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Bill would Give Money to Prevention Programs for Teens


The bill contains six key tobacco-use-prevention funding elements:

• $6.31 million to create 10 regional programs to cover all 100 counties.

• $200,000 toward youth leadership and involvement training.

• $190,000 for prenatal and neonatal outreach, education and training.

• $100,000 for a tobacco-free-campus initiative.

• $100,000 for a smoke-free, multi-unit housing initiative to protect children from secondhand smoke.

• $100,000 for tobacco use prevention program evaluation.

A bipartisan Senate bill would provide $7 million for tobacco-use-prevention programs, representing the first such state funding in four years.

Studies show that teenagers prefer to buy flavoured cigarettes with cherry, vanilla, chocolate tastes.

Senate Bill 662 was introduced Thursday by Sens. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson; Fletcher Flartsell Jr., R-Cabarrus; and Mike Woodard, D-Durham.

The $7 million would be appropriated for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 budget years. The funding would go to the N.C. Division of Health and Human Services and be earmarked for six categories.

The biggest would be $6.31 million to create 10 regional teen tobacco-use-prevention programs that would cover every county. The funding would create a full-time coordinator position in each region, as well as fund tobacco-use prevention programs in school districts and at county level, and pay to train teenagers to educate peers and community leaders on the programs.

An additional $190,000 would be dedicated toward prenatal and neonatal outreach, education and training.

In 2011, the General Assembly abolished the N.C. Health and Wellness Fund after 10 years of existence, as part of an attempt at resolving the state’s budget gap. The average annual spending on the programs had been about $17 million.

“I don’t know if I will be able to make progress with the bill, but it would be a shame not to try,” Bingham said.

“It is important for youths to know the facts as they approach adulthood, but whether they will listen is an individual choice. We have to develop a smarter message, because the taxpayers continue to help pay the burden when these folks have serious health issues down the road.”

Bingham said he believes the biggest hurdle to restoring funding “is that there are so many needs for so many things, and we as a legislative body have to decide upon our priorities. There will always be budget shortfalls.”

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Tobacco News


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UAE Losing Fight Against Smoking


While the number of smokers in Europe and the US continues to fall, health experts claimed on Tuesday that smoking is on the increase in the UAE and across the Middle East.

At the World Conference on Tobacco or Health at Adnec, it was revealed the growing popularity of shisha in the region was a major reason for the increase.

Dr Wael Al Mahmeed, conference president, said: “The prevalence of tobacco smoking in UAE is about 25-30 per cent among the men. It’s quite a large number of people. In Europe and US, we have seen the numbers going down. Right now, the numbers in the Middle East are rising.”

He said unless measures were taken, the country was unlikely to see a fall in the number of smokers. Modern young people know where to buy lucky strike cigarettes online and easily do it.

Dr Farida Al Hosani, director of public health for Health Authority Abu Dhabi, said the widespread use of shisha was a major problem.

“There are many misconceptions about shisha here and people think it may be less harmful to use,” she said. “There is a multi-disciplinary effort to inform people about different kinds of smoking.”

The conference heard that other countries in the Middle East were also finding it challenging to curb tobacco use.

Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, director general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, said 32 per cent in her country were smokers and that “shisha has invaded our shores”.

“In general, I find that the conversation about smoking is not even there,” she said. “We have seen a massive attack from the tobacco industry. Now that they have been ousted from Europe and the US, they are coming to our shores.”

Another challenge the authority was facing was the emirates’ multinational population.

Dr Al Hosani said: “We are influenced by different nationalities coming here. We need a unified and consistent message. We cannot stop and ask, so we have a continuous campaign.”

Edouard d’Espaignet, a coordinator for tobacco control at the World Health Organisation, said: “Six million people are dying every year because of tobacco use. That is one person every six seconds.

“It is a number that if you do not do anything to change, I project we will be looking at 8 million people dying due to this by 2030 and 1 billion people this century.”

Dr Al Mahmeed called for proper research into tobacco use as well as more effective warning campaigns.

“Other countries have done research and have the data, but we don’t have that data here in UAE.

“People are desensitised to the fact that smoking causes cancer and heart disease. Young people feel this does not affect them.

“The scaremongering has not worked well for smokers or non-smokers. We have to find new ways to increase awareness in a way that people listen to us.”

He believed increasing the price of cigarettes, plain packaging and outright bans on smoking in public places would also be effective.

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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Tobacco News


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Use of cigarettes declines among U.S. teens

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Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975. Use of a number of illicit drugs also show declines this year.

These findings come from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, which tracks trends in substance use among students in 8th, 10th and 12th grades. Each year the national study, now in its 40th year, surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in about 400 secondary schools throughout the United States. It was found that young people do mostly prefer slim cigarettes including Karelia

Cigarette smoking also reached historical lows among teens in 2014 in all three grades. For the three grades combined, 28 percent reported any smoking in the prior month in 1997, the recent peak year, but that rate was down to 8 percent in 2014.

“The importance of this major decline in smoking for the health and longevity of this generation of young people cannot be overstated,” Johnston said.

As with alcohol, there has been a substantial reduction in the proportion of students who say cigarettes are easy for them to get, and this decline continued into 2014. Increasing disapproval of smoking also has accompanied the decline in use, as well as an increased perception that smoking carries a “great risk” for the user. However, there were only modest further increases in these factors in 2014.

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Tobacco News


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Tobacco opponents: Keep cars smoke free

Recently, Vermont became the seventh state in the United States to not allow smoking in a vehicle when children are present.Children are attracted by beautiful packs of Kiss cigaretts

Most Nebraska residents voluntarily have smoke-free vehicles, especially when children are present, said George Haws, the coordinator of the Community Connections program — Tobacco Free Lincoln County.

In the most recent Nebraska Adult Tobacco Survey, 50 percent of those who smoke said their vehicles are smoke-free at all times. Another 41% prohibit smoking when children are present. Of non-smoking residents, the corresponding numbers were 96% and just 3%, Haws said. The survey is conducted periodically by Nebraska Health & Human Services, he said.

Haws said Stanford University research shows smoking in a vehicle can result in pollution that far exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safety standards. That is true even when the car windows were open, he said. “Ironically, although people in a city may stay indoors when prompted by EPA warnings, they may smoke regularly in their vehicles without realizing that this can expose them, and their passengers, to an even greater risk,” he said.

Haws said secondhand smoke is hazardous to anyone. Children are especially vulnerable. Children breathe more air for their body sizes than adults.

Haws said particles from smoke can remain in the air for an extended period; and even after they settle onto surfaces, occupants can inhale them.

“The best policy is not to smoke in a vehicle at any time,” he said. States that prohibit smoking in vehicles when children are present are: Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Utah and Vermont as well as the territory of Puerto Rico. Haws said most of Canada is covered by similar laws.

Haws said people can proclaim their car’s smoke-free status with an image that clings to car windows and says, “This is a smoke-free vehicle.” The free images can be ordered by calling 696-3356, or through the CommunityConnectionsLC page on facebook. Tobacco Free Lincoln County is funded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program, as a result of the Tobacco master settlement agreement of 1998.

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Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Tobacco News


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Enhanced taxes can reduce number of tobacco users

Journalists and development activists at a participatory discussion here today demanded enhancement of taxes on tobacco products for the sake of saving many people from various non-contagious diseases caused by tobacco consumption.

They viewed more than 45.9 million people use tobacco products, both smoke and smokeless, and 1.2 million of them are infected with various diseases like lung cancer, brain haemorrhage, heart and respiratory tract infections and around 57,000 of the infected patients die every year. Moreover, around Taka 51 billion are being spent for treatment purposes of the infected patients yearly.

Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) and Tobacco Control Coalition jointly organised the ATMA’s regional meeting at the conference hall of Association for Community Development (ACD) demanding enhanced taxes on all tobacco products including bidi and cigarettes.

Ehsanul Amin Emon, Project Coordinator of ACD, who spoke on the occasion as focal person, said proper execution of the tobacco control law has become an urgent need to protect many non-smokers from passive smoking. He said Bangladesh is one of the highest tobacco using countries that has now become a matter of grave concern.

Social movement is also needed to ensure hundred percent smoke-free public places and transports for freeing millions of second hand and passive smocking from various harmful effects, he added.

He defined that the frequent and indiscriminate smoking in the public places and transports affected the non-smokers more than direct smokers.

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Tobacco News


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FDA launches its first national public education campaign to prevent, reduce youth tobacco use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a national public education campaign to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. “The Real Cost” campaign is the FDA’s first of several planned tobacco education campaigns using the new authority granted under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2009.

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year. Each day, more than 3,200 youth under age 18 in the United States try their first cigarette and more than 700 kids under age 18 become daily smokers.
As part of Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ call to make the next generation tobacco free, “The Real Cost” campaign targets the 10 million young people ages 12-17 who have never smoked a cigarette but are open to it and youth who are already experimenting with cigarettes and are at risk of becoming regular smokers.

“We know that early intervention is critical, with almost nine out of every ten regular adult smokers picking up their first cigarette by age 18,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “Today marks a historic moment as we launch the FDA’s first-ever national education campaign to prevent tobacco use among our nation’s youth, and we bring to life the real costs that are of the most concern to young people.”

“The Real Cost” campaign uses a comprehensive multimedia approach, compelling facts and vivid imagery designed to change beliefs and behaviors over time. The ads were developed to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco use and to encourage them to be tobacco-free. The campaign uses several social media platforms to create space for teens to engage in peer-to-peer conversations about the issue in ways that are authentic to who they are.

Supported by the best available science, “The Real Cost” campaign will be evaluated to measure its effectiveness over time. It is the first of several campaigns that the FDA will launch over the next few years. Subsequent campaigns will target additional discrete audiences, including multicultural youth, rural youth, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Tobacco News


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County to host Great American Smokeout

Interested in kicking your nicotine habit? The Athens City-County Health Department may be able to help. The third Thursday of November marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an event designed to encourage smokers to quit — or to plan to quit — their use of tobacco products that day.

“By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk,” said Kim Knapp-Browne, the agency’s tobacco education and prevention coordinator, in a news release.

What does it take to participate? Simply a personal commitment to quitting, said Knapp-Browne. Those needing a little guidance can go to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital’s Willow View Cafe lobby on Nov. 21 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., where Knapp-Browne will be answering questions and giving away free resources like Quit Kits and stress balls. The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line, 1-800-784-8669, is another resource.

In February, O’Bleness Health System will be offering free classes utilizing the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart smoking cessation program. For more information call (740) 566-4800 or email Businesses even offer cessation services, and so Knapp-Browne recommends checking with an employer, too.

While statistics in Athens County suggest the rates of smoking traditional tobacco products (cigarettes and chewing tobacco) are going down, the biggest concern now is with electronic cigarettes, Knapp-Browne said.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. Tests have shown some e-cigarettes have toxins such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze, according to Knapp-Browne’s research.

The products are fairly new and are not FDA approved or regulated. While smokers believe e-cigarettes are safer than conventional products, not much is known about their safety or if there is any benefit of using them.

Only recently have there been research published related to e-cigarette use, Knapp-Browne said. There are now 3.5 million e-cigarette users in the U.S., according to research conducted by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program located in California. They’re expected to surpass the consumption of conventional cigarettes by 2023.

Because the products are so new, there is no proof the vapor is safe for the person smoking or for those who breathe the secondhand vapor, according to the release.

According to a study called “Electronic Cigarettes: How Will They Impact Human Health,” stem cells were sensitive to the fluids and vapor, indicating pregnant women should avoid using and exposure to e-cigarette vapors.

There are no federal age restrictions preventing children or teens from buying them, nor are there advertising restrictions. More than 76 percent of high school students are dual users, meaning they use both regular and e-cigarettes.

“Quitting is hard,” Knapp-Browne said, “but you can increase your chances of success with help from several other sources.”

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Tobacco News


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Smoking Long or Ultralong Cigarettes Increases Risk of Lung Cancer

Smokers of Long or Ultralong Cigarettes Are at Greater Risk for Lung and Oral Cancer Than Smokers of Regular and King-Size Cigarettes, According to Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Global Tobacco Control

“We found that smokers of long or ultralong cigarettes have higher concentrations of tobacco specific carcinogens in their urine than smokers of regular or king size cigarettes,” said Constantine Vardavas, MD, senior research scientist, Harvard School of Public Health.

Vardavas and colleagues compared urine tests among 3,699 smokers of regular, king-sized and long or ultralong cigarettes using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) from 2007-2010. Smokers of king-sized cigarettes accounted for 53% of total smokers, smokers of long or ultralong cigarettes constituted 31.5%, and smokers of regular-sized cigarettes made up the remaining 15.4% of the smoker population. They found that smokers of long or ultralong cigarettes had significantly higher levels of NNAL — an indicator of tobacco-specific carcinogen — in their urine. In addition, researchers found that older smokers, non-Hispanic blacks, and females had a greater tendency to smoke long or ultralong cigarettes.

“While the significant risks of smoking are well known and accepted, very little information exists on the health risks of different sizes of cigarettes,” said Darcy Marciniuk, MD, FCCP and President of the ACCP. “This study indicates that there is an added risk to those smoking long and ultralong cigarettes.”

CHEST 2013 is the 79th annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 26-31 in Chicago, Illinois. The ACCP is the global leader in clinical chest medicine, representing 18,700 members who provide patient care in the areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of the ACCP is to promote the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. For information about the ACCP, visit the ACCP website or follow the ACCP on Facebook and Twitter and the meeting hashtag, #CHEST2013.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Tobacco News


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New York: Smoking Ban at Playgrounds Takes Effect

The next time you take your kids to the park, you will not have to worry about smoke filling the air where they are playing. A new statewide law prohibiting smoking at playgrounds between took effect last week. It applies at all parks between sunrise and sunset when children under the age of 12 are there.

The law aims to protect children from secondhand smoke. “Children should be able to run around and play at playgrounds without being exposed to smoke that harms their health,” said Jackie Shostack, coordinator for Tobacco Free Onondaga County. “This law is a common sense measure that should help keep playgrounds safe, clean, and free of cigarette butts.”

The new law does not prevent local municipalities from adopting anti-smoking policies that are more rigorous than the new statewide law.

On Monday, a State Supreme Court Justice ordered New York parks officials to tear down their ‘No Smoking’ signs posted earlier this year. By siding with a smoker’s rights group, the judge ruled the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation exceeded its authority when it prohibited smoking at various parks, including popular beaches and all state parks within New York City. Even though the judge acknowledged that secondhand smoke is ‘deleterious to the health of non-smokers and especially children, it doesn’t mean a state agency is empowered to regulate the conduct of park patrons.’

State Parks and Recreation officials issued a statement saying they believe they do have the authority to regulate outdoor smoking and they were considering an appeal of the court’s decision.

Tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Secondhand smoke is responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 New Yorkers every year.

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Posted by on October 15, 2013 in Tobacco News


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17 Chinese Cities Join Smoke-Free Program

17 Chinese cities have benefitted from a program launched by the Emory Global Health Institute – China Tobacco Control Partnership (GHI-CTP) to to curb tobacco use.

Since an initial 2009 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tobacco-Free Cities Program has resulted in the adoption of smoke-free policies and significant social norm change in 17 cities across China. These cities include Anshan, Changchun, Hangzhou, Kelamayi and Qingdao.

In Hangzhou, the Four Seasons, Santai, and Sheraton hotel chains are now smoke-free, while in Kelamayi, policies for smoke-free public places, workplaces and government agencies have been implemented.

“These cities have created smoke-free hospitals, workplaces, schools, government buildings and more. In addition to these targeted achievements, three cities have legislated total bans on smoking in public places, and we expect three more to adopt smoke-free public places policies this year,” says Prof. Jeffrey Koplan, Emory University vice president for global health.

Education and media campaigns on Weibo, print, radio and television have also been elements crucial to the program’s success in changing social norms.

“Our goal is to decrease tobacco-related disease and death by changing the social norms around tobacco use,” says Pamela Redmon, GHI-CTP executive director. “In addition to the smoke-free policies, we have created specific programs targeting pregnant women and families, community programs, smoke-free weddings, and cessation competitions using an innovative ‘Text2Quit’ platform.”

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Tobacco News


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