Tobacco- November 29, 2013

smokefree business The Impact of Smoke-Free Policies on Restaurants and Bars Project
CDC Foundation.
The CDC Foundation, with CDC expertise, launched an initiative to provide restaurant and bar owners in nine southern states (Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia) with scientific and experiential information on the impact of smoke-free policies on the hospitality industry. The initiative consists of:

Tobacco infographic
The Leading Health Indicators are high-priority health issues in the United States that serve as measures of the Nation’s health. Each month displays infographics to visually communicate the existing health disparities for the featured Leading Health Indicator Topic. November’s topic was tobacco.

New data added to the State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New interactive maps and 2010 – 2011 Quitline data from the National Quitline Data Warehouse (NQDW) have been added to the STATE System. Interactive maps are available for adult and youth current cigarette use, cigarette excise tax rates, preemption and smokefree indoor air legislation for all U.S. states across multiple years. This is the first time quitline data are available on quitline services and callers; detailed reports can also be generated on service utilization and quitline follow-up.

Reports and Articles
The last cigarette: Nine ex-smokers who quit the habit for good,
For one, it was a health scare. For another, the words of a friend hit him in an instant. And for another, it was the loss of a dear relative.Many ex-smokers can remember their last cigarette, and the moment when they decided to quit the habit for good.
On the occasion of Thursday’s Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, here’s a look at nine former smokers and the moment they decided it was time to say goodbye.

Graphic warning labels on cigarette packs could lead to 8.6 million fewer smokers in US‏‏‏
Medical Xpress: November 25, 2013
A research paper published in the scientific journal Tobacco Control, “Cigarette graphic warning labels and smoking prevalence in Canada: a critical examination and reformulation of the FDA regulatory impact analysis”, shows that graphic warning labels on cigarette packs led to a decrease in smoking rates in Canada of between 12% and 20% from 2000 to 2009. The authors estimate that if the same model was applied to the United States, the introduction of graphic warnings would potentially lead to a decrease of between 5.3 and 8.6 million smokers.

Clevelanders: Lighting up in a new way
Medical Xpress: November 25, 2013
A new data brief released by the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University (PRCHN) shows that more than one-in-five African-American young adults in Cleveland, ages 18 to 29, routinely uses little cigars.

Health campaign targets smoking in LGBT community
Los Angeles Times
Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults in Los Angeles smoke at a rate more than 50% higher than their straight counterparts and suffer disproportionately from the ill effects of tobacco use, health officials reported Thursday at the introduction of a new countywide campaign to stamp out the habit.
The Break Up With Tobacco campaign is intended to sharply reduce smoking in the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, currently an estimated 20.6% in Los Angeles County, public health chief Dr. Jonathan Fielding said.

CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
A comparison of data on cigarette use between 2006-2008 and 2009-2010 (see pages 81-84 for cigarette smoking data). Key findings: Some progress in reducing smoking prevalence among certain racial/ethnic groups was observed; however, disparities among persons with low SES persisted. Comprehensive tobacco control strategies should be implemented in an equitable manner to be effective in addressing tobacco-related disparities.

A content analysis of popular smartphone apps for smoking cessation
American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Key findings: Popular smartphone apps for tobacco cessation have low levels of adherence and often do not follow U.S. Public Health Service cessation guidelines. Of the iPhone and Android apps reviewed, no apps recommended calling a quitline, and only a handful of apps recommended using approved medications (4.1%). Read more in a related press release.

Hookah use among adolescents in the United States: Results of a national survey
Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
Analysis of cross-sectional, nationally representative data from the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). Key findings: 7.3% of U.S. adolescents use hookah. Living with hookah users and use of other alternative tobacco products (ATPs), but not current cigarette use, were associated with current hookah use.

What do veterans service organizations’ web sites say about tobacco control?
American Journal of Health Promotion.
Key findings: Out of 277 health topics addressed on 24 VSO (veteran service organization) websites, tobacco was mentioned four times (1.4% of all health topics discussed), and smoking cessation was never addressed.  Click here to read more.

Trends in smoking before, during, and after pregnancy — Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, United States, 40 Sites, 2000–2010
Key findings: Efforts to reduce smoking prevalence among female smokers before pregnancy have not been effective. However, tobacco-control efforts have been minimally effective in reducing smoking prevalence during and after pregnancy.

U.S. Colleges and Universities Deserve an ‘A’ for Going Tobacco-Free |
Huffington Post.
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh and Cynthia Hallett of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights celebrate the success of the national Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative, a partnership of HHS, the American College Health Association and the University of Michigan.

Great American Smokeout an opportunity for Congress to decrease national tobacco burden by increasing the federal cigarette tax
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN) statement.
Calls on Congress to pass a 94-cent cigarette tax increase; such a policy would reduce the number American adult smokers by 2.6 million over 10 years and save $63 billion in healthcare costs while generating more than $78 billion in additional tax revenue.

E-cigarettes gain attention in schools amid rise in popularityWashington Post. Just as health officials have begun to debate their potential dangers and school districts have started to pay attention to them, educators are grappling with how to deal with students who are found puffing on e-cigarettes while at school.

Fresh Air Campus Challenge
(Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). This is a first-of-its-kind, region-wide effort to engage all colleges and universities throughout the Pacific Northwest to develop and implement a 100% smoke- or tobacco-free campus policy by 2016. The Fresh Air Campus Challenge encouraged all college campuses in the participating states to take a 1Day Stand against tobacco by implementing a tobacco-free policy for one day on November 21, 2013.

Teens unite for tobacco-free Arizona
Eastern Arizona Courier.
Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction (STAND), partnered with the American Lung Association to hold Great American Smokeout events through the state to urge Arizonans to “decide today for life-long-strong lungs.”

Rate of illegal tobacco sales to California youth falls
Sierra Sun Times.
California’s statewide rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has decreased to 7.6%, the second lowest rate in the survey’s history. This decrease comes after 2012 showed the highest rate in four years (8.7%).

Tobacco tax: Saving two birds with one stone
(Maryland) – WYPR News.
Influential community groups are calling for a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase, as the use of cigars and tobacco products, especially by children, has increased over the last decade.


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