From Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy:
It’s not smoke, but that doesn’t mean vaporizing is safe.
That’s the message coming from the Coconino County Public Health Services District.
Electronic cigarettes are soaring in popularity, doubling in use each year since 2008. Patrons smoke them in downtown bars and coffee shops. And as more people take up the habit, an increasing number of workplaces and public institutions have already banned e-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
In 2011, the Board of Supervisors added electronic cigarettes to their existing smoking ban in unincorporated Coconino County.
But that message hasn’t gotten out everywhere.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting additional candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers (Tips). Similar to previous campaigns seen here, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health problems will be featured. We are conducting a national search to find people with compelling stories who are willing to participate in our campaign.
I am writing to ask for your assistance to help identify individuals who fit our recruitment criteria (listed below) and who may be interested in participating in the Tips campaign. A representative from Mimi Webb Miller Casting will be contacting you soon on behalf of CDC. We hope you will be willing to share any referrals you might have. You can be assured that we will treat all applicants with dignity, respect, and sensitivity.
We are seeking people from all backgrounds, and are particularly looking for candidates who are of Asian descent. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months.
We are looking for ex-smokers who:
- Have or have had colorectal cancer that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 30–65).
- Have or have had macular degeneration that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 40–65).
- Used cigars with cigarettes orused cigarillos or little cigars with or without cigarettes, thinking cigars, cigarillos and little cigars were healthier than cigarettes and developed a serious health condition while smoking (ages 20-60).
- Used e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco for at least a year while continuing to smoke some cigarettes; and
- Thought using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to cut back on some cigarettes would be good for your health; and
- Despite cutting back, you were later diagnosed with a serious health condition.
All individuals should be comfortable sharing their story publicly and be able to articulate how their smoking-related condition has changed their life. The association between smoking and their condition must be clear, and candidates’ physicians will be contacted to verify that smoking contributed to the condition.
We are asking you to help distribute this flyer. Please feel free to email it to anyone who might be willing to help CDC recruit for this campaign. The flyer can be posted in public areas or shared with anyone who may know people who fit the criteria above.
If you have questions, please send them to our CDC representative, Crystal Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Recruitment Question” in the subject line.
Timothy McAfee, MD, MPH
Director, Office on Smoking and Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
I am pleased to announce that Benjamin Palmer has accepted the position for the Tobacco Communications Program Manager for the Office of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs.
Mr. Palmer has government institutional knowledge as well as public relations, marketing and communication knowledge and experience which spans over a four year time period. In his new position, Mr. Palmer serves as the primary contact for the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease (BTCD) contracted state media and marketing vendors to assist with development and implementation of social marketing strategies for the tobacco program, which includes the launch of BTCD’s youth coalition, Students Taking A New Direction (STAND), as well as BTCD’s cessation campaigns which include ASHLine media flights and new creative for cessation marketing campaigns. Ben also has experience with working across ADHS with multiple bureaus and has been responsible for working with the ADHS administration to develop and disseminate program-specific press and news releases highlighting and/or promoting events, initiatives and/or achievements.
In an era of streamlining our communications team amidst an expansion of activities in tobacco prevention and cessation, Ben has displayed superb performance and ability to work above standards in several areas, and has served at the core of our work in sustaining Arizona as a leader in tobacco control. It is with great pleasure that I am able to make this announcement.
Please help me in congratulating Ben in his new position. Thanks!!
Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2602
Wide differences in state-tax rates have created a thriving black market in cigarettes, with Arizona a top destination for smuggled shipments, according to a Tax Foundation study. New York is tops.
Increased tax rates and wide differences among the states have increased the black market for cigarette smuggling, with Arizona as the No. 2 state for inbound shipments, according to a new study.
The report, from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, cited a lucrative and thriving black market that can lead to other problems.
Smuggled cigarettes make up an estimated 51.5 percent of consumption in Arizona, second only to New York, at 56.9 percent, according to the study. New York has the nation’s highest cigarette tax, at $4.35 per pack, based on 2012 numbers. That’s in addition to a tax of $1.50 a pack in New York City.
New Mexico (48.1 percent), Washington (48 percent) and Wisconsin (34.6 percent) had the next-highest rates rates of inbound smuggling as a percentage of consumption.
Outbound smuggling is most common in New Hampshire, Wyoming, Idaho, Virginia and Delaware, states where cigarettes can be purchased at a lower cost and smuggled elsewhere. Nevada (80 cents a pack) and Colorado (84 cents) are the states with the lowest cigarette taxes per pack in the Southwest.
“Dramatic increases in state cigarette taxes over the years have led to increased smuggling as criminals procure discounted packs from low-tax states to sell in high-tax states,” said Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard, in a statement. “Growing cigarette-tax differentials have made cigarette smuggling both a national problem and a lucrative criminal enterprise.”
In addition to lost state-tax revenue, smuggling activities also can include counterfeit state-tax stamps, counterfeit versions of legitimate brands, hijacked trucks and the bribing of officials who turn a blind eye to illegal shipments, said the report.
The Tax Foundation study relied on a statistical analysis of data by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to estimate smuggling rates for each state.
Missouri had the nation’s lowest cigarette tax, at 17 cents a pack.
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