Tobacco- October 4, 2013

ResourcesappleCheck out the video and webinar on our website today
In an effort to further retailer compliance with tobacco product regulation, FDA has produced an educational training video, along with a webinar promoting the video, entitled, “Sale to Minors: Age and ID Requirements for Sales of Regulated Tobacco.” This new tool was developed to assist industry and retailers in protecting America’s youth by keeping tobacco products out of the hands of kids. Specifically, the video educates the viewer about the legal requirements prohibiting the sale of regulated tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 and how to check customer date of birth using a valid photo ID at point of sale for those under 27.

Reports and Articles

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City of Providence Wins Major Victory Over Big Tobacco in the First Circuit Court of Appeals
September 30, 2013
In a decision handed down today, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the validity of Providence’s anti-tobacco laws. In so doing, the Court affirmed the December 2012 decision of Rhode Island U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary Lisi.
“This court decision is another clear and decisive victory in our efforts to keep children from using and becoming addicted to tobacco,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “I applaud the First Circuit for their well-reasoned decision affirming the legality of our anti-tobacco ordinances, and I commend City Solicitor Jeffrey Padwa and his team for their strong and successful legal defense. This is an important step toward a healthier city. I hope today’s ruling inspires other communities to follow our lead and take a stand against Big Tobacco.”   The First Circuit’s decision is available online here:

Central Oregon’s Healthy Image Belies Smoking Rate
At 10-years-old, Trish Ulyatt would stroll into Redmond convenience stores to buy a carton of cigarettes.
More often than not, she’d walk out with the smokes under her arm thanks to a self-written note
claiming they were for her mother.
Now, as an adult living in the southwest Bend suburb of Deschutes River Woods, reformed smoker Ulyatt says things have changed in Central Oregon.But the mountain biking mecca image that Bend projects is not entirely representative of the region. Smokers still feel very much at home there.

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–24 Years Who Had Never Smoked Cigarettes,* by Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1999–2001 Through 2011–2012†
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
The figure shows the percentage of adults aged 18-24 years who had never smoked cigarettes, by sex in the United States during 1999-2001 through 2011-2012. The percentage of young adults aged 18-24 years who had never smoked cigarettes increased by more than 10 percentage points from 1999-2001 (65%) to 2011-2012 (76%). The increase was noted for men and for women. For each period, women were more likely than men to have never smoked cigarettes.

New Cigarette Tax Disappoints Anti-Smoking Advocates
The Lund Report: October 3, 2013
Proposed tobacco reduction budget puts Oregon’s share of the Tobacco Master Settlement to work, along with less than 1 percent of revenue from tobacco taxes
The 13-cent tobacco tax passed Wednesday afternoon by a tight margin and with unlikely opponents: the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Great West Partnership.

Courtney Wins Mental Health Funding Stream in Special Session
The Lund Report: October 3, 2013
A cigarette tax increase will create a dedicated funding source for mental health services, totaling about $30 million a year. The Senate president said it should take care of Oregon’s needs for children and adolescents while still falling short for adults with mental illness.
Before adjourning yesterday, legislators created a dedicated funding stream for mental health services, bringing in nearly $150 million over five years through a small increase in the cigarette tax.
Cigarettes will go up 13¢ a pack in 2014 and an additional penny in 2016 and 2018, topping out at a total cigarette tax of $1.33 in 2018.

Oregon Leaders Miss Opportunity to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives — State Needs Much Larger Tobacco Tax Increase
CTFK: 9.30.13
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2013 — Statement of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and American Lung Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Our public health organizations are deeply disappointed that Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Legislature have missed an opportunity to reduce smoking and save lives by passing a bill that includes only a 13-cent increase in the state cigarette tax. This trivial cigarette tax increase will not have much, if any, impact in preventing kids from smoking, encouraging smokers to quit or reducing tobacco’s terrible toll in health, lives and health care dollars. We urge Oregon’s leaders to approve a much larger tobacco tax increase at the earliest opportunity.
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