Tobacco- November 8, 2013

Resources

POLICY APPROACHES TO RESTRICTING TOBACCO PRODUCT COUPONS AND RETAIL VALUE-ADDED PROMOTIONS
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s (TCLC) new resource provides an overview of tobacco industry price discounting practices, price-related regulatory tools that state and local governments might consider, related legal considerations, and examples of select legislation and regulations.

Office Champions Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Project resources
American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP).
This project is focused on integration of tobacco cessation services within physician offices. The project follows the USPHS Clinical Practice Guideline, and was based on the AAFP’s Ask and Act program, which encourages family physicians to “ask” all patients about their tobacco use and “act” to support them in quitting. Copies of the practice manual and addendum are free for anyone to download.

Policy toolkit: Tobacco Cessation and the Affordable Care Act
American Lung Association.
Resources to learn more about the tobacco cessation policy issues in the Affordable Care Act.

Consumer-focused materials: Tobacco Cessation and the Affordable Care Act
American Lung Association
With enrollment in state marketplaces and Medicaid expansion (where applicable) now open, ALA is working to promote new health coverage options and help tobacco users understand their options. Addresses what questions tobacco users should ask themselves when enrolling in coverage and which plans are allowed to charge tobacco surcharges.

Reports and Articles
A man uses an E-cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris E-Cigarettes Taking Hold, Finding Niche
In a recent European study, nearly one-fifth of smokers who tried electronic cigarettes became regular users, most often in an attempt to cut down on regular cigarettes. That adoption rate was “remarkably high” and suggested a potential for a population-level impact on tobacco smoking.

China’s Youngest Lung Cancer Case Is An 8-Year-Old Girl
Huffington Post: 11.5.13
An eight-year-old girl has become China’s youngest lung cancer patient, reports said, with doctors blaming pollution as the direct cause of her illness.
The girl, whose name was not given, lives near a major road in the eastern province of Jiangsu, said Xinhuanet, the website of China’s official news agency.
It quoted Jie Fengdong, a doctor at Jiangsu Cancer Hospital in Nanjing, as saying she had been exposed to harmful particles and dust over a long period of time.

Smoking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 14
Marinscope Community Newspapers: November 7, 2013
CALIFORNIA: In October 2012, the San Rafael City Council passed an ordinance strengthening the citys municipal code to further protect the community from secondhand smoke. As of November 14, 2013, smoking is prohibited in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall.

Metro Gives Preliminary Approval to Bus Bay Smoking Ban
NBC4 Washington – November 7, 2013
DISTRIC OF COLUMBIA: Metro’s Board of Directors gave preliminary approval to a policy that would ban smoking at all Metro-owned bus bays and bus stops. In a move that’s being…

Center gives female veterans fresh start
Florida Today: November 6, 2013
When the Operation Center Focus opened about a year and a half ago, the transitional home offered a path out of homelessness for female veterans and their children. Some leave because they want to avoid some of the restrictions. There is no smoking on the campus and residents are subject to drug and alcohol tests, said Evelyn Valenzuela, program manager for the home. .

Smokers deserve tolerance, not a ban, in open-air parks: Editorial Agenda 2013
OregonLive.com: November 6, 2013
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, which serves about 230,000 people in and around Beaverton, may soon ban smoking in all of its outdoor parks and facilities. And why wouldnt it? Smokers havent inundated the district with expressions of outrage, and those whod like to snuff public smoking have offered plenty of encouragement. Among them is the president of Beaverton Together, an anti-substance abuse coalition, who, in an October letter, called the likely prohibition both courageous and timely.

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