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 April 27, 2018

Penn State announced that the University will move to become tobacco and smoke-free across all campuses beginning with a launch in fall 2018. The use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, all nicotine delivery devices and other tobacco products will be prohibited across all University-owned or leased properties, facilities and vehicles. As part of Penn State’s strategic priority to enhance health and wellness, the University is committed to the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. Penn State is the 11th school in the Big Ten Conference to implement such a policy.

PACT Notes April 20, 2018

For 19 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the “State of the Air” report. This year’s report that found ozone pollution worsened significantly in 2014-2016 compared to the previous report, while improvements continued in year-round particle pollution and fewer episodes of high particle days.

PACT Notes – April 13, 2018

In both 1990 and 2016, Pennsylvania had the 22nd highest age-adjusted death rate. Compared to other areas with similar socioeconomic qualities, Pennsylvania had 27 percent more years of life lost due to lung cancer than expected in 2016. Tobacco use and a high BMI were the top two risk factors in Pennsylvania contributing to premature death or years living with a disease. The prevalence of tobacco use in Pennsylvania has dropped 38.6 percent between 1990 and 2016, though not as much as the national average (42.8 percent). These data can be used to inform tobacco control policy.