State-specific smoking-attributable mortality and years of potential life lost---United States, 2000-2004
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a report that presents state-specific average annual smoking-attributable mortality and years of potential life lost due to smoking for adults over 35 during 2000 to 2004. The CDC reported that smoking and second-hand smoke exposure resulted in an estimated 443,000 deaths and 5.1 million years of potential life lost yearly in the US between 2000 and 2004. The report also compares the current results to those of the previous report that was for 1996-1999. When the current report was compared to the previous one, there were declines in smoking-attributable mortality rates in 49 states for men and 32 states for women. Utah, Hawaii, and Minnesota had the lowest overall average smoking-attributable mortality rate and the highest rates were in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Nevada. While Nevada had one of the highest rates, they also had one of the greatest declines in their smoking-attributable mortality rate when compared to the 1996-1999 report. California’s and Virginia’s rates also significantly declined. Oklahoma was the only state to show an increase in their smoking-attributable mortality rate from the prior report.  Click here to access the CDC report and see charts with data for all states.

Adoptions of fire-safe cigarettes
This resource from the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes provides information on fire-safe cigarette laws by state. Tables on the website show implementation dates for states that have passed fire-safe cigarette laws, and information is available on the progress of fire-safe cigarette legislation in states that have pending legislation. Click here to access the website.

U.S. flunks tobacco control report card: Lung Association says feds and most states neglect preventing tobacco-caused illness
The American Lung Association (ALA) recently released a report grading the US and each individual state on its tobacco control efforts for 2008. The report, State of Tobacco Control 2008, gave the federal government and the majority of the states a failing grade. No state received high grades in all categories; but Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island received the highest grades overall. The ALA reports on several aspects of tobacco control including tobacco taxes, smoke-free air policy’s, spending for tobacco control programs and cessation coverage. Click here for more information. Click here to access the ALA’s State of Tobacco Control Report and see how your state ranked.

2006-2007 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS)
The 2006-07 TUS-CPS is available to download and to order immediately from the Census Bureau.  Click here to view the website and order the data files from the Census Bureau.


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