2008 News Archive
Boston considers ban of all tobacco and hookah bars (12/7/08)
The Boston Public Health Commission
will soon vote on expanded smoking restrictions that would
be among the nation's toughest. The proposal would ban cigar bars and hookah bars,
as well as eliminate sales of tobacco in pharmacies and on college
campuses. The commission will cast their final vote on this bill on
Thursday, December 11. If the law passes, Boston
will be the largest city, by far, to outlaw smoking bars.
Reynolds American plans to sell new dissolvable tobacco products (11/17/08)
new products - dissolvable strips, orbs and sticks, which are made from
finely milled tobacco, will be sold early next year, starting in
Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis;
and Portland, Oregon. Orbs are pellets that last about 15 minutes;
strips last five minutes
or less; and sticks, which are shaped like a toothpick but slightly
bigger, last about 15 to 20 minutes. They are likely to cost less than
cigarettes, and they are being marketed as an alternative way to use
tobacco in places where people are not allowed to smoke.
Virginia Slims Superslims Lights come in 'purse pack' designed for young girls (11/24/08)
Philip Morris recently introduced a
new pink, sleek, rectangular packaging for its Virginia Slims product
line. With 58% of the Ultra Light market share, Philip Morris hopes to
attract female smokers by offering a light-variety cigarette in a
packaging tailored for space saving. Read more here.
Teens have fewer aids for kicking the habit
A recent CNN article discusses the lack of cessation resources for teenagers. Read more here.
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
had the amazing opportunity to hear Victoria Almquist of the Campaign
for Tobacco Free Kids speak at our first STOPS meeting of the year on
November 7, 2008 at Harford County Commity College. To access the more
information about tobacco products and policies promoted by the
campaign. Read more here.
October 2008 Legacy e-News
American Legacy Foundation promotes a world where young people reject
tobacco and anyone can quit. They are the creators of the Truth
Campaign. Their October 2008 newsletter can be found online here. This issue discusses tobacco's early role in Hollywood movies and a statement from David B. Abrams, Ph.D.
More College Campuses go Smoke-Free! (10/13/08)
to USA Today, over 140 campuses now are completely smoke-free. Also, at
least 500 campuses have smoke-free policies in residential housing.
Most recently, Pennsylvania mandated all state colleges smoke-free.
That new law affects 14 universities, which are attended by more than
110,000 students. However, Penn State is not included in this new law,
as it is not owned by the state. Read more here.
Updated List of Smoke Free Colleges and Universities (10/08)
Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights has updated the list of smoke-free colleges and universities from across the country. Click here
to download this document. Is your campus on the list?
American Lung Association Report: Big Tobacco on Campus, Ending the Addiction
report provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of
tobacco use and policies on college and university campuses. The
American Lung Association analyzed published research, surveys and
tobacco industry documents to provide a wide-ranging look at the impact
tobacco has in today's college life. Download the report: Big Tobacco on Campus, Ending the Addiction.
Montgomery College goes Tobacco-Free (8/1/08)
College campuses went tobacco-free beginning on August 1, 2008. All
tobacco products, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco, will be
prohibited from Montgomery College property, including its three
campuses at Germantown, Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, and
its central administration building in Rockville. This new policy
affects all buildings, athletic fields, pedestrian walkways, entryways,
outdoor terraces, campus bus stops and parking lots." Click here to read more from the Montgomery College's news release.
Most Americans consider smoking very harmful, according to recent poll (7/28/08)
As of 2008, 82% of Americans polled consider smoking very harmful. Read more here.
Alicia Keys withdraws tobacco company sponsorship for Indonesian concert (7/28/08)
R&B singer’s concert in Indoneisa was originally sponsored by
Phillip Morris. Billboards displaying a cigarette logo advertised the
event. After receiving a letter from the anti-smoking organization
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, all funding from the tobacco company
was withdrawn. Ms. Keys issued a formal apology to her fans in
Indonesia. She apologized for misleading advertising and stated that
she advocates the health and well-being of children all over the
world. Matthew L. Myers, President of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,
issued a statement applauding Ms. Keys for setting an example for the
entertainment industry with her actions.
Tobacco Industry targets college smokers and adolescents with menthol cigarettes (7/16/08)
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health concluded
that tobacco companies manipulate cigarettes in ways that promotes
dependence to nicotine. They state that the companies promote
cigarettes with lower menthol content to new smokers, while supplying
cigarettes with higher menthol content to smokers who are already
hooked on nicotine. Also, despite a drop in cigarette sales from 2000
to 2005, menthol cigarette sales have remained stable.
Social Networks Impact Smoking (5/23/08)
The New England Journal of Medicine
has published findings by Harvard Medical School with Framingham Heart
Study data indicating that smoking behavior among clusters of
individuals has an impact on smoking behavior. The chances of a person
smoking were significantly decreased when spouse, sibling, friend, or
co-worker had quit smoking. These findings suggest that social support
and perceptions of smoking by those around us may influence the course
of smoking and cessation. Read more on this at MSNBC and Newsweek. (Christakis & Fowler, 2008).
Is Hookah smoking harmful? (5/23/08)
reports find that hookah is a common method of smoking tobacco among
college students, as 20% of students surveyed at Virginia Commonwealth
University said they had smoked hookah in the past month, and 43% in
the past year. A major concern among health advocates is the
misconception that hookah smoking is less harmful than smoking
cigarettes. Find more information on Hookah use HERE.
Stay up-to-date on the ban
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has released free
materials for the Clean Indoor Air Act, including finalized regulations
for the statewide ban that will go into effect Feb 1st, 2008. Visit http://www.mdcleanair.org/
today! There is also a helpline for questions about the CIAA
(1.866.703.3266). The Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation,
Litigation & Advocacy at the University of Maryland is also
available to answer questions about this law
This is a simulation of the new Logo for Maryland's Clean Indoor Air Act (not for personal use).
New State Quitline Ad Campaign (1/17/08)
FREE State Quitline for tobacco cessation (1-800 QUIT NOW) is launching
a new ad campaign on radio and tv. These ads include real stories of
residents who have quit smoking, even after a 36-year addiction, with
the help of the Quitline. And they are always looking for more real
success stories, especially from college-age residents. If you, or
someone you know, can share a true story of quitting with the help of
1-800-QUIT NOW, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland Cigarette Tax Increase (1/1/08)
the tax increases starting on Jan 1st in Maryland is the $1 raise in
taxes on cigarettes, making the statewide tax $2 per pack. This change
is an important component for comprehensive tobacco control efforts
across the state, including the Clean Indoor Air Act and free cessation
services like the state Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW). Research shows that
young adult quit rates increase as taxes and indoor restrictions on
smoking increase (Taurus, 2004). Read more about the tax changes in
Maryland, including the cigarette tax, on WJZ.