CDC Office on Smoking and Health has recently launched new web content related to smoking cessation medicines on the Tips From Former Smoker® website. The new pages help people who want to quit smoking select a quit-smoking medicine and learn how to use the 7 FDA approved medicines to increase their chances of a successful quit attempt. There is also a page focused on 7 common withdrawal symptoms and how they can be managed. These resources can be helpful in developing cessation messaging.
The Truth Initiative is giving away five Impact Scholarships ($3,000 each) to leaders ages 18 and older who are taking action on mental health, social justice and the environment. Tobacco and e-cigarette use is at the intersection of all of these causes. If you know someone who could be interested, the deadline to apply is August 30.
There is a high occurrence rate of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes among tobacco users. A study published in Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders – Drug Targets illustrates how tobacco exposure contributes to adverse effects in the body by impairing the physical, biochemical and molecular processes. Read more here.
In 2014, the CDC-funded LCBTQ tobacco disparity network collaborated with CDC’s Dr. Brian King to create a model estimating how much LGBT people in the U.S. spend on cigarettes each year. In 2020, the National LGBT Cancer Network worked with Dr. King to update the Tobacco Impact Model for U.S. Adult LGBTQ+ Populations using the newest data available.
Articles available on the National LGBT Cancer Network Cancer in LGBTQ+ Communities webpage draw upon current research articles, but are written in plain language. The articles are intended to be understandable by a broad audience who may not have a background in science, but include detailed citations to medical journals.
In early June, Tobacco Free Lancaster County (TFLC) and OutNebraska hosted a roundtable discussion titled, “Is Tobacco Use a Social Justice Issue in the LGBTQ Community?” The event included expert panelists from the National LGBT Cancer Network, OutNebraska and TFLC. The discussion covered topics on tobacco prevention in the LGBTQ community, associated health disparities and advice on removing barriers in promoting tobacco prevention and cessation. A recording of the session is available here.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has recently published a report detailing the tobacco industry’s predatory marketing of women and girls, and the resulting health consequences of female tobacco use in the United States.
An industry analysis published in Tobacco Control found that while JUUL Labs was executing a well-publicized $30 million campaign to combat underage use of its product, it spend $66.2 million across two years on corporate responsibility advertising.