PACT Notes

May 18, 2018

New CDC Study Shows Urgent Need for Tobacco Cessation, Smokefree Protections to be Included as Part of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

D.C. Cigarette Taxes to be Among Nation’s Highest Under New Budget

Pridefest Rejects Big Tobacco Sponsorship in Support of LGBT Health

Menthol Cigarettes: Attitudes, Beliefs and Policies
The 2009 federal law giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products prohibited the use of flavors in cigarettes with one exception: menthol cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes – which contain a mint flavoring that suppresses coughing – are associated with increased smoking initiation and addiction among youth, are used disproportionately by young people and African-Americans and are more difficult to quit than regular cigarettes. Despite a significant body of scientific research that indicates prohibiting menthol in combustible tobacco products would benefit public health, the FDA has yet to issue a product standard to eliminate menthol. As a result, several cities and localities around the country are acting to ban or restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes.

American Lung Association Decries Action by House of Representatives Appropriations Committee to Undermine FDA’s Tobacco Control Act

PACT Notes

PACT Notes – December 21, 2018

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

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

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.