Tobacco – June 14, 2013

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Resources

Disclosure of Smoking Policies in Multi-Unit Housing
A fact sheet that explains the concept of a smoking disclosure policy for landlords and owners of multi-unit housing, and reviews benefits and concerns for those considering such policies.

Online Resources for Researching Individuals & Organizations
A select compilation of online resources that could be helpful in researching individuals as well as front groups, lobbyists, political organizations and others aligned with the tobacco industry.

Cigarette Butt Pollution Project website
The Project is a partnership of public health and environmental advocacy groups dedicated to the elimination of cigarette butt waste from our environment.

Consortium’s Policy Tools for Minimizing Public Health and Environmental Effects of Cigarette Waste
In partnership with the Project, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has just released a new publication for governmental authorities and organizations interested in implementing measures to minimize public health and environmental effects of cigarette waste.

SmokefreeVET
We are pleased to announce the launch of SmokefreeVET, a new mobile text messaging service available to Veterans quitting smoking. This text messaging program is designed to provide 24/7 support, tips, and encouragement to Veterans interested in quitting smoking. SmokefreeVET is a collaboration between VHA Tobacco & Health and the National Cancer Institute’s Tobacco Control Research Branch. SmokefreeVET is based on NCI’s text message smoking cessation program, which has a proven track record of success: after one month, 17% of NCI’s text program users reported that they had quit smoking and 11% were able to stay quit through 6 months.
Veterans can sign up for the program by:

After signing up for the program, Veterans will begin receiving between 1 and 5 text messages per day, tailored to their quit date. Messages are sent beginning two weeks prior to the quit date and end six weeks afterwards. Veterans can receive additional supportive messages by texting the keywords URGE, STRESS, or SMOKED at any time to 47848.

For VHA Providers
Consider encouraging your patients interested in quitting smoking to use SmokefreeVET for extra support during their quit attempt. SmokefreeVET should not replace health care provider counseling to quit. Provide all patients using SmokefreeVET with smoking cessation medications to increase their likelihood of quitting smoking. Smoking cessation medications on the VA formulary can be found here: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/docs/smoking/nicotine_drugs_list.pdf|
Offer all of your patients at least brief counseling:
ASK: Veteran about tobacco use
ADVISE: Veteran to quit
REFER: Veteran to a smoking cessation program in your facility or to their primary care provider

VHA Tobacco & Health
For clinical resources and more information on tobacco cessation within VA, visit:
Tobacco & Health Internet site
Tobacco & Health Intranet site  
Tobacco & Health SharePoint site
Products & Publications
Questions?  publichealth@va.gov

National Healthy Housing Standard
In partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), NCHH is developing the National Healthy Housing Standard to inform and deliver housing policies that reflect the latest understanding of the connections between housing conditions and health. Learn more about the National Healthy Housing Standard.
The draft Standard is posted for public comment through Wednesday, July 31, 2013. NCHH encourages and welcomes feedback from health and housing practitioners, advocates, and other stakeholders in healthy housing on the proposed requirements and stretch provisions. To comment, please use the comment form associated with each subsection of the draft Standard.

Reports and Articles
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E-Cigarettes Are in Vogue and at a Crossroads
On a recent day in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, a line of 20 people spilled onto the sidewalk of a trendy new boutique, eager to get a taste of its latest gourmet offerings.A sign in the window promoted piña colada as the store’s flavor of the month. A woman wearing a Chanel jacket said she wanted to try peach.

An E-Cigarette Company Wants To Make Smoking Socially Acceptable Again
Using Rosie the Riveter image (targeting women) to sell e cigs. Given the recent acquisition of many ecig companies.
Business Insider: June 9, 2013
A new campaign from Denver-based Cultivator Advertising & Design for e-cigarette company FIN Branding Group touts the brand’s smokeless, tobacco-free cigarette. A new commercial entitled “Rewrite the Rules” aims to illustrate that e-cigarettes are acceptable in places were regular cigarettes are not; in bars, bowling alleys, the office and restaurants.

Tobacco Chief to Start Ruling on Product Backlog at FDA
June 7, 2013   The top U.S. tobacco regulator said he’s ready to reduce a backlog of 4,000 applications from companies asking to determine which of their products can stay on the market and what new ones may be introduced.

Smoking Leads to Five-Fold Increase in Heart Disease and Stroke in Under-50s
June 7, 2013   Smoking increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by five-fold in people under the age of 50 and doubles risk in the over-60s.

Flavored Tobacco Ban In NY Convenience Stores? Cancer Society Says Products Aimed At Kids
June 06, 2013   They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in fun flavors like chocolate, blueberry, gummy bear, wine and pink berry.

Are the Ingredients of Kitty Litter Being Used in Cigars?
June 06, 2013   Tobacco companies have a long history of adding all kinds of ingredients to their products.

Second-Hand Smoke ‘Hidden’ Dangers Revealed
June 05, 2013   The figures have been highlighted as the government launches a campaign to increase awareness of the hidden dangers of smoking in homes and cars…

Do National Smoking Bans Actually Work?
June 05, 2013   The world’s third largest tobacco market has officially banned smoking.

More Proof Healthy Living, Not Smoking Pay Off
June 4, 2013   The most significant lifestyle change people can make to protect their health is to stop smoking, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report.

Smokers Cost Employers More Than Nonsmokers
June 4, 2013   Compared to nonsmoking employees, every staff member who lights up costs their employer nearly $6,000 more each year, according to a new report.

Tobacco Companies Are Not Public Health Stakeholders
June 3, 2013   When assessing information presented by the tobacco industry, the US regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulatory bodies in other countries, should be aware that they are dealing with companies with a long history of intentionally misleading the public.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Cos. are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World
June 3, 2013   A few decades ago we began to understand that using tobacco kills, and by now few Americans have any doubt that smoking is bad for us.

OSU wraps up first smoke-free year

Oregon State University’s Office of the President reissued a survey, calling for student feedback on the initiative to make the campus smoke free.
The survey, issued on Wednesday, asks students to consider how the current smoking prohibition on campus — in effect since Sept. 1, 2012 — has affected them and whether a completely tobacco-free campus would be preferable for them.

Will U.S. tobacco fields give way to fields of chickpeas?
CBS, 6/5/13
Ronen Zohar, the CEO of Sabra, the lead hummus producer in the U.S., hopes to expand chickpea farming to tobacco country — namely, Virginia — to meet growing demand.

Tobacco Ads Spark Teen Smoking, Study Finds
Seeing just 10 advertisements boosts odds of smoking by 40 percent, researchers say
HealthDay News
The more tobacco advertising teenagers see, the more likely they are to start smoking, according to a new study.
Every 10 tobacco ads that teens view increases their risk of starting to smoke by nearly 40 percent and boosts their chances of becoming a daily smoker by 30 percent, the German researchers found.
The findings, published online in the journal BMJ Open, support the total ban on tobacco advertising advocated by the World Health Organization, said Dr. Matthis Morgenstern, of the Institute for Therapy and Health Research in Kiel and colleagues.

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