Tobacco- August 23, 2013


Deadline extended: CDC recruiting ex-smokers for the next Tips From Former Smokers campaign
Deadline: October 21, 2013
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is continuing to recruit individuals to feature in the next wave of CDC’s national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers. This 2014 campaign will be very similar to the highly successful Tips ads and enable CDC to highlight health conditions that weren’t yet featured 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. A flyer is available in English and in Spanish with more information about the types of people being recruited for the campaign and for eligibility criteria. Please share this information with your partners, members, or constituents, and alert them that recruitment for the next Tips From Former Smokers campaign has been extended.

The Office on Smoking and Health’s 2014 Tips Campaign recruitment period has been extended until October 21.
For more information, scroll down. Please share these recruitment flyers liberally.
Recruitment Flyer – English     Recruitment Flyer – Spanish
The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine, recently published DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers. The guide, developed through partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, provides helpful information and tools to implement tobacco cessation services in the healthcare setting. It is outstanding. There is also a supplement for the Behavioral Health population.

How do you measure up?: A progress report on state legislative activity to reduce cancer incidence and mortality
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN).
Outlines 10 specific policy standards that state legislatures can implement to fight cancer, including comprehensive smoke-free laws, tobacco prevention and cessation program funding, and raising tobacco taxes. Read more here, or click here for the full report. Key takeaways: The majority of states are falling short. 38 states have reached benchmarks in three or fewer of the 10 policies measured by the report, 12 states and the District of Columbia met between four and six of the benchmarks, and no states met seven or more.

Thirdhand Smoke:  A Select Bibliography of Recent Studies
Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.
Bibliography of the latest studies on thirdhand smoke, along with brief descriptors and links, where available. These studies, organized in reverse chronological order, contain data that may be of interest to landlords, tenants, day care users, home buyers and others concerned about thirdhand smoke exposure.

Archived webinar: Not in My Backyard! What Can Locals Do to Regulate Other Tobacco Products?
Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. Archived recording and slides from the July 23rd webinar.

DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine / Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Provides helpful information and tools to implement tobacco cessation services in the healthcare setting. Related: Supplement – Priority Population: Behavioral Health.

Reports and Articles


One person’s story:  Talking with Your Doctor about Smoking. That’s a good doctor.

Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors; bans increase
Associated Press.
Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the last five years across the country, with policies spreading to city parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues.

FDA issues 10,000th tobacco retailer warning letter
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products. |
FDA-CTP recently announced that the agency has issued its 10,000th tobacco retailer warning letter and four warning letters to tobacco manufacturers and a retailer for promoting or selling cigarettes or roll-your-own tobacco labeled as “pipe tobacco.”

Ozarks Technical Community College marks 10 years of being free of tobacco
On August 14, Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Springfield, Missouri, celebrated 10 years of being a tobacco-free campus. Despite having been an unlikely candidate, OTC was among the first tobacco-free campuses in the nation. Read more here, or click here for a statement from Dr. Jim Blaine, who oversees OTC’s Health and Wellness Center.

Last week a study from Legacy was published in the American Journal of Public Health examining little cigar availability, advertising, price, and demographics. It is the first study to examine the relationship between marketing and price of little cigars and cigarillos in the retail environment and across specific neighborhood demographics.

Smoking and schizophrenia.
Make cessation a priority in behavioral health.

Cigafizz. Effervescent and discreet.
Another new nicotine product to keep an eye on.

In All Flavors, Cigars Draw In Young Smokers
The New York Times, Sabrina Tavernise, 08/17/2013
In 2009, Congress passed a landmark law intended to eliminate an important gateway to smoking for young people by banning virtually all the flavors in cigarettes that advocates said tempted them. But the law was silent on flavors in cigars and a number of other tobacco products, instead giving the Food and Drug Administration broad discretion to decide whether to regulate them. Four years later, the agency has yet to assert that authority.

Use of conventional and novel smokeless tobacco products among U.S. adolescents
Key takeaways: Conventional smokeless tobacco products remain the predominant form of smokeless tobacco use. Most users of novel smokeless tobacco products (e.g. snus and dissolvables) also concurrently smoked combustible tobacco products. Read more here.

Data Brief: Secondhand smoke exposure among youth with and without asthma
CDC, NationalCenter for Health Statistics
Key takeaways: Secondhand smoke exposure among children with asthma was higher (54.0%) than for those without asthma (44.2%) in 2007‒2010. Secondhand smoke exposure among children aged 3‒19 without asthma decreased from 57.3% to 44.2% from 1999‒2010 while there was no change during this period in the percentage of children with asthma who were exposed to secondhand smoke.

Peering through the mist: What does the chemistry of contaminants in electronic cigarettes tell us about health risks?
Drexel University School of Public Health.
Key takeaway: 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.

New e-cig risk assessment uses the wrong standard
Stan Glantz, University of California, San Francisco.
Response to the aforementioned report notes that the study has been publicized by e-cigarette advocacy groups. Glantz states, “This paper uses the same approach to risk assessment that I remember from risk assessments done of secondhand smoke years ago by tobacco industry apologists that concluded that secondhand tobacco smoke could not produce any adverse health effects.

Should e-cigarettes be regulated as a medicinal device?
The Lancet.
The writers make the case for regulating e-cigarettes as consumer products, rather than as medicinal devices.

An insightful commentary on lung cancer, smoking cessation, kindness, and stigma.

Anyone watch America’s Next Top Model? They have an anti-smoking campaign. Powerful photos.

Employer Gives $500 Bonus To Workers Who Quit Smoking
AOL Jobs, 8/20/13
While many employers are refusing to hire smokers, one employer takes a softer approach.


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