Tobacco – July 5, 2013

Video: Through Our Eyes: NYC Kids on Tobacco Marketing
Published on Jun 10, 2013
The NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City talked with youth from all five boroughs of New York City about tobacco marketing and product displays. Research shows that the more tobacco marketing our kids see, the more likely they are to smoke. We wanted to hear what NYC kids had to say.



Tools and Resources for Helping Eliminate Tobacco Related
Tobacco use prevalence in the United States general population has declined, however communities of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), and low socioeconomic status populations (low SES) continue to be disproportionately impacted by commercial tobacco. As the population grows more diverse throughout the nation, it is becoming increasingly important to understand the unique needs of priority populations to ensure a comprehensive approach to commercial tobacco control. To help tobacco control professionals achieve this work, the National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention have made the following information, tools and resources available on their website:

 Reports and Articles

Anti-Smoking Policies Will Prevent 7 Million Deaths Worldwide by 2050: Study
With the right measures, even more lives can be saved, WHO says
HealthDay News: July 1, 2013
Anti-tobacco policies really do stop people from smoking and save millions of lives, a new study finds.
Tobacco control measures enacted in 41 countries between 2007 and 2010 will prevent about 7.4 million premature deaths by 2050, according to the study published June 30 in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tobacco Taxes, Smoking Bans Set to Save Millions of Lives: Study
Reuters, 6/30/2013
Anti-smoking measures including higher taxes on tobacco products, bans on adverts and controls on lighting up in public places could prevent tens of millions of premature deaths across the world, researchers said on Monday.

Talking cigarette packs may help smokers quit
BBC News: 7/1/13
Cigarette packets that play recorded messages urging smokers to quit have been created by researchers at Stirling University.
The packets play audio clips giving warning messages about the dangers of smoking when they are opened

Tobacco Use: You’ve Come a Long Way, Congress
June 28, 2013  
Tobacco use in Congress just isn’t what it used to be.  Gone are the days of smoke-filled committee rooms and chambers.

Company Defends Camel Cigarette Ads Running in Magazines Targeted at Youths
June 28, 2013  
The American Heart Association, American Lung Association and several other health groups are asking at least two state attorneys to investigate a new Camel cigarette ad campaign.

As A Chronic Condition, Smoking is Undertreated
June 27, 2013   A recent study reveals physicians are failing to treat tobacco use,  despite the fact that it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Why Smoking Rates Are at New Lows
June 26, 2013  
The smoking rate among adults in the United States has dropped again,  an encouraging trend that experts on smoking cessation attribute to public policies like smoke-free air laws and cigarette taxes, as well as media campaigns and less exposure to smoking in movies.

FDA Approves Two New Cigarette Brands
June 26, 2013  
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday began using one of the key powers Congress gave it under the landmark 2009 tobacco-control law: Final say over which new tobacco products can be marketed and sold to consumers.

Cigarettes Still King
June 25, 2013  
Cigarettes have long been a staple at convenience stores, accounting for billions in pack and carton sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket.

Smoke-Free Rentals May Be Billowing Trend
June 24, 2013  
We’ve seen it in a few buildings here and there, but now one major management company is officially extinguishing smoking in all it’s rental buildings.

Hearing Loss One of Risks for Pregnant Smoker’s Child
June 24, 2013  
Maternal smoking during pregnancy was associated with hearing loss and an increased risk for substance abuse and addiction in the child, two studies showed.   

New fact sheet: Disclosure of smoking policies in multi-unit housing
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium released a fact sheet titled “Disclosure of Smoking Policies in Multi-Unit Housing” to explain the concept of landlord smoking policy disclosure ordinances or statutes. The report covers the legal basis for smoking disclosure, disclosure approaches, enforcement and evaluation techniques, and policy examples. The document also includes benefits and concerns that authorities should keep in mind when enforcing smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing. Click here to visit the Public Health Law Center’s website.

Oregon bans smoking in cars with kids (OR)
Governor John Kitzhaber signed a law in Oregon prohibiting drivers from smoking in cars containing passengers under the age of 18. Under the new law, drivers caught smoking, or with marijuana or narcotics, with individuals less than 18 years old in the car will face heavy fines. The maximum fine for the first offense is set at $250. To read about the law, click here, or click here for additional background information. Click here to read the new policy.

A man uses an E-cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris
France to ban electronic cigarettes in public (France)

Health Minister Marisol Touraine announced that France will impose strict controls to ban electronic cigarette smoking in public places. Restrictions on electronic cigarette smoking in public places will mirror a law prohibiting smoking in public places that has been enforced in France since 2007. The ruling followed a government-commissioned report stating that around 500,000 people in France used e-cigarettes. Health officials cite a need for further study on the health impacts of electronic cigarettes, as well as concern that electronic cigarettes will increase the temptation to smoke and, in turn, hinder tobacco cessation efforts.

Italy may ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places (Italy)
The Italian Health Ministry’s Superior Health Council has recommended a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, according to recent reports. The suggested ban will also prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to pregnant women and minors. If the recommendations pass, Italy will follow the lead of several countries that have outlawed e-cigarettes including Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, and Singapore. Electronic cigarette opponents argue that more research is needed to understand the social and health consequences of electronic cigarettes. Click here to learn more.

Russia tries to kick habit with anti-smoking law (Russia)
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that new smoke-free air policies have come into effect on June 1, 2013. Measures taken into place this June were part of a law signed by Putin in February 2013, and include smoking bans at schools and universities, museums, sports facilities, hospitals, and public transportation. Russia plans to continue tobacco control efforts in June 2014 by making cafes, restaurants, and hotels smoke-free, as well as prohibiting tobacco sales at street kiosks. Currently, nearly 40% of Russians smoke, and Russians have an average life expectancy of 69 years.

Study confirms deposits of toxic chemicals in thirdhand cigarette smoke
A recent study published in Tobacco Control reports on thirdhand cigarette smoke and the effects of aging on the concentrations of nicotine, nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on surfaces. In a laboratory setting, researchers simulated cigarette smoking with the amount of air exchange that would occur in a normal household environment, and then measured the concentration of sixteen specific contaminants on surfaces. Results of the study suggest the majority of PAHs, nicotine, cotinine, and tobacco-specific nitrosamines that are released from cigarettes are deposited on room surfaces as thirdhand smoke. This study contributes to a growing body of evidence demonstrating the chemical changes secondhand smoke undergoes when released into the air and the contribution of thirdhand smoke in smoking-attributable morbidity and mortality.

New poll: Americans want FDA to regulate cigars, e-cigarettes
Mellman Group / Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Key findings: 76% of American voters support the 2009 law giving the FDA power to regulate tobacco products, including restrictions on sales and marketing to children. Poll results and a summary of findings can be found here.

Massachusetts legislators pass $1 cigarette tax
The statewide cigarette tax increase will bring the new total to $3.51 per cigarette pack. The bill, which is now in Governor Deval Patrick’s hand for final signature, is expected to bring $118.5 million in new annual revenue and result in a 9% reduction in youth smoking in Massachusetts. Partners’ statements: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.


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