Tobacco- June 10, 2015

Big Tobacco vs. Big Food- Tools from CSPI
Recently, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI) launched four graphics that compare quotes by tobacco and food companies about marketing to children, the healthfulness of their products, and personal responsibility.

Food companies regularly say that it is solely up to parents to feed their children healthfully, yet at the same time they do all they can to directly encourage children to eat unhealthy food. While parents bear ultimate responsibility for feeding their kids well, companies should not use psychology and their marketing might to turn kids against their parents and purposefully make parents’ jobs harder by marketing diseases-promoting foods to kids.

E-cigarette Infographic
Children’s Safety Network

Reports and Articles

Highly educated women stop smoking if the cost goes up
Cigarette prices and images on cigarette packets have an impact on women in terms of continuing to smoke or quitting. In fact, less educated women are more responsive to pictorial labels on cigarette packets, as revealed by a study that has analysed, for the first time, the generation differences among female smokers, a group which, despite policy measures, has not stopped growing.

In Spain, smoking levels are declining among men, but this trait does not extend to women. In the face of this phenomenon, experts claim that policy measures are needed to tackle such gender disparity, in order to protect women from the habit of smoking and the consequences of tobacco on health.

Smoking may impact survival after a breast cancer diagnosis
Researchers have found that smoking may increase the risk of dying early in premenopausal women with breast cancer.
In a prospective study of 848 women with breast cancer who were followed for a median of 6.7 years, premenopausal women who smoked for more than 21.5 years had a 3.1-times higher risk of dying from any cause as well as a 3.4-times higher risk of dying from breast cancer.
These links were not apparent among post-menopausal women.

As smoking declines, more are likely to quit
Smokeless tobacco and, more recently, e-cigarettes have been promoted as a harm reduction strategy for smokers who are “unable or unwilling to quit.” The strategy, embraced by both industry and some public health advocates, is based on the assumption that as smoking declines overall, only those who cannot quit will remain. A new study by researchers at UC San Francisco has found just the opposite.
The researchers analyzed survey data spanning 18 years in the United States and six years in the European Union. They found that, contrary to the prevailing assumptions, as the fraction of the population that smoked declined, the remaining smokers actually smoked less and were more likely to quit than to stick with it. The authors said their findings challenge the need to promote new forms of nicotine delivery, such as e-cigarettes, since the smoking population continues to quit smoking as a result of proven policies and interventions.

Doctors in bitter divide over e-cigarettes
Are e-cigarettes giving tobacco companies the means to appear benign while actually “killing people softly” or are the alternatives offering the best chance of reducing harm from cigarette smoking? Doctors are bitterly divided over the question.

Global growth continues, but regulation and taxation likely to affect rapidly increasing sales.
​NEW YORK – While cigarette sales volume slipped 0.4% worldwide last year, the global vapor industry nearly doubled in size, to $6 billion from 2013 to 2014, according to a report from Euromonitor International. CBS News reports that the research firm expects the industry to continue its rapid growth, unless potential regulatory and taxation issues slow the trajectory.

Tobacco ban adopted for St. Helens city parks
Portland Tribune
Starting July 17, the use of tobacco products will be prohibited in St. Helens city parks.
The St. Helens City Council voted Wednesday, June 17, to adopt an ordinance banning both smoking and smokeless tobacco products in parks and at other city-owned properties where signs are posted, as well as at city-sponsored events.
The ban also applies to marijuana, the public use of which is already illegal under state law. It includes electronic cigarettes and nicotine vaporizers as well.

Fresh air got a little more fresh Monday as Seattle implemented its new smoking ban in city parks MYNorthwest
Fresh air got a little more fresh Monday as Seattle implemented its new smoking ban in city parks.

July 6 marks the first day of the ban, making all Seattle parks smoke-free. The new ban takes a step beyond the city’s previous rule of no smoking within 25 feet of other park visitors. Smoking is still allowed on sidewalks and other rights-of-way in the city

Fire fighters see more blazes this year, cigarettes being part of the blame
First responders in Multnomah County have battled more blazes this July than they did last year, according to 9-1-1 dispatch logs. The main driver: grass and bark dust fire calls, which have been especially high since mid-June and spiked on Independence Day.
But another kind of fire — those caused by fireworks — is down.
The increase and the decrease are related, said Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Rich Tyler. The reason for both?

CVS Health Demonstrates Integrity and Corporate Leadership With its Decision to Resign From U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Street Insider
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is a statement of Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

Demonstrating true corporate leadership, today CVS Health announced it is resigning from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber’s activities supporting the tobacco industry in the United States and across the globe. When the leaders of CVS Health decided last year to stop selling tobacco products, CEO Larry Merlo explained it well. “Put simply,” he said, “the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

State Tobacco Control Program Spending – United States, 2011
If states allocated funding for tobacco prevention and control efforts at CDC’s Best Practices levels, they could achieve larger and more rapid reductions in tobacco use and associated morbidity and mortality. States underinvested in their tobacco prevention and control programs in fiscal year 2011, spending $658 million. This spending is only 17.8% of the amount recommended by CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, or less than 3% of the $24.2 billion they received from tobacco tax revenues and Master Settlement Agreement payments. The online version of the article is available at

A customer tries different e-cigarette flavors at the Henley Vaporium in New York, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A customer tries different e-cigarette flavors at the Henley Vaporium in New York, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes
While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, a small study suggests.

Researchers in Scotland interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes, which may reflect division in the medical community on the appropriateness of promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to the real thing, the authors note in the journal Tobacco Control


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