PACT Notes

October 20th, 2017

Temple Studying How to be a Tobacco-free Campus

5 Insights About Areas with the Highest Smoking Rates in the U.S.

There are 12 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) in the U.S that mimic the tobacco use of the most tobacco-dependent and less-developed countries in the world. The lack of income, infrastructure, health care resources, and tobacco control policies contribute to these states’ high rates of tobacco use. These 12 states have been dubbed the “Tobacco Nation.” During the webinar, Tobacco Disparities in the U.S. provided by the Truth Initiative, some insights about tobacco-related disparities were provided. These insights include: consider the context of race, class and place; rural tobacco use shows disturbing trends; communities can have a culture of tobacco use; tobacco industry influence in these states is a major obstacle; and we need to fight “tobacco fatigue.

Click Here to view the Tobacco Disparities in the U.S. webinar.

Sen. Schumer Calls for Regulations on E-Cigarettes to Limit Teen Vaping
U.S. Senator Schumer (D-NY) says it is time to regulate e-cigarettes. While progress has been made in keeping cigarettes out of the hands of youth, the availability of e-cigarettes in a variety of flavors is negatively impacting that progress. Not all e-cigarettes look the same. In fact, there is an e-cigarette that looks like a flash drive called Juul. This product can be charged by plugging into a computer and comes in flavors like mango, creme brulee, and fruit medley. In the past year, one in five New York high school students have used e-cigarettes. “It is safe to say that e-cigarette companies are stepping over the line to market these products to kids, to get them hooked to smoking. And they’re hoping the federal government turns a blind eye. Unfortunately, that is what’s happening,” said Sen. Schumer. 

Become a Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator

Pennsylvania’s TRU September 2017 Report

PACT Notes

PACT Notes – March 2, 2018

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents the prevalence of cigarette smoking at any time during pregnancy among women who gave birth in 2016 in the United States by state of residence as well as maternal race and Hispanic origin, age, and educational attainment. In 2016, 7.2% of women who gave birth smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy was highest for women aged 20-24, smoking during pregnancy was highest among women with a completed high school education.

PACT Notes – February 23, 2018

Combustible tobacco products, including cigars, pipes, and cigarettes, continue to represent the leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States. Mortality risks for cigarette smokers in the United States have been extensively studied and analyzed but comparable estimates for users of other combustible tobacco products, such as cigars and pipes, are more limited. Data analyses revealed that exclusive current cigarette smokers and exclusive current cigar smokers have higher all-cause mortality risks than never tobacco users. The risk of dying from tobacco-related cancers is higher for current and former exclusive cigarette smokers, current exclusive pipe smokers, and current exclusive cigar smokers than for never tobacco users.

PACT Notes – February 16, 2018

We are very happy to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Day at the Capitol!This year’s event will be held on May 1st, 2018, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The primary advocacy topics of focus will be to educate legislators on sustaining Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) dollars to support necessary tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services, as well as the importance of increasing the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products to 21 to eliminate or reduce youth tobacco initiation.