Tobacco – June 7, 2013


CDC’s New Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign Takes Latino twist
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) unveiled a graphic anti-smoking ad campaign featuring real-life images and stories from those whose lives have been severely impacted by tobacco use. Now, for 2013, the CDC in partnership with the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN)  has introduced a Hispanic-oriented anti-smoking ad campaign featuring Mariano.

Watch this video with a fascinating experiment done by the Thai Ministry of Public Health. A young child approaches people who are smoking in public with a cigarette in her hand to ask them for a light. The smokers are horrified at the thought of this child picking up this habit. Every one of those approached began lecturing the child, citing compelling reasons the child shouldn’t smoke. After listening patiently for a moment, the child would hand them a card with a phone number for smoking cessation services, and ask, “Then why do you smoke?” Researchers observed the smokers after the child walked away. Almost every one of them dropped their cigarette. All retained the card with the phone number. Calls to the help line increased 40 percent on the day of the experiment.

Reports and Articlessmoking and mental illness

Smoking, Mental Illness and Socioeconomic Disadvantage
High rates of smoking and lower rates of smoking cessation are known to be associated with common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, and with individual and community measures of socioeconomic status. It is not known to what extent mental illness and socioeconomic status might be jointly associated with smoking behaviour. This study set out to examine the relationship between mental illness, measures of socioeconomic disadvantage and both current smoking and smoking cessation rates.

Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among State Tobacco Cessation Quitline Callers 
Researchers found  31% of study participants reported ever using or trying e-cigarettes, 51% used e-cigarettes to help quit other tobacco products, and 15% to replace other tobacco use. Those reporting e-cigarette use were less likely to be tobacco abstinent at the time of the follow-up survey than those who had never tried e-cigarettes.   

Public health groups’ letter to the attorneys general
R.J. Reynolds has launched a major new advertising campaign for its Camel Crush cigarettes in at least 24 magazines, many with large youth readership.  The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Legacy, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association sent a letter to state attorneys general to investigate the campaign as a violation of the Master Settlement Agreement.

Starbucks to ban smoking within 25 feet of cafes
The Seattle Times, 5/31/13
As of June 1, the Seattle-based chain bans smoking within 25 feet of its stores. The new non-smoking policy applies to the 7,000 cafes owned and operated by Starbucks Corp., regardless of whether they have outdoor seating areas.

WHO Calls for Tobacco Advertising Ban
May 30, 2013   In advance of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the World Health Organization is calling on countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, saying such marketing blackout could reduce tobacco use and save lives.

Heart Attacks Decrease with Smoke-Free Workplace Laws: Mayo Clinic
May 28, 2013   A Mayo Clinic study shows that smoke-free workplace laws are associated with about one-third fewer heart attacks.

Antismoking Messages and Intention to Quit — 17 Countries, 2008–2011. CDC analyzed data from 17 countries that participated in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) to assess whether awareness of antismoking information was significantly associated with a current cigarette smoker’s intention to quit. In 14 of 17 countries surveyed the study found awareness of antismoking messages in one or more of four media channels (television, radio, billboards, and newspapers/magazines) significantly increased the odds that current smokers intend to quit. 

Tobacco Cessation Digest.
ActionToQuit has a monthly e-newsletter, the digest summarizes cessation specific news and information from the previous month in an easy to read newsletter.  To receive this digest and to stay informed, fill in your information HERE.

Smoking employees cost $6,000 a year more, study finds
NBC News: 6.4.13
Smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke, researchers said on Monday in what they say is the first comprehensive look at the issue.
And in what some might see as a dark twist, they’ve taken into account any savings that might come because smokers tend to die younger than non-smokers, drawing less in pension costs.

Anti-tobacco policy in schools: upcoming preventive strategy or prevention myth? A review of 31 studies
Tobacco Control: 5/28/13
Objective To summarise the evidence on effectiveness of school anti-tobacco policies (exposure) in preventing tobacco use (outcome) among high school students.

The Healthy People website has been updated
The tobacco use section now contains new statistics and visuals under the tabs National Snapshot and National Data.  

Legal Update, Spring 2013
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s Legal Update, Spring 2013, focuses on international tobacco control and encourages advocates in the U.S. to connect more effectively with the global tobacco control movement.

The Office on Smoking and Health

Is pleased to share this brief metrics report summarizing the major activities and results of weeks 11 and 12 of the 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign. Great photo of Terrie Hall and Surgeon General Benjamin.

Tobacco Harm Reduction and E-Cigarettes  —  Setting a Unified Research Agenda.
An excellent new article from scholars at the University of Stirling, United Kingdom

Death Countdown.
If the gory photos on cigarette packs and the threat of a hideous death weren’t enough, now an academic has come up with a grim countdown-to-death for smokers.

Oregon Intends to Forbid Smoking When Kids are in the Car
The Lund Report, 6/4/13
Oregon has passed laws making bars, restaurants, work places, parks, public buildings and public transportation free of toxic cigarette smoke. Now Senate Bill 444 will become law, making it a crime to smoke in private automobiles — if children are in the car.


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