Legacy and Partnership for Prevention announce the release of a new tobacco cessation implementation guide for U.S. community health centers.
Community health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. Health centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to 20 million people annually, a number expected to double as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Health centers are critically important in reducing tobacco use because they provide a high-quality, patient-centered medical home which serves low income populations over time. Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use: An Implementation Guide for Community Health Centers is intended to help centers integrate tobacco screening and treatment into their clinical services.
This guide will help health centers integrate tobacco cessation services into their care delivery, as well as address the concrete, day-to-day issues involved in instituting and maintaining these services. Health centers are in a position to improve patient care and make a significant impact on tobacco use among populations disparately affected. Specifically, providing tobacco cessation services can help centers improve the quality of care they provide to individuals, families and communities by:
- reducing the impact of disease in their patient population
- meeting federal health priorities
- aligning with health care reform
- achieving meaningful use goals through electronic health records
- realizing a strong return on investment
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium has developed two new resources:
- Many countries have adopted far more effective and stringent tobacco policies than the U.S. This publication summarizes ten different tobacco control policy strategies in effect around the world: Global Tobacco Control: What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries
- This publication focuses on several policy approaches that state and local governments are considering to restrict tobacco product coupons and retail value-added promotions: Policy Approaches to Restricting Tobacco Product Coupons and Retail Value-Added Promotions
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Ex-Lung Association Chief Leases His Lungs to E-Cigarette Industry
US News & World Report
Science should triumph over opinion,’ says past president of the American Lung Association
Connor, president and CEO of the lung association from 2008 to 2012, joined the Electronic Cigarette Industry Group (ECIG) on Thursday as a paid consultant. He will serve as a conduit between public health experts, regulators and the booming industry, which will have an estimated $1.7 billion in U.S. sales this year.
Sweeping New Tobacco Regulations Approved In Europe, Including Ban On Menthol
October 9, 2013
European lawmakers approved sweeping new regulations governing the multibillion-dollar tobacco market on Tuesday, including bigger drastic health warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol and other flavorings to further curb smoking.
E-Cigarette Makers Lobbying Hard to Shape Rules for Fast-Growing Industry
October 8, 2013
The giants of the tobacco industry know what it’s like to face heavy government regulation.
15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?
National Public Radio
Fifteen years after tobacco companies agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines in what is still the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, it’s unclear how state governments are using much of that money. To hear the full story, listen or read more here.
‘Herbal’ but potentially hazardous: an analysis of the constituents and smoke emissions of tobacco-free waterpipe products and the air quality in the cafés where they are served
These data suggest that smoking ‘herbal’ shisha may well be as dangerous to health as cigarettes. The content of the air in the waterpipe cafés tested was potentially hazardous.
Lessons Learned from a Successful Public Health Law Campaign: Fire Safe Cigarette Laws
Public health policy often takes a long time to produce measurable results. Implementing laws to prevent kids from using tobacco products will result in reduced cancer, respiratory ailments and cardiovascular disease in the population. Securing zoning changes to improve access to bike and walking paths may reduce obesity in the population. But we cannot expect immediate results from these public health laws; it takes time to find measurable impact. And because of differences across the country, we rarely see uniform public health laws adopted with equal vigor in every state. One exception to this is fire-safe cigarette legislation. Not only has every state in the country passed a law requiring that cigarettes meet certain fire safety standards, recent fire death data provide evidence that the laws are having the desired impact on morbidity and mortality.