Tobacco – July 28, 2016

Congratulations, Pennsylvania!

tobacco-taxesPennsylvania raised tobacco tax by $1! The tobacco tax increase is truly a win-win-win solution for Pennsylvania – a health win that will reduce tobacco use and save lives, a financial win that will help raise needed revenue, and a political win that polls show is popular with voters. The only group that will benefit if there is no cigarette tax increase or just a small one is Big Tobacco. Legislators need to decide whose side they are on in this fight.

Nationally, studies show that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by about 7 percent and overall cigarette consumption by about 4 percent. Pennsylvania can expect the $1 cigarette tax increase to:

  • Prevent more than 48, 100 Pennsylvania kids from becoming smokers
  • Spur more than 65,600 current adult smokers to quit
  • Save 32,200 Pennsylvanians from premature, smoking-caused deaths
  • Save $2.19 billion in future health care costs.

Read more here.

CDC report investigates impacts of raising retail cigarette prices and eliminating discounts

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health released a report estimating the impact that three price scenarios would have in reducing the prevalence of cigarette use. Tobacco use prevalence is estimated by state and by age group for each of these scenarios.

Resources to help people with diabetes quit smoking

quitStudies show that tobacco use may increase blood sugar levels and lead to insulin resistance. The more you smoke, the greater your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Heavy smokers—those who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day—almost double their risk of developing diabetes when compared with nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have difficulty managing their blood sugar levels.

Help is available by calling 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers with Diabetes. Spanish-speakers can call 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) or visit CDC’s Consejos de Exfumadores website.

Secondhand smoke exposure higher in multi-unit housings than single-family homes

CDC released a study analyzing tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, and smoke-free home rules. Researchers found that Americans living in multi-unit housing are more likely to use tobacco products and less likely to have smoke-free home rules than those living in single-family homes, with 34 percent of multi-unit housing residents experiencing involuntary home secondhand smoke exposure. These disparities highlight the need for further implementation of smoke-free policies and access to more tobacco cessation resources to better protect multi-unit housing residents.


Reframing “tobacco control” into a traditional tobacco movement

As successes mount in reducing commercial tobacco use, an alarming disparity has taken shape in Minnesota. Recent studies revealed that overall smoking rates have dropped to 14%, whereas American Indians’ rates remain higher than 50%. With support from ClearWay Minnesota, the organization created from the state’s tobacco settlement, advocates working within sovereign tribal governments to create smoke-free policies came together to discuss effective strategies within tribal Nations. We discussed the history behind mainstream tobacco control’s failure to resonate with Native audiences and the need to reframe the movement to a goal of restoring traditional tobacco practices. Read more about this critical area for achieving health equity and provide recommendations for tribes, non-Indian advocates, and funders, with a plea for tribal inclusion in commercial tobacco “end-game” strategies.

NAACP back menthol restrictions

During the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, delegates endorsed a resolution expressing support for local and statewide bans on flavored tobacco, including menthol cigarettes. The resolution now moves to the Board of Directors for possible ratification in October. Read more about this historic move.



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