Tobacco – May 3, 2013

Tobacco

2014 World Cup will be tobacco free
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil in 2014 will be tobacco-free.

Reports and Articles

Women Who Smoke May Have Higher Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis
HealthDay News: April 26, 2013

Swedish study found how much and how long they smoked made a difference
Smokers and former smokers are at increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says.
Researchers analyzed data collected from 34,000 women, aged 54 to 89, in Sweden, 219 of whom had rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the joints, resulting in swelling, stiffness, pain and reduced joint function. It can also affect other parts of the body.
The number of cigarettes smoked per day and the number of years a woman smoked both affected the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the study, which was published April 22 in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.

Tobacco litter transformed into art at the Union
The Daily Illini, 4/24/13
Using 21.6 pounds of cigarette litter collected from Saturday’s “Blooms, not Butts” tobacco litter pickup event, two groups of competing students transformed the litter into displays Tuesday afternoon.

Artist blends oil, tobacco to deliver a powerful message
Daily Miner, 4/21/13
The paintings are the work of Albert Ortiz, a Chandler-based artist taking his message to Arizona schools as part of Students Taking a New Direction, an anti-smoking initiative that seeks to break the pull of addiction through powerful art. STAND is seeking anti-smoking artwork from students that uses themes from popular culture.

APHA’S THE NATION’S HEALTH: SMOKERS WITH BROKEN BONES HEAL LESS QUICKLY, STUDY SAYS
A regular smoker with a broken leg bone should not be surprised to be on crutches a month longer than a nonsmoker with the same injury, according to a recent study.

Scholars Pose Endgame Strategies for Tobacco Use
NewPublicHealth, 04/24/2013
Do we need an endgame strategy to finally end the devastating hold tobacco has on its users? Scholars, scientists and policy experts grapple with endgame proposals in a special supplement to the journal Tobacco Control.

Kids’ Smoking Influences May Change Over Time
HealthDay News: April 28, 2013
Peer pressure to smoke may be more influential for kids in middle school than for older students, a new study reports.
Although their friends’ smoking behavior may hold less sway for teens over time, researchers said parents seem to remain influential over their children’s smoking behavior throughout high school. They suggested that smoking intervention programs focused on peer pressure to smoke would be more effective for students in middle (or junior high) school than high school, and parents could provide another possible anti-smoking strategy.

Marlboro Maker Altria Plans Electronic Cigarette As Sales Drop
April 26, 2013   Altria Group Inc., the largest U.S. tobacco company, said Thursday it will introduce an electronic cigarette this year amid a continuing slump in sales of its top-selling Marlboro brand. Read more.

Removing Branding From Cigarette Packets Stubs Out Their Appeal
April 25, 2013   Women say they get less satisfaction and less enjoyment from smoking cigarettes that come in plain, standardised packs – according to new research released today. Read More.

New Tobacco Chief Promises U.S. Action as Industry Waits
April 25, 2013   The new health regulator in charge of tobacco said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin to take action soon on major decisions from the effects of menthol to the marketability of newer products. Read More.

New York City celebrates 10 years of smoke-free air (NY)
March 30th marked the ten-year anniversary of New York City becoming smoke-free. New York City has led the state in implementing smoke-free laws and in fighting tobacco use. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been an important leader in accomplishing these feats. Smoke-free air laws have decreased the state’s adult smoking rate by 31% since 2002, and youth smoking has dropped by more than half since 2001. To keep making progress, the City Council recently introduced legislation to eliminate tobacco industry discounting and attractive store displays of tobacco packages.

ANRF smoke-free lists and maps quarterly update
The Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) has announced its most recent quarterly update to the lists and maps of U.S. municipalities and states with smoke-free air laws now in effect. Click here to access the lists and maps, which have been updated as of April 5, 2013.

Cogen Says Multnomah County Could Levy 50¢ Cigarette Tax
The Lund Report: 5-1-13
If the Legislature passes HB 2870 giving cigarette taxing authority to counties, the Multnomah County Chair told the Senate Finance Committee that Oregon’s most populous county would consider raising taxes by a half dollar.

President’s plan to increase tobacco tax will prevent kids from smoking and save lives
President Obama has included a tobacco tax increase in his new budget plan, and requests Congress’ support. Revenue acquired from the increase would be put toward early childhood education initiatives. Increases in cigarette and other tobacco taxes have been proven to be effective in reducing tobacco use, especially among youth. Click here to read more, or click here for details about the cigarette tax. Click here to read the statement released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. To read the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s (ACS-CAN) statement, click here. Click here access the American Heart Association’s statement.

TFUO
UO receives accolades for tobacco-free policy

The UO has received the Fresh Air Gold Campus award for adopting a 100 percent tobacco-free policy, the highest level of achievement awarded by the Fresh Air Campus Challenge.

Tobacco Speech Case Teed Up for Supreme Court
Wall Street Journal, Brent Kendall, 04/18/2013
The federal government last month pulled the plug on its legal defense of proposed Food and Drug Administration warning labels that would have shown diseased lungs, dead bodies and other graphic images on cigarette packages.
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NYC Proposes Raising Age for Cigarette Purchases
Associated Press, Jennifer Peltz, 04/23/2013
After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21.

Public Health Touches Everybody: Washington State’s Mary Selecky on Accreditation
NewPublicHealth, 04/22/2013
NewPublicHealth is speaking with directors of several health departments who recently were accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. Eleven health departments received the credential so far. We recently spoke with Mary Selecky, director of the Washington State health department, one of the first two state health agencies to receive national accreditation status.

New Tobacco Chief Promises U.S. Action as Industry Waits
Bloomberg, Anna Edney, 04/24/2013
The new health regulator in charge of tobacco said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin to take action soon on major decisions from the effects of menthol to the marketability of newer products.

NY Cracks Down on ‘Roll-Your-Own’ Tobacco Shops
Associated Press, Staff Writer, 04/26/2013
New York tax authorities say they’ve arrested 10 people accused of having untaxed cigarettes and tobacco at “roll-your-own” shops in eastern New York.

Gruesome Ads That Work 
New York Times. Supports the Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Former Asian American Smokers Speak of Tobacco’s Dangers Authored by Rod Lew, executive director of Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL). Discusses tobacco-related disparities in Asian American communities and CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Wins and Losses in the Fight Against Tobacco

New York Times (Editorial), Editorial Board, 04/28/2013
Cigarette packages are unlikely to carry graphic warning labels anytime soon as a result of separate actions by the Supreme Court and the Food and Drug Administration.

Senate Dems Introduce Tobacco Tax Measure

The Hill (Blog), Julie Hattern, 04/26/2013
A group of Senate Democrats wants the government to increase its oversight of the sale and trade of tobacco.

California Moves to Protect Smokers from Higher Obamacare Insurance Costs
Kaiser Health News and Southern California Public Radio, Stephanie O’Neill, 04/30/2013
Smoking has its risks – but in California, higher prices for health insurance probably won’t be one of them.

Scholars Pose Endgame Strategies for Tobacco Use
NewPublicHealth, 04/24/2013
Do we need an endgame strategy to finally end the devastating hold tobacco has on its users? Scholars, scientists and policy experts grapple with endgame proposals in a special supplement to the journal Tobacco Control.

The Tobacco Control Network (TCN) is pleased to present the April 2013 edition of the monthly Tobacco Free Press. We hope this newsletter helps you access and use valuable tobacco-related news efficiently. This publication is sponsored in partnership with the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC) and the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Study finds smokers with broken bones heal less quickly
A regular smoker with a broken leg bone should not be surprised to be on crutches a month longer than a nonsmoker with the same injury, according to a recent study.

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