Tobacco Measures Require Public Comment

September 29, 2009

The Joint CommissionI would like to bring your attention to an important opportunity to comment. The Joint Commission, which sets accreditation standards for all hospitals, has just made public four new measures related to tobacco use and dependence. If adopted, these measures will require all hospitals to assess all patients age 12-years and older regarding tobacco use, and to offer current tobacco users counseling, medications, and limited follow-up.

The Joint Commission is soliciting public comments on the proposed draft tobacco use measures. The public comment period opened September 1, 2009 and will close at midnight on September 30, 2009. The results of the public comments will be used to develop detailed measure specifications and to determine which measures move forward for pilot testing.

It is very important for everyone concerned about health to express support for the proposed four tobacco cessation measures. A strong public health response, particularly at the state and local levels, is critical to ensure that these measures are approved.

If you would like to comment on the measures, complete the survey and then add your own comments. Additional background information has been developed on the rationale and proposed tobacco measures, as well as examples of possible messages to convey to The Joint Commission:

background information

sample messages


KYC-Ash Jungle Bash Youth Conference

September 29, 2009

Save the date! The Kingman Youth Coalition Beating Up Teen Tobacco (KYCBUTT) invites you to the “KYC-Ash Jungle Bash” on November 6 and 7, 2009. View our flyer for more information. As we get closer to the event, registration forms, conference location, and hotel information will be posted. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Annie Meredith
Mohave County

New FDA Web Site May Impact Quitlines

September 23, 2009

Site dedicated to flavored tobacco products to include information on quitting smoking.

North American Quitline ConsortiumYesterday, the FDA launched a Web site dedicated to flavored tobacco products. Accompanying the new Web site is a phone line for reporting flavored tobacco. It includes an option for information on quitting smoking. When a caller chooses this option for quit assistance, the FDA gives callers the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number and they are encouraged to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW on their own.  

The North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) does not anticipate this promotion of 1-800-QUIT-NOW to have a significant impact on U.S. quitlines, but wanted to make sure you were aware of it.

To hear the FDA recording, call 1-877-CTP-1373.

[Information courtesy of the NAQC Promotion Alert dated Wednesday, September 23.]

Effectively Reach Teens With Your Message

September 23, 2009

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCan you hear me now? The National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM) at CDC has published a new issue brief on communicating with teens that may be of interest. It reports on the use of the Internet, mobile phones etc.

Audience Insights: Communicating to Teens (Aged 12-17)

Candy and Fruit Flavored Cigarettes Now Illegal

September 23, 2009

Ban is First Under New Tobacco Law in United States

In its first major action under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the FDA today announced the ban on flavored cigarettes making their sale illegal in the United States. The Tobacco Product Center Web site contains a number of useful documents including:

General questions and answers on the ban describes exactly which products are covered by the ban. These include products, even if they are not labeled as cigarettes, if they are “are likely to be offered to, or purchased by, consumers as cigarettes.” This is designed to address those cigarettes that have been repackaged as “little cigars” in an attempt to avoid excise taxes and/or the ban on flavors.
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