Tobacco- October 31, 2014

Reports and Articles


Tobacco tax hike could cut drinking
Washington Post
Excessive drinking leads to about 88,000 deaths each year in the United States. Cigarette smoking adds another 440,000 deaths to the tally, most due to long-term health problems such as cancer. A new study from the Washington University School of Medicine suggests the government could take a bite out of both figures with one simple policy change

Smoking in the U.S. has been on the decline since 2005, but there are still more than 46 million adults who smoke cigarettes, and tens of millions more who buy cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The government agency tracks a host of state-by-state data to capture a detailed picture of tobacco use throughout the country. The database covers everything from cigarette prices to excise taxes to lung-cancer rates for each of the 50 states. It pulls the most recent data from each state as it becomes available.

New Case Study Examines Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Benefits
CDC’s Division of Population Health (DPH) has published a case study focusing on the success of the Massachusetts Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Benefit. The DPH is collaborating with a number of divisions within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) to develop case studies that highlight the intersection of public health and health care. These examples provide best and/or promising strategies that promote preventive services, improve the quality of care and/or community-clinical linkages, and control health care costs (when available) to combat chronic diseases and improve population health. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Voetsch at To access the case study visit and look for the Coordination Spotlight.

Want to find stores that don’t sell tobacco products?
The RWJF-supported Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has launched a new mobile-friendly website,, challenging America’s retailers to help save lives and create a tobacco-free generation by ending the sale of tobacco products. Plug in your ZIP code, city or state, and you’ll get a handy interactive map showing where to find tobacco-free shops and stores in your area. Visit >

Reducing Tobacco Use in Young Adults, November 5, 2:00-3:30 PM EST, by National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health.

A newly released Legacy report titled, “Legacy Latino College Health Initiative: A Study of Tobacco-Related Health Disparities in Hispanic/Latino Subpopulations” showcases the findings of a 4-year initiative with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The report a Legacy supported research project on tobacco use among Hispanic/Latino subpopulations of college students. This research project addressed a glaring gap in public health knowledge and is one of the first studies to look at tobacco use and trends among Hispanic/Latino subpopulations – specifically college students of Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican-American, and Cuban-American descent from four different universities.

Salem city councilor pushes for broad tobacco ban:


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