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Graphic Warnings!!!

Public Health Groups Sue to Force FDA Action on Graphic Warnings

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http://publichealthlawcenter.org/blogs/2016-10-04/public-health-groups-sue-force-fda-action-graphic-warnings?utm_source=Public+Health+Law+Center&utm_campaign=3264c336bf-October_Bulletin_10172016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_59c1ffe67d-3264c336bf-116638981

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Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information so we can tell YOUR story.

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Graphic warnings are eye opening. The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is a resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 

Let’s Clear the Air

Let’s make our parks and outdoor areas tobacco-free!!!

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Single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.

  • 7000 dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke
  • 69 chemicals that cause cancer

Secondhand smoke

  • smoke from the end of the cigarette
  • smoke breathed out after each cigarette puff
  • NO amount secondhand smoke is safe

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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A part of clearing the air is using the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line as a resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

New FDA Regulation of Tobacco

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New FDA Regulation of Tobacco is effective August 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use through a variety of steps, including restricting the sale of these tobacco products to minors nationwide.

Before, there was no federal law prohibiting retailers from selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18. Today’s rule changes that with provisions aimed at restricting youth access, which go into effect August 2016, including:

  • Not allowing products to be sold to persons under the age of 18 years (both in person and online);
  • Requiring age verification by photo ID;
  • Not allowing the selling of covered tobacco products in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility); and
  • Not allowing the distribution of free samples.

This rule also requires manufacturers of all newly-regulated products, to show that the products meet the applicable public health standard set forth in the law and receive marketing authorization from the FDA, unless the product was on the market as of February 15, 2007. The tobacco product review process gives the agency the ability to evaluate important factors such as ingredients, product design and health risks, as well as their appeal to youth and non-users.

These actions will subject all manufacturers, importers and/or retailers of newly-regulated tobacco products to any applicable provisions, bringing them in line with other tobacco products the FDA has regulated under the TCA since 2009.

These requirements include:

  • Registering manufacturing establishments and providing product listings to the FDA;
  • Reporting ingredients, and harmful and potentially harmful constituents;
  • Requiring premarket review and authorization of new tobacco products by the FDA;
  • Placing health warnings on product packages and advertisements; and
  • Not selling modified risk tobacco products (including those described as “light,” “low,” or “mild”) unless authorized by the FDA.

Please see the following link to the FDA News Release: FDA takes significant steps to protect Americans from dangers of tobacco through new regulation.

For additional information, including supporting documents, please see the link: Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah

 

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

Let’s Do Something

There’s something wrong with this picture:

The Walt Disney Company owns a major stake in VICE Media, a youth-oriented media company. And VICE has been producing ads for Philip Morris International (Marlboro)!

Tell Disney to push VICE to end its relationship with Philip Morris.

It’s highly irresponsible for VICE to use its expertise in youth marketing to help the tobacco industry sell more of its deadly products around the world. And Disney shouldn’t be associated with companies that act in a socially irresponsible manner and contribute to the global tobacco epidemic.

For kids’ sake, Disney must demand that VICE stop working for the tobacco industry. Please send Disney a message today.

Thanks for your advocacy,

Bryan Buchanan
Director of Digital Engagement

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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Let’s do something and the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

African-American Smokers and Menthol

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If you have ever looked through an Ebony Magazine, JET, or other African-American interest magazine  since the 1980s, the ads above may look familiar. Like most other companies and industries, “Big Tobacco” uses targeted marketing to advertise their products – specifically menthol cigarettes – to certain populations.

As African-American History Month closes, here is some information on the history of tobacco marketing within the black community.

Up to 88% of African-American smokers use menthols. Menthol cigarettes make smoking an easier habit to pick up and a more difficult habit to quit.

The tobacco industry conducted marketing research to know how to best advertise menthol tobacco products to the African-American community, heavily advertised in African-American neighborhoods, and sponsored events catering to the black community.  Menthol cigarettes like Newports are so commonly advertised to African-Americans, in fact, that black youth are much more likely to be able to identify Newport packaging than their peers of other racial and ethnic backgrounds.

If you have African-American friends, family, or colleagues, share this information with them! It may help bring someone a step closer to quitting smoking.

See the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network‘s site for more information on African-Americans and tobacco use.

Sources: The American Lung AssociationThe Truth Initiative, and MinnPost