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
Earlier this year FDA announced a new regulatory plan to lower this burden of tobacco-related disease and death. The plan takes a comprehensive approach to nicotine and tobacco, including an initiative to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive or non-addictive levels. Today, FDA is taking an additional step in their new, comprehensive approach to the regulation of nicotine and tobacco. They announced the formation of a new Nicotine Steering Committee that will be charged with re-evaluating and modernizing FDA’s approach to development and regulation of nicotine replacement therapy products that help smokers quit.
Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies must run court-ordered newspaper and television advertisements that tell the American public the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke, as well as the companies intentional design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. The tobacco companies must also publish the corrective statements on their websites and cigarette packs, but the implementation details are still being finalized.
Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority approved borrowing to put a patch to the state’s deficit-ridden $32.0 billion budget. The authority voted unanimously to borrow $1.5 billion against future revenues from the 1998 multi-state settlement with the nation’s major tobacco companies. The borrowing would be paid back over the next 10-to-30 years, likely meaning a significant portion of Pennsylvania’s annual payment will be diverted from the health and research programs it has traditionally supported.
Starting Nov. 1, the Reynolds Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7599 in Greenville, PA became tobacco free. Smoking, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes are not permitted in the restaurant or bar. Not only did the VFW want to create a more enjoyable atmosphere for non-smokers and families with children; but it is also a decision that supports a piece of legislation that, if passed, would further restrict smoking in public facilities.
Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer death. According to the American Lung Association; screening can save thousands of lives, yet less than 5 percent of the estimated 9 million Americans considered “high risk” have been screened. The low-dose CT scan has the ability to save lives, and to raise public awareness about the new availability of screening for those considered at high risk, the American Lung Association recently partnered with the Ad Council to launch “Saved By The Scan.”
New York State is banning electronic cigarettes indoors everywhere that traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces.
Temple university is looking at becoming a tobacco-free campus. The College of Public Health created a task force over the summer to explore becoming a tobacco-free campus. Currently, the university has a liberal smoke-free policy that only bans smoking within 25 feet of a main entrance, exit or working window of a university building. The task force is now researching how to enforce a tobacco-free policy and if the campus should be 100 percent tobacco-free.
Smoking has numerous adverse effects. While this is known, it is not completely understood by policy makers. Smoking impacts people, economies, and even interferes with poverty reduction. The report, Tobacco Tax Reform: At the Crossroads of Health and Development, explains how policy makers can improve the health and prosperity of societies through implementing higher tobacco tax rates.
PACT Notes 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...