Tobacco- October 17, 2014


How States Can Enforce Stronger Tobacco Control Legislation
Action on Smoking & Health released “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An Implementation Guide” which discusses how states can employ and enforce stronger tobacco control legislation based on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a global public health treaty. Although the United States has made great progress since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report linked smoking and disease, much more remains to be done. The United States has not ratified the treaty, but states may still benefit from the guide’s explanation of international best practices and its online database of sample tobacco control legislation.

Reports and Articles

School group cuts ties with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
The Daily Astorian: October 14, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a quick about-face, the National School Boards Association is cutting ties with the nation’s second-biggest cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
The organization announced late Tuesday that it is ending a recently announced partnership with the Camel and Pall Mall cigarette maker’s youth tobacco-prevention program called “Right Decisions, Right Now.”
The partnership first announced last Thursday was questioned by Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who had earlier called the program ineffective and urged the association to end its partnership with the nation’s second-biggest tobacco company.

Liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among kids
The Daily Astorian: October 14, 2014
Poison control workers say liquid nicotine exposures up sharply among small children
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.
More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to liquid nicotine, over half of those cases in children younger than 6, according to national statistics. The number shows a sharp rise from only a few hundred total cases just three years ago.

The Cigarette That Charges for Every Puff
The Atlantic: October 10, 2014
Cigarettes might have one of the easiest-to-understand interfaces in the world.
Step one: Light it.
Step two: Inhale from the side that isn’t on fire.
A new patent from Philip Morris hints at how that basic interface could get a good deal more complicated when you add a computer. The patentpublished earlier this week, proposes an e-cigarette that could connect to a computer or phone via wifi or USB.
In other words, an Internet-enabled—a smart—e-cig.
Once smartened-up, the Internet-connected pipe can do many things. Not-so-usefully, it could let users initiate a puff from the computer—in case, I suppose, old-fashioned inhaling gets too hard. Slightly-more-usefully, it could automatically send doctors information about how much tobacco was burned and for how long. That feature could be especially handy if the cigarette’s user is participating in a clinical trial, or trying—with someone or something else’s help—to stop smoking.

Nearly $497 million could be saved every year if smoking were universally banned in subsidized and public housing, according to a new study by a team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Washington Post:



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