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 – December 21, 2018

A new study found that increases in adolescent vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest ever recorded in the past 43 years for any adolescent substance use outcome in the U.S.

In just one year e-cigarette use among youth has skyrocketed, increasing by:
90% among 12th graders
96% among 10th graders
74% among 8th graders

PACT Notes – December 14, 2018

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1998 legal settlement between the states and the tobacco companies, which required the companies to pay more than $200 billion over time as compensation for tobacco-related health care costs.

The report challenges states to do more to fight tobacco use – the nation’s No. 1 preventable cause of death – and to confront the growing epidemic of youth e-cigarette use in America. In Pennsylvania, 8.7 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes, while 11.3 percent use e-cigarettes. Tobacco use claims 22,000 Pennsylvania lives and costs the state $6.3 billion in health care bills annually.

PACT Notes – December 7, 2018

This week Senator Mario Scavello (PA-40) released a co-sponsorship memo for Tobacco 21. He is actively looking for support in the Senate and plans to introduce legislation in the session starting in the new year. While PACT is still advising that advocates wait until the new year to start their legislative visits, if you have any connections with Senators you think might be interested in support please reach out to PACT and we are happy to connect them with Senator Scavello’s Office.