Tobacco- August 22, 2014

Reports and Articles
teen smoking
A Less Defiant Tack in a Campaign to Curb Smoking by Teenagers
NYT: August 10, 2014
SMOKING had long been a hallmark of teenage rebellion when “Truth,” a campaign from Legacy, introduced its first antismoking commercial in 2000. In the commercial, young people gather at the New York headquarters of the Philip Morris tobacco company and dump 1,200 body bags, representing the number of daily deaths attributed to smoking. The spot sought to shift a perception of cigarettes as a symbol of rebellion to one of the tobacco industry as the real enemy to rebel against.

The continuing “Truth” effort has been widely viewed as a success. A 2009 study in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, for example, found that from 2000 through 2004, the effort was directly responsible for preventing 450,000 teenagers from starting to smoke.

Now Legacy is about to introduce a new effort on behalf of the “Truth” campaign, “Finish It,” which takes a decidedly less rebellious tone.

After leading nation in tobacco sales to kids, Oregon finds a fix
Portland Business Journal
Tobacco Sales to Minors highlighting the Synar report. Additionally, it talks about the retail assessment Multnomah County is doing and our partnership with Upstream and OHEA

Casinos Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke­Free 
NPR: August 18, 2014
Walking onto the gaming floor at the Twin Arrows Casino near Flagstaff is a sensory-rich experience, with winning bells and slot machine jingles a constant. But in addition to hearing the sounds of the gaming floor, visitors also smell cigarette smoke.
The Smoke-Free Arizona Act doesn’t apply to this casino, located just inside the southern borders of the Navajo Nation. That means smoking in an enclosed public space is legal.
But in some communities on the reservation, that’s beginning to change. Dozens of Navajo Nation communities passed local clean air resolutions this year. The measures ban tobacco use in government buildings and work places.

Oregon moves to ban smoking on beaches
The Register-Guard: July 25, 2014
regon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of ­Pacific coast beaches.
The move this week by the state Parks and Recreation Department follows an earlier ban on smoking at most other state park properties.
It’s partly a response to concerns that the earlier smoking ban, enacted in February, will push more smokers onto the coastline, said Chris Havel, an agency spokesman. The ban would reduce litter on beaches and ensure consistent rules throughout the state parks system, too, he said.

Beach smoking restrictions hearings set
Daily Astorian: August 19, 2014
SEASIDE — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reminds people wishing to comment on proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will have a chance to make comments in person at four public hearings scheduled Wednesday through Aug. 28. In addition to comments made at public hearings, written comments will be accepted through regular mail (OPRD Beach Smoking, 725 Summer St. NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301) or by email ( All hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the locations listed below.
Wednesday: Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway, Seaside
Thursday: Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport
Aug. 26: Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave., Coos Bay
Aug. 28 North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem.


Curt Schilling blames chewing tobacco for his oral cancer
USA Today: August 20, 2014
In June, longtime MLB pitcher Curt Schilling announced that the cancer he had been battling since February was in remission. But until a radio telethon for the Jimmy Fund on Wednesday, he had kept mum about the specifics.
Schilling told NESN and WEEI that he has squamous-cell carcinoma in his mouth, and that he believes it came from chewing tobacco during his baseball career. Via
“This all came about from a dog bite,” Schilling said. “I got bitten by a dog and I had some damage to my finger and I went to see a doctor, and the day that I went to see the doctor, I was driving and I went to rub my neck and I felt a lump on the left side of my neck. And I knew immediately it wasn’t normal. So there happened to be an ENT [Ear, Nose, and Throat] right next door to the hand doctor, and I thought what the heck, let me just stop in and see and so I waited in the office and went in there and they did the biopsy, and two days later, they diagnosed me with squamous cell carcinoma….

Association between US immigration and rise in smoking among Latinos and Asians
MNT: August 14, 2014
Immigration to the U.S. may result in increased smoking in Latino and Asian women, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University, Duke University and the University of Southern California.

The study, “Gender, Acculturation and Smoking Behavior Among U.S. Asian and Latino Immigrants,” examines smoking prevalence and frequency among Asian and Latino U.S. immigrants. The research focuses on how gender differences in smoking behavior are shaped by aspects of acculturation and the original decision to migrate. The study was published recently in the journal Social Science & Medicine and is available online.

“We know that after migrants come to the U.S., their health behavior and health status changes the longer they live in the United States,” said Bridget Gorman, chair and professor of sociology at Rice and the study’s lead author. “Our study examined how time spent in the U.S., along with other aspects reflective of acculturation to the U.S., relates to smoking behavior among Asian and Latino migrants.”

29 States Seek Tighter E-Cigarette Regulations
NYT: 8.8.14
Twenty-nine state attorneys general on Friday urged the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes, a business that has exploded into a $2.5 billion industry with virtually no regulatory oversight

Coalition offers thanks to Seaside Public Library for new tobacco-free policy. (Letter to the Editor)
On behalf of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Clatsop County, we would like to express our appreciation to the Seaside City Council for supporting the tobacco-free policy for the Seaside Public Library. Policies like this not only help cleanup our environment, but are proven to be effective in reducing rates of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, which the Surgeon General determined in 2010 that there is no safe level. Twenty percent of tobacco-related illnesses are from secondhand smoke.



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