Tobacco – March 24, 2016

CDC National Vital Statistics System Report on Smoking and Pregnancy Data

CDC’s National Vital Statistics System 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, although 24.2 percent of those women quit before pregnancy. Smoking rates during pregnancy varied by age group, racial or ethnic group, and state of residence. The Healthy People 2020 goal in this area is a 98.6 percent prenatal non-smoking rate among American women.

smoking and pregnancy

The Proposal for Smoke-Free Public Housing: Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities for 2 Million Residents  

The vast majority of public housing residents live in multiunit housing and problems of secondhand smoke incursion into nonsmokers’ homes through ventilation ducts and other airborne pathways are well documented. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with key federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, issued a proposed rule on November 17, 2015, that will prohibit indoor smoking on HUD-supported public housing properties and could potentially affect an estimated 2 million individuals living in 954 000 homes in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. The rule is likely to go into effect by the end of 2016. Read more about the proposal in this article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Integrating Tobacco Control and Obesity Prevention Initiatives at Retail Outlets Tobacco products are sold in approximately 375,000 US retail outlets, including convenience stores and pharmacies, which often sell energy-dense, low-nutrient foods and beverages. This article describes interdisciplinary strategies to transition retailers away from selling and promoting tobacco products and toward creating retail environments that promote health.

New York City flavored tobacco product sales ban evaluation

bannedIn 2009, New York City banned the sale of all flavored tobacco (including cigars, cigarillos, little cigars, chew, snuff, snus, tobacco, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and dissolvables, excluding menthol). Enforcement began in 2010, and researchers found that three years later, sales of flavored tobacco products declined by 87%, and sales of non-flavored tobacco only increased for cigars (by 5%) and pipe and roll-your-own (by 4%). Additionally, in 2013, teens had a 37% lower likelihood of ever trying flavored tobacco products, and a 28% lower likelihood of using any type of tobacco product. Learn more about restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products

Tobacco-Free Pharmacy Laws and Trends in Tobacco Retailer Density in California and Massachusetts

A study of local laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco in pharmacies showed that overtime, such bans resulted in 1.44 to 3.18 times greater reduction in density than in cities without bans. Learn more about Tobacco Free Pharmacies.

Tobacco 21 News

One of Top 5 POS Trends to Watch in 2016: Tobacco 21 continues to gain momentum and spread across the country. This month, new statewide proposals were introduced in ConnecticutIllinoisNew Jersey, Rhode Island, and UtahCalifornia’s bill to raise the age to 21 has now passed both the Assembly and the Senate, and is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Cities that have raised the minimum legal sale age to 21 in the past month include:




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