PACT Notes – June 10th, 2017
June 9, 2017
|Lebanon City is Ensuring Tobacco-Free Parks and Playgrounds for Children|
|The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania took part in unveiling 10 new Young Lungs At Play signs at parks and playgrounds in Lebanon City. Young Lungs At Play is program that aims to help communities create tobacco-free parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas for children.
Click Here to learn more about Young Lungs At Play.
Don’t Be Fooled: E-cig Aerosol Is Not Harmless for Kids
The aerosol from e-cigarettes are far from harmless. These emissions can contain nicotine and a variety of volatile organic compounds. With this said, many Americans actually believe that e-cigarette aerosol is safe. According to a study by CDC, 40 percent of American adults believe e-cigarettes causes some or little harm to children exposed to this product’s emissions. This is alarming because children are especially vulnerable to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes due to their lungs not being fully developed.
Click Here to view the CDC study on “Perceptions of Harm to Children Exposed to Secondhand Aerosol From Electronic Vapor Products.”
We thank you for your continued membership on the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco statewide coalition and dedication to protecting Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth.
Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth
ALAM-A Tobacco Control Team Director
ALAM-A Freedom From Smoking Master Trainer
A study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that greater awareness of truth ads among 15- to 21-year-olds strengthened their anti-smoking attitudes and increased their support for a social movement to end tobacco use. Within a two-year period, these attitudes facilitated a slower progression of smoking among youth and young adults. More than three-quarters – 77 percent – of the nearly 9,000 youth and young adults sampled indicated that they would definitely not smoke a cigarette in the next year.
Heated tobacco products, sometimes marketed as heat-not-burn technology, represent a diverse class of products that heat leaf tobacco to produce an inhaled aerosol. Global sales of heated tobacco products are increasing; however, the extent of current heated tobacco product awareness and use in the U.S. is unknown. This study assessed awareness and ever use of heated tobacco products among U.S. adults. Given the uncertain impact of HTPs on individual- and population-level health, timely and accurate public health surveillance is critical to monitor emerging trends.
Users of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the United States are no more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than people who don’t use such devices, according to a study by a group of tobacco researchers at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. The researchers found no evidence that ENDS as they have been marketed and used in the U.S. are effective at helping smokers quit at a population level.
Pennsylvania remains a leader in going smoke-free at its Pride Festivals. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults use tobacco products at a rate of 2.5 times higher than straight adults, according to the Center for Disease Control – making tobacco use one of the greatest health challenges for the LGBT community. Smoking remains the leading cause of death in the United States and while rates have been decreasing on average they have not declined for some groups such as racial minorities or the LGBT community. However, LGBT leaders and health advocates are taking a stand to combat the well-documented marketing efforts of Big Tobacco by supporting efforts to transform Pride Festivals into smoke-free spaces.
On Friday June 22,2018 Gov. Tom wolf signed a $32.7 billion budget package. This budget contains no broad-based tax or fee increases, but boosts spending through the state’s main bank account by $700 million, or 2 percent, largely for schools, social services, pensions and prisons. In addition, the fiscal code includes information that would be considered level funding from last year for PA Tobacco Control and Prevention Services!
CDC and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANR) analyzed data from ANR’s College Campus Tobacco Policy Database to track the number of college and university campuses in the US that were smoke-free (completely prohibited smoking) or tobacco-free (completely prohibited both smokeless tobacco use and combustible tobacco product smoking) in all indoor and outdoor areas. Findings from this article include: among the 2,082 campuses with smoke-free policies, 84% were tobacco-free.
The Clean Indoor Air Act (Act 27 of 2008) was signed into law on June 13, 2008. The legislation prohibits smoking in a public place or a workplace. However, the bill allows for exceptions where Pennsylvania workers continue to be exposed to harmful secondhand smoke. In Pennsylvania, over 2,300 venues are exempt, leaving many hospitality workers exposed to harmful carcinogens.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), outlining results from CDC’s 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which measures both high school and middle school smoking rates. Overall tobacco product use among youth in 2017 was 19.6% for high school students and 5.6% for middle school students. E-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among both groups of students. Rates of youth e-cigarette use declined between 2016 and 2017, but this use rate may be a conservative estimate. Other studies have shown that youth may be unaware that JUUL is an e-cigarette.
Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide, killing more than 7 million people each year globally. On May 31st, World No Tobacco Day is a yearly reminder that smoking is a global epidemic that severely impacts peoples’ health. In the United States, the number of current smokers has been on the decline and there are now more former smokers than current smokers. Despite this trend, smoking remains a serious addiction and there are still 37.8 million Americans who smoke. Each year smoking-related illnesses cause 1 out of every 5 deaths.