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 May 11, 2018

Turquoise is the signature color of the LUNG FORCE movement. Since 2014, LUNG FORCE has collected stories of lung cancer patients, survivors and caregivers- these brave women and men are our “LUNG FORCE Heroes” and by sharing their stories we’re able to change perceptions of lung cancer – and to help others know their risk and understand why new methods of early detection are essential for saving lives. Now until May 26, you can visit a CVS Pharmacy and make a donation at the register to raise funds for lung cancer awareness, research and education.

PACT Notes May 4th 2018

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania hosted more than 500 lung health advocates, including youth, from across Pennsylvania to rally for Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action now and raise the minimum sales age for all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – to 21 at the Main Capitol in Harrisburg. In addition, advocates urged support for sustaining Master Settlement Agreement funds to support lifesaving tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services throughout the commonwealth. At the event press conference, State Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Thomas Murt both committed to working together to introduce Tobacco 21 legislation, with the hope of having the legislation pass by this time next year.

PACT Notes April 27, 2018

Penn State announced that the University will move to become tobacco and smoke-free across all campuses beginning with a launch in fall 2018. The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, all nicotine delivery devices and other tobacco products will be prohibited across all University-owned or leased properties, facilities and vehicles. As part of Penn State’s strategic priority to enhance health and wellness, the University is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. Penn State is the 11th school in the Big Ten Conference to implement such a policy.