Indiana is now amongst twelve states that is now forming what is being referred to as the “tobacco nation.” Other states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. On average it was discovered that a smoker living within one of the tobacco nation states smokes roughly 26 more packs of cigarettes within a years time than the average smoker. For more information, visit the truth initiative’s article by visiting the following link: https://truthinitiative.org/TobaccoNation
On December 8, 2016 Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, released “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.” This is the first comprehensive federal government review of the public health impact of e-cigarettes on U.S. youth and young adults and comes amid alarming rates of youth and young adult use of e-cigarettes.
Key points from the report include:
- E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. E-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes.
- The use of products containing nicotine poses dangers to youth, pregnant women and fetuses. The use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe.
- E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including nicotine.
- E-cigarettes are marketed by promoting flavors and using a wide variety of media channels and approaches that have been used in the past for marketing conventional tobacco products to youth and young adults.
Calls to Action from the national, state and local levels include:
- Continuing to regulate e-cigarettes at the Federal level to protect public health,
- Raising and strongly enforcing minimum age-of-sale laws for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes
- Incorporating e-cigarettes into smoke-free policies
- Regulating e-cigarette marketing
- Sponsoring high-impact media campaigns to educate the public on the harms of e-cigarettes among young people
- Expanding research efforts related to e-cigarettes
- In 2014, 5.2% of middle school students and 15.6% of high school students in Indiana reported current (past 30 day) use of e-cigarettes.
- E-cigarette use increased approximately four-fold among both middle and high school students between 2012 and 2014.
- About half (50.4%) of high school e-cigarette users and 37.9% of middle school e-cigarette users also report current cigarette use.
What you can do in the coming days and weeks:
- Share the SGR 2016 website, attached social media graphics, and other resources on social media channels and with school, parents, youth serving groups and other coalition members.
- Share this page, or Breathe In Wayne County social media posts.
- If you are a parent, talk to your kids about e-cigarettes.
Click to download the Fact Sheet and click here to go to the Surgeon General’s Executive Summary.
The full report can be found here
E-cigarette and hookah use by youth continues to rise dramatically, and cigar use remains high. To protect kids from a lifetime of nicotine addiction, FDA has taken steps to restrict youth access to all tobacco products. Provisions restricting the sale of newly regulated tobacco products to kids went into effect August 8 and are being enforced. FDA announced today it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers [PDF – 66KB]
Some of the tactics that the tobacco industry used in the 80’s and 90’s to target individual consumers and service organizations: blankets branded with their logos donated to homeless shelters, free samples offered to homeless shelters and mental hospitals, and sponsored appearance of brands being smoked by homeless activists in movies.
As noted by the industry’s own reports, more educated and affluent people were giving up tobacco products because of the rise Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it is expanding its award-winning “The Real Cost” campaign to educate rural, white male teenagers about the negative health consequences associated with smokeless tobacco use. For the first time, messages on the dangers of smokeless tobacco use – including nicotine addiction, gum disease, tooth loss, and multiple kinds of cancer – are being highlighted through the placement of advertisements in 35 U.S. markets specifically selected to reach the campaign’s target audience.