Tobacco Prevention

Great American Smokeout

What is the Great American Smokeout?  Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to stop their tobacco habit. Smokers can use that date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. Their goal is to challenge smokers to stop using tobacco and make them aware of the many tools they can use to quit and stay tobacco free.

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CDC on Obesity: Public Health or Politics?

WASHINGTON — The CDC has operated generally with bipartisan support for several decades regardless of who was in the White House or which party controlled Congress.

Campaigns targeting the issues the CDC has championed — such as tobacco cessation and obesity prevention — were funded and backed with little objection. Its hallmark issues have varied little with the political ideology of whichever party controlled Washington. More…

Overweight? Smoke? Uncle Sam wants to help. Wellness programs started under 2009 federal stimulus persist, getting fatter with $1 billion in health care law

Months after the grant that brought it to life ran out, Live Tobacco-Free Austin lives on.

Like many of the wellness programs started with $372.8 million in stimulus funding, Live Tobacco-Free Austin secured a new federal grant before the old one had run out and retained most of the staff hired to run the program. More…

Study: Benefits of Wisconsin’s smoke-free law spread from work to home

A new health study released Monday finds that exposure to secondhand smoke has dropped both inside and outside of Wisconsin residents’ homes since a statewide smoke-free law went into effect in July 2010.

Conducted by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the study also shows that passing legislation to make all Wisconsin workplaces smoke-free greatly increased the number of state residents who adopted no-smoking policies in their own homes. More…

Study: Tax hike would cut smoking, raise revenue

ATLANTA — A new study argues that the state of Georgia could cut smoking by 20 percent and yield almost $400 million in additional tax revenues with a $1 per pack increase in cigarette taxes.

University of Georgia professor James MacKillop directed the research. He is a psychologist who specializes in behavioral economics, the study of what makes individuals act in certain ways in the marketplace. More…

Health Groups Urge Surgeon General’s Report on Soda

Nearly 100 national and local health, medical, and consumer organizations, several municipal public health departments, and more than 20 prominent individuals are calling on the Surgeon General of the United States to issue a report on the health effects of soda and other sugary drinks. Citing the importance of the 1964 landmark Surgeon General’s report on tobacco use, the groups and individuals say a report on soda would appraise the health-damaging effects and alert health professionals, government officials, and consumers to the public-health impact of over-consuming sugary drinks. More…

Smoking to be outlawed in Shen parks

All Shenandoah parks and city-maintained green spaces may soon become tobacco free following the decision by members of the Shenandoah City Council to have an ordinance drawn up on the issue by Shenandoah Attorney Bob Norris.

Nikki Rengstorf, Page County Public Health Community Transformation Grant coordinator, who was there on behalf of the Shenandoah Park Board, addressed members of the council. More…

Tobacco Companies Get a Breather from Tax Hikes

The number of states hiking cigarette taxes to raise revenue while curbing smoking has slowed to a crawl.

Just one state, Illinois, has enacted a tobacco tax increase in 2012. That’s down from three in 2011 and an average of about ten a year for most of the past decade, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group. More…