New Year’s Resolutions and Project Quit on Fox10 Phoenix

December 31, 2013
Courtney Ward, Office Chief for Tobacco Programs at the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease discusses Project Quit, ASHLine and New Year's Resolutions with Diane Ryan of Fox10 Phoenix

Courtney Ward, Office Chief for Tobacco Programs at the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease discusses Project Quit, ASHLine and New Year’s Resolutions with Diane Ryan of Fox10 Phoenix

Project Quit, part of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline, will encourge Arizonans who want to quit using tobacco as part of their New Year’s resoluion.

via How to make your ‘quit smoking’ resolution stick.

Spot 127 Audio Series About Teen Tobacco Use and Addiction

December 20, 2013
SPOT 127 Teen Reporters Unveil Stories of Deception


Teen reporters from SPOT 127, KJZZ’s youth media center, are using their passion for journalism and digital media to produce an online audio series about tobacco use and addiction called Stories of Deception. Students Taking a New Direction (STAND), Arizona’s anti-smoking youth coalition, recently enlisted the help of the SPOT 127 team to produce the series.


“I hope teenagers hear this message and realize there are better ways to cope with stress and anxiety than by using tobacco products,” said BrieAnna Frank, a Maryvale High School junior who has been with the SPOT 127 team since its grand opening in Nov. 2012 and the producer of a public service announcement in the series called Don’t be a Replacement.


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New York City Council votes to ban e-cigarettes

December 20, 2013
New York City Council votes to ban e-cigarettes

Miguel Martin, president of Logic, the U.S.’s third-largest e-cigarette maker, says he’s disappointed in the New York City Council’s position.

By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News

New Yorkers who’ve latched on to electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix at the local bar had their hopes snuffed out Thursday as the New York City Council overwhelmingly voted to add the smokeless smokes to the city’s ban on smoking in public places.

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Coming Soon: CDC Feature on New Year’s Quit Attempts

December 11, 2013

Dear Colleague:

During the winter holidays, CDC will reach out to smokers who want to quit smoking for the New Year. We’ll help them make this healthy resolution a reality in 2014. Below is a preview of materials to come. We hope these resources will help facilitate your planning efforts and further support people in your own community who want to quit.

Please share this email with your tobacco control partners so that they can plan to use our materials, too. We’ll send another E-mail by Monday, December 23, providing links to these products.


CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health


CDC Feature Article: Your New Year Quit Smoking Plan

This article:

  • Will explain how to make a New Year’s quit smoking plan and will stress that smokers really can reach this goal—a tremendously worthy goal that nearly 50 million Americans have already accomplished.
    • Readers will find helpful, free quitting resources.
    • They’ll learn that quitting can help you breathe easier in just a few weeks and lower your risk for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This serious lung disease can disable people in the prime of life, and most cases are caused by smoking.


  • Will share the story of  Beatrice, one of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign participants:
    • Beatrice is a busy mother of two boys, whose family begged her to quit smoking. In an embedded video, Beatrice talks about her own smoking triggers and how she overcame them to quit for good.

This feature article will go live on December 23 on and be promoted via CDC Tobacco Free social media profiles.



A “Smokefree New Year” Web button will be available in a variety of sizes.


Information on OSH’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web Site

OSH will provide a link to the CDC feature article as well as to quitting resources and social media tools located on the December Media Calendar page.


Like, Follow, and Subscribe! Social Media Engagement

To take advantage of all the activities we have planned on our social media profiles, you may wish to proactively like and follow @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to the Smoking & Tobacco Use playlist on YouTube. Doing so will enable you to receive and share status updates and profile updates as they are posted.


ASHLine Director Stephen Michael on The Morning Blend

December 6, 2013


Officials Hope Law Curbs E-cigarette Use By Kids

December 6, 2013

By KAY MILLER TEMPLE, Cronkite Newscast Grande Valley Newspapers Inc.

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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NY Times Editorial: The Power of Cigarette Warning Labels

December 3, 2013


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.

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