Tobacco – June 28, 2013

Video:  Don’t Be A Bonehead
Published on Jun 20, 2013
Carroll, Haralson and Heard County, Georgia, Teens Against Tobacco – Smoking and dipping are not only bad for you, they don’t exactly make you look smooth. Dippin’ Dan, Spit Cup Steve and the gang will show you why. Visit to learn more.

Super Smokey
A video game created by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee assistant professor of communication Hayeon Song, seeks to discourage social smokers by aging players in the game based on smoking habits.


 formersmokersready to quit

Looking for New TIPS Spokespeople!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting individuals to feature in our next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign. This 2014 campaign will be very similar to our highly successful Tips From Former Smokers ads and enable us to highlight health conditions that we weren’t able to feature in the previous Tips campaigns.  Like the earlier Tips efforts, the 2014 campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or who have lost a family member from a smoking-related condition.
As a partner with us in tobacco control, we would very much appreciate it if you would share this request for assistance, with your partners, members, or constituents.  Additionally, if you know of any people whom you feel would be a good candidate for this campaign, we would appreciate it if you would pass their contact information on to our Recruitment Director, Mimi Webb Miller at or (855) 332-7277.  As with the previous campaign efforts, you can be assured that anyone you refer to us will be treated with respect and sensitivity.

New materials from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:

New Publication from CDC: Adult Smoking Rate May Be Falling Again; Down to 18% Last Year
2012 National Health Interview Survey data, CDC / National Center for Health Statistics. After a stall in the decline of smoking in recent years, the percentage of adults aged 18 and over who were current smokers was 18.0%. Click here to read more; click here for a data summary.

New Information about Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) Recommendations
The Community Guide posted new information about the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recommendations below for Reducing Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure:

Reports and Articles

E-cigarette study hints at quit-aid potential
Reuters Health:
June 24 2013
In a trial of e-cigarettes among Italian smokers with no desire to quit using tobacco at the outset, up to 13 percent of participants were not smoking regular cigarettes at all a year later.

Mothers Who Smoke While Pregnant Put Kids at Risk of Substance Abuse
TIME Healthland, 6/20/2013
Exposure to cigarette smoke in the womb may interfere with the brain‘s reward system, and make children more vulnerable to addictions.

A New Study…
…reveals some new information on the harmful effects of thirdhand smoke. Read more HERE.

Most tobacco users make several quit attempts before they are successful…
The American Lung Association received a grant from WellPoint Inc. to support their “Quitter in You” program. The campaign’s intention is to empower people trying to quit smoking by acknowledging that past quit attempts are not failures, but are normal and necessary steps along the way to quitting for good. A new website – – is one of the many features of the program.  Read more HERE.   

A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience (ASPIRE)
The program is designed to prevent tobacco use among high school students.  The intervention programmatic materials are found on the ASPIRE website.  A research study was conducted to test the efficacy of the intervention and at posttest, the percentage of nonsmokers who had initiated cigarette smoking in the intervention group was significantly lower than the comparison group.

Stress of 9/11 attacks caused a MILLION former smokers to take up the habit again in the U.S. 
June 21, 2013   The 9/11 attacks on America caused around one million former smokers to take up the habit again in the U.S., according to a new report.

Ex-Smokers Live Longer After Surgery
June 21, 2013  
Smokers who quit a year or more prior to major surgery had a reduced risk of life-threatening postop complications, researchers found.

Researchers Pinpoint How Smoking Causes Osteoporosis
June 20, 2013  
For the first time, a joint team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and The Mount Sinai Medical Center have described the mechanics of how certain toxic compounds in smoke break down bone.

Smoking and Neurosurgical Outcomes
June 19, 2013  
The effects of long-term cigarette smoking on morbidity and mortality have long been known.

US Adult Smoking Rate Drops To 18 Percent: Are Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaigns Getting Results?
June 19, 2013  
The smoking rate decrease is nothing new to the United States; the nation has been seeing a decline for the past seven years.

Can New FDA Graphic Warning Labels for Tobacco Pass a First Amendment Legal Challenge?
June 18, 2013  
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposes new graphic warning labels for tobacco products, they can survive a First Amendment challenge.

Massachusetts Ruling Could Invite More Tobacco Suits
June 18, 2013  
Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that cigarettes’ addictive qualities do not give cigarette makers “special protection” from product liability claims, a move that could make the state a hotbed for tobacco plaintiffs.

Smoking in the Entrances to Bars Increases the Presence of Nicotine Inside
June 17, 2013  
For the first time, a study has analyzed the effects of the modification to the Spanish tobacco control law, implemented in 2011 in hospitality venues in Spain.

E-Cigarettes Are in Vogue and at a Crossroads
June 17, 2013  
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.

FDA announces first decisions on new tobacco products through the substantial equivalence pathway
FDA News and Events: 6.25.13
For the first time since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, the agency has authorized the marketing of two new tobacco products and denied the marketing of four others through the substantial equivalence (SE) pathway.


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