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 – January 5, 2018

According to the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, teens who use e-cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products report smoking cigarettes one year later. The researchers studied cigarette-smoking initiation among more than 10,000 participants. When first interviewed at ages 12-17, roughly half of the group reported that they had used e-cigarettes, hookah, snuff, or other non-cigarette tobacco products, but never cigarettes; the rest said they had always been completely tobacco-free. When re-interviewed one year later, those who reported having used a non-cigarette tobacco product were twice as likely to have smoke cigarettes during the past 30 days.

PACT Notes December 22nd, 2017

If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, you’re in good company. It’s a popular goal and many people succeed. There are more former smokers in the United States-nearly 50 million-than current smokers. Planning can help make your healthy resolution a reality. Quitting smoking is challenging but it’s important to choose the best quit method for you, prepare ahead and change your routines, let others help you and lastly talk to your doctor or health care provider.

PACT Notes December 15, 2017

Since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in 1998, annual reports have assessed whether the states are keeping their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to attack the enormous public health problems caused by tobacco use in the United States Despite receiving huge sums from the settlement and collecting billions more in tobacco taxes, the states continue to shortchange tobacco prevention and cessation programs that we know save lives and money. For fiscal year 2017 Pennsylvania only spent 9.9% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention and cessation programming.