PACT Notes

October 26th, 2018

PACT Tobacco 21 Webinar For Pennsylvania Advocates
Tobacco Cessation Policy Resources
 American Lung Association has a library of tobacco cessation policy resources to assist those working in the community. This Resource Library is an online depository of materials related to cessation policy and health systems change to serve as a resource for tobacco control and public health professionals and healthcare providers.
Additionally, the Lung Association has a set of tobacco cessation coverage factsheets, to provide guidance on cessation coverage and requirements for each plan:
More resources for professionals include a recorded webinar about tobacco cessation and telehealth and complementary materials including:
Altria Will Pull Its E-Cigarette Pods From the Market
Jennifer Folkenroth: Tailoring Smoking Cessation Care

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.