June 9, 2017
|Lebanon City is Ensuring Tobacco-Free Parks and Playgrounds for Children|
|The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania took part in unveiling 10 new Young Lungs At Play signs at parks and playgrounds in Lebanon City. Young Lungs At Play is program that aims to help communities create tobacco-free parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas for children.
Click Here to learn more about Young Lungs At Play.
Don’t Be Fooled: E-cig Aerosol Is Not Harmless for Kids
The aerosol from e-cigarettes are far from harmless. These emissions can contain nicotine and a variety of volatile organic compounds. With this said, many Americans actually believe that e-cigarette aerosol is safe. According to a study by CDC, 40 percent of American adults believe e-cigarettes causes some or little harm to children exposed to this product’s emissions. This is alarming because children are especially vulnerable to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes due to their lungs not being fully developed.
Click Here to view the CDC study on “Perceptions of Harm to Children Exposed to Secondhand Aerosol From Electronic Vapor Products.”
We thank you for your continued membership on the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco statewide coalition and dedication to protecting Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth.
Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth
ALAM-A Tobacco Control Team Director
ALAM-A Freedom From Smoking Master Trainer
In both 1990 and 2016, Pennsylvania had the 22nd highest age-adjusted death rate. Compared to other areas with similar socioeconomic qualities, Pennsylvania had 27 percent more years of life lost due to lung cancer than expected in 2016. Tobacco use and a high BMI were the top two risk factors in Pennsylvania contributing to premature death or years living with a disease. The prevalence of tobacco use in Pennsylvania has dropped 38.6 percent between 1990 and 2016, though not as much as the national average (42.8 percent). These data can be used to inform tobacco control policy.
The linked map shows U.S. federal and state laws that regulate the required age for purchase, possession, and use of e-cigarettes, product definitions for e-cigarettes, nicotine ingredient requirements and whether states include e-cigarette use in their definition of smoking. It also includes sale and use location restrictions, licensing requirements, as well as product packaging and online purchasing requirements.
Seven public health and medical groups, and several individual pediatricians, filed suit in federal court in Maryland challenging a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision that allows electronic cigarettes and cigars – including candy-flavored products that appeal to kids – to stay on the market for years without being reviewed by the agency. Although the groups strongly support the FDA’s new efforts to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels, they also believe that the FDA’s August 2017 decision to exempt e-cigarettes and cigars from agency review for years to come is unlawful and harms public health.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive plan announced last summer to regulate tobacco and nicotine first-and-foremost seeks to better protect the nation’s youth, as well as future generations, from the disease and death caused by tobacco use. They are issuing an advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) and calling upon all stakeholders to share data, research and information that can inform our process for examining the role that flavors – including menthol – play in initiation, use and cessation of tobacco products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step forward in its mandate to protect the public health from the death and disease caused by cigarettes. Reducing the addictiveness of these deadly products will make it easier for smokers to quit and harder for kids to become addicted. FDAâ€™s notice includes a robust scientific justification, including estimates that reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes could save almost three million lives by 2060.
We are less than 2 months away from this year’s Day at the Capitol on May 1st!
The registration deadline for this year’s advocacy event is April 2nd, so if you haven’t already please register. Upon registering please make sure to do so with your home address.
If you have any questions please contact Sarah at Sarah.Lawver@lung.org.
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents the prevalence of cigarette smoking at any time during pregnancy among women who gave birth in 2016 in the United States by state of residence as well as maternal race and Hispanic origin, age, and educational attainment. In 2016, 7.2% of women who gave birth smoked cigarettes during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy was highest for women aged 20-24, smoking during pregnancy was highest among women with a completed high school education.
Combustible tobacco products, including cigars, pipes, and cigarettes, continue to represent the leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States. Mortality risks for cigarette smokers in the United States have been extensively studied and analyzed but comparable estimates for users of other combustible tobacco products, such as cigars and pipes, are more limited. Data analyses revealed that exclusive current cigarette smokers and exclusive current cigar smokers have higher all-cause mortality risks than never tobacco users. The risk of dying from tobacco-related cancers is higher for current and former exclusive cigarette smokers, current exclusive pipe smokers, and current exclusive cigar smokers than for never tobacco users.
We are very happy to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Day at the Capitol!This year’s event will be held on May 1st, 2018, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The primary advocacy topics of focus will be to educate legislators on sustaining Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) dollars to support necessary tobacco cessation and prevention programs and services, as well as the importance of increasing the minimum legal age of sale for tobacco products to 21 to eliminate or reduce youth tobacco initiation.