Tobacco- January 17, 2014

Call Volumes Likely to Increase Due to Release of Surgeon General’s Report (Friday, January 17-Wednesday, January 22)!

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General
We are pleased to announce that the press conference to release the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress has been moved to The White House and will now take place on Friday, January 17th at 9:30 a.m. EST. The event will be Webcast live at http://whitehouse.gov/live

We want to make you aware of a new video and social media resources that have been added to the Surgeon General’s Web site which you can use to help promote the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.

The video features Tips ad participants Terrie Hall, Brandon Carmichael and Roosevelt Smith, discussing their experiences during and after the Tips campaign http://youtu.be/r9c54YcI388 We have also developed the following social media tools you can use to participate and share the event with others.

Live Tweeting
During the press conference, OSH will be live tweeting from the @CDCTobaccoFree and @Surgeon_General Twitter profiles. You can follow along for up-to-the-minute information from the live event using our Twitter feed or the official #SGR50 hashtag. We encourage all partners to join the conversation and retweet as appropriate.

Reports and Articles
tobacco company Here’s What it Looks Like When a Tobacco Company Says ‘I’m Sorry’
“After 15 years of fighting the federal government over lies to the public about the health risks of smoking, the nation’s biggest tobacco companies are ready to apologize. Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, and Altria are preparing full-page ads to run in the Sunday editions of the country’s top 35 newspapers, as well as online ads for those papers’ websites and prime-time television spots to run for a full year on CBS, ABC, and NBC. The corporations are also required to run corrective statements on their websites and cigarette packages….”

Culturally-specific Smoking Cessation Outreach in a Rural Community.
Butler KM, Rayens MK, Adkins S, Record R, Langley R, Derifield S, McGinn C, Murray D, Hahn EJ.
Rural adults have higher smoking prevalence and less access to tobacco dependence treatment than their urban counterparts. This study examined exposure to a culturally specific smoking cessation outreach intervention, assessing whether exposure was associated with cessation behaviors. Five outreach elements (brochures/pushcards, posters, print and radio advertisements, quilt made by local artisans) based on themes from focus groups with current and former smokers and paired with brief tobacco cessation counseling, and were delivered over 6 months in 2009-2010. Exposure and cessation behavior indicators were collected via cross-sectional random-digit dial survey. Intervention exposure was associated with having talked to a health care provider about quitting smoking in the past 6 months and planning to quit smoking in the next 6 months. Culturally specific outreach materials based on personal narratives are a promising population-based intervention to motivate rural smokers to consider cessation.

Chicago bans indoor electronic cigarette smoking
Chicago Tribune: January 15, 2014
E-cigarettes will join regular smokes and other tobacco products as forbidden in most indoor public places in Chicago after aldermen today passed a measure backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to restrict where electronic cigarettes can be used and how they can be sold.

The ordinance, which passed 45-4 after opponents took one last chance to voice their displeasure, will prohibit people from using e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places in the city. The measure also will require retailers to sell e-cigarettes from behind the counter so it’s harder for minors to get their hands on them.

Emanuel has made tobacco regulations a recent focus, working to frame the discussion over cigarette sales as a question of how willing elected officials are to protect children from getting lured into addiction at a young age.

CRC Draft Research Plan
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a draft Research Plan on screening for colorectal cancer. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from January 9 through February 5, 2014. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm.

Association between being employed in a smoke-free workplace and living in a smoke-free home: Evidence from 15 low and middle income countries
Objective
To assess whether being employed in a smoke-free workplace is associated with living in a smoke-free home in 15 low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Methods
Country-specific individual level analyses of cross-sectional Global Adult Tobacco Survey data (2008–2011) from 15 LMICs was conducted using multiple logistic regression. The dependent variable was living in a smoke-free home; the independent variable was being employed in a smoke-free workplace. Analyses were adjusted for age, gender, residence, region, education, occupation, current smoking, current smokeless tobacco use and number of household members. Individual country results were combined in a random effects meta-analysis.

E-CIGARETTES: SMOKELESS DOES NOT MEAN HARMLESS
Click this link to access the summary

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