PACT Notes

November 24th, 2017

Starting This Week, Tobacco Companies Must Run Court-Ordered Ads Telling the Truth About Their Lethal Products

Drexel Creates Smoke-Free Spaces on University City Campus
Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) has created several smoke-free areas on its University City Campus in an effort to encourage healthier practices by its community and neighbors and improve the environment on the urban campus. Starting next week smoking will be prohibited in various places around campus. To enforce these smoke-free areas, officers from Drexel’s Department of Public Safety will pass out cards to smokers they see lighting up in these areas informing them of the policy. These cards will also contain information about services to help them quit smoking.

Using Geospatial Mapping to Maximize HUD’s Smoke-Free Policy

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER: Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Recertification Webinar

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PACT. Wishing you a wonderful holiday filled with family, food and fellowship!

PACT Notes

PACT Notes – December 1st, 2017

Earlier this year FDA announced a new regulatory plan to lower this burden of tobacco-related disease and death. The plan takes a comprehensive approach to nicotine and tobacco, including an initiative to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive or non-addictive levels. Today, FDA is taking an additional step in their new, comprehensive approach to the regulation of nicotine and tobacco. They announced the formation of a new Nicotine Steering Committee that will be charged with re-evaluating and modernizing FDA’s approach to development and regulation of nicotine replacement therapy products that help smokers quit.

PACT Notes – November 17, 2017

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority approved borrowing to put a patch to the state’s deficit-ridden $32.0 billion budget. The authority voted unanimously to borrow $1.5 billion against future revenues from the 1998 multi-state settlement with the nation’s major tobacco companies. The borrowing would be paid back over the next 10-to-30 years, likely meaning a significant portion of Pennsylvania’s annual payment will be diverted from the health and research programs it has traditionally supported.

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.