Tobacco- September 19, 2014


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University of Washington Tobacco-Free Campus Advocacy Video
The University of Washington and local partners have put together a wonderful video advocating for smoke- and tobacco-free college campus policy — here is a link to the playlist. The trailer is here.
The video is broken up into a series of short clips by topic which ranges from the science of social psychology of smoking to social justice issues, and also includes case studies from local campuses. This video would be a wonderful resource for other advocates and campuses across the region.

New Online Tool Targets Smoking, Physical Activity
HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and Partnership for Prevention have introduced a new online tool, the Community Health Advisor, that provides customizable information about the potential health and cost impact of implementing evidence-based interventions. The Community Health Advisor starts with policies and programs recommended in The Community Guide, and generates national, state, and county-level estimates of the health and cost impact of implementing community interventions. For more information, email

Reports and Articles

Invite e-cigs to the beach
The Oregonian
An editorial piece on how rather than adopting an unworkable smoking ban, the state parks commission should focus on education and urging smokers to bring electronic cigarettes to Oregon’s ocean beaches

As Big Tobacco takes up e-cigarettes, investors look ahead
As electronic cigarettes flew off shelves on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years, investors flocked to a business some hope will be the future for tobacco.
Now sales growth is slowing from a 2011 peak and private funds are more cautious about the smokeless devices, making it harder for independent e-cigarette firms to raise capital and hitting their share prices.
The entry of Big Tobacco and a push for tighter regulation has led outside investors to question the potential of the e-cigarette market, where sales are at a modest $3.5 billion worldwide but still growing faster than for most consumer goods.

Two weeks ago the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department held a series of meetings to take comment on a possible ban on smoking on state beaches. This article consists of Facebook comments selected from reader responses: Coos World:

The City of Salem is considering banning smoking on some public sidewalks, including the walkways next to Salem Hospital and Willamette University: AP:

Most Banks residents who completed a tobacco survey this summer wanted to see smoking banned from city parks, but the City Council didn’t find that reason enough to explore a ban: Oregonian:

Prevalence of Smokefree Home Rules — United States, 1992–1993 and 2010–2011
Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) from cigarettes causes an estimated 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking U.S. adults each year and an estimated $5.6 billion annually in lost productivity caused by premature death (1,2). In a 2006 report, the Surgeon General concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS (1). Although an increasing proportion of the population is covered by state or local comprehensive smokefree laws that prohibit tobacco smoking in all indoor public places and worksites, including restaurants and bars (3,4), millions of nonsmokers continue to be exposed to SHS in areas not covered by smokefree laws or policies, including homes (5). The home is the primary source of SHS exposure for children and a major source of exposure for nonsmoking adults (1). To assess progress toward increasing the proportion of households with smokefree home rules, CDC analyzed the most recent data

FDA Issues Seven NSE Orders for Dissolvable Tobacco Products
The FDA has issued not substantially equivalent (NSE) orders to Star Scientific, Inc. to stop the sale and distribution of seven dissolvable tobacco products – Ariva Cinnamon, Ariva Wintergreen, Ariva Mint, Ariva Java, Ariva Citrus, Stonewall Natural, and Stonewall Java. These NSE orders were based on a complete scientific review that found that the seven products had different characteristics compared to the predicate products identified by the manufacturer and that the company failed to show that the new products did not raise different questions of public health.


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