Tobacco- August 16, 2013

Congratulations to Washington State’s King County: 108 Agencies Go Tobacco-Free
From our partners at the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, “An Interview with King County”
One of SAMHSA’s original “100 Pioneers for Smoking Cessation” grantees, Washington State’s King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division (MHCADSD), has a highly successful and sustainable tobacco treatment program, policy, and community engagement strategy. King County MHCADSD is further supported the initial “100 Pioneers” effort by mandating policies that require implementing the 5 A’s into outpatient treatment programs and providing services in a smoke-free environment. These policy changes positively affect the health of 58,000 individuals annually.


2013 Tips “Talk With Your Doctor” Video Loop Now Available For Use CDC/Office on Smoking and Health. A looped video of three Tips ads with the “Talk With Your Doctor” tag is now available for download and use. You will find it on the Tips download center under the Healthcare tab. The videos on the loop are Bill’s Diabetes Tip, Terrie’s Voice Tip, and Jessica’s Asthma Tip in Spanish. States and their partners are encouraged to download and coordinate placement of these videos in waiting rooms in state and local clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices.

NEW Smokefree Lists & Maps are out!

Young People Share Truth About Dangers of Smoking

Reports and Articles

Mid-state jail turns to electronic cigarettes to raise money 8/5/13 There’s a controversial new idea to raise money to fund local jails. At least one other Tennessee jail is already doing it. Come Tuesday, the Macon County sheriff plans to also start selling electronic cigarettes to inmates who crave a smoke.

Quit-Smoking Programs Work for Psychiatric Patients
HealthDay News: August 15, 2013
Study found improved chances of quitting, lower rehospitalization rates Psychiatric patients who took part in a smoking-cessation program while they were in the hospital for treatment of mental illness were more likely to quit smoking and less likely to be hospitalized again for mental illness, a new study shows.

This technical report concludes that there is no evidence that vaping produces inhalable exposures to contaminants of the aerosol that would warrant health concerns by the standards that are used to ensure safety of workplaces. This is a counterpoint blog response by Dr. Stan Glantz to the technical report above.

Anti-smoking Battle Moves Outdoors
ABC News, Associated Press, Mike Stobbe, 08/08/2013
First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the “No Smoking” battle have moved outdoors.

The Cost of a Smoker: $5,816
The New York Times Well blog, Sophie Egan, 08/07/2013
A smoker costs a private employer in the United States an extra $5,816 per year compared with a nonsmoker, according to an analysis of data collected from earlier studies on the costs of smoking

Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of the Possible Public Health Effects of Menthol Versus Nonmenthol Cigarettes
This independent FDA report summarizes the research on the public health effects of menthol being used as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. Click here to read this report.

The economic impact of smoke-free laws on restaurants and bars in 9 states
Preventing Chronic Disease. Key findings: Researchers analyzed quarterly economic data from 216 smoke-free cities and counties in the United States. Smoke-free laws were not associated with changes to employment or sales in restaurants and bars, except in West Virginia where smoke-free laws were associated with a 1% increase in restaurant employment.

Tobacco Use among Homeless People — Addressing the Neglected Addiction
New England Journal of Medicine. Presents data on the significant harm people who are homeless experience due to smoking, the challenges in reducing the smoking rate among homeless populations, and the history of tobacco industry targeting of vulnerable groups. Provides recommendations for helping people who are homeless in tobacco cessation efforts.

Left-digit price effects on smoking cessation motivation
Tobacco Control. Key findings: Price increases and smoking cessation had an inverted demand curve, meaning that there is a clear relationship between increasing the price of cigarettes and attempts to quit smoking. Significant increases in quit attempts were also seen when there was a change to the left digit of the price (e.g. a price increase from $5.80 to $6 per pack would be more impactful versus an increase from $5.79 to $5.99).

Mass. cigarette tax goes into effect; national average of state tobacco taxes increases to $1.53 per pack.
As of August 1, Massachusetts increased its cigarette tax rate to $3.51, a $1.00 per pack increase. Massachusetts now has the second highest cigarette tax rate in the country, following New York. The state has also increased the tax on other tobacco products, including a smokeless tobacco rate of 210% wholesale price, and a smoking tobacco and cigar tax of 40% wholesale price. Click here for related information on tobacco taxes from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

New Hampshire cigarette tax going up dime.
Recently, the taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products increased to $1.78 per pack and 65.03% wholesale price, respectively. The increases will restore the New Hampshire cigarette and other tobacco product tax rates to levels that were in effect prior to state tax rate decreases passed in 2011.

Mayor Emanuel Takes Steps to Protect Chicago’s Kids from Menthol Cigarettes.
Recognizing that Chicago must do all it can “to encourage Chicago’s youth to make smart, healthy decisions as they become adults”, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the Chicago Board of Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health to undertake a series of initiatives aimed at curtailing the use of menthol cigarettes by youth in Chicago. Read Mayor Emanuel’s press release.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) backs low-nicotine cigarette research as it weighs new regulatory power
FDA is funding a multi-site study assessing the impact of reducing nicotine content of cigarettes. The findings could give FDA the data needed

Quit-Smoking Programs Work for Psychiatric Patients
August 16, 2013
Psychiatric patients who took part in a smoking-cessation program while they were in the hospital for treatment of mental illness were more likely to quit smoking and less likely to be hospitalized again for mental illness, a new study shows.

Smoking Cessation Treatment Lowered Hospital Readmission Among Psychiatric Patients
August 16, 2013
A smoking cessation program initiated during hospitalization resulted in lower readmission rates among psychiatric patients, according to new study results.

Do Socioeconomic Status and Race Increase Risk of Smoking?
August 15, 2013
Despite clear warnings about the dangers of smoking, nearly 20% of adults continue to smoke.

Outlaw Menthols for Extra Addictive Qualities, Attracting New Smokers
August 14, 2013
Menthol cigarettes are a smoker’s training wheels. Read More.

Tobacco Industry Uses Trade Pacts to Try to Snuff Out Anti-Smoking Laws
August 14, 2013
As countries around the world ramp up their campaigns against smoking with tough restrictions on tobacco advertising, the industry is fighting back by invoking international trade agreements to thwart the most stringent rules.

Florida Lawyer Says Multimillion-Dollar Tobacco Verdicts Will Spread To Other States
August 13, 2013
A Florida jury handed Scott Schlesinger every plaintiff lawyer’s dream earlier this month when it ordered R.J.  Reynolds to pay his clients $37.5 million for the death of smoker Laura Grossman from lung cancer at the relatively young age of 38.


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