Tobacco- August 29, 2014

Reports and Articles

ecigban American Cancer Society dings Oregon for tobacco and anti-cancer policies
Portland Business Journal: August 19, 2014
Oregon’s tobacco control policies and cancer-fighting measures come under firein a new report issued by the American Cancer Society.
It says Oregon is falling short in areas like tobacco taxes, tobacco prevention efforts, restrictions on indoor tanning devices and funding of breast and cervical cancer screening. (A separate report earlier this week indicated Oregon has made progress in reducing tobacco sales to youths).
The report by the ACS’ Cancer Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, concludes that Oregon measured up to benchmarks in only 3 of the 12 measured areas.
The findings are included in a new report called “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.”

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World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes
The New York Times: August 26, 2014
PARIS — Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and outlaw tactics to lure young users, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Tuesday that calls for some of the toughest measures yet proposed for the increasingly popular devices.It also expressed “grave concern” about the growing role of the powerful tobacco industry in the e-cigarette market, warning that the financially powerful companies could come to dominate the new business and use the current tolerance of the new products as a gateway to ensnaring a new generation of smokers at a time when the public health authorities seem to be winning the battle against tobacco

After leading nation in tobacco sales to kids, Oregon finds a fix
Portland Business Journal: August 19, 2014
For the first time in several years, Oregon has made big strides in reducing tobacco sales to minors.
The retailer violation rate for sales to kids hit 16.3 percent in the past year, down from 22.5 percent the year before, when it was the highest in the country, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Out of 835 attempted buys, 136 were successful.
Oregon’s rate peaked in 1995-96, at 39.3 percent, and has hovered in the teens, for the most part, since 1998.
Even with the recent decrease, Oregon’s rate likely remains among the highest in the country. The national average last year was 9.6 percent, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

CDC: More than a Quarter-Million Youth Who Never Smoked Used E-Cigarettes in 2013
More than a quarter-million middle school and high school students who had never smoked regular cigarettes used electronic cigarettes—or e-cigarettes—in 2013, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study appearing in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. The study found that youth who had never smoked traditional cigarettes, but had tried e-cigarettes, were twice as likely to intend to smoke traditional cigarettes than were youth who had never used e-cigarettes. “We are very concerned about nicotine use among our youth, regardless of whether it comes from conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products. Not only is nicotine highly addictive, it can harm adolescent brain development.” said Tim McAfee, MD, MPH, Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, in a release. Read more on tobacco.

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