May 4, 2018
SPECIAL EDITION: Day at the Capitol 2018
On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania hosted more than 500 lung health advocates, including youth, from across Pennsylvania to rally for Pennsylvania lawmakers to take action now and raise the minimum sales age for all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – to 21 at the Main Capitol in Harrisburg. In addition, advocates urged support for sustaining Master Settlement Agreement funds to support lifesaving tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services throughout the commonwealth. At the event press conference, State Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Thomas Murt both committed to working together to introduce Tobacco 21 legislation, with the hope of having the legislation pass by this time next year.
More than 300 students from the TRU (Tobacco Resistance Unit) joined adult advocates in Harrisburg to enlist support for their efforts to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco products to 21. TRU is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, between ages 12 and 18, stay tobacco- and nicotine-free, and aims to prevent and stop youth tobacco use through education. A statewide movement, TRU is managed by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT) and the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.
The event also took place on World Asthma Day. Rep. Robert Matzie passed a resolution recognizing May 1, 2018 as “World Asthma Day” in Pennsylvania!
Please enjoy this short video of the 2018 Day at the Capitol in Pennsylvania!
A study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that greater awareness of truth ads among 15- to 21-year-olds strengthened their anti-smoking attitudes and increased their support for a social movement to end tobacco use. Within a two-year period, these attitudes facilitated a slower progression of smoking among youth and young adults. More than three-quarters – 77 percent – of the nearly 9,000 youth and young adults sampled indicated that they would definitely not smoke a cigarette in the next year.
Heated tobacco products, sometimes marketed as heat-not-burn technology, represent a diverse class of products that heat leaf tobacco to produce an inhaled aerosol. Global sales of heated tobacco products are increasing; however, the extent of current heated tobacco product awareness and use in the U.S. is unknown. This study assessed awareness and ever use of heated tobacco products among U.S. adults. Given the uncertain impact of HTPs on individual- and population-level health, timely and accurate public health surveillance is critical to monitor emerging trends.
Users of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the United States are no more likely to quit smoking cigarettes than people who don’t use such devices, according to a study by a group of tobacco researchers at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. The researchers found no evidence that ENDS as they have been marketed and used in the U.S. are effective at helping smokers quit at a population level.