PACT Notes

April 6th, 2018

TRU Registration Closing MONDAY! 

Day at the Capitol will be held on May 1st, 2018, this is less than a month away. If you haven’t already please register your TRU groups. 

Electronic Cigarette Laws

State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Accessing Treatments – United States, 2015-2017

Evaluating Receipt of and Inability to Discontinue Tobacco Industry Direct Mail

Yale Lab Gets $1.4 million for Smoking-Prevention Video Game

PACT Notes

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.

PACT Notes – March 30, 2018

Seven public health and medical groups, and several individual pediatricians, filed suit in federal court in Maryland challenging a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision that allows electronic cigarettes and cigars – including candy-flavored products that appeal to kids – to stay on the market for years without being reviewed by the agency. Although the groups strongly support the FDA’s new efforts to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels, they also believe that the FDA’s August 2017 decision to exempt e-cigarettes and cigars from agency review for years to come is unlawful and harms public health.

PACT Notes – March 23, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive plan announced last summer to regulate tobacco and nicotine first-and-foremost seeks to better protect the nation’s youth, as well as future generations, from the disease and death caused by tobacco use. They are issuing an advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) and calling upon all stakeholders to share data, research and information that can inform our process for examining the role that flavors – including menthol – play in initiation, use and cessation of tobacco products.