpful background information, findings, and charts.

Reports and Articles

Smoking Bans in Public Housing Could Save Dollars, Lives: CDC
HealthDay News: April 16, 2013
Smoking bans in subsidized housing, including public housing and rental assistance programs, would save $521 million a year, according to new U.S. government research.
The authors of the study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated that cuts in health care costs related to secondhand smoke would account for the bulk of the savings, or $341 million annually. They pointed out that smoke-free policies are particularly important in multi-unit housing, where exposure to secondhand smoke can be particularly harmful.

City Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Purchases to 21
New York Times:  April 22, 2013
Young New Yorkers would not be able to buy cigarettes until they were 21, up from the current 18, under a proposal advanced Monday by Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine: April 17, 2013

CDC’s press release:
According to a new study released online yesterday by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the estimated annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million.
Key points:

  • This is the first study to estimate the costs that could be saved by prohibiting smoking in subsidized housing, including public housing and other rental assistance programs.
  • The bulk of those annual savings – $341 million – would come from reduced health care expenditures related to secondhand smoke.
  • The study also estimates savings of $108 million in annual renovation expenses and $72 million in annual smoking-related fire loses.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to New Cigarette Labeling
HealthDay, Steven Reinberg, 04/22/2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a tobacco industry challenge to a controversial 2009 federal law that mandates graphic warning labels on cigarettes. The high court refused to hear the case, essentially upholding a lower court ruling in favor of the government’s labeling changes.

Alternative Tobacco Product Use and Smoking Cessation: A National Study
American Journal of Public Health. Key messages: 38% of adult smokers in a 2011 nationally-representative survey had tried alternative tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes. Use of these products was not associated with successful quit attempts.

 The Tobacco Endgame
Tobacco Control, May 2013.
Forty top tobacco control advocates and researchers were convened to discuss possible endpoints for the tobacco control movement. The articles in this issue stemmed from this discussion, and include editorials, tobacco endgame proposals, commentaries, and news perspectives. Read more here, or click here for the journal supplement.

 Addressing Tobacco Use Through Healthcare Systems
Partnership for Prevention/ ActionToQuit and the Multi-State Collaborative for Health System Change Discusses low healthcare provider rates of smoking cessation interventions; implementing simple systems changes in health care sites to increase the percentage of clinical interventions with smokers; increases in the probability of patients quitting smoking per each occurrence of a brief intervention, and how healthcare sites can realize significant cost savings as a result of system changes.

Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to tobacco regulation law
The Supreme Court has decided not to hear challenges made by the tobacco industry regarding FDA regulation of tobacco products. With this decision, the FDA will be able to move forward with its development and implementation of graphic warnings for cigarette packages; however, due to another court decision striking down the set of images that were initially proposed, the agency must undertake a scientific process to select a new set of graphic images. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids released statements about this decision; further information from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium about the court decisions related to graphic warnings can be found here.

Frieden discusses budget outlook for CDC
According to remarks made by CDC Director Tom Frieden following the release of President Obama’s FY2014 budget, despite cuts to CDC’s overall budget, funding for tobacco control efforts will increase.

Alaskan with ruined lungs now face of CDC’s anti-smoking effort
Alaska Dispatch – Michael, one of the former smokers featured in the CDC’s new Tips From Former Smokers campaign, is a formerly homeless person who started smoking at age 9. He has stories to share, and is taking his story on the road to schools and events around Alaska in the coming months.

According to the April 8-80 Cities Newsletter, “While diet and genetics are key contributors to obesity, Richard Louv discusses the role of inactivity. [“‘Sitting is the New Smoking’ — What we Can Do About Killer Couches, Sedentary Schools, and the Pandemic of Inactivity” (]

“According to an article published by the Harvard Business Review ‘Sitting is the Smoking of our Generation,'( as we work, we sit more than we do anything else. On average, counting the time we sit at home, we sit 9.3 hours per day. Not only that, but children are educated with these standards by sitting the majority of their time in the classroom and then at home in front of the TV. This is a big problem since physical inactivity causes 5.3 million deaths per year. The article explores the similarities between the risks caused by smoking and the risks and dangers caused by inactivity in our daily lives. The article not only discusses the dangers to this problem, but also explores various solutions, solutions as simple as a ‘walk-and-talk’ meeting at work, to develop a more healthy and active lifestyle for all ages!”

The May 2013 supplement of the peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control offers a host of open access articles on the theme Tobacco Endgame.

Here is a new research article entitled Alternative Tobacco Product Use and Smoking Cessation: A National Study. Click HERE.


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