Tobacco- June 27, 2014

cover Designed for Addiction: How the Tobacco Industry Has Made Cigarettes More Addictive, More Attractive to Kids and Even More Deadly
Click here for the full report and additional resources
Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids
It has been 50 years since the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that cigarettes cause cancer and other serious diseases. Shockingly, the response of the tobacco industry has not been to redesign their products to reduce the number of people who die prematurely from using them. Instead, the industry has used the last 50 years to introduce design changes and chemical additives that have made cigarettes more addictive, more appealing to kids and other target groups, and even more deadly.  The harmful changes are detailed in a new report issued today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, titled Designed for Addiction: How the Tobacco Industry Has Made Cigarettes More Addictive, More Attractive to Kids and Even More Deadly.
This report is being released on the fifth anniversary of the landmark law, signed by President Obama on June 22, 2009, that gave the FDA the power to regulate tobacco products.  It calls on the FDA to require tobacco companies to reverse the harmful changes they have made by issuing the first-ever product standards governing the design and content of tobacco products. FDA should immediately begin the process to require manufactures to reduce the toxicity of their products; reduce nicotine levels to minimize addiction; and prevent tobacco companies from adding ingredients that attract youth.

 Reports and Articles
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Smoking banned within 25 feet of Coos Bay boardwalk
COOS BAY, Ore. – The Coos Bay City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday stating that no person shall smoke upon or within 25 feet of the City’s wooden boardwalk.
This is an amendment to Ordinance No. 428, which prohibits smoking in and around Mingus Park.
There was no testimony for or against the ordinance.
Members of the Council initiated the ordinance out of concerns that cigarettes on the Boardwalk pose a fire hazard.
“In the past, people have been observed tossing their cigarettes on the wooden planks,” said Mayor Crystal Shoji. “It is a danger, and unpleasant for all when streets and public areas are used like ashtrays.  This is our community, and it is our front door. Let’s be civilized.”

Hillsboro City Council Approves E-Cigarette Ban In Parks
OPB: June 19, 2014
On Tuesday, the Hillsboro City Council voted 5-1 to ban e-cigarettes in city parks. This follows a unanimous vote in 2009 to ban all tobacco products on park property. Though the effects of e-cigarettes are unclear, the Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Commission isconcerned about toxins in e-cigarette vapor, and about the possibility the devices could be confused for traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette advocates argue there is some evidence that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking.
According to city charter rules, the council will have to vote again on the ordinance on July 1 before it can go into effect.

Federal Court Upholds New York City’s Law to Prohibit Tobacco Discounts and Further Reduce Youth Smoking
Statement of Susan M. Liss
Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
WASHINGTON, DC – In a big win for kids and public health, a federal judge today upheld New York City’s new law prohibiting the use of coupons and other discounting schemes that make tobacco products cheaper and more appealing to kids.  The new law is designed to prevent tobacco companies from undermining the city’s efforts to keep the price of tobacco products high in order to reduce smoking and other tobacco use, especially among kids.

CDC to Launch Fourth ‘Tips From Former Smokers’ Series
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be launching its next “Tips from Former Smokers” series on July 7. The ads will run nationwide for nine weeks on television, radio and billboards, as well as online, in theaters, in magazines and in newspapers. According to the CDC, the Tips national tobacco education campaign has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit since it began in 2012.

“These new ads are powerful. They highlight illnesses and suffering caused by smoking that people don’t commonly associate with cigarette use,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “Smokers have told us these ads help them quit by showing what it’s like to live every day with disability and disfigurement from smoking.”
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, according to the CDC, and kills about 480,000 Americans each year. More than 16 million Americans are living with a smoking-related disease. For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer at least one serious illness from smoking.
The most recent “Tips” campaign resulted in more than 100,000 additional calls made to 800-QUIT-NOW. On average, weekly quitline calls were up 80 percent while the ads were on the air, compared to the week before they began running. Read more on tobacco.

Tony Gwynn’s death helps convince Stephen Strasburg to quit tobacco
The Washington Post: June 24, 2014
Three years ago, not long after his college coach Tony Gwynn received a cancer diagnosis, Stephen Strasburg vowed to quit using smokeless tobacco. From Adam Kilgore’s story:

In the wake of Gwynn’s cancer diagnosis, Strasburg has resolved to quit smokeless tobacco while he recuperates from Tommy John surgery. He doesn’t want to face the myriad health risks borne from tobacco use, and he doesn’t want kids who want to be like him to see him with a packed lower lip. Strasburg conflates many activities with dipping, and he has yet to eradicate the habit. But he is determined he will.

“I’m still in the process of quitting,” Strasburg, 22, said. “I’ve made a lot of strides, stopped being so compulsive with it. I’m hoping I’m going to be clean for spring training. It’s going to be hard, because it’s something that’s embedded in the game.”…

Some lawmakers worry about troops smoking, but Defense officials warn them to go easy
The Washington Post: June 23, 2014
Congressional efforts to limit or even stop men and women in the military from smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products could create a major morale problem for front-line troops.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff see it coming and hope to get out in front of it.
Wednesday, during the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2015 defense budget, the panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), questioned the discount prices for tobacco products sold within the Defense Department. “We spend $1.6 billion a year on medical care of service members from tobacco-related disease and loss of work,” he said.

…Reducing smoking in the military has been a creeping campaign for almost 30 years, starting with congressional efforts in 1985 to raise commissary cigarette prices to equal those in civilian stores. Instead of raising prices, then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger set up an “aggressive anti-smoking campaign” after a 1986 Pentagon study showed military smokers were less physically fit than non-smokers and tobacco-related health costs might reach $209.9 million.

Tobacco Product Use Among Adults — United States, 2012–2013
Israel T. Agaku, DMD, Brian A. King, PhD, Corinne G. Husten, MD, et al.
MMWR 2014;63:1–6.
Despite significant declines in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults over the past five decades, progress has slowed in recent years, and the use of other tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco has not changed. Additionally, the use of emerging products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), has rapidly increased. This report provides the most recent national estimates of tobacco use among adults aged ≥18 years, using data from the 2012–2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey.


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