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TFN E-News Update / September 2017

Tobacco: Honoring Our Traditions and Our Health

Tobacco in Tribal Communities, Policies Explored in New Video

This short video produced by the Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank discusses the differences between commercial tobacco and traditional, sacred tobacco in many tribal communities.

The video highlights successful smoke-free initiatives in Wisconsin, including an outdoor Ojibwe cultural event center and a Ho-Chunk gaming casino that have implemented smoke-free policies. The video and more tribal health resources can be found here.

New CDC E-Cigarette Webpage

CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has launched a new plain-language webpage with basic information for the public about e-cigarettes, their contents, and health effects. The site, written in a question-and-answer format, offers a “bottom line” for readers.

Tools and Resources Available for ACS Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November (November 16), smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Posters, fliers, stickers and other resources are available for download here.

NYC Passes Minimum Price Law; Cigarette Cost Highest in U.S.

New York City is set to become the most expensive place in the United States to buy cigarettes. Under the new minimum price law, set to take effect on June 1, 2018, the price of a pack of cigarettes will go up to at least $13 and the number of places cigarettes can be purchased will go down. Read more on the law here

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Cost-Savings Calculator Available

This new resource, developed by the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California, is designed to help property managers and tobacco control staff assess the actual cost of turnover at the local property level instead of relying on turnover cost averages. The calculator can be found here.

New Resources to Help Service Men and Women Trying to Quit Tobacco

Quit Tobacco – UCanQuit2.org, a U.S. Department of Defense program, is an educational campaign for the U.S. military. The mission of the organization is to help U.S. service members quit tobacco-for themselves and for the people they love.
Handouts are available in the Campaign Materials section of the website and include a Quit Smoking Timeline and Cigarette, Smokeless Tobacco and E-Cigarette Infographics.

Study Examines Hospitalizations and Smokeless Tobacco-Use Rates

This study looks at the healthcare utilization and cost expenditures related to the use of smokeless tobacco among U.S. adults. This is the first study to assess the impact of smokeless tobacco use on healthcare burden. Read more here.

Can Lifestyle Changes Mitigate Risks of Smoking? Popular Belief is Yes

Research highlighted in this article suggests that a high number of U.S. adults believe that healthy behaviors, such as exercise, eating fruits and vegetables, taking vitamins and healthy sleep patterns, mitigate the risks associated with smoking. This study shows vulnerable populations were more-likely to endorse this belief. Read more here.

Never Quit Trying: How to Re-engage Tobacco-Users in Cessation Services

Tobacco dependence is well-established as a chronic condition typically requiring numerous quit attempts, but research shows tobacco-users are unlikely to return to the same cessation program on their own. This study examines multiple techniques for reengaging tobacco-users in cessation programs after their initial enrollment. Read more here.

Truth Initiative® Focuses on State Tobacco Efforts in New Fact Sheets

These state fact sheets include information about tobacco-use rates, the economics of tobacco use and control, updates on state and local tobacco laws and prevention and cessation efforts. A link to all the state fact sheets can be found here.

NCI Releases Monograph 22; Addresses Tobacco Health Disparities

Research shows tobacco-use contributes substantially to disparities in the burden of cancer by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other demographic factors. This monograph addresses a key challenge for the nation’s cancer control efforts, which is to ensure that all Americans benefit from advances in tobacco control research and practice. The whole monograph can be found here.

Truth Initiative® has also provided a breakdown of Monograph 22, including key takeaways from the document here.

Study of Tobacco-Use Patterns in Rural and Urban Populations

Study highlights important differences between urban and rural populations and the prevalence of traditional and emerging tobacco product use. Results showed nationally cigarette and smokeless tobacco use was more prevalent in rural than urban areas. Read more on the findings here.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: E-Cig Marketing on Social Media

Evidence is clear, marketers are capitalizing on opportunities for persuasive appeal to the masses. This study highlights the popularity of e-cigarette content on two social media platforms in particular, Instagram and Pinterest. The study also reveals the emphasis e-cigarette companies place on marketing, customization and flavors. Read more here.

Applications Now Being Accepted For Annual Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced its annual competition honoring communities that have placed a priority on health and creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone with the opportunity to live well. Prize communities will receive $25,000, have the opportunity to share their story and lessons learned, and join a national network of past winning communities. Application deadline is November 3, 2017. Find more information here.

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