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 September 28, 2018

The American Lung Association expressed concern about the possible health consequences of e-cigarettes and lack of government oversight of the products. Joining Smart Talk on Wednesday to discuss e-cigarette use among youth and the public was Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy for the American Lung Association, Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth, national senior director, tobacco, American Lung Association, Dr. Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, and Dionne Baylor, supervisor and prevention specialist with Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.

PACT Notes September 21, 2018

In the latest of a series of actions to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched The Real Cost Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, a new, comprehensive effort aimed at educating kids about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The campaign targets nearly 10.7 million youth, aged 12-17, who have used e-cigarettes or are open to trying them, and features hard-hitting advertising on digital and social media sites popular among teens, as well as placing posters with e-cigarette prevention messages in high schools across the nation.

PACT Notes September 14, 2018

The Veterans of Foreign Wars clubhouse in Morningside is one of hundreds of establishments in Allegheny County where state law allows people to smoke inside. Though Pennsylvania passed the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2008, there were thousands of exemptions for establishments in the hospitality industry (mostly bars). On Tuesday, Pennsylvania VFW commander Thomas Hanzes spoke at the Morningside VFW and called on state lawmakers to end the exemptions and ban smoking inside all workplaces. He says VFW members have already voted to support this step and many other posts are joining Morningside.

PACT Notes September 7, 2018

Chestnut Hill College is now a tobacco-free campus, which is something that offers immense benefits to students, faculty/staff and visitors alike. The College officially implemented its Tobacco-Free Campus Policy on Aug. 15. The use of lighted and nonlighted tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, is now prohibited within the campus boundaries; this includes all buildings, parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, athletic facilities and both private and College-owned vehicles, parked or operating, on the property. The College is one of several local schools, such as the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, to adopt similar policies prohibiting smoking and tobacco use. Currently, there are close to 2,000 colleges in the United States with tobacco-free policies.

PACT Notes August 31, 2018

PACT Notes August 31st, 2018 Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students - United States, 2014-2017 CDC analyzed data from the 2014-2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys to assess the use of seven tobacco products (cigarettes,...

PACT Notes August 24, 2018

The use of flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is common in the United States, and flavored products are particularly appealing to young people. The objective of this study was to describe national and state trends in flavored and menthol e-cigarette unit sales. This study examined data on 4 types of e-cigarette products (rechargeables, disposables, prefilled cartridges, and e-liquid refills). From 2012 through 2016, flavored e-cigarette sales as a percentage of all e-cigarette sales increased nationally (from 2.4% to 19.8%) and in all but 4 states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont).

PACT Notes August 17, 2018

On August 15 ABC’s Good Morning America featured a segment highlighting the health risks associated with Juul, in particular for kids. The segment highlighted the letter the Lung Association submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on August 7 with five other leading health groups. The letter calls for the FDA to stop the sale of new electronic cigarette products similar to Juul that have been illegally introduced in recent months without the agency’s prior review and authorization.

PACT Notes August 10th, 2018

According to new CDC research, e-cigarette unit sales significantly increased in the United States from 2012 through 2016 for all assessed product types, including rechargeables, disposables, prefilled cartridges, and e-liquids. CDC and RTI International analyzed retail scanner data to assess national and state-specific trends in e-cigarette unit sales and prices for four product types sold. At the state level, monthly unit sales significantly increased for at least one product type in all 48 states and Washington, DC. During the same period, national e-cigarette prices significantly decreased for all product types with the exception of e-liquids, which increased in price in five states and Washington, DC. Furthermore, prominent shifts occurred by product type, with prefilled cartridges having the highest average sales and the lowest average price in 2016.

PACT Notes August 3rd, 2018

An article published in Tobacco Control aimed to assess US cigar sales by flavor category (i.e. concept flavored, characterizing flavor and tobacco) at national, regional and state levels. The results showed that flavored cigars are increasingly labelled with concept flavors, including in areas with flavored tobacco sales restrictions. Cigarillos are driving recent increases in US cigar and concept-flavored cigar sales. It is important to consider concept flavors when addressing flavored tobacco product sales and use.