Tobacco- October 16th, 2015


Tips Campaign Update Did you know there is now a Tips Campaign Impact and Results page on the Tips Web site? The Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has created a Tips Campaign Impact and Results page on the Tips From Former Smokers Web site that includes information about the impact and results of the 2012 and subsequent Tips campaigns. This includes summaries of articles published in peer-reviewed journals. For more information, visit

Reports and Articles

Tobacco Reduction Committee Passes Slender Budget, Expands Duties
The Lund Report
Oregon’s Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee approved a $19.7 million 2015-2017 budget, a little less than the $19.8 million in its 2013-2015 budget. “We’re grateful for these resources but it’s still a quarter of what the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] recommends for tobacco prevention,” said Luci Longoria, health promotion manager for the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division. The CDC’s Best Practices for Tobacco Control Programs suggests a minimum Oregon investment of $27.7 million annually with a recommended annual investment of $39.3 million

‘Natural’ cigarette maker subject of class-action lawsuit
Herald and News
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural is being targeted in a class-action lawsuit. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( a Florida law firm filed the lawsuit this week against the maker of American Spirit cigarettes, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., and its parent company, Reynolds American Inc.
The plaintiffs say the cigarette maker’s marketing deliberately tries to mislead smokers into believing their products are healthier than other tobacco products

California to big-league ballplayers: Stop dipping
The Daily Astorian
Out at home. And first, second and third: California bans smokeless tobacco at ballparks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do on its own: Stop players from using smokeless tobacco. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last weekend banning the use of smokeless tobacco in all California ballparks. And with his signature, a practice dating to the days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb now seems headed toward the sport’s endangered species list. Comfort Inn Hotels will Go Smoke-Free Nationwide in July 2016 PR Newswire. Choice Hotels International, Inc. announced that its Comfort Inn brand of hotels will implement a smoke-free policy to go into effect on July 1, 2016. With 1,700 properties in the United States, this is the largest hotel brand to announce or implement such a policy. The decision was based on feedback from smoking and non-smoking customers after Choice Hotels’ Comfort Suites brand went smoke-free in 2007.

CVS Reports that Decision to Stop Selling Cigarettes Has Led to Decrease in Cigarette Consumption
An analysis of cigarette sales found that in the 13 states where CVS has at least a 15 percent market share of retail cigarette sales, consumption of cigarettes dropped by one percent compared to states where CVS did not have this market share. CVS estimates that it held 1.5 to 2 percent of the national cigarette retail market, representing about $2 billion in sales, before its September 2014 announcement to stop selling cigarettes in all of its 7,800 American locations.

Association of Smoke-Free Laws with Lower Percentages of New and Current Smokers Among Adolescents and Young Adults: An 11-Year Longitudinal Study
JAMA Pediatrics.
Key Findings: An analysis of National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data from 4,098 youth smokers nationwide found that regulations on smoke-free workplaces, restaurants, and bars, in addition to increased cigarette taxes, were all associated with reduced youth smoking rates. Researchers highlight that while many of the restrictions included in the study are aimed at reducing secondhand smoke exposure of adults, the impact of smoke-free public places might be discouraging kids from smoking.

FDA Issues Orders that Will Stop Further U.S. Sale and Distribution of Four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Cigarette Products
The FDA’s evaluation found that Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13 cigarettes were not substantially equivalent (NSE) to their respective “predicate” products (i.e., products that were commercially marketed as of Feb. 15, 2007) as identified by the manufacturer. More specifically, the agency concluded the products have different characteristics than the predicate products and that the manufacturer failed to show that the new products do not raise different questions of public health when compared to them. Consequently, at this time, these products can no longer be sold, distributed, imported or marketed in interstate commerce. For more information, please read the FDA’s press release on this announcement.

A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes Mail Tribune:

The Process of Cessation Among Current Tobacco Smokers: A Cross-Sectional Data Analysis From 21 Countries, Global Adult Tobacco Survey, 2009–2013
CDC Lazarous Mbulo, PhD; Krishna M. Palipudi, PhD; Glenda Nelson-Blutcher, BS; Komanduri S. Murty, PhD; Samira Asma, DDS; on behalf of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey Collaborative Group Abstract We analyzed data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) from 21 countries to categorize smokers by stages of cessation and highlight interventions that could be tailored to each stage. GATS is a nationally representative household survey that measures tobacco use and other key indicators by using a standardized protocol. The distribution of smokers into precontemplation, contemplation, and preparation stages varied by country. Using the stages of change model, each country can design and implement effective interventions suitable to its cultural, social, and economic situations to help smokers advance successfully through the stages of cessation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Office on Smoking and Health Publishes Health Equity in Tobacco Prevention and Control
This user guide focuses on how comprehensive tobacco control programs can work to achieve health equity in tobacco prevention and control. This guide offers tobacco control program staff and partners information on how to work toward achieving health equity when planning, implementing, and enforcing tobacco control policies. The online version of the guide is available on CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Web site at

Smoking cessation drug proves initially more effective for women
Science Daily
The most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking initially helps women more than men, according to a study, which found that varenicline, marketed as Chantix, was more effective earlier in women, and equally effective in women and men after one year.

Online e-cigarette vendors engage customers using popular internet tools
First introduced in the United States in 2007, electronic cigarettes have risen dramatically in part because they are popularly considered safer and more socially acceptable than combustible cigarettes and because there are fewer restrictions on their purchase and use. A study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, points to aggressive online marketing tactics that make purchasing e-cigarettes easy for all ages.
Pot use among young people in Multnomah County in spotlight The Oregonian Multnomah County teens use marijuana at rates higher than teens in the rest of Oregon and the country, and they say the drug is easy to get. Among young adults in the county, pot use is not only common but appears to be on the rise, according to the latest health statistics. The snapshot of marijuana consumption among young people was collected in government health surveys before the state had a legal recreational cannabis market. The data, spelled out in a report issued early Tuesday, underscores the challenges facing public health health officials when it comes to raising awareness of the drug’s potential harms.

Underage pot use needs containment as the legal recreational market expands: Editorial Agenda 2015
The Oregonian No sooner than 21-and-over Oregonians showed a joyous and happily unremarkable debut of the legal sale of recreational pot last week than a report was issued Tuesday showing 1 in 3 Multnomah County residents aged 18 to 25 used the drug in the past month – higher than the rest of the state and the nation.

It would be wrong to infer that Multnomah County’s young adults are pot heads. But the numbers are significant in that a portion of the so-called young people represented in government health surveys were under the age of 21 and engaged in illegal consumption of pot at rates above state and national levels. But that’s just the legal end of it.

Two Morbidity and Mortality Report (MMWR) Articles Focus on Adolescent  Smoking
Frequency of Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014
Approximately 4.6 million middle and high school students were current users of any tobacco product in 2014. An estimated 2.2 million of those students were current users of two or more types of tobacco products. CDC and the Food and Drug Administration analyzed data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey to determine how frequently U.S. middle school and high school students used cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products. This report summarizes that analysis.

Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014
Retail sales data suggest U.S. consumption of flavored non-cigarette tobacco products, including flavored cigars and       flavored e-cigarettes, has increased in recent years.



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