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

 

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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 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! 

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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! 

 

 

Gold Sneaker!!!

WHAT IS THE GOLD SNEAKER INITIATIVE? The Gold Sneaker Initiative enhances policy related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities in Tennessee. Gold Sneaker consists of 9 policies which deal with physical activity, nutrition and a tobacco-free campus. Participation in Gold Sneaker is voluntary and FREE! Child care programs that implement the policies will earn a Gold Sneaker award and are designated a ‘Gold Sneaker’ child care facility. 2 hours of continuing education is awarded and recognized by the Department of Human Services.
HOW DOES GOLD SNEAKER BENEFIT MY FACILITY?

A Gold Sneaker designated facility will receive:

• an incentive package, with $200 worth of physical activity and nutrition resources

• a certificate signed by the Governor

• access to an electronic Gold Sneaker logo for parent letters, etc.

• two Gold Sneaker decals for your facility doors

• recognition on the Gold Sneaker web page, and

• a Gold Sneaker newsletter.
GOLD SNEAKER POLICIES

Gold Sneaker Facilities will:

• offer children at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day

• limit television and video viewing to 60 minutes per day of educational programs

• not allow children to remain sedentary or passive for more than 60 minutes continuously

• ensure physical activity is a positive experience

• ensure appropriate feeding patterns, including breastfeeding

• ensure appropriate feeding patterns, including adequate time for meal consumption

• ensure appropriate infant and child feeding patterns, including appropriate portion sizes

• promote a positive attitude toward food, and

• maintain a tobacco free campus.
For policy details and to learn more about the Gold Sneaker Initiative, please go to: http://tn.gov/health/topic/goldsneaker http://tn.gov/health/topic/goldsneaker

 

To become a Gold Sneaker facility, please contact
Marcha E. Allen-Bradley, M.B.A.

Tobacco Risk Coordinator

Office (901) 222-9273

Fax (901) 222-9287

Marcha.Bradley@shelbycountytn.gov

National Public Health Week

Click here to view Shelby County’s NPHW video

All of us at the  Shelby County Health Department believe that we can make a difference as we strive to become the healthiest and safest community in Tennessee. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and environment of all Shelby County residents. Shelby County Health Department is committed to all areas of public health. We offer a plethora of tobacco prevention/ cessation services.

Youth Prevention – 901-222-9008

  •  Why Animals Don’t Smoke
  • #weDONTpuff
  • TATU – Teen Against Tobacco Use
  • T4 – Tennessee Teens Talk Tobacco

Adult Awareness/ Cessation 901-222-9274

  • TN Tobacco Quit  line 1(800) QUIT- NOW
  • Freedom from Smoking
  • Smoke Free Housing Assistance
  • Pathways

Maternal Cessation/ Prevention 901-222-9268

  • Baby & Me Tobacco Free

 

Talk it out!!!

 April is National alcohol and substance abuse month. This is a month where organizations and individuals focus on bringing awareness and education to alcoholism and substance addiction. One of the most abused substances in today’s society is tobacco and tobacco related products. Take a moment to talk it out with your  child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

  Not sure what to say? Here is a help list below!
When you talk about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs:

  • Teach your child the facts.
  • Give your child clear rules.
  • Find out what your child already knows.
  • Be prepared to answer your child’s questions.
  • Talk with your child about how to say “no.”

The Shelby County Health Department would like to reinforce the conversation parents have started. #WeDontPuff is a youth tobacco prevention campaign that encourages youth to never start tobacco and/or tobacco products. If you are a leader of a youth group in Shelby County and want more information about #WeDontPuff contact Paul Richardson at (901) 222-9008.

Talking it out is also great for support quitting if you want to talk it out call the TN QUITLINE 1800QUITNOW

  

Colorectal Cancer & Smoking

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Colorectal cancer risk factors

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, can’t be changed.

But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you will get the disease. And some people who get the disease may not have any known risk factors.

Researchers have found several risk factors that might increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.

One of the healthiest choices a smoker can make is to quit smoking in order to decrease risk factors for colorectal cancer.

Source: cancer.org

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Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 901-222-9274 to get more information on quitting tobacco.

 

 

Saying “Goodbye” to Smoking, part 2

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Earlier this month, we told you about the Freedom from Smoking program offered by the Shelby County Health Department and shared some Quit Day Goodbye letters to cigarettes from the class’ participants. Here are a few more letters – two in the form of poetry – from participants in the January 2016 class. Please contact the Shelby County Health Department Tobacco Quit Line at (901) 222-9274 for information about cessation services available in Shelby County.

“Dear Mr. Marlboro”

     You have been a part of my life for 40 years but today things change. I must consider my health and the health of those I love. You were there in the good times and the bad always demanding my attention.

I am choosing today to be rid of you. The smells, bad breathe, and the need to step outside at family functions and the sending my dollars up in smoke ENDS today.

“Dear Cigarettes”

     I have enjoyed knowing you but you and I know that our relationship should end. I will miss you for a while. I have to keep reminding myself that this is the best thing for me.

There’s the door!

“Dear Marlboro Light Shorts”

I have decided that without you I will not miss:

Clothes, car and home smell

Worrying about my health

Short on $$

Being Avoided by non-smokers

Being fussed at by my family and friends

Cleaning ashtrays

Time spent on waiting in line to buy you

Time spent going back in the house when I left in a hurry and forgot to pick you up

Worrying if I am out of you

Having a habit like you

“GOODBYE CIGARETTES”

I have laughed with you

I have cried with you

You have always been my “go to”

I didn’t think I would

I didn’t think I could

But now I know that I should

Not die because of you

I will start my journey,

Take deep breaths of air

I will heal my body

Save my money

And no longer hover in far corners.

I will not mourn this loss.

For today I will toss

All thoughts of you from my mind.

Farewell and so long

Because today,

I will begin to right

30 (give or take)

Years of wrong