Tobacco Free Press - Table of Contents
February 2012

Secondhand Smoke

  • Public opinion lights the fire for politicians to adopt anti-smoking bans
  • Too many kids breathe others' smoke in cars: CDC
  • Smoke-free housing policy resources from Public Health Law and Policy
  • Updated document on preemption of smoke-free air laws in the U.S.
  • Interactive tobacco map provides latest data on state smoking laws
  • New tobacco-free policy toolkit from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
  • New community health brief on smoke-free policies, FDA legislation, and protecting tribal sovereignty
  • Heart attacks, health costs down since Rhode Island smoking ban (RI)
  • Bill calls for statewide ban on smoking in public places (AL)
  • California Assembly votes to outlaw smoking on hospital campuses (CA)
  • High school smoking ban (IA)
  • Illinois lawmakers ponder loosening smoking ban (IL)
  • Indiana House again passes smoking ban (IN)
  • Statewide smoking ban proposed (KY)
  • Bill proposed to ban smoking (MS)
  • Bill would restrict smoking in cars (OH)
  • Panel approves bill giving Oklahoma cities power to ban smoking (OK)
  • Put those out: Oklahoma Gov. Fallin bans tobacco use on all state property (OK)
  • RI may snuff out smoking on its public beaches (RI)
  • Utah House passes ban on hookah smoking (UT)
  • Senate panel OKs anti-smoking bills (VA)
  • Smoke-free laws lead to less smoking at home
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Tobacco Pricing

  • State economy to get big jolt with proposed new tax on cigarettes, study finds (CA)
  • Legislator takes another stab at closing tobacco company's tax 'loophole' (FL)
  • Bill could put tax on 'roll-your-own' cigarettes (SD)
  • WV Senate committee moves roll-your-own cigarette tax bill (WV)
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Other Policy

  • U.S. smokers favor development of less-addictive cigarettes
  • Most Americans support reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to stop children from taking up smoking
  • New Legal Consortium resource on the Federal Trade Commission
  • Hawaii e-cigarette bill passes senate committee (HI)
  • Idaho house OKs e-cig ban for kids (ID)
  • NY Gov. Cuomo's budget cuts anti-smoking effort, says advocates (NY)
  • Rep. Carolyn Tomey wants OLCC to enforce tobacco sales to minors (OR)
  • Obama plan cuts preventive, long-term healthcare funds
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Youth Prevention

  • Playing sports may help keep kids from smoking
  • Cigar use misreporting among youth: Data from the 2009 Youth Tobacco Survey (VA)
  • Utah children are experimenting with e-cigarettes (UT)
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Tobacco-Related Disparities in Specific Populations

  • Poorer folks may find it harder to quit smoking
  • Bupropion for smoking cessation in African American light smokers: A randomized controlled trial
  • Newly updated: The National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention Website
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  • Continuing to wear nicotine patches after smoking lapses promotes recovery of abstinence
  • The effects of a multilingual telephone quitline for Asian smokers: A randomized controlled trial
  • Controversial scan doesn't help smokers quit: Study
  • Many people continue to smoke after being diagnosed with cancer
  • Antismoking media campaign and smoking cessation outcomes, New York State, 2003-2009 (NY)
  • New tobacco cessation standards for hospitals released
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  • Court upholds '98 tobacco deal (OH)
  • U.S. Chamber takes side of Big Tobacco in labels suit
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Tobacco Industry News

  • Consumers switching between tobacco types: Altria details shift in usage
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Health Effects of Tobacco

  • Male smokers lose brain function faster as they age
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  • New resource for tobacco-related research: CDC's Smoking and Health Resource Library
  • CDC: Fewer smokers go to the dentist
  • U.S. hookah tobacco smoking establishments advertised on the internet
  • Dual users of both cigarettes and cigars are more likely to be young, African-American, and male
  • More troops on smokeless tobacco after deployment
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Save the Date

  • FDA Center for Tobacco Products research program: Expanding the research base for tobacco product regulation
  • FDA Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Release of Surgeon General's Report: Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults
  • 17th Annual Kick Butts Day
  • NALBOH's 13th Annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health
  • 2012 National Health Promotion Summit
  • Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco-Related Disparities: The Power of Communities
  • A PROMISE National Conference: Reclaiming the Health of our Tribal Nations
  • National Association of Local Boards of Health Conference: Celebrating Achievements, Shaping the Future
  • NAQC Conference 2012: Quitline Innovation and Sustainability: Exploring Strategies and Seizing Opportunities in Challenging Times
  • 8th annual National LGBTQ Health Equity Summit - Bridging the Gap: Promising Practices in LGBT Health and Tobacco Control
  • NCTOH pre-conference workshops from the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change
  • 2012 National Conference on Tobacco or Health
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Job Announcements

  • Alaska Director
  • Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Use Prevention Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Director of Policy Research & Analysis
  • Africa Communications Officer
  • Director, New York State Tobacco Control Program /
    Research Scientist 5 – Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior Faculty Positions - International Tobacco Control
  • Director, State Communications
  • Ellen R. Gritz Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tobacco Control
  • Africa Program Officer
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Director of Programs
  • Cross Cultural Technical Assistance and Training Program Coordinator
  • Director, Africa
  • Advocacy Director, Head of Russia/Ukraine Programs
  • Jobs at the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Various
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Requests for Proposals

  • Funding Opportunity: Future of Public Health Award
  • Public Health Law Research Releases Call for Proposals
  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: Administrative Supplements to NIH-Funded Program Projects/Center Grants: Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
  • Regional Indoor Environments: Reducing public exposure to indoor pollutants
  • Health Promotion Practice call for papers
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  • Call for nominations: American Lung Association and Koop Foundation, Inc. Unsung Heroes' Award
  • Legacy's 2012 Tobacco Industry Documents Awards
  • Maurice "Mo" Mullet Lifetime of Service Award for current or former local health officials
  • Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communication
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Other Announcements


  • Register for TTAC's Web-based program planning and evaluation courses
  • Visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' newly redesigned international tobacco control website
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FDA Announcements:

  • New content syndication: Bring the latest FDA tobacco content to your website for free
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