A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health showed that a total of 28% of current tobacco users reported increasing their cigarette use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The most commonly reported reasons for increased use were increased stress, more time at home and boredom while quarantined. Nearly 15% reported decreasing their tobacco use. The most common reasons for reduced use were health concerns and more time around non-smokers (including children).
The tobacco industry spends nearly $1 million every hour to market their products – most of that at point-of-sale. Counter Tools is giving you the opportunity to help document and expose the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics with its 2021 Point-of-Sale Marketing Photo Contest. The contest goes May 17 – June 14 and winners get bragging rights and some CounterTobacco.org swag. Feel free to share this opportunity with youth in your area. Anyone over 13 may participate.
A study published in Health Education and Behavior found that areas with a greater percentage of residents who are low-income had higher tobacco retailer density regardless of how density was measured. Neighborhoods with higher percentage of people who are Black, Hispanic or Latino and more vacant housing also faced disparities.
Federally funded health centers (or FQHCs) provide care to the most vulnerable populations in the U.S., including populations with disproportionately higher smoking prevalence. A study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed that although current smokers report the desire to quit, low uptake on evidence-based treatment in federally funded health centers may reduce the number who attempt to quit and succeed. This study illustrates an opportunity to increase access to cessation treatment and improving population’s health.
The tobacco industry has a long history of protecting its profits at the expense of people’s lives. As e-cigarettes put a new generation at risk of nicotine addition, the industry is continuously trying to transform its image and make it seem like they are part of the public health solution to end smoking. Truth and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids surveyed the American public to see if the tobacco industry’s plan is working and reported the results.