Tobacco – May 10, 2013

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Toll of Tobacco on Women and Girls
May 12th is Mother’s Day. In honor of this day consider opportunities to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco use on women and families in your community. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has developed fact sheets containing state-specific, mom-related tobacco data that can be used for special Mother’s Day press releases, newspaper columns, op-eds, LTE’s, etc.

New Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC) web address
Looking for tobacco counter-advertisements including television, radio, prints, earned media, and other collateral media material in a variety of formats? Look no further than the CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC)! Note that the web address changed as of April 1; update your bookmarks

BOH Role in Addressing Tobacco Control and Prevention Factsheets   
Wondering how your board of health can use its legal authority to address tobacco control and prevention policies? NALBOH has factsheets designed to meet your needs! 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 Product

Reports and Articles

Business Owners Take Aim at Proposed Smoking Laws
New York Times, Anemona Hartocollis, 05/02/2013
Small-business owners took aim on Thursday at the New York City Council’s package of antismoking legislation, including a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21.

CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support has released a Public Health Practice Stories from the Field featuring a local tobacco cessation initiative serving as a model for mental health facilities in Texas.

E-cigarettes aren’t regulated enough, Oklahoma health officials say
NewsOK: May 9, 2013
State health leaders said Tuesday they are concerned about efforts to market e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. The state Board of Health held its monthly meeting Tuesday in Woodward, and concern over electronic cigarettes was one of the main topics board members discussed.

NYC Cigarette Tax Fight Hampered By Low Fines
Associated Press, Staff Writer, 05/05/2013
High taxes have emerged as the No. 1 weapon in the war on smoking

Wins and Losses in the Fight Against Tobacco
New York Times. Discusses recent court verdicts related to FDA’s implementation of graphic warning labels.

CDC’s new anti-smoking ad campaign takes Latino twist By Hope Gillette, an award-winning author and novelist. Highlights the CDC’s efforts to raise awareness among Latinos about the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke through their Tips from Former Smokers (Tips) campaign

Promising Practices For Commercial Tobacco Prevention & Control in Indian CountryNational Native Network
Provides summaries of guidance, culturally appropriate strategies and the national MPOWER model components that public health workers can integrate in their daily use

Government’s Role in Protecting Health and Safety
New England Journal of Medicine. Authored by CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., this perspective piece discussed the appropriate role of governmental public health action.

Obama’s Cigarette Tax Up in Smoke
Politico, Reid J. Epstein, 05/08/2013
Remember the cigarette tax hike President Barack Obama proposed in his big budget rollout?

CDC has published a new study showing smoke-free subsidized housing would save $521 million a year.

Legacy launches new “ugly truth®” campaign
The truth® campaign’s first television ads since 2010, which reveals sets of thought-provoking tobacco-related facts and business tactics of the tobacco industry.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other health partners have designated every May 31st as World No Tobacco Day.

New York Times editorial board published an article, “Gruesome Ads That Work”, supporting the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
have launched a new initiative to accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use.

A special supplement of Tobacco Control features a series of articles that initiates new thinking and dialogue around “endgame” strategies for tobacco prevention and control.

Canton Board of Health (MA) tests stricter smoking laws, including increasing legal age of purchase, banning small cigars, and “blunt wraps” in colorful packaging and fruit flavors.

Sudbury Board of Health (MA) is looking to update all tobacco regulations.


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