Tobacco -July 26, 2013

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TCN Alert: Submit comments to FDA on menthol
The FDA has now opened a docket for public comments on the Citizen Petition. The FDA will accept comments to the FDA staff have often said that the most useful comments include scientific data and evidence that build the record in support of the proposed action. Information about the health impact of menthol cigarettes on local communities must be part of the FDA’s consideration of menthol. If you have local survey data or studies, please consider submitting that information to the FDA to inform the agency’s decision-making process. Docket until they take action on the petition; however, you should submit your comments as soon as possible to ensure that they will be used to inform the decision-making process.
We strongly urge state and local public health officials to take a few minutes to learn about the petition and submit supporting comments, including any local data that will assist the FDA in making a decision to prohibit menthol.

Reports and Articles
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Tobacco Use among Homeless People — Addressing the Neglected Addiction
July 18, 2013
The New England Journal of Medicine
There is also a podcast with the author on this topic: An interview with Dr. Travis Baggett on tobacco use and other health problems among homeless people is available by podcast. Dr. Baggett is an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and has been working clinically with homeless people for 13 years. He’s also a Coordinating Council Member with Break Free Alliance

Smoking Rate among Adults with Serious Psychological Distress Remains High
Cigarette use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.1 Recent data from the National
Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) have shown that the smoking rate is much higher among persons with mental illness than among those who do not have mental illness.2 NSDUH data also show that serious psychological distress (SPD) is associated with serious mental illness (SMI).3,4

Menthol May Boost Cigarettes’ Addictive Properties: Study
And FDA says the chemical makes it easier for young people to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit
HealthDay News: July 23, 2013
The mint flavoring in menthol cigarettes makes it easier for young people to start smoking and harder for smokers to quit, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.
In a review of existing research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that, although there’s little evidence that menthol cigarettes are more or less dangerous than non-menthol cigarettes, findings suggest that “menthol use is likely associated with increased smoking initiation by youth and young adults.”

Changes in Smokeless Tobacco Use Over Four Years Following a Campus-Wide Anti-tobacco Intervention
A new article in Nicotine and Tobacco Research concludes that a campus-wide tobacco ban appears to be an effective prevention method for decreasing smokeless tobacco use.

Tobacco Use among Homeless People — Addressing the Neglected Addiction
A free article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Travis Baggett, Matthew Tobey and Nancy Rigotti describes the significant harm experienced by people who are homeless due to smoking, the challenges in reducing the smoking rate among homeless populations and the history of tobacco industry marketing.

In addition, an interview with Dr. Travis Baggett on tobacco use and other health problems among homeless people is available by podcast.

Leading smoking cessation experts present contrasting perspectives on e-cigarettes in two comments published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Preview of the two comments:
Regulatory challenges for refined nicotine products
Should e-cigarettes be regulated as a medicinal device?
For additional information read a news article on the authors’ comments.
Speaking of E-Cigarettes, here is an article about the union of two distinct technologies.

Recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Data in this survey has shown that the smoking rate is much higher among persons with mental illness than among those who do not have mental illness. Current smoking among adults without serious psychological distress (SPD) decreased steadily between 1997 and 2011 (from 24.1 to 18.2 percent). In contrast, current smoking among adults with SPD did not decline during this period (43.6 percent in 1997 and 42.1 percent in 2011). To read more, click HERE.

HERE is a study in the American Journal of Public Health making the case that smokers with co-occurring mental illness or substance use disorders are not, but should be, designated a disparity group or priority population by national public health and tobacco control groups.

Click on this statement from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids applauding Gov. Lincoln Chafee for protecting the health of Rhode Island residents by vetoing legislation to exempt electronic cigarettes from public health regulations.

82 percent of adults support banning smoking in cars when children under 13 are riding in the vehicle according to the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital’s National Poll on Children’s Health. However, only seven states nationwide have laws banning the practice. Here is a news article, the report, and a brief on smoke free vehicles.

Does smoking make you a bad parent? No, but this is alarming.

 

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