Tobacco – March 10, 2016

Tobacco License Bill Fails

The Senate Democrats gave up SB 1559 as a bargaining chip so that the Republicans would allow the Senate to finish its work to pass other bills before the end of the session. The bill aimed to combat illegal sales to minors by licensing retailers — a license that could be revoked for repeat violators. Read more about what happened to SB 1559.

Tobacco-free campaign materials feature an Oregon family

Check out new tobacco prevention information on the Indian Health Service website. Don’t miss the smokefree home materials – some promotional items feature a family from Oregon!

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Department of Transportation Bans the Use of Electronic Cigarettes on Commercial Flights

The rule that will go into effect on April 4, 2016 explicitly bans the use of electronic cigarettes in all forms, including but not limited to electronic cigars, pipes, and devices designed to look like everyday products, such as pens.

Toolkits for making public housing in US smoke-free

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Lung Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides Smoke-Free Housing Toolkits. These toolkits are a compilation of existing educational, “how-to” and resource brochures, pamphlets and other information designed to assist owners/management agents and residents of public and assisted multi-family housing who want safer and healthier homes.

my appartment stinksA Brief Evaluation of a Project to Engage American Indian Young People as Agents of Change in Health Promotion through Radio Programming, Arizona, 2009–2013

Young people can be valuable motivational resources for health promotion. A project implemented from 2009 through 2013 in a small American Indian community in northwest Arizona recruited American Indian young people aged 10 to 21 as agents of change for health promotion through radio programming. Thirty-seven participants were recruited and trained in broadcasting and creative writing techniques; they produced and aired 3 radio dramas. In post-project evaluation, participants were confident they could influence community behaviors but thought that training techniques were too similar to those used in school activities and thus reduced their drive to engage. Effective engagement of young people requires creativity to enhance recruitment, retention, and impact.

How to Conduct Store Observations of Tobacco Marketing and Products

As tobacco companies continue to heavily market their products at the point of sale, tobacco control groups seek strategies to combat the negative effects of this marketing. Store observations, which have been widely used by researchers and practitioners alike, are an excellent surveillance tool. This article provides a guide for public health practitioners interested in working in the tobacco retail environment by detailing the steps involved in conducting store observations of tobacco marketing and products including 1) obtaining tobacco product retailer lists, 2) creating measures, 3) selecting a mode of data collection, 4) training data collectors, and 5) analyzing data. The article also highlights issues that may arise while in the field and provides information on disseminating results of store observations, including the potential policy implications.

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How Tobacco Quitline Callers in 38 US States Reported Hearing About Quitline Services, 2010–2013

Telephone-based tobacco quitlines are an evidence-based intervention, but little is known about how callers hear about quitlines and whether variations exist by demographics or state. This study assessed trends in “how-heard-abouts” in 38 states.

California could soon raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21, from 18

Last year, Hawaii became the first state to pass a law to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21. More than 100 cities and counties, including Boston, New York City and Suffolk County in Long Island have also adopted the policy. Four states — Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah — set the legal age at 19, and the rest set it at 18. This article in New York Times talks about how that change could help prevent many young people from becoming addicted and reduce premature deaths from lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases.

Great Britain: Smoking bans have reduced the uptake of smoking by teenagers by roughly a fifth

Research conducted in UK established that smoke-free legislation leads to many improvements in population health – including reductions in heart attack, stroke and asthma. More recent research demonstrated that comprehensive smoke-free legislation could help prevent future generations from taking up smoking.

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