Tobacco – September 8, 2016

CDC publishes report on tobacco advertising and sporting events 

A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report details tobacco companies’ advertising and promotional expenditures at sporting events from 1992 to 2013.

Walgreens Shareholders Want Chain to Stop Selling Tobacco

Another drugstore company may follow CVS and remove tobacco products from their shelves. Shareholders in Walgreens Co. and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, concerned about the impact the sale of tobacco products on Walgreens’ brand image as a company focused on health, filed a shareholder proposal requesting that the board of directors review the risks of tobacco sales in Walgreens pharmacies. Read more here.walgreens

Attitudes toward prohibiting tobacco sales in pharmacy stores among U.S. adults

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health released a tobacco-related article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine entitled, “Attitudes Toward Prohibiting Tobacco Sales in Pharmacy Stores Among U.S. Adults.”

In this study, authors found that most adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco products. By eliminating tobacco sales, pharmacies can also help bring public awareness to the health consequences of smoking, and provide enhanced clinical management of tobacco related diseases. Other key messages in the article:

  • Pharmacy stores are positioned to cultivate health and wellness among patrons.
  • Two thirds of adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco products, including nearly half of cigarette smokers as well as nearly half of tobacco users who don’t smoke cigarettes.
  • Not allowing the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies helps to promote wellness and reduce the desirability, acceptability, and accessibility of tobacco.

More proof that the FDA needs to put an end to flavors

New research recently came out underscoring the need for the FDA to get rid of flavored tobacco products. While it’s encouraging that many teens are not seeking nicotine, see how many teen vapers could be getting nicotine without even knowing it.

Partnering to help snuff out flavors

flavorsTruth Initiative® recently joined the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council in a joint letter to President Obama calling on the FDA to issue a rule banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products. Learn the truth about the role flavored tobacco plays in smoking initiation among youth and young adults. Read more.

Shining a light on tobacco’s financial impact

The truth® campaign is highlighting the “smoker’s wage gap” with its new ad, #SQUADLESS, set to premiere during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28th. Spread the truth about the fact that smokers earn 20 percent less than non-smokers. Click to read more.


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