PACT Notes

July 27, 2018 

Truth Campaign Linked With Decreased Smoking and Increased Support for Anti-Tobacco Social Movement

Attorney Gen. Madigan (IL) Urges FDA to Ban Flavored Tobacco Products

Juul is Being Investigated by Massachusetts for Hooking Kids on Vaping

How MLB Is Rooting Out its Longstanding Problem With Smokeless Tobacco

New Jersey Bans Smoking on Beaches and in Parks

PACT Notes

PACT Notes – April 6, 2018

PACT Notes – April 6, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – March 30, 2018

PACT Notes – March 30, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – March 23, 2018

PACT Notes – March 23, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – March 16, 2018

PACT Notes – March 16, 2018

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. FDA’s notice includes a robust scientific justification, including estimates that reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes could save almost three million lives by 2060.

PACT Notes – March 9, 2018

PACT Notes – March 9, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – March 2, 2018

PACT Notes – March 2, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – February 23, 2018

PACT Notes – February 23, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – February 16, 2018

PACT Notes – February 16, 2018

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.

PACT Notes – February 9, 2018

PACT Notes – February 9, 2018

A new report released by National Alliance on Mental Illness in Kansas highlights the return on investment of supporting comprehensive smoking cessation for the Medicaid population with behavioral health disorders. The economic impact of providing smoking cessation treatment through the Medicaid for a population of adults with particularly high smoking rates and expected healthcare expenditures-those with severe mental illness and/or a substance use disorder. Due to the high health care costs that result from smoking-related illness, reducing smoking is projected to help Kansas’ economy.