Tobacco- November 20, 2015

Reports and Articles
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MNT November 2015 Use of smokeless tobacco products is attracting increasing attention from the public health community. Though smokeless tobacco use is less common than cigarettes, it is prevalent among certain population groups, particularly men and young people. The National Adult Tobacco Survey estimates that 7.1% of American men used chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus or dissolvable tobacco products in 2012-13.

Rural Maternal Smoking Behaviors Policy Brief
Findings indicate that rural mothers are significantly more likely than their urban counterparts to be smokers, smoke frequently, and smoke heavily, even after adjusting for factors known to increase smoking risk.

New Study Shows Race, Neighborhood, Income Affect Availability of Single Cigarettes
The Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program at UNC Family Medicine has found that where a person lives determines the likelihood of there being single cigarettes or improperly marketed and displayed tobacco products for sale in their neighborhood – potentially leading to easier and cheaper access to tobacco.

HUD Proposal to Make Public Housing Smoke-Free Will Protect the Health of Children and Families
Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today has taken historic action to protect our nation’s most vulnerable children and families from harmful secondhand smoke by proposing to make the nation’s public housing properties entirely smoke-free. This proposal will also discourage smoking among groups that have high rates of smoking and suffer the greatest burden of tobacco-related death and disease. This is a bold and necessary step that can accelerate our nation’s progress in reducing smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, especially among Americans who are most at risk.

Using Diverse Communication Strategies to Re-Engage Relapsed Tobacco Quitline Users in Treatment, New York State, 2014
CDC Introduction Most smoking cessation programs lack strategies to reach relapsed participants and encourage a new quit attempt. We used a multimodal intervention to encourage past quitline registry participants to recycle into services.

Conclusion Recycling previous quitline participants using a proactive, IVR-based intervention is effective in reinitiating quitline-assisted quit attempts. Older, long-term smokers reporting chronic conditions are more likely than younger smokers to re-engage in quitline support when these methods are used.

The New York Times — Public Housing Nationwide May Be Subject to Smoking Ban Smoking would be prohibited in public housing homes nationwide under a proposed federal rule to be announced on Thursday, a move that would affect nearly 1 million households and open the latest front in the long-running campaign to curb unwanted exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. The ban, by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, would also require that common areas and administrative offices on public housing property be smoke-free. But the restriction on smoking inside dwellings would pose challenges to overburdened public housing agencies, which could face resistance from some residents resentful of losing control of what they can do in their own homes.

With ambiguous boundaries, problematic litter and an unclear road ahead for enforcement, advocates for the Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus policy at PSU still face many challenges on the road to long-term change.  Portland State Vanguard: http://images.burrellesluce.com/image/28229/28229_NA15788

Roseburg city council bans e-cigarettes in parks. Grants Pass Daily Courier: http://images.burrellesluce.com/image/28229/28229_953

Cottage Grove city council bans tobacco in city parks. The Register-Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33700888-75/cottage-grove-city-council-bans-tobacco-use-in-city-parks.html.csp

Beginning Jan. 1 visitors to all public libraries in Deschutes County and all COIC properties, including Cascades East Transit facilities and bus stops will promote cleaner air for the general public. KTVZ: http://images.burrellesluce.com/image/28229/28229_NA15779

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