Tobacco- September 26, 2014

Resources

New Resources from Tobacco Control Legal Consortium (TCLC)
Below are a few of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium’s (TCLC) latest publications:

Electronic Cigarette Liquid Packaging and Sales Requirements (2014). Overview of recent legislation allowing the sale of e-liquid for electronic cigarettes and similar e-devices only if it is in child-resistant packaging.

World Health Organization’s Recommended Options for Regulating  E-Cigarettes (2014). Overview of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s July 21, 2014 report on the health impact of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

Reports and Articles

County adds e-cigs to banned items
Portland Tribune: September 16, 2014
The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Thursday, Sept. 11, to add electronic cigarettes to the list of prohibited tobacco products inside all county-owned buildings and vehicles.
Electronic cigarettes use a battery to heat nicotine fluid and create vapor.
“The reason for the e-vaping prohibition is we did have people e-vaping within county facilities themselves and it was causing disruption for co-workers, users and visitors to the facility,” said County Counsel Stephen Madkour.
Commissioners heard from Jeff Borquist of Emerald Vapors in Eugene, who worried that the prohibition on county property would be one step closer to a full ban county-wide.
“You’re treating it like cigarettes again,” Borquist said. “It really hurts, and it really hurts our business.”

Douglas County smoking rates remain high except in teens
NRtoday
Douglas County women are twice as likely to smoke while pregnant as are expectant mothers statewide, according to a recent report by the Oregon Health Authority.
The 2013 Oregon Tobacco Fact Sheet reports that one-quarter of pregnant women smoke in Douglas County, compared to 11 percent statewide.
Douglas County Health Department’s maternal program manager, Natalie Jones, said mothers want the best for their babies, but nicotine addiction is hard to break, especially for pregnant women facing financial and personal hardships.
“Tobacco use is a way they’ve found to cope with life stresses,” Jones said.
Since the early 1990s, smoking among pregnant women has declined from 19 percent to 11 percent in Oregon, a trend defied in Douglas County, where smoking rates among expectant mothers have remained steady.

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