FDA Tobacco Compliance Webinar Resources

April 24, 2013

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is hosting a series of webinars on federal tobacco regulations. These webinars are designed to provide FDA tobacco compliance education and information to retailers and small businesses. Each webinar includes a Q&A session to provide participants the opportunity to have their questions answered by FDA.

Please visit this link to access the webinars.

Kick Butts Day 2013 a success!

April 19, 2013

Kick Butts Day 2013 was a success! Members of Students Taking a New Direction, better known as STAND, were in local communities statewide. STAND members setup pledge walls asking their peers to pledge to be tobacco-free. Members donned t-shirts that read on the front “1,400 a day” and on the reverse, “500,000 a year.” These numbers signify the number of tobacco related days in the US daily and yearly respectively. In addition, the youth ‘dropped dead’ every 14 minutes to signify this statistic.

Please see below for some of our extended media coverage of the event. Thanks to all who participated in the planning and on the day of this event.

KTVK – 9:00am

KNXV – 11:00am

KTVK – 4:30pm

KPNX – 5:00pm

KSAZ – 10:00pm


Maricopa County Department of Health Launches “Talking Tobacco” Online Dental Course

April 18, 2013

Talking Tobacco

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Jennifer Franklin, Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention – 602-372-8418



PHOENIX (April 15, 2013)  – The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention has launched “Talking Tobacco,” a free online course designed to educate dental professionals about the effects of tobacco use on oral health.

Authored by Carolyn Holman, R.D.H., a registered dental hygienist and educator who administers Maricopa County’s Oral Health Tobacco Education program, “Talking Tobacco”  (at www.onlinedentalcourse.org) focuses on the oral manifestations of tobacco use, the critical role that dental professionals play in helping their patients quit, and ways to alleviate the costly public health problem of tobacco use. It also provides information about free cessation services offered by Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine -www.ashline.org).

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California Assemblyman Interview on His Bill to Ban Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing

April 18, 2013

Assemblyman Marc Levine of California, is interviewed on Fox News Fox & Friends about his bill to ban smoking in apartments and condos.

President’s Plan to Increase Tobacco Tax Will Protect Kids and Save Lives

April 11, 2013

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Apr. 10 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today has taken bold action to protect our children from tobacco addiction and save lives by proposing to increase the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents per pack and similarly increase taxes on other tobacco products. We urge Congress to support this proposal, which would have as great an impact in reducing tobacco use among kids as any action the federal government has taken. It would be a giant step toward winning the fight against tobacco, the nation’s number one cause of preventable death.

On top of the health benefits, the proposed tobacco tax increases would raise $78.1 billion over 10 years to fund early childhood education initiatives proposed by the President, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Study after study has shown that increasing the tobacco tax is one of the most effective ways to reduce smoking and other tobacco use, especially among kids. Even tobacco companies admit in their own documents that tobacco tax increases reduce youth smoking, which is why they vehemently oppose them. Economic research has found that every 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by six or seven percent and overall cigarette consumption by three to five percent.

The health and economic benefits of a federal tobacco tax increase were confirmed in a 2012 report by the highly respected Congressional Budget Office. The CBO found that a 50-cent increase in the federal tobacco tax would raise substantial new revenue while prompting nearly 1.4 million adult smokers to quit by 2021, saving tens of thousands of lives and reducing health care costs, including for the Medicaid program. Based on the CBO’s statement that a $1 tax increase would roughly double those benefits, we estimate that a 94-cent cigarette tax increase would prompt 2.6 million adult smokers to quit and save 18,000 lives by 2021. Read the rest of this entry »

Wide show of support for SHAC tobacco-free campus campaign at University of Arizona

April 2, 2013

By STEPHANIE KHA, Guest Columnist for DailyWildcat.com Published March 31, 2013

The Student Health Advocacy Committee is turning heads with its campaign to transform the UA into a tobacco-free campus. On March 20,SHAC hosted its first ever UA Kick Butts Day Cleanup Competition to promote awareness of tobacco use on campus.

In just one hour, an astounding 19,141 cigarette butts were picked up on our campus, a number that not only demonstrates how much litter our university endures, but also reveals the ineffectiveness of our designated smoking areas. There was publicity for this event, as it was advertised on table toppers and flyers throughout the Student Union Memorial Center, in the Arizona Daily Wildcat and additionally on social media websites and email listservs.

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