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The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General
At a press conference on 1/17/14, Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, M.D., MPH stated that approximately 5.6 million American children alive today - or one out of every 13 children under age 18 - will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop. The new report also finds cigarette smoking causes diabetes and colorectal cancer. Full Surgeon General's Report and Kansas Specific Data.
Kansas Groups Respond to Surgeon General's Report
Mariell Jessup, MD, president of the American Heart Association
Jennifer Cofer, Interim Chief Executive Officer for the American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region
Jeff Willett, Vice President of Programs, Kansas Health Foundation
New Report on Impact of Federal Tobacco Tax & Early Childhood Education
On Wednesday, September 25th, nine public health and early childhood education advocacy organizations will release a report detailing the national and state specific benefits of President Obama’s proposal to fund expanded early childhood education with a 94 cent increase in the federal cigarette tax (and proportional increases in taxes on other tobacco products). We estimate that the increase in the cigarette tax would prevent roughly 1.7 million kids alive today from becoming smokers, motivate more than 1.5 million smokers to quit, and save almost a million Americans a premature death from tobacco use. In addition, it would ensure that 2 million low- and moderate- income children have access to high-quality preschool. The report will provide estimates of these benefits for every state.
President's plan to increase tobacco taxes will protect kids and save lives
Statement by Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. April 10, 2013.
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today has taken bold action to protect our children from tobacco addiction and save lives by proposing to increase the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents per pack and similarly increase taxes on other tobacco products. We urge Congress to support this proposal, which would have as great an impact in reducing tobacco use among kids as any action the federal government has taken. It would be a giant step toward winning the fight against tobacco, the nation's number one cause of preventable death.
Michigan's WEYCO Led the Nation in A Controversial Move to Implement Agressive Non-Smoking Workplace Policies
Now You Can See The Actual Policies That Caused The Uproar!
Several years ago, WELCOA President Dr. David Hunnicutt, sat down with WEYCO (now a Meritain Corporation) CEO Howard Weyers to discuss WEYCO's aggressive policies to eliminate smoking from the workplace. Although controversial, many organizations have followed Weyer's lead -- and, to this day, many companies are still demonstrating remarkable health outcomes and cost-containment. See for yourself what the fuss was all about.
A broken promise to our children
Only 11 states do worse than Kansas at prevention efforts aimed at keeping young people from smoking and helping smokers to quit, according to a report released on December 6, 2012 by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Please visit the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids website and read their annual Broken Promises report for this year and the Kansas Health Institute article where TFKC Executive Director Linda DeCoursey and Chris Masoner with the American Cancer Society are quoted.
Smoking bans cut number of heart attacks, strokes
Article was published in USA Today on November 14. Smoking bans quickly and dramatically cut the number of people hospitalized for heart attacks, strokes and respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema, an analysis out Monday shows.
Smoke-free laws are saving lives
Article was published in Time on October 30, 2012. According to two separate studies, recent laws that limit smoking in public places are contributing to fewer tobacco-related hospital visits and deaths.
Links and information on smokeless tobacco facts
Web pages from sources such as the CDC, National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization and the peer reviewed journals of Tobacco Control and the Cancer Journal regarding smokeless tobacco facts. The information was gathered by Ginger Park with KDHE's Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
Health Effects of Smokeless Tobacco
Smokeless as cessation
Testimony from former Surgeon General Carmona on harm reduction http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/news/testimony/tobacco06032003.html
American Heart Association statement and summary of research on harm reduction http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/122/15/1520.full
There are some supporters of harm reduction in the health community including a 2001 article in Tobacco Control http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/10/2/189.full, however, even this article concludes that more study needs to be done.
New anti-smoking campaign being launched by Department of Health and Human Services
This Kansas City article for March 14, 2012, highlights a smoking cessation/prevention ad campaign that will focus on the health impact of smoking. See the article for samples of the graphic television ads that will air over a 12-week period.
2012 Surgeon General's Report
2012 Surgeon General's Report - Prevention Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, released a report this morning on Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults. Since 1964, this is the 31st report issued on tobacco. Dr. Benjamin stated, “We’ve seen the percentage of Americans who smoke steadily decline. In 1965, over 42 percent of Americans smoked. By 2004, it had fallen to just under 21 percent. But for all the progress we’ve made, tobacco use remains the biggest single threat to American’s health. It kills an estimated 443,000 Americans each year and every tobacco-related death is replaced by two new smokers under the age of 26." To obtain the Executive Summary, Consumers Booklet, Fact Sheets or to read the Full Report (900 pages) click on the link above.
New state taxes considered in New York for roll-your-own tobacco
This Syracuse Post Standard article discuses the impact of roll-your-own cigarette production in New York and of the NY governor's intention to increase the state tax on roll-your-own tobacco as a way to equalize the tax rates between these products and those of brand name cigarettes bought by the carton.
"The stores have a business model built heavily on a tax loophole: the gap in taxes between loose, roll-you-own tobacco and finished cigarettes.
But that gap could be closed soon: Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week proposed a large hike in the loose tobacco tax that will drive the price of do-it-yourself cigarettes nearly to the level of name brands.
In addition, New York City and the federal Department of the Treasury are cracking down on the machines.”
Return on investment yields $3 for every $1 put into cessation in Massachusetts
A study published January 6, 2012 shows that the a $1 investment in a comprehensive cessation program for Medicaid enrollers yields about $3 in health expenditures for cardiovascular hospital admissions. In adtion, the funding also led to about a 10% decrease in the number of smokers who were Medicaid beneficiaries. This study provides additional incentive to provide additional funding for cessation programs.
$5 saved for every $1 invested in state tobacco control programming
This newly published report detailing the Washington state tobacco prevention program shows savings of mor than $5 for every $1 spent on the program. The irony is that after succeeding in efforts to reduce tobacco use, the funding for the state was eliminated in the last legislative session. The study was recently released as an article in the American Journal of Public Health.
Punitive health insurance costs for people who are overweight or who smoke
This New York Times article outlines some of the steps employers are using to reduce health care costs--it includes making employees pay higher premiums or costs for employer-sponsored health plans.
Judge temporarily blocks graphic images on cigarette packaging
"A judge on Monday blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images including dead and diseased smokers on their cigarette packages."
In this Associated Press report, of November 7, 2011, a federal judge just put a legal hold on the Food and Drug Administration's requirement for cigarette packs to carry graphic images that a show some of the deadly consequences of smoking. As expected, the tobacco industry will use every legal means possible to maintain their efforts to market one of the most deadly products on the market today. This hold on efforts to display the hazards of smoking on the cigarette packets themselves will delay an effective tool to reduce or prevent smoking addiction. It is an ironic situation when so many other countries in the world are moving forward with similar graphic images, some even more forceful that the ones that the FDA was requiring.
Smoking rates in NYC down to 14% for adults and 7.2% for teens
This New York Post article from September 16, 2011 notes the dramatic reduction in smoking rates in New York City. The article cites increased taxes, free nicotine patches and smoking bans in outside areas as contributing to the effort. It also notes that the lung cancer rate for women has also declined this year.
More tobacco products being developed for sale
Kansas is not the only state on the receiving end of new tobacco product promotions, so is Colorado with RJ Reynolds marketing dissolvable tobacco products. See this online article from the Association for Convenience and Retailing for more information on orbs, sticks and strips being manufactured by Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds and testmarketed in a number of states.
Oregon campuses eliminating tobacco use this fall
This fall many Oregon colleges and universities will be implementing policies designed to eliminate secondhand smoke and the use of tobacco products on their campuses. See this article from Oregonlive.com.
Smoke clears to show the ugly truth from Seacoastonline.com
This article discusses how New Hampshire recently reduced its cigarette tax by 10 cents in order to encourage more cigarette sales as a way of increasing state revenues. However, there may be no increase in the number of packs sold because the tobacco companies immediately raised their prices by 10 cents in order to capture some additional funds. It just goes to show that when legislators really cooperate with tobacco companies, it is the tobacco companies that come out as winners.