Tobacco – February 25, 2016

Tobacco Licensing Bill Clears Senate Health on Party-Line Vote

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward guide Senate Bill 1559, the tobacco licensing bill, which has opponents on both sides, through its first hurdle, but must still navigate the Committee on Ways & Means before it reaches the Senate floor.

National Vital Statistics System Releases New Report on Smoking and Pregnancy Data CDC, National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) The NVSS released a report on data collected in 2014 from the 2003 U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth, which includes 95 percent of all births nationwide during that year. Researchers found that 10.9 percent of those women smoked cigarettes in the three months before pregnancy, though 24.2 percent of those women quit before pregnancy. Smoking rates during pregnancy varied by age group, racial/ethnic group, and state of residence. The report notes that a Healthy People 2020 goal in this area is for American women to have a 98.6 percent prenatal non-smoking rate.

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Letter to Vice President Joe Biden Encourages Tobacco Cessation as Part of His “War on Cancer” University of California San Francisco, Center for Tobacco Control Education and Research A letter to Vice President Joe Biden drafted by Allan Erickson, former National Vice President of Tobacco and Cancer at the American Cancer Society, describes the importance of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking as part of Vice President Biden’s “War on Cancer” announced in President Barack Obama’s most recent State of the Union speech. In the letter, Erickson and other signees ask to meet with Biden to discuss how tobacco control can prevent cancer deaths in the United States, noting that cigarette smoking causes one-third of all cancer deaths nationwide.

New CDC Facebook Event (March 1-30) Helps Smokers Quit

CDC is launching an online Facebook event for those wanting to quit smoking, but who still need to take the first step.

What is it? 30 Smokefree Days is an online Facebook event for those wanting to quit smoking, but who still need to take the first step. Users simply RSVP to the event and they will join a supportive community with daily quitting inspiration. The event page will serve as a resource for people to find support and get helpful tips on how to quit smoking and stick with it.  Posts will include milestone badges, links to quit resources, quit tips, encouragement, and exclusive video content with words of advice from Tips participants

When is it? March 1st to March 30th

How can you help? Share the message below on your own Facebook page. Trying to quit smoking, but still need to take that first step? Set your quit date with CDC Tobacco Free on March 1st. Join them for 30 Smokefree Days of helpful tips and exclusive content on how to quit and stick with it. It’s never too late to quit!

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Tobacco Control Legal Consortium: The Winter 2016 Legal Update

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The Winter 2016 Legal Update – Litigation Issue, a publication from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, a program of the Public Health Law Center, is now available. This edition, which highlights the critical role litigation plays in tobacco control, features news on a few recent tobacco lawsuits and salutes champions who have represented clients in cases against the tobacco industry.

Addressing Regulatory Gaps in Hookah Use

Reports on the harmful effects of hookahs (water pipe tobacco) and their rising popularity among youth have provoked public health concerns about the need for increased regulation of these products. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed “deeming regulation” would take steps to regulate hookahs and related products, state, local and tribal governments have the authority to address any gaps in federal regulation. Also, many provisions in the final deeming regulation likely will not take effect for months or even years. For possible policy options on regulating the use of hookahs, the Consortium has updated its publication, Regulating Hookah and Waterpipe Smoking – Tips and Tools (2016).Hookah picture

Truth Initiatives Launches New Cat-Themed Anti-Smoking Advertisement

During the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Truth Initiative debuted a new television advertisement that highlights that dogs and cats are twice as likely to get cancer if their owner is a smoker. This advertisement, and the corresponding hashtag #CATmageddon, targets a young and internet-savvy audience that watches and shares cat videos online. Truth Initiative is also partnering with Petco to discuss how the smoking habits of humans can have a negative impact on the animals they love.







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