PHOENIX — With electronic cigarettes increasingly popular among children nationally, officials and advocates hope a new Arizona law banning sales to those under 18 will pay dividends here.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said e-cigarette use among high school students rose from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 2.8 percent in 2012.
Dr. Sara Bode, a member of Arizona’s chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the law that took effect in September sends an important message that e-cigarettes still deliver nicotine that impairs memory and can lead to cigarette smoking and other addictions.
“Sometimes even just passing the legislation, regardless of what may come of it, is enough to draw attention to the issue, and that’s part of what we need,” Bode said.
E-cigarettes look similar to an ink pen and create a vapor by warming a nicotine-liquid with a small battery-powered heating element, creating a vapor that’s inhaled.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office’s Counter Strike program, which uses youth volunteers to identify stores selling tobacco products to minors, has expanded its efforts to include e-cigarettes, said Erika Mansur, an assistant attorney general.
So far, 12 retailers have been fined for selling e-cigarettes to the minors, while another eight have been fined for selling minors e-hookah, another device that vaporizes nicotine, Mansur said.
While the typical rate for stores selling tobacco products to Counter Strike participants is 15 to 18 percent, so far the rate is about 50 percent for selling e-cigarettes, she said.
“We are concerned that the fail rate is so high, so we want to improve that by continuing to inspect and to also educate the retailers,” Mansur said.
Leslie Bloom, chief executive of Arizona’s Partnership for a Drug-Free America, said that law or no law, parents need to understand the risk of nicotine in e-cigarettes and talk with their kids.
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The New York Times
Published: November 28, 2013
A provocative new study has suggested that the Food and Drug Administration greatly underestimated how much graphic warning labels on cigarette packs reduced the rate of smoking among Canadians. As a result, the study says, the F.D.A. vastly underestimated the impact such warnings would have in the United States.
The interpretation of this data is crucial because a federal appeals courtblocked the F.D.A.’s first attempt to require graphic warning labels on the grounds that the agency had shown no persuasive evidence that the warnings were likely to reduce smoking rates.
Most experts agree that the biggest deterrent to smoking is raising the cost of cigarettes. As a result, whatever impact graphic warnings had after they were introduced in Canada in 2000 depends heavily on the cost of cigarettes in that period.
The new study, carried out by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Waterloo in Canada, argues that the F.D.A. erred in calculating cigarette costs in Canada. Published this month, it says the F.D.A. used cigarette excise tax rates, which rose significantly during the decade, instead of the prices actually paid by consumers, which fell. According to the study, that caused the F.D.A. to overestimate the effect of prices and underestimate the effect of graphic warnings.
Citing several alleged flaws in the F.D.A.’s analysis, the study concluded that the reduction in smoking attributable to Canada’s warning labels was 33 times to 53 times larger than the F.D.A.’s estimate. Had the United States adopted such labels in 2012, it said, the number of adult smokers would have fallen by 5.3 million to 8.6 million.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy group that favors graphic warning labels, urged the F.D.A. to use the study and other scientific evidence to come back with a label proposal that would satisfy the courts. Stronger, graphic warnings could save lives.
Around the Town: Great American Smokeout set for Thursday
Students throughout Coconino County and statewide will participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, to encourage people to quit smoking.
“When it comes to the health effects of smoking, people often think of personal consequences,” said Marie Peoples, Coconino County Public Health Services District chief health officer. “The reality is that smoking affects others, particularly children, through secondhand smoke.”
In partnership with the American Lung Association, members of Students Taking a New Direction (STAND), Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition, will be holding events throughout Arizona to promote the positive health impacts of living and working in a smoke-free environment.
Youth coalition members in Flagstaff and Page will collect tobacco-free pledges from fellow high school students. STAND members will also work with local government leaders to establish smoke-free parks.
The Great American Smokeout began in 1977 and is organized nationally by the American Cancer Society. In Arizona, it is supported by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease.
For free help in quitting tobacco use, visit the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline at http://www.ASHLine.org or call (800) 556-6222.
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Willcox Range News- Nov. 20th, 2013
On Thursday, Nov. 21, local teens will promote The Great American Smokeout, which is a day when smokers are encouraged to quit tobacco for the day, and quit for life. This year, members of the Cochise County Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC), in conjunction with Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction (better known as STAND), will take that one step further urging Arizonans to ‘decide today for life-long-strong lungs.’
In partnership with the American Lung Association (ALA), STAND will be holding events throughout Arizona promoting the health impact of living and working in a smoke-free environment. For Cochise County residents, this event will be held all day Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Government Building Health Department in Douglas, 1012 G Ave. STAND members are partnering with members of the ALA’s Better Breather’s club to provide interactive demonstrations on how smoking can affect your lungs.
Students at Desert Ridge Junior High School in Mesa had a visit from artist and anti-tobacco advocate Albert Ortiz on Friday.
Seventh- and eighth-graders had a chance to ask the artist about his inspiration and techniques during the exhibition organized by Maricopa County Public Health Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention.
The dozens of paintings are inspiring students in the school’s citizenship and responsibility classes to create their own anti-tobacco posters, which they’ll display at school for the Great American