Tobacco – May 31, 2013

Smoking, bowling, and litigation. What’s the deal with these slippery lawsuits?

Resources

MAY 27-31 IS TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR WEEK!
As part of the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, CDC launched the “Talk With Your Doctor” initiative to encourage health care providers and patients to talk about quitting smoking. In collaboration with leading medical organizations, CDC developed a wide range of resources for the medical community.
The CDC Office on Smoking and Health has posted 2013 World No Tobacco Day resources to its website. This year’s themes for the May 31 event are tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. Here are links to a feature article Protect Youth From Tobacco Marketing and a World No Tobacco Day button. For more information, click HERE.

Reports and Articles

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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.

Primary and Dual Users of Little Cigars/Cigarillos and Large Cigars: Demographic and Tobacco Use Profiles.
This study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research looks at a nationally representative sample of young adults in the U.S. to examine the prevalence of use of little cigars/cigarillos (LCCs) versus large cigars (LCs) and the profile of these distinct cigar users. The study found that cigar use was high among young adults, with the highest proportion of them using both LCCs and LCs.

New publications on tobacco marketing expenditures
Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2011 and Federal Trade Commission Smokeless Tobacco Report for 2011 – Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Key finding: There was a 4% increase in marketing expenditures for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in 2011. The $8.82 billion increase represents the first increase in tobacco marketing since 2003. Click here for FTC’s press release about the reports.

How Smoking at Home Reduces Property Values
May 24, 2013   A recent survey of Ontario real estate agents in Ontario found that smoking in a home could lower the value of your property by up to 30 per cent. Read More.

Teen Exercise: Physical Activity Shown to Help Teens Stop Smoking
May 23, 2013   New results published May 22, JAMA,  indicate that of the teens who smoke, those who incorporate exercise are more likely to decrease or quit their daily cigarette use than those who do not. Read More.

U.S. Cigarette Makers Boost Discounts as Smokers Turn Away
May 22, 2013   The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which has periodically put out a report on tobacco sales since 1967, said on Tuesday that 274 billion cigarettes were sold or given away in 2011. Read More.

Reducing the Appeal of Smoking – First Experiences with Australia’s Plain Tobacco Packaging Law
May 21, 2013   December 2012 will remain a memorable day in the history of the fight against tobacco worldwide. Read More

Hospital Admissions for Acute Myocardial Infarction Before and After Implementation of a Comprehensive Smoke-free Policy in Uruguay: Experience through 2010
Can a national smoke-free law create a substantial and sustained reduction in hospitalizations for heart attacks? The journal Tobacco Control proves it can. 

Tobacco Company Efforts to Influence the Food and Drug Administration-Commissioned Institute of Medicine Report Clearing the Smoke: An Analysis of Documents Released through Litigation
Spurred by the creation of potential modified risk tobacco products, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to assess the science base for tobacco “harm reduction,” leading to the 2001 IOM report Clearing the Smoke. The objective of this study was to determine how the tobacco industry organized to try to influence the IOM committee that prepared the report.

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