FDA Will Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco

April 27, 2011

By Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today
Published: April 26, 2011

WASHINGTON — The FDA will regulate electronic cigarettes the same way it regulates other tobacco products, the agency has announced.

The government has decided not to appeal a federal appeals court decision holding that e-cigarettes and other products made or derived from tobacco can be regulated as “tobacco products” under federal law “and are not drugs or devices unless they are marketed for therapeutic purposes,” Lawrence R. Deyton, MD, the director of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products, and Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, wrote in a letter to stakeholders.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered metallic tubes that resemble traditional cigarettes and are filled with a liquid nicotine mixture derived from tobacco, as well as flavors and other chemicals. The liquid is converted into a vapor that the user inhales. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping the Mentally Ill to Quit Smoking

April 27, 2011

A pilot program in New York City is challenging a long-held belief about cigarette smoking—that people with mental-health problems aren’t interested in quitting.

The results so far are promising. Therapists say they are surprised that some patients with mental illness have been eager to join the anti-smoking program. And for some patients, giving up smoking has helped them feel more confident about other parts of their lives. The results also hold potential for helping hard-core smokers in the general population stop smoking.

Nearly half of all the cigarettes sold in the U.S. are smoked by people with a serious mental illness, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2000. People with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are twice as likely to smoke as the general population, and they tend to smoke about 50% more cigarettes per day.

The pilot program began in January at the International Center for the Disabled (ICD), an outpatient psychiatric clinic. It uses nicotine-replacement therapy and one-on-one counseling with therapists trained to keep patients motivated and work through problems that arise. Read the rest of this entry »

Regulation of E-Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products

April 27, 2011

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Metro PHX air in American Lung report

April 27, 2011

Metro Phoenix air now rated 2nd-worst in U.S.
Area sheds ‘worst’ label; local officials still fault data used 
by Shaun McKinnon – Apr. 27, 2011 02:00 AM The Arizona Republic

Read the article here.

Navajo Nation to be 100% smokefree! President Shelly Signs Executive Order

April 26, 2011

Media Release

Tuesday, April 26, 2011                                                     
Contact: Patricia Nez Henderson, email: pnhenderson@bhcaih.org

Navajo Nation Historic Event: President Ben Shelly Signs Executive Order for Commercial Tobacco-free Environments on Navajo Nation

Window Rock, AZ — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly in an historic event Tuesday, April 26 signed an Executive Order protecting employees and the public on the Navajo Nation from exposure to commercial tobacco smoke in all workplaces and public places. 
The primary goal is to improve the health of Navajo people while respecting traditional practices and ceremonies associated with traditional tobacco use. Today President Shelly fulfilled his campaign promise and established a commercial tobacco free environment in all workplaces and public places within the Navajo Nation.  Secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease, asthma, lung and other cancers, and has been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Group A carcinogen. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and ventilation technology does not ensure protection from secondhand smoke and its health-related illnesses. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-Smoking Campaign Starts at Arizona Science Center

April 11, 2011

Published : Monday, 11 Apr 2011, 10:44 AM MDT

PHOENIX – One of the many dramatic displays in Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds and The Brain features blackened smokers’ lungs compared to healthy lungs.

The striking comparison of these lung specimens moves visitors to quit smoking, stay quitters, and pledge to never smoke for the rest of their lives.

On April 11, guests pledging to quit smoking receive free admission to the exhibit from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

FOX 10’s Diane Ryan has the details.

I Quit! Anti-Smoking Campaign
Free admission for guests pledging “I Quit!” between 7am – 10am, April 11
Body Worlds & The Brain at Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

American Lung Association
1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)

To see the article online with corresponding video, click here. BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala is interviewed regarding the exhibit and the need to quit.

“I Quit!” campaign encouraging smokers to kick the habit

April 11, 2011

by Catherine Holland
Posted on April 11, 2011

PHOENIX — “I Quit!” is an international smoking cessation program specifically designed “Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain” and presented by Arizona Science Center in partnership with the American Lung Association to encourage people to stop smoking as soon as they step foot into the exhibit.

Yetta Gibson explained how it works, showing us the effects of smoking on your body.

To see the article online and watch the video click here. BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala is interviewed regarding the “I Quit” program and provides information regarding the ASHLine and getting check-ups to ensure that people catch problems before it’s too late.