Klamath County Public Health and Klamath Tribal Health Tobacco Prevention and Education Program
“Why it Matters” luncheon planned to discuss tobacco programs
The Klamath County Public Health and Klamath Tribal Health Tobacco Prevention and Education Programs will host a “Why It Matters” luncheon June 23 to explore tobacco issues and why it matters in the community.
The event will include special presentations by representatives of the Oregon Health Authority, local tobacco programs and Lou Moerner, an inspirational speaker with years of experience working with low income and Native populations on tobacco issues, according to the event flyer. During the luncheon, attendees will explore political, social, medical and current trends in tobacco polices.
Kristen Wils, the health promotion and chronic disease prevention program coordinator at the health department, said the event will help organizations and individuals learn more about the tobacco prevention programs, as well as how the various stakeholders can help each other.
“We’re trying to be more involved in the community,” Wils said, including asking community members what the tobacco programs are missing and what the staff can do to help them. “That’s really the goal.”
Reports and Articles
Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs and Tobacco Control Programs: A Qualitative Study of 6 States, United States, 2012
Introduction: Historically, federal funding streams to address cancer and tobacco use have been provided separately to state health departments. This study aims to document the impact of a recent focus on coordinating chronic disease efforts through collaboration between the two programs.
Methods: Through a case-study approach using semi structured interviews, information was collected on the organizational context, infrastructure, and interaction between cancer and tobacco control programs in 6 states from March through July 2012. Data were analyzed with NVivo software, using a grounded-theory approach.
Results: Between-program activities were found in the state health department and coordinated implementation of interventions in the community. Factors identified as facilitating integrated interventions in the community included collaboration between programs in the strategic planning process, incorporation of one another’s priorities into state strategic plans, co-location, and leadership support for collaboration. Coalitions were used to deliver integrated interventions to the community. Five states perceived high staff turnover as a barrier to collaboration, and all 5 states felt that federal funding requirements were a barrier.
Conclusions: Cancer and tobacco programs are beginning to implement integrated interventions to address chronic disease. Findings can inform the development of future efforts to integrate program activities across chronic disease prevention efforts.
All forms of smoking are bad for the heart
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) warn that all forms of smoking are bad for the heart.
ESC prevention spokesperson Professor Joep Perk said,
“Smoking of all types is still, without any competition, the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It beats everything. There has been a lot of research over the past 2-3 years which makes us very clear that all tobacco use, including the waterpipe, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, is simply not good for your health.”1
Studies suggest that waterpipe smoking, also referred to as shisha and hookah, may be associated with even greater toxin exposure because sessions are longer and involve more and larger “puffs”, leading to smoke inhalation as much as 100 times more than from a cigarette.2
Ban of e-cigarettes coming to Oregon public buildings
The executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Oregon was instrumental in the recent passage of House Bill 2546, which bans e-cigarettes in public buildings under the state’s Clean Air Act.
Powerful new “Tips From Former Smokers” ads focus on living with vision loss and colorectal cancer
ATLANTA, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching its 2015 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign with a series of powerful new ads featuring former smokers who suffer from smoking-related illnesses, including vision loss and colorectal cancer.
Ads also highlight the benefits of quitting for smokers’ loved ones, and the importance of quitting cigarettes completely, not just cutting down. Beginning March 30, these ads will run for 20 weeks on television, radio, billboards, online, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers.
CDC’s successful Tips national tobacco education campaign has helped prompt millions of smokers to try to quit since it began in 2012. It has also proven to be a “best buy” in public health by costing just $393 to save a year of life.
APHA is advocating for all government-subsidized housing to be smoke-free
Use of Tobacco Tax Stamps to Prevent and Reduce Illicit Tobacco Trade — United States, 2014
Increasing the unit price on tobacco products is the most effective tobacco prevention and control measure. Illicit tobacco trade (illicit trade) undermines high tobacco prices by providing tobacco users with cheaper-priced alternatives. Applying tax stamps to tobacco products, which provides documentation that taxes have been paid, is an important tool to combat illicit trade.