Tobacco -July 19, 2013

With the June 2013 signing of the landmark Uniforms and Appearance Policy, the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, with more than 6,700 officers, has become the first uniformed service to prohibit smoking and tobacco use while in uniform.  This will be implemented January 2014.


  • The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved is a national organization enhancing the health of underserved populations and supporting the professional development of clinicians who serve them. This is the ACU’s Tobacco Free website.
  • What is smobriety? It’s being tobacco free. Nicotine Anonymous can help you achieve it.
  • Leading through Health System Change: A Public Health OpportunityGeorgia Health Policy Center and the National Network of Public Health Institutes.  This planning tool was designed to assist state and local health department leaders in thinking strategically about the future in light of the changes created by the Affordable Care Act.

Reports and Articles

Smoking, Obesity, Health Insurance, and Health Incentives in the Affordable Care Act
An opinional article published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It is an interesting commentary on the pros and cons of incentive programs designed to improve health outcomes.

Statewide Bans Boost Smoke-Free Campus Momentum
July 10, 2013
College smokers are finding themselves increasingly out of luck, as more schools across the USA ban smoking and use of other tobacco products from campus grounds.

Denormalizing Smoking: Making the Case for Banning Cigarettes in
Parks and On Beaches

July 9, 2013
Many state and local governments have banned smoking in parks and on beaches on the basis that passive smoke is a risk for non-smokers, cigarette butts pollute the environment, and seeing people smoke poses a long-term risk to children.

Sweden’s Snus Tobacco Invades, but Americans Prefer Snuff
July 8, 2013
Josh Pedigo likes to spit, the 27-year-old handyman from Wentworth, N.C., started using Skoal snuff when he was 10 years old, and now he spits even when he doesn’t have a wad of tobacco in his lower lip.


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