Article: E-cigarettes Damage Teeth and Gums, New Study Finds
First-ever Study Shows E-cigarettes Cause Damage to Gum Tissue, ScienceDaily, November 16, 2016.
New rule protects health and safety of residents, saves PHAs millions of dollars in preventable damage
WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. In an address to local public housing officials, residents and public health professionals in Boston, Secretary Castro said HUD’s new rule will provide resources and support to more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to implement required smoke-free policies over the next 18 months. Read HUD’s final rule.
Read the full press release.
Article: Graphic Warning Labels Save Lives
Graphic pictures on cigarette packs would significantly reduce smoking death rate, Science Daily, November 4, 2016.
Reuters, November 9, 2016
“California voters agreed to significantly increase the tax on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri, according to late Tuesday vote tallies. California’s Proposition 56 will increase taxes on a pack of cigarette from 87 cents to $2.87,” Reuters reported. Read more.
HealthDay News, November 13, 2016
Researchers found that black people who smoked one pack or more of cigarettes daily were at a 62% increased risk of developing diabetes, compared with those who smoked less than one pack a day, former smokers and those who had never smoked. The findings, presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting, were based on almost 3,000 black individuals in the Jackson Heart study, 466 of whom were diagnosed with diabetes. Read more.
CDC Foundation’s New Business Pulse Focuses on Reducing Tobacco Use
Business Pulse: Tobacco Use, launched today by the CDC Foundation, focuses on how employers can improve employee health by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Business Pulse: Tobacco Use also features an interactive infographic with facts to help employers protect and promote the health of all workers and a link to online CDC resources.
Business Pulse is a quarterly online series created by the CDC Foundation that highlights the intersection of public health work and businesses. Each issue highlights a different part of CDC’s work, why and how it’s important to business leaders, and concrete action steps employers can take.
“Tobacco 21” Continues to Gain Ground
Washington, D.C., joins over 200 localities and two states that have raised the age of tobacco sales to 21. “Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all tobacco use begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry,” the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids states.
The Tobacco 21 movement is evidence-based and gaining ground. Learn more about the evidence from the 2015 National Academy of Medicine report.
Article: Cancer Associated with Tobacco Still Major Cause of Death
A new death toll for smoking, The New York Times, October 31, 2016
Article: Protection from Secondhand Smoke in Parks Still an Uphill Climb
Lane County rejects smoking, vaping ban in parks, The Register-Guard, November 2, 2016.
Flavored Tobacco and E-cigarettes: New and Updated Evidence Summaries
What does the evidence say about flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes? CounterTobacco.org, a project of Counter Tools, offers Evidence Summaries, a series of reports on topics such as the current status of the US retail environment for tobacco, how to rebut economic arguments against point-of-sale policies, and where kids today see tobacco advertising to help inform media and awareness campaigns as well as inform work to counter tobacco marketing and sales in your community.
Tobacco Consumption in Public Parks
Ashburn, VA (September 21, 2016)
A new position statement issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the leading voice of park and recreation advocates nationwide, calls for a ban on the consumption and use of tobacco products at all public parks and recreation centers across the country. The statement represents NRPA’s commitment to reducing the number of people who die from tobacco or tobacco-related illnesses or who suffer from tobacco-related diseases.
Learn more here.
Why are there more tobacco stores in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color? In 2008, a team of young people from the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) asked this question as they began to recognize disturbing patterns in where tobacco was sold throughout San Francisco. Why do the districts with the lowest median incomes have the most tobacco retailers? Why are so many tobacco stores packed together in neighborhoods with large populations of Latinos, Asians, or African Americans?
Read how the YLI is addressing this social justice issue here.
This report is a joint publication of a consortium of organizations (Dec 8, 2015). This paper sets forth the reasoning and conclusion that in order to improve America’s health, we must find and treat tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases where they are most prevalent.
Learn more here about how the Truth Initiative inspires tobacco free lives.
Tobacco Companies Renew Old Tactics to Hook Young Smokers
This Wall Street Journal article, “Newport’s ‘Pleasure Lounge’ Aims to Ignite Cigarettes Sales,” looks at how Reynolds American Inc. is targeting young smokers. An increasing percentage of young smokers prefer menthol cigarettes, and Reynolds is reviving old tactics to push Newport menthol cigarettes with young people. The WSJ article reports that “this is the first time in at least 15 years Newport representatives are directly engaging consumers.”
From the Wall Street Journal:
Newport’s ‘Pleasure Lounge’ Aims to Ignite Cigarettes Sales: Reynolds targets young-adult smokers with aggressive promotions and mobile lounges at concerts, bars
The coupon giveaways have been a boon to smokers like Jackie Hauri. The 23-year old expected to spend $14 on two packs of cigarettes during the three-day Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, Wis. Instead, she went to the Newport Pleasure Lounge, a mobile, air-conditioned trailer in the festival’s sponsor village, and bought 40 cigarettes for $2. She also got to play virtual darts and other games. Read more.
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.
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
Truth 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.