Tobacco- August 8, 2014


Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco Use: An Implementation Guide for the Armed Forces
Partnership for Prevention’s ActionToQuit initiative

CDC launches another round of hard-hitting anti-smoking ads
Former smokers — including some who have died — speak out about their health issues as the result of their habit in the next round of memorable messages. Read full story >>

New Policy Guide to Electronic Smoking Devices
Electronic smoking devices, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices used to inhale a vaporized solution that frequently contains nicotine. The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes, combined with loopholes in existing tobacco control laws, threatens to renormalize tobacco use and expose bystanders to hazardous carcinogens and compounds.
ChangeLab Solutions developed Regulating Toxic Vapor: A Policy Guide to Electronic Smoking Devices to provide information about the public health concerns related to electronic smoking devices, the steps that have been taken to regulate them, and what additional measures communities can take to limit access to and the availability of these products. It’s available now!

Top Economists Tell FDA Its Cost-Benefit Analyses of Tobacco Rules are Badly Flawed and Underestimate Benefits
Statement of Matthew L. Myers President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
WASHINGTON, DC – Nine leading economists have submitted a paper to the Food and Drug Administration that shows how the FDA’s cost-benefit analyses of its proposed tobacco regulations are deeply flawed and vastly underestimate the benefits of these regulations.  The paper was submitted as a public comment on the FDA’s proposed rule to extend its regulatory jurisdiction to all tobacco products, including cigars and electronic cigarettes (the deadline for submitting comments is August 8).
The paper is available at

Financial Implications of the Tobacco Industry
The article breaks down financial implications of the tobacco industry following the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard.  Details of the merger, and how control will be dispersed between combustible tobacco and other emerging products, is defined.  Those who are currently in control of the industry, now have even more control.

 Reports and Articles

Little Filtered Cigar, Cigarillo, and Premium Cigar Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2012–2013
MMWR: August 1, 2014
The burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States has been caused overwhelmingly by cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products (1). In the United States, cigarette consumption declined during 2000–2011; however, consumption of cigars more than doubled during the same period (2). The cigar market includes diverse product types manufactured with a variety of shapes and sizes, filters, tips, flavors, and prices (3). Although national estimates of cigar consumption have been reported previously (2,3), data characterizing who smokes different cigar types are limited. The findings indicate that among U.S. adults who smoke cigars, 61.8% usually smoke cigarillos/MMCs, 19.9% usually smoke premium cigars, and the remainder, 18.4%, usually smoke LFCs. These data can help to inform public health interventions to reduce the burden of adverse health effects caused by cigar smoking in the United States, including regulation.

Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast: Albany Democrat-Herald:

An opinion piece from an Eugene pediatrician on how Oregon lawmakers must act swiftly during the next legislative session to at the very least ban the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to children: Register-Guard:

Should Oregon ban smoking on beaches? 49 percent of Oregonian readers say yes to the poll: Oregonian:

Jesse L. Steinfeld
Who vigorously pursued the national campaign against smoking while serving as U.S. surgeon general during the first term of President Richard M. Nixon, died Aug. 5:
Washington Post:
New York Times:

Buried deep in the federal government’s voluminous new tobacco regulations
is a little-known cost-benefit calculation that public health experts see as potentially poisonous: the happiness quotient. It assumes that the benefits from reducing smoking – fewer early deaths and diseases of the lungs and heart – have to be discounted by 70 percent to offset the loss in pleasure that smokers suffer when they give up their habit:
New York Times:


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