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TFN E-News Update / January 2019

Surgeon General Calls E-Cigarettes an Epidemic Among Teens, Urges Action

On December 18, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a warning about the epidemic of e-cigarette use among teens, and urging states, communities and health professionals to take measures to restrict their use by young people. Read the advisory here.

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2019: The Year of Cessation

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has designated 2019 as the Year of Cessation. Throughout 2019, CDC will feature cessation as a key focus of their tobacco control and prevention work.

Upcoming events for the year include the release of the first cessation-focused Surgeon General’s report in almost 30 years and the 15th anniversary of the National Network of Quitlines. More updates will be provided throughout the year.

FDA Releases Supplement Focused on Marketing & Ad Campaign Development

February marks the 5th anniversary of the FDA’s award-winning youth smoking prevention campaign, “The Real Cost.” To commemorate the anniversary, the FDA published a marketing supplement in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. The supplement provides a behind-the-scenes look at the campaign development process and other best practices. Read more here.

LegisBrief: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Across the United States

According to a legislative brief from the National Conference of State Legislatures, smoking-related illness continues to be the leading preventable cause of death and disease, costing more than $300 billion each year in direct medical costs and lost productivity. According to the brief, the states often bear much of these direct and associated costs. Read more here.

ANR Foundation Releases Updated Lists of Smokefree States & Municipalities

The Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation has completed their quarterly update to the lists and maps of U.S. states and municipalities with smokefree laws now in effect. Read more here.

Study Shows Decrease in Residential Fire Deaths and Adult Smoking Are Linked

A study published in the Journal of Safety Research showed the decrease in U.S. residential fire death rates, both overall and smoking related, coincided with a declining prevalence of adult cigarette smoking from 1999-2015. Read more here.

[The full Going Smokefree in Your Home infographic in the image above can be found on the Tobacco Free Nebraska website or by clicking here.]

Neighborhood Differences in Tobacco Product Availability Set up for Disparity

A study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research assessed the availability and marketing of tobacco products in various neighborhoods in New York City. Research showed while cigarettes were sold by almost all retailers, products such as cigars and cigarillos were more likely to be sold in neighborhoods with the highest proportion of Black, Hispanic, and low-income residents. Read more here.

Social Media Outpaces Print Newspapers in the U.S. as a News Source

According to research from the Pew Research Center, one-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who report often getting their news from print newspapers (16%). Overall, television is still the most popular platform for news consumption. Read more here.

Study Examines Quit Attempts and Success After Cigarette Tax Increases

A study published in Preventative Medicine addressed the policy question of whether increasing cigarette taxes will continue to encourage smoking cessation, even with declining smoking rates. The study showed predictors of successful 12-month quits included education and the use of cessation support. The research also showed that the tax increase helped those who had quit to stay tobacco free. Read more here.

Brian: “You can stop smoking. There is life on the other side of cigarettes”

February is American Heart Month. In this Tips From Former Smokers video, Brian shares how smoking ruined his health and devastated his family. He was able to finally quit smoking for good and get on a heart transplant list. Brian realizes that he is one of the fortunate few. He encourages all smokers to quit.

CDC Seeks Public Input on Advancing Tobacco Control Practices

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is seeking input to inform future activities to advance tobacco control practices that prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and young adults; eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke; and identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. The public comment period ends on February 11. Read more here.

Trends in Trust in the Sources of Health Information on E-cigs in U.S. Adults

A study published in the Journal of Public Health suggests that evidence based messaging and information on the health effects of e-cigarettes from public health professionals can effectively counter e-cigarette promotion and improve the public understanding about e-cigarettes. Read more here.

Behind the Growth of JUUL: Social Influences & Factors Driving Teen Use

Beginning in July 2017, researchers from the Truth Initiative created online surveys to monitor JUUL trends over time to help supplement nationally representative data. While this report is not a nationally representative measure of use rates, the surveys enable quick access to emerging trends. Read more here.

Study Shows Room for Improvement in Tobacco Cessation Effort in Dentistry

A study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry shows substantial variation in the cessation intervention rates across study sites. These results are a call to action for the dental profession to employ tobacco evidence-based cessation strategies to improve oral and general health outcomes. Read more here.

Using Graphic Warning Labels to Counter the Effects of Cigarette Advertising

A study published in Health Education Research compared middle-school youth and adult responses to text-only and graphic warning labels on cigarette advertisements. Consistent with other studies, graphic health warnings had a greater impact. Read more here.