Tobacco- September 5, 2014

CVS quits for good

CVS Health announces end to tobacco sales
In terrific news for public health and tobacco control, CVS announced today that it has ended tobacco sales at its 7,700 retail pharmacies, nearly a month ahead of its target date of October 1.  CVS also announced that it is launching a smoking cessation campaign to help Americans quit smoking.  In addition, CVS Caremark Corporation announced that it is changing its corporate name to CVS Health to reflect its broader health care commitment and expertise.
CVS has also launched a social media campaign – #OneGoodReason – in which they are inviting everyone to share their personal stories of how smoking and tobacco use has affected their lives and why they live tobacco-free.   You can support CVS by participating in the campaign and stating  your #OneGoodReason on social media channels.

Here are 5 ways you can get involved in the #OneGoodReason campaign:

  1. Using the template attached to this email, create your #OneGoodReason to live tobacco-free, and share on your social channels.
  2. Take your own photo of your #OneGoodReason to live tobacco-free, and share on your social channels.
  3. Create a video with your #OneGoodReason to live tobacco-free and upload to CVS’s online hub here:
  4. Share CVS’s social posts, and include your #OneGoodReason (via @CVSinAction and @CVS_Extra on Twitter and on Facebook).
  5.  Encourage your community to share their #OneGoodReason. Example Posts:
    1. Facebook: Whether you quit smoking, never started or helped someone quit – whatever your reason, we’re sure it’s a good one! Stand with us and CVS Health and tell us your #OneGoodReason to live tobacco-free
    2. Twitter: Stand with us and CVS Health and share your #OneGoodReason to live tobacco-free.

Here is a press statement by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, as well as CVS Health’s press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:           September 3, 2014
CONTACT:           Peter Hamm, 202-296-5469

Other Retailers Should Follow CVS Health’s Bold Example by Ending Sales of Tobacco Products
Statement of Matthew L. Myers
President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
WASHINGTON, DC – CVS Health’s announcement today that it has ended tobacco sales sends a resounding message to the entire retail industry: Responsible retailers – especially those that provide health care through pharmacies and clinics – should not be in the business of selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. There is a fundamental conflict between promoting health and selling tobacco products, which are the number one cause of preventable death.  Retailers cannot have it both ways.
Today, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids calls on all retailers, especially those involved in health care, to follow the powerful example set by CVS Health and end tobacco sales.  If they are truly committed to improving health, retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid must stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
We also urge consumers to support retailers such as CVS that have demonstrated their commitment to health by choosing not to sell tobacco products. By ending tobacco sales, CVS Health has shown that it truly cares about the health of its customers and the communities where it does business.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds CVS Health for its courageous leadership in ending tobacco sales at its 7,700 retail pharmacies.  This decision will reduce the availability of tobacco products and sends an unmistakable message to all Americans, especially children, that tobacco use is uniquely harmful and socially unacceptable.  We also applaud CVS Health for launching a new smoking cessation campaign to help Americans quit smoking.
CVS Health’s decision represents the bold action needed from all segments of our society to accelerate progress against tobacco and make the next generation tobacco-free.  It comes appropriately as the nation this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health.
The latest Surgeon General’s report, released in January, reported that smoking kills 480,000 Americans annually, sickens millions more and costs the nation more than $289 billion in health care expenses and economic costs every year.  The Surgeon General also underscored that tobacco use is first and foremost a pediatric epidemic – 90 percent of adult smokers began at or before age 18, and 5.6 million kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease unless current trends are reversed.  Responsible retailers should not be selling products that cause so much harm to our nation’s children and health.


Reports and Articles

A Molecular Basis for Nicotine as a Gateway Drug
NEJM: September 4, 2014
This article describes how “nicotine acts as a gateway drug on the brain, and this effect is likely to occur whether the exposure is from smoking tobacco, passive tobacco smoke, or e-cigarettes.” It concludes that “more effective prevention programs need to be developed for all the products that contain nicotine, especially those targeting young people.”

CDC study finds more than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked a cigarette have tried e-cigarettes
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-authored study* found that in 2013, 263,000 young people who had never smoked had used e-cigarettes, compared with 79,000 in 2011. For the study, CDC researchers analyzed data from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 National Youth Tobacco Surveys of middle and high school students to assess associations between e-cigarette use and smoking intentions among U.S. youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes.
For this analysis, researchers used established methods to identify youth who are classified as having smoking intentions. Youth who reported they would definitely not smoke in the next year and reported they would definitely not smoke if offered a cigarette by a friend were defined as not having an intention to smoke. All others were classified as having positive intention to smoke conventional cigarettes. Previous research has demonstrated that these youth are more likely to initiate smoking in the future.

White House Proclamation Marks National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
On August 29, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating September 2014 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The proclamation references a number of national childhood obesity reduction initiatives, including recently updated nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold and served in schools, as well as an expansion of the Community Eligibility Option under which 22,000 schools in low-income communities will be able to serve free meals to all students.

Governor John Kitzhaber makes good on cigarette tax support

Linn County fiscal year-end report showed that 17 percent of deaths were tobacco related, 11 percent diabetes related: Albany Democrat-Herald:

CDC: E-cigarettes lead to more teen smoking – More than 263,000 adolescents who had never smoked before used e-cigarettes in 2013, up from 79,000 in 2011: The Washington Post:

Possibly banning smoking on local beaches because of cigarette butts made the ear wonder if the little nuisances can be recycled. Yes, they can: The Daily Astorian:


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