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 September 28, 2018

The American Lung Association expressed concern about the possible health consequences of e-cigarettes and lack of government oversight of the products. Joining Smart Talk on Wednesday to discuss e-cigarette use among youth and the public was Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy for the American Lung Association, Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth, national senior director, tobacco, American Lung Association, Dr. Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, and Dionne Baylor, supervisor and prevention specialist with Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

PACT Notes September 21, 2018

In the latest of a series of actions to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched The Real Cost Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, a new, comprehensive effort aimed at educating kids about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The campaign targets nearly 10.7 million youth, aged 12-17, who have used e-cigarettes or are open to trying them, and features hard-hitting advertising on digital and social media sites popular among teens, as well as placing posters with e-cigarette prevention messages in high schools across the nation.

PACT Notes September 14, 2018

The Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse in Morningside is one of hundreds of establishments in Allegheny County where state law allows people to smoke inside. Though Pennsylvania passed the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2008, there were thousands of exemptions for establishments in the hospitality industry (mostly bars). On Tuesday, Pennsylvania VFW commander Thomas Hanzes spoke at the Morningside VFW and called on state lawmakers to end the exemptions and ban smoking inside all workplaces. He says VFW members have already voted to support this step and many other posts are joining Morningside.