Tobacco – May 24, 2013

Reports and Articles

Smoke Permeates Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms
New York Times: 5/17/13
Staying in a nonsmoking room in a hotel that allows smoking elsewhere does not prevent exposure to tobacco smoke, a new study reports.

FTC Reports First Increase in Tobacco Marketing Since 2003,Underscoring Need for Continued Vigilance in Fighting Tobacco Use
CTFK: 5.21.13
It is troubling news for our nation’s health that marketing expenditures for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco increased by nearly four percent to $8.82 billion in 2011, representing the first increase in overall tobacco marketing since 2003.  This increase, reported today by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is a timely reminder that the tobacco companies continue to aggressively market their deadly and addictive products, often in ways that appeal to kids. 

Racial Disparities Seen in U.S. Lung Cancer Treatment
HealthDay News: May 21, 2013
Racial disparities exist in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer among hospitals in the United States, according to a large new study.
Although most patients with this condition undergo surgery as part of their initial treatment, researchers found that blacks were less likely than Hispanics or whites to have surgery in the early stages of the disease. Hispanics were more likely to undergo surgery for stage 1 and stage 2 disease than white patients.

Smoke-Free Rules and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Homes and Vehicles Among US Adults, 2009–2010
Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Adult Tobacco Survey respondents were classified as having smoke-free rules if they never allow smoking inside their homes or vehicles. The study is the first to present estimates of smoke-free rules and secondhand smoke exposure in vehicles among U.S. adults. Despite the high prevalence of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles, the study found that almost 11 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in their home, and almost 17 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in a vehicle. The study also contains state-by-state data showing that the highest prevalence of smoke-free rules in homes and vehicles occurred in many states with comprehensive smoke-free laws and longstanding tobacco control programs.

Alcoholics Who Smoke May Face Early Brain Aging
HealthDay News: May 17, 2013
Small study didn’t find effect in former or never-smokers
Alcoholics who smoke have more problems with memory, problem solving and quick thinking than those who are nonsmokers, researchers have found.
This “early aging” of the brain gets worse over time, according to the study published online May 17 and in the October print issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
The study measured mental or “cognitive” functioning.

Announcing TCN’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
The Executive Committee of the Tobacco Control Network is pleased to announce that the TCN’s 2013-2016 strategic plan has been finalized. This document will serve as a road map that will guide our work together as a network for the next 3 years. Thank you to all who submitted comments to shape the direction of the strategic plan. We will continue to engage our members and partners as we work toward the goals within the plan. A one-page visual summary of the plan and the full Tobacco Control Network (TCN) Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 can be accessed on the Materials page of the TCN’s website.

New publication: Winnable Battles targets updated
CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Program recently updated the Winnable Battle Targets with the latest available data, providing “quick, at-a-glance look at the targets and trends driving the Winnable Battle efforts.” The goals for tobacco control are to prevent the initiation of tobacco use, promote quitting, and ensure smoke-free environments. The document identifies specific indicators and 2015 targets, as well as relevant Healthy People 2020 objectives.

FDA Tobacco Chief Says Health Community Grappling With Idea That Some Products are Less Risky
Associated Press, Staff Writer, 05/16/2013
Changes in the marketplace have forced the public health community to wrestle with the idea that some tobacco products may pose less of a health risk than others, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco control efforts told an industry group on Thursday.

Minnesota legislators pass tobacco tax increase
The state cigarette tax will increase by $1.60 to $2.83 per pack, and there has been an increase in the tax on other tobacco products. Read more in the news, or in a press release from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Congratulations to our colleagues in Minnesota!

2012 Success Stories of the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program
Ohio Department of Health. Success stories from local coordinators on policy, systems, and environmental change efforts related to physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco control.

Becoming Tobacco Free video
New York State Office of Mental Health. Targeted toward mental health consumers, the video features clips of consumers discussing their journey to becoming tobacco free, the health benefits of quitting, tools to help think through the pros and cons of quitting, what to expect when quitting, and how to get help.

Smoke-Free Rules and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Homes and Vehicles among US Adults, 2009–2010
Preventing Chronic Disease. Key findings: 81.1% of adults reported having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes, and 73.6% have smoke-free rules in their vehicles; however, disparities in secondhand smoke exposure persist among certain states and subpopulations.

Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among State Tobacco Cessation Quitline Callers
Nicotine & Tobacco Research – Key findings: One in 3 quitline callers reported ever trying e-cigarettes. The most frequently-cited reason for using e-cigarettes was to help quit other tobacco (51.3%). Seven months after receiving quitline services, past e-cigarette users were less likely to be tobacco-free, versus participants who had never tried e-cigarettes.

Opportunity to submit comments to FDA on menthol
On April 12, 2013, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and eighteen other leading public health groups filed a formal Citizen Petition urging the FDA to protect America’s health by prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. The FDA opened a docket for public comments on the Citizen Petition. Please take a few minutes to learn about the petition and submit supporting comments that reflect your knowledge and perspective on the issue. Although there is no deadline to submit comments on this petition, the FDA will stop accepting public comments once it takes action. Therefore, it is important to submit comments as soon as possible.

  • View the petition.
  • Read suggested talking points.
  • Submit your own comment.

Most Americans Say ‘No’ to Smoking in Their Homes, Cars
Health, 05/16/2013
Four out of five adults now have smoke-free rules in their homes, while about three out of four have enacted the same ban in their cars, according to the national survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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