Tobacco – June 21, 2013

Regarding the 100th birthday of the Camel cigarette brand, The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has developed some great resources as a response to this “celebration”, including the www.CamelKills.org website. There you can send Unhappy Birthday e-cards, view the 100 Years of Selling Death slide show, and sign up to join in the fight against disease, death and R.J. Reynolds. Check it out.   

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Here are just a few reasons to wish Camel an unhappy birthday:

  • Cigarette smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States.  It kills 443,000 Americans and costs $96 billion in health care bills each year.
  • 90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18, and another 3,500 U.S. kids smoke their first cigarette each day.
  • The Camel brand has a long history of marketing cigarettes to kids – and getting in legal trouble for it.  From 1988 to 1997, Camel targeted kids with a cartoon character, Joe Camel, significantly boosting its market share among youth smokers.
  • Camel today is one of the three most popular cigarette brands among youth smokers, with 15.1 percent preferring Camel.

Video: Fighting for Smokefree Air: Treva’s Story
Treva shares her story of what it is like to work in casinos. Treva is now a casino dealer in a smokefree casino and she loves it! For more information or to get involved, please visit http://www.no-smoke.or

Reports and Articles

Secondhand smoke raises type 2 diabetes risk in study
Data on 37,343 French women showed those exposed to secondhand smoke during childhood or adulthood had increased rates of type 2 diabetes compared with their non-exposed counterparts. The results appear in Diabetes Care. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new report yesterday on the potential impact of President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal tobacco tax by .94 cents to fund early childhood education initiatives. 

Doctors Urged to Adopt Clinical Approach to Target Smoking
June 14, 2013   Doctors should treat smoking like a disease and adopt a more clinical approach, including pharmacological tools, to help their patients quit rather than relying on encouragement or admonition, says a leading Canadian smoking-cessation expert

Tobacco Laws for Youth May Reduce Adult Smoking
June 14, 2013   States that want to reduce rates of adult smoking may consider implementing stringent tobacco restrictions on teens, suggests a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Every 10 Tobacco Ad Sightings Boost Teens’ Risk of Starting to Smoke by Almost 40 Percent
June 13, 2013   The researchers base their findings on over 1300 ten to 15 year old non-smokers whose exposure to tobacco advertising and subsequent behaviour were monitored over a period of 2.5 years.

UK to Start Regulating All Nicotine Products, Including E-Cigarettes, as Medicines
June 13, 2013   Britain will start regulating electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine as medicines, according to the country’s top regulator.

Yale Doctor’s Mindfulness Training Research Helps Smokers Quit
June 12, 2013   A Yale doctor’s research into a technique called mindfulness training and how it can help smokers quit is now available as an app.

Tobacco Companies Bet on Electronic Cigarettes
June 11, 2013   Tobacco companies are now embracing electronic cigarettes to help offset the loss of traditional cigarette smokers –  even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prepares to put forth regulations that could put the skids on the nascent e-cigarette industry.

Group Targets Teens With Texts About Smoking
June 10, 2013   Send a text, stop a smoker? That’s what the National Cancer Institute hopes for, as it pushes new smartphone-based tobacco cessation programs.

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