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On July 1, 2019, the overall states’ average tobacco tax increased to $1.81 per pack of cigarettes. An updated list of rates and rankings from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) can be found here. A handful of states also passed taxes on e-cigarettes this year. An updated fact sheet on Other Tobacco Product (OTP) rates can be found here. Additional information on state and local tobacco taxes can be found here.
An article recently published in the journal, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, assesses U.S. adults’ attitudes toward lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes to a less addictive level. The results showed most adults favored the change, including 8 in 10 current smokers. Read more here.
According to CTFK and other public health organizations, JUUL has been running ads around the U.S. touting the company’s desire to solve the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Public health organizations have teamed up to set the record straight: JUUL created the epidemic by enticing kids with sweet flavors and hooked them with a strong nicotine hit. See the ads and read more here.
An article recently published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), provides state-specific trends in the prevalence of past-year quit attempts among adult cigarette smokers. Data from the 2011-2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) was analyzed. Read more here.
In this Tips from Former Smokers® story, Susan Nimoy describes how her husband, Leonard Nimoy’s smoking-related COPD affected both of their lives. His illness made breathing more difficult over time and as he grew weaker, they feared each trip to the ER could be his last.
Citing evidence from the 2012 Surgeon General’s report, a new resource from the CDC discusses why tobacco industry-sponsored school-based tobacco prevention programs are ineffective and may promote tobacco use among youth. Read more here.
A new report published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research finds that more than 27,000 teens and young adults have enrolled in This is Quitting, a first-of-its-kind quit vaping program, in the first five weeks after it launched. Read more here.
The Atlanta City Council has delivered a major victory for public health by approving a comprehensive smoke-free law that protects the right of all Atlanta residents, workers and visitors to breathe clean air. Atlanta, which was one of the largest cities in the United States without a comprehensive smoke-free law, now joins the ranks of cities protecting everyone from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. Read more here.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of a digital age verification calendar as part of the “This is Our Watch” voluntary retailer education program. The digital calendar is being mailed to retailers across the country and will be available through the Center for Tobacco Products’ Exchange Lab soon.
An article recently published in the journal, Journal of Health Communication, showed the presence of vapor in anti-vaping public service announcements activates greater vaping urges compared to PSAs without the visualization. Read more here.
According to an article published in Current Developments in Nutrition, findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) suggest that food insecurity should be considered when developing obesity and smoking cessation-related interventions. Read more here.
The Truth Initiative surveyed more than 1,500 teachers and administrators of middle and high schools across the U.S. to find out what they are doing in respond to JUUL and the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Read what they found out here.
Research continues to demonstrate that flavored commercial tobacco products are especially attractive to youth and that they increase use among all populations by masking the harsh taste of tobacco and nicotine.
As a result, many states and local communities across the country are restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products. The Public Health Law Center has created a chart on U.S. sale restrictions and a document of tips and tools for regulations.
An article published in Injury Epidemiology highlights the shift in the number of estimated poisoning cases related to e-liquids among children under age 5 treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Read more here.