PACT Notes

July 27, 2018 

Truth Campaign Linked With Decreased Smoking and Increased Support for Anti-Tobacco Social Movement

Attorney Gen. Madigan (IL) Urges FDA to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products

Juul is Being Investigated by Massachusetts for Hooking Kids on Vaping

How MLB Is Rooting Out its Longstanding Problem With Smokeless Tobacco

New Jersey Bans Smoking on Beaches and in Parks

PACT Notes

PACT Notes July 20, 2018

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.

PACT Notes July 13, 2018

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.

PACT Notes July 6, 2018

Pennsylvania remains a leader in going smoke-free at its Pride Festivals. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults use tobacco products at a rate of 2.5 times higher than straight adults, according to the Center for Disease Control – making tobacco use one of the greatest health challenges for the LGBT community. Smoking remains the leading cause of death in the United States and while rates have been decreasing on average they have not declined for some groups such as racial minorities or the LGBT community. However, LGBT leaders and health advocates are taking a stand to combat the well-documented marketing efforts of Big Tobacco by supporting efforts to transform Pride Festivals into smoke-free spaces.

PACT Notes June 29, 2018

On Friday June 22,2018 Gov. Tom wolf signed a $32.7 billion budget package. This budget contains no broad-based tax or fee increases, but boosts spending through the state’s main bank account by $700 million, or 2 percent, largely for schools, social services, pensions and prisons. In addition, the fiscal code includes information that would be considered level funding from last year for PA Tobacco Control and Prevention Services!

PACT Notes June 22, 2018

CDC and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANR) analyzed data from ANR’s College Campus Tobacco Policy Database to track the number of college and university campuses in the US that were smoke-free (completely prohibited smoking) or tobacco-free (completely prohibited both smokeless tobacco use and combustible tobacco product smoking) in all indoor and outdoor areas. Findings from this article include: among the 2,082 campuses with smoke-free policies, 84% were tobacco-free.

PACT Notes June 15, 2018

The Clean Indoor Air Act (Act 27 of 2008) was signed into law on June 13, 2008. The legislation prohibits smoking in a public place or a workplace. However, the bill allows for exceptions where Pennsylvania workers continue to be exposed to harmful secondhand smoke. In Pennsylvania, over 2,300 venues are exempt, leaving many hospitality workers exposed to harmful carcinogens.

PACT Notes June 8, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), outlining results from CDC’s 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which measures both high school and middle school smoking rates. Overall tobacco product use among youth in 2017 was 19.6% for high school students and 5.6% for middle school students. E-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among both groups of students. Rates of youth e-cigarette use declined between 2016 and 2017, but this use rate may be a conservative estimate. Other studies have shown that youth may be unaware that JUUL is an e-cigarette.

PACT Notes June 1, 2018

Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide, killing more than 7 million people each year globally. On May 31st, World No Tobacco Day is a yearly reminder that smoking is a global epidemic that severely impacts peoples’ health. In the United States, the number of current smokers has been on the decline and there are now more former smokers than current smokers. Despite this trend, smoking remains a serious addiction and there are still 37.8 million Americans who smoke. Each year smoking-related illnesses cause 1 out of every 5 deaths.

PACT Notes May 25, 2018

Tobacco cessation is considered the single most effective primary prevention strategy for reducing the risk of lung cancer death in patients. Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina conducted a secondary research analysis on the National Lung Screening Trial and found that current smokers have varying levels of tobacco dependence that can help predict a person’s ability to quit and clinical outcomes. A single question within this screening tool, was associated with outcomes in this population. Specifically, those who had their first cigarette within five minutes of waking were significantly less likely to be successful in smoking cessation, significantly more likely to have lung cancer and had significantly higher rates of death. Utilizing this information can help to develop tailored tobacco treatment plans and improve risk assessment for lung cancer, which may lead to better individual and health system outcomes in the future.