Tobacco- September 4th, 2015


ASTHO Releases Medicaid Match for State Tobacco Cessation Quitlines Factsheet
ASTHO released the factsheet “Medicaid Match for State Tobacco Cessation Quitlines,” which discusses each state’s current tobacco cessation quitline status, barriers to implementation, and recommendations, and details how states may claim tobacco cessation quitline expenditures as a Medicaid administrative cost and receive a 50 percent administrative match rate for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. More information on public health and Medicaid partnerships can be found on ASTHO’s website.

Reports and Articles
Study fuels push for FDA e-cigarette regulation TUESDAY, August 18, 2015 (Modern Healthcare) — As the healthcare and retail industries await federal regulation on electronic cigarettes, a new JAMA study has found that young e-smokers are more likely to try tobacco than those who have never “vaped.”

Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobaccoMNT: August 21, 2015 More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers at the University of York have concluded. Millions more have their lives shortened by ill health due to the effects of chewing tobacco-based products, the study reveals. Researchers say it is the first time the global impact of smokeless tobacco consumption on adults has been assessed. The team, which included collaboration from the University of Edinburgh and Imperial College, London, says governments and public health bodies need to consider incorporating the regulation of smokeless tobacco into policy frameworks.

With tobacco, what you don’t know can kill you sooner Science Daily: August 31, 2015 The public shows “considerable lack of knowledge” about the risk associated with different types of tobacco products, researchers say. What people can benefit from is knowing the varying levels of risk associated with different tobacco products, according to public health researchers, who found that a large number of people aren’t aware of the differences. Raising pay can reduce smoking rates Science Daily In addition to restricting when and where tobacco is used at work, research shows that employers can do something else to reduce smoking: raise wages

15 percent of cigarettes sold in NYC have illegal tax stamps, study finds MNT: August 28, 2015 Licensed tobacco retailers throughout New York City are selling a substantial number of cigarette packs carrying either counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps, finds an investigation by NYU public health researchers.

These illegal cigarette sales are more pervasive in independent stores, as opposed to chain stores, according to the study published in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control.

“Our research found that illegal cigarettes are regularly available over the counter in New York City,” said study author Diana Silver, associate professor of public health at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and College of Global Public Health. “Taxes on packs sold with counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps are not being recouped by the city and the state.”

The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) and the Deschutes Public Libraries are looking to adopt a tobacco and vape free policy this fall.
The Bend Bulletin:

Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion in annual U.S. sales. Washington Post:

Despite a 2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban on flavored cigarettes, the products can still be purchased online, according to a study published in June in
Tobacco Control.
Nation’s Health:

More than a third of American households with a parent who smokes cigarettes do not prohibit smoking inside the house, found a study published in June in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Nation’s Health:


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