PACT Notes

October 27th, 2017

New York State Bans Vaping of Electronic Cigarettes Indoors, Just Like Traditional Tobacco Products

21+ Raising the Minimum Age of Sale for Cigarettes and all Tobacco Products to 21 is a Critical Tool That can Help End the Tobacco Epidemic

High- Nicotine E-Cigs may be Gateway to Smoking for Teens

Study Finds Smokers Wrongly Believe Natural American Spirit Cigarettes are Healthier

Lung Force Walk – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
The Harrisburg LUNG FORCE Walk will be held Sunday, October 29, 2017 at City Island (245 Champion Way, Harrisburg, PA 17101).  Registration and check-in will begin at 8:30am with opening ceremony starting roughly around 9:45am and the walk will commence at 10:00am. The walking track this year will be a one mile loop around City Island featuring Trunk or Treat cars for children to stop at and grab some candy, raffles, several different vendors that will be donating portions of their sales back to the American Lung Association, and a number of food trucks.  This year participants have the option to bring along their furry friends to the walk, and participate in our pet costume contest. The online registration link is open until 2:00 pm today (October 27, 2017) but registration at the event is welcome.
For the registration link, please click here.

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.