Tobacco- March 7, 2014

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Editorial: Win-River Casino is wise to break its tobacco habit
Congratulations to the Redding Racheria Tribe and their Win-River Resort & Casino in Redding, California for announcing a 100% smokefree indoor air policy to protect the health of workers and patrons alike. That’s a Win-Win for everyone!  Starting March 14, 2014, Win-River will be the largest non-smoking Native American Resort & Casino in California!

Reports and Articles
Thomson Thomson fired up against smoking
GazetteTimes: February 18, 2014
Sitting in the audience of a televised forum in Portland in the late 1980s, listening to a vascular surgeon pooh-poohing the devastating health effects of smoking, Bruce Thomson decided he’d had enough.
Thomson was even more appalled when no one in the audience challenged the doctor’s position.
“I just lost it,” Thomson recalled. “I said on TV, ‘You’re a vascular surgeon’ — and I was a medical student — ‘You’re a vascular surgeon and you make that claim? You’ve got to be kidding me. What do you operate on? Arteries — arteries clogged by cholesterol and nicotine damage.’”

Colorado, Utah move to hike smoking age to 21
MedicalPress: February 21, 2014
Two Western states with some of America’s lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.

Both proposals face several more votes. But they’re the furthest any states have gone to curb access to cigarettes by teens. The director of tobacco studies at University College London didn’t know of any other countries considering a tobacco age threshold of 21, but he said raising the tobacco age from 16 to 18 in the United Kingdom proved to be “a public health winner.”

Altria Group Inc., owner of the biggest U.S. cigarette company, Philip Morris USA, did not immediately provide comment.

A paper published last year in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine said that 9 out of 10 daily smokers in the U.S. have their first cigarette by 18 years of age, and that about 90 percent of cigarettes purchased for minors are obtained by people between 18 and 20 years old.

A Hot Debate Over E-Cigarettes as a Path to Tobacco, or From It
NewYorkTimes: 2.23.14
These experts represent the two camps now at war over the public health implications of e-cigarettes. The devices, intended to feed nicotine addiction without the toxic tar of conventional cigarettes, have divided a normally sedate public health community that had long been united in the fight against smoking and Big Tobacco.

F.D.A. Orders 4 Bidi Cigarette Brands Removed From Shelves
NewYorkTimes: 2.21.14
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday ordered four tobacco products removed from the market, the first time the agency has done so since being given the legal authority in 2009.
“It’s a big deal,” said Matthew L. Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy group. “This is first time the F.D.A. has ever ordered a product to be removed from the market for broad public health concerns.”

E-Cigarettes Poisoning Children
NewChannel10Texas: 2.13.14
Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity because they are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking.
But the Amarillo Poison Control Center says there are other dangers surrounding the device that parents should be aware of. Registered Nurse Cristie Johnston says a recent spike in phone calls, about e-cigarette poisonings, are causing concern.

E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make ‘Vaping’ Cool For Kids
NPR: March 5, 2014
Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and celebrity endorsements on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.

The latest ad for blu eCigs, for example, which ran in theSports Illustrated swimsuit edition, features an itsy bitsy bikini bottom emblazoned with the company name and includes the tagline “Slim. Charged. Ready to go.” You don’t see the model’s face. The frame is from pierced belly button to mid-thigh. It left Stan Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, struggling for a delicate way to describe it.

“The advertising just hit a new high in terms of chutzpah,” says Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Using sex to sell cigarettes is nothing new, he says, and e-cigarettes are pushing the envelope because they’re unregulated.

Hazards of E-Cigarettes
Nbc4i.comOhio: 2.13.14
Electronic cigarettes have become a wildly popular alternative to smoking, but an NBC4 investigation has uncovered a hidden hazard in e-cigarettes that some experts said can be deadly — especially for young children.

While the vapor-based, battery-powered e-cigarettes are getting attention, few have paid attention to the liquid nicotine at the center of the device. That liquid can be dangerously concentrated and comes in flavors from chocolate to bubble gum.
Experts said the liquid could deliver a deadly dose of nicotine to a child.

E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts
NewYorkTimes: March 4, 2014
Products virtually identical to e-cigarettes are known by names like e-hookahs or vaping pens, thwarting efforts by health officials to track their use, especially among young people.

Los Angeles and Long Beach unanimously add ecigs to smokefree ordinances; San Francisco up next
UCSF
On March 4, 2014 the City Councils for both Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, unanimously passed laws adding e-cigs to their clean indoor air laws.

The ecig/tobacco companies pulled out all the stops to fight the LA ordinance, including hiring well-connected lobbyists, running radio ads and robocalls, but in the end the City Council resisted the pressure and enacted a strong law that will protect people in indoor workplaces, restuarants, bars and other public places and some outdoor areas from ecigarette air pollution.

The LA ordinance does allow e-cigarette use in vaping lounges; the specific language is being prepared now.  It is important that these establishments be defined carefully as places that only sell e-cigarettes and related materials.  In particular, they should not be allowed to serve food and drink to avoid opening up a loophole in the law.
The Long Beach law is even more comprehensive.  Here is a summary of what happened there from the Coalition for a Smokefree Long Beach

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