PACT Notes

August 10th, 2018

National and State-Specific Unit Sales and Prices for Electronic Cigarettes, United States, 2012-2016
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.

Leading Health Groups Urge FDA to Stop Sales of New, Juul-Like E-Cigarettes Illegally Introduced Without Agency Review

Income Inequality and Life Expectancy – The Role of Tobacco Prevention Public Policies

University of Findlay (OH) Becomes Tobacco-Free Campus

Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarettes in Tucson (AZ) Could be Raised to 21

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.