PACT Notes

January 26th, 2018

State of Tobacco Control – Did PA Make the Grade?
The American Lung Association released the results of its 16th annual State of Tobacco Control report. This report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are protecting citizens from tobacco-caused death and disease. This year’s report finds that while smoking rates are declining nationwide, progress is uneven and not all Americans are benefiting equally. The report identifies ways to protect everyone, including those historically targeted by the tobacco industry, from the harms of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. The purpose of the report is to increase knowledge about tobacco control policy and is not reflective of the life-saving tobacco prevention and cessation programs currently provided in the Commonwealth.

National Academies Report Makes Clear: FDA Must Use Its Full Authority to Protect the Public Health from E-Cigarettes

State-Specific Prevalence of Tobacco Product Use Among Adults – United States, 2014-2015
To learn more about how this study is related to the State of Tobacco Control Report click here.

2018 Greater Philadelphia Lung Force Expo

New Online Ordering for Freedom From Smoking® Materials

PACT Notes

PACT Notes – February 9, 2018

A new report released by National Alliance on Mental Illness in Kansas highlights the return on investment of supporting comprehensive smoking cessation for the Medicaid population with behavioral health disorders. The economic impact of providing smoking cessation treatment through the Medicaid for a population of adults with particularly high smoking rates and expected healthcare expenditures-those with severe mental illness and/or a substance use disorder. Due to the high health care costs that result from smoking-related illness, reducing smoking is projected to help Kansas’ economy.

PACT Notes – February 2, 2018

Nearly all adult smokers first try cigarettes before age 18 years, and adolescents can show symptoms of nicotine dependence within days to weeks of the onset of occasional cigarette smoking. Having a usual cigarette brand among adolescent smokers could reflect exposure and receptivity to pro-tobacco advertising and tobacco product appeal. During 2012-2016, the top three brands usually smoked by U.S. middle and high school current cigarette smokers were Marlboro, Newport, and Camel; these brands also were the top three favorite cigarette ads reported by current cigarette smokers in middle and high school in 2012. Reducing youth-oriented tobacco marketing, as part of a comprehensive approach in concert with other evidence-based strategies could help reduce the acceptability, affordability, and use of tobacco products among youth.

PACT Notes – January 19, 2018

Approximately 3 in 10 U.S. military veterans used some form of tobacco product during 2010-2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to assess the different tobacco products currently used (in the past 30 days) by U.S. veterans and non-veterans. Current use among veterans was highest for cigarettes, followed by cigars, smokeless tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and pipes. Because more than a third of active duty military who smoke started after enlisting, evidence-based tobacco control interventions that are effective for both current and former military members are important to reduce tobacco use among veterans.