PACT Notes

October 20th, 2017

Temple Studying How to be a Tobacco-free Campus

5 Insights About Areas with the Highest Smoking Rates in the U.S.

There are 12 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) in the U.S that mimic the tobacco use of the most tobacco-dependent and less-developed countries in the world. The lack of income, infrastructure, health care resources, and tobacco control policies contribute to these states’ high rates of tobacco use. These 12 states have been dubbed the “Tobacco Nation.” During the webinar, Tobacco Disparities in the U.S. provided by the Truth Initiative, some insights about tobacco-related disparities were provided. These insights include: consider the context of race, class and place; rural tobacco use shows disturbing trends; communities can have a culture of tobacco use; tobacco industry influence in these states is a major obstacle; and we need to fight “tobacco fatigue.

Click Here to view the Tobacco Disparities in the U.S. webinar.

Sen. Schumer Calls for Regulations on E-Cigarettes to Limit Teen Vaping
U.S. Senator Schumer (D-NY) says it is time to regulate e-cigarettes. While progress has been made in keeping cigarettes out of the hands of youth, the availability of e-cigarettes in a variety of flavors is negatively impacting that progress. Not all e-cigarettes look the same. In fact, there is an e-cigarette that looks like a flash drive called Juul. This product can be charged by plugging into a computer and comes in flavors like mango, creme brulee, and fruit medley. In the past year, one in five New York high school students have used e-cigarettes. “It is safe to say that e-cigarette companies are stepping over the line to market these products to kids, to get them hooked to smoking. And they’re hoping the federal government turns a blind eye. Unfortunately, that is what’s happening,” said Sen. Schumer. 

Become a Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator

Pennsylvania’s TRU September 2017 Report

PACT Notes

PACT Notes, November 9, 2018

PACT Notes, November 9, 2018

To assess estimates of tobacco product use among U.S. adults 18 years or older, CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) analyzed data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey. In 2017, approximately 47 million (1 in 5) U.S. adults currently used any tobacco product, and an estimated 14 percent of adults were current cigarette smokers, down from 15.5 percent in 2016. Among current tobacco product users, about 87 percent (41 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19 percent (9 million) used two or more tobacco products.

PACT Notes – November 2, 2018

PACT Notes – November 2, 2018

The American Lung Association has a new Tobacco 21 resource for youth advocates! UpTheAge.com is filled with a multitude of helpful materials to help these teens in their advocacy efforts. From a Tobacco 21 Toolkit filled with downloadable facts and activities to a Tobacco 21 Petition, there are a variety of resources available. In addition to linking to local resources such as the TRU website, there is also a link for them to locate and contact their local legislators. Feel free to explore and take a look at the downloadable fact sheets, uprising activities (such as the “21 Reasons Why” social media video), and even the Tobacco 21 Petition. Please share this with your TRU members and get them involved!

PACT Notes – October 26, 2018

PACT Notes – October 26, 2018

This is a reminder to mark your calendars for the Pennsylvania Tobacco 21 Campaign Training webinar, scheduled for November 1st, 2018 at 10:00am! This training will officially roll out this year’s campaign, providing updates on current legislation, an overview of PACT’s advocacy strategy, TRU engagement, Tobacco 21 resources for advocates, and more. PACT will have a Tobacco 21 toolkit of advocacy resources available to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information for educating the public and legislators on this important issue. Be on the lookout for the announcement of the Toolkit in November!