Tobacco- August 21, 2015


Multi-ethnic elementary school students (5 and 6 years) in school bus, looking out windows.

Go Back to School Tobacco-free!
To help you spread the word about the importance of helping kids stay or become tobacco-free, we are pleased to share the following resources that you can use in your media/communication efforts and social media channels as the new school year approaches.

Sample Social Media Posts

  • In 2014, 4.6 million U.S. middle & high school students used at least 1 tobacco product. Help kids go #B2Stobaccofree
  • The earlier adolescents start using tobacco products, the stronger their nicotine addiction will be. #B2Stobaccofree

Other Resources

  • The Smokefree Teen site can help youth tobacco users quit. For back-to-school season, it is launching an update of the quitSTART app, with badges, crave and slip tips, inspirational quotes, games, and progress tracking to help teens quit.

Create Change: A Student Toolkit from the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative provides resources and tools to establish a tobacco-free or smokefree campus policy. The toolkit contains step-by-step tips, including activity suggestions, key messages, and much more.

Reports and Articles

ecigsmoke E-cigarettes a gateway to traditional smoking, study finds
Teenagers who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to smoke cigarettes, cigars or hookahs than classmates who had never tried the devices, a new study finds.

The research comes amid fears among health officials that e-cigarettes open a gateway to smoking traditional tobacco products and devices which involve inhaling smoke. Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn nicotine-infused liquid into a vapor.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted among ninth-graders at 10 public schools in Los Angeles who had never used e-cigarettes at the start of the study in the fall of 2013. The students completed follow-up assessments at the six-month and one-year marks.

Oxford Journals Publish the August 2015 Issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research
It is a themed issue which includes research and commentary on Interventions to Reduce Tobacco-Related Health Disparities. To browse this month’s articles, visit:

Oregon is featured!!
The Center for Public Health Systems Science is pleased to release its latest product from the Advancing Science and Policy in the Retail Environment (ASPiRE) project. The report details experiences from the 2014 pilot of the Standardized Tobacco Assessments for Retail Settings (STARS) tool in four states: Indiana, Oregon, Texas, and Vermont. Though STARS was released only one year ago, communities in at least half of the 50 states are now using the assessment tool to build awareness, compare tobacco’s presence across neighborhoods, and gather evidence to support local and state tobacco control policies. To read the report, click HERE.

New Research: Using Lung Cancer Screening As An Opportunity To Help Smokers Quit
July 29, 2015 by Stephanie R. Land, PhD (National Cancer Institute)
Smoking causes about 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States.  Recent medical recommendations are expected to dramatically increase the number of heavy smokers who  undergo annual screening for lung cancer.  These screening appointments represent an important point where clinicians and other members of the health care team can help patients stop the behavior that brought them in for the screening.

The question is not whether clinicians should help people being screened from lung cancer quit smoking.  Rather, the question is how best to help smokers quit.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that current or former heavy smokers aged 55 to 80 undergo annual screening for lunch cancer with low-dose helical computed tomography (LDCT).  Under the Affordable Care Act, USPSTF prevention recommendations of grade A or B (such as the recommendations for lung cancer screening with LDCT) must be covered by all health insurance plans.

Nicotine-eating bacteria could one day help smokers kick the habit
Science Daily
Most people who smoke cigarettes know it’s bad for their health, but quitting is notoriously difficult. To make it easier, scientists are taking a brand-new approach. They are turning to bacteria that thrive on nicotine, the addictive component in tobacco. They report successful tests on a bacterial enzyme that breaks down nicotine and could potentially dull its effects in humans.

Teen smokers struggle with body-related shame, guilt
Science Daily
Eexercise may provide a promising solution to prevention, cessation
Are teen smokers who pick up the habit doing so because they have a negative self-image? Does the typical teenaged smoker try to balance out this unhealthy habit with more exercise? And if so, then why would an adolescent smoke, yet still participate in recommended levels of physical activity? A recent study sought to answer these questions.


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