Tobacco- September 27, 2013


National Recovery Month is a time when extra attention is given to show the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental illness and addictions. This month, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is encouraging service providers, people in recovery, and others to put an emphasis on smoking cessation as a part of recovery. Recommended resources:

National Recovery Month Website
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Resources for service providers and people in recovery.

Webinar recording: “Peers Helping Peers: Ways to Quit Tobacco with Rx for Change”
SCLC. Gives peer counselors the opportunity to learn about the addictive properties of tobacco products, what helps people quit smoking, what they can do to help them quit, and ways to translate this training into practice.

SCLC Behavioral Health Resources

Reports and Articles sweet deceit cigars

Sweet deceit’ cigars tempt teens
The Portland Tribune: 9/26/13
Most days before classes start at LEP Charter High School, several students can be spotted hanging out smoking next to the Plaid Pantry a half-block away.
Though all the LEP students interviewed Friday say they prefer cigarettes, most have tried the new generation of small, flavored cigars being marketed to young smokers.
It’s cheaper to buy a small cigar than a whole pack of cigarettes, they say. And the cigars are more fun for blowing smoke tricks and come in handy for rolling large marijuana joints.

Impact of a national tobacco education campaign on weekly numbers of quitline calls and website visitors
Key findings: CDC’s 2013 Tips From Former Smokers campaign generated 150,000 calls to quitlines and 2.8 million visits to the Tips website. Read more: CDC’s press release, American Lung Association’s press release.

Putting Down the Cigarette
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Discusses smoking among persons with mental illness and how quitting smoking can really improve those people’s lives.  It also draws from SCLC’s recent “Peers Helping Peers” webinar and the “NAMI Hearts & Minds” program that offers resources on quitting smoking and other healthy lifestyle choices.

Young adult former ever smokers: The role of type of smoker, quit attempts, quit aids, attitudes/beliefs, and demographics
Preventive Medicine
Key findings: Young adult former and current smokers have unique tobacco-related behaviors. Former smokers were more likely to have stopped smoking without acknowledging making a quit attempt, less likely to have used a quit aid, and less likely to display pro-tobacco attitudes/beliefs.

Forensic analysis of online marketing for electronic nicotine delivery systems
Tobacco Control
Key findings: An analysis of the online marketing for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDs, e.g. e-cigarettes) shows that ENDs advertisements and affiliates, but not sellers themselves, make smoking cessation claims. The results suggest that ENDS sellers may be trying to distance marketing efforts containing unsubstantiated claims from sales.

Intergenerational transfer of smoking across three generations and forty-five years
Nicotine & Tobacco Research
Key findings: Parental smoking was positively associated with smoking in offspring. The link between grandparent and young adult smoking was not significant. Read more here.

States have another chance to fund tobacco prevention programs after ruling in tobacco settlement dispute
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Last week, an arbitration panel ordered tobacco companies to pay $227 million in disputed tobacco settlement payments to nine states (CO, IL, IA, ME, NY, ND, OH, OR, and WA), finding that these states “diligently enforced” regulations concerning smaller tobacco manufacturers that did not sign on to the settlement. In response to the decision, CTFK issued a press release calling on governors and legislators in these states to use their new tobacco revenues to fund comprehensive tobacco control programs.

E-smoking among teenagers
New York Times
 Calls for a ban on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to those under 18 and laws prohibiting flavors that are intended to appeal to youths.

Judge upholds Nebraska’s indoor smoking ban
Omaha World Herald
Nebraska’s indoor smoking ban has racked up a win against an Omaha pool hall that sought to have the ban declared illegal; however, an appeal is being submitted.

Tax law fuels, then kills, a discount-tobacco industry
Chronicles the government’s continued attempts to address a loophole in a 2009 federal tobacco tax law that creates a price discrepancy between loose tobacco used in “roll-your-own” cigarettes and lower-priced pipe tobacco


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