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 – November 10, 2017

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.

PACT Notes – November, 3rd 2017

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.”