Tobacco- November 1, 2013

Video: Tobacco is Not Our Culture – YKHC
Published on Oct 16, 2013
Local advocates from several communities in Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim delta speak to the issue of historical and widespread tobacco use among the people residing in the region. Persons profiled include Iditarod mushers Richie Diehl (Aniak) and Mike Williams, Sr (Akiak) in this brief documentary explaining that “Tobacco is Not our Culture” Additional interviews with Alice Nicholai, Mary Sattler, Leif Albertson, Hugh Forbes.

Resources

Resources for World Stroke Day
October 29, 2013
American Heart Association. Related:

Million Hearts Toolkit
NACCHO and CDC. Articles, fact sheets, infographics, research briefs, webinars, and trainings on heart disease and stroke prevention for state and local health departments.

Tips Campaign resources on Smoking and Heart Disease and Stroke
CDC/OSH.  Featuring Suzy, Mariano, and Roosevelt, who tell their stories about heart disease and stroke.

Smokefree Casinos Model Policy and Implementation Toolkit
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. a resource to help public health professionals educate and create dialogue with casino industry stakeholders about the benefits of smokefree indoor air. Includes cost savings of being smokefree, common arguments and responses, sample patron survey questions, model policies, and a list of over 500 smokefree gaming establishments.

Reports and Articles
Anti Smoking NYC Electronic Cigarettes Should Be Treated Like Tobacco, Say Doctors
Newswise: 10.27.13
The potential dangers of electronic cigarettes have members of the Pennsylvania Medical Society concerned, and until more is known about the products, the state’s physicians believe they should be treated no differently than tobacco products.
Meeting at the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s annual House of Delegates in Hershey on October 26-27, more than 200 physicians voted to address the issue by calling upon the state legislature to pass electronic cigarette laws that have safeguards equivalent to existing tobacco laws, including taxation and banning sales to minors.

UK Medical Journals Will No Longer Consider Research Funded by Tobacco Industry
October 17, 2013
The editors of Britain’s leading medical journal and its sister publications have announced they will no longer consider research that is funded by the tobacco industry.

Flavored-Little-Cigar and Flavored-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Middle and High School Students
The Journal of Adolescent Health: 2013
Note the announcement (below) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding flavored cigar and cigarette use among American youth. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that more than two out of every five middle and high school students who smoke report using either flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes. Here are links to the research article and the press release.

Vt. says time for addicts to quit smoking, too
October 22, 2013
The state Department of Health wants to put into place a tobacco-free policy at state-funded addiction treatment centers. It’s a policy that dozens of other states have already adopted. Vermont plans to put the policy into place July 1.

Cigarette Display Provision Dropped From New York City Anti-Tobacco Legislation
New York City teenagers will still be able to see cigarettes in stores, but they may not be able to smoke them anymore.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped a provision from his anti-tobacco legislation that would have forbade store owners from visibly displaying cigarettes anywhere on their premises, The New York Post reported Monday. Cigarettes would still have been available for purchase, but merchants would have to fetch them from a hidden area by customer request only.
Bloomberg’s office decided to scrap the measure in a compromise with City Council members, and after heavy lobbying from the tobacco industry-backed Save Our Store Coalition, who argued the bill would hurt business and cost jobs. E-cigarette advocates were also opposed to Bloomberg’s idea.
In a joint email to the New York Times, Jean Weinberg, a spokeswomen for the health department, and Zoe Tobin, a spokeswoman for the City Council, said, “While it is clear that the display of tobacco products encourages youth smoking, with the arrival of e-cigarettes, more time is needed to determine how best to address this problem.”
This provision was drafted in the hope that if the merchandise is out of sight it would not be as tempting, especially to teens. While, this was a key part of the legislation, the more pressing issue is the potential increase of the smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill would also prohibit discounted tobacco products, raising the minimum price for all cigarette packs to $10.50.

The effectiveness of cigarette price and smoke-free homes on low-income smokers in the United States
American Journal of Public Health.
Higher cigarette prices were associated with lower consumption in both the low- and high-income populations. They also found that while low-income subjects were less likely to adopt smoke-free homes, those who did were more likely to quit smoking and sustain cessation.

15 years later, where did all the cigarette money go?
NPR
This story summarizes the history of the Master Settlement Agreement and its aftermath. 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.

It’s back to the future for e-cigarette ads, at least for now
“The Two-Way” Blog – NPR.
E-cigarettes are a booming business among smokers who want to light up indoors, smokers who want to quit and among children. And right now, e-cigarette-makers have a tremendous amount of latitude in the U.S. to market those products as they choose, even on television, where traditional cigarette ads have been banned since 1971.

Alaska reports big drop in high school smoking
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Showing once again that well-funded, sustained tobacco prevention programs work, The Alaska Dept. of Health reported this week that the state’s high school smoking rate fell to just 10.6 percent this year – a 40 percent drop since 2007. Despite this success, this spring, lawmakers cut $746,000 from the state’s tobacco prevention program out of concerns that at the current rate of spending, funds for the $10.1-million program will dry up by fiscal year 2016.

Poll: Most Nebraskans support raising tobacco taxes to ease property taxes
Omaha World-Herald.
The American Cancer Society released a survey indicating that 68% of likely voters in Nebraska favor raising cigarette taxes by $1 per pack. A bill pending in the Legislature calls for using any new revenue from a tobacco tax increase for Medicaid providers and other health care costs, not for property tax relief.

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