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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: New Orleans Passes A Smoke Free Ordinance

23 Apr


New Orleans has joined almost 700 cities nationwide in going smoke-free. In January 2015, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed and Mayor Landrieu signed into law a new, comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. The City’s new ordinance goes into effect on April 22, 2015.  In addition to smoking restrictions that already exist under state law, there will be new restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in many locations across the City.

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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Washington attorney general wants to raise smoking age to 21

22 Jan

Pictures-Of-SmokersWashington state would become the first in the country to ban tobacco for everyone under age 21 under a plan announced Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Ferguson and legislators said bills to raise the smoking age from 18 were inspired by the effectiveness of such smoking laws elsewhere. The first city to do so, Needham, Mass., in 2005, saw a drop of more than 50 percent in its high-school-smoking rate by 2012, Ferguson said.

Dozens of cities and counties have followed suit, including New York City; Suffolk County on Long Island in New York; and Hawaii County, which encompasses the “Big Island” of its state. However, bills to make the smoking age 21 failed in the past two years in New Jersey, Utah and Colorado.

Four states — Utah, New Jersey, Alabama and Alaska — and Washington, D.C., require tobacco users to be 19 or older.

Officials in Washington state cited several studies showing most adult smokers started as teenagers as justification for the change.

“For me, it’s really about helping these kids not have a lifetime of addiction,” said Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, the lead House sponsor of the bill in that chamber.

The House version of Ferguson’s bill has been referred to the Health Care and Wellness Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, a co-sponsor of the bill. State Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, lead sponsor of an identical Senate bill, said he expects a tough, possibly multiyear fight getting the change through the Capitol.

“This is the start of a conversation,” Miloscia said.

Kick Butts Day 2014 is March 19!

16 Jan


Kick Butts Day 2014 is March 19!
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community.They encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free. This year is the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General’s report that definitively linked tobacco use to cancer. Even 50 years after clear evidence of the link of tobacco and cancer, we have much work to do. That’s why this year we want to make our voices louder than ever to make sure that 50 years from now, tobacco is no longer the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Join the fight and register an event  ( today to keep the fight against Big Tobacco going.

Your event is vital to building the next generation of the tobacco control movement. Remember, Kick Butts Day registration is now open, so be sure to check out the revamped Kick Butts Day website (      and register to host an event today!

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES:FDA moves restricting menthol in cigarettes

7 Aug


The FDA has released report that has set the stage for restricting or banning mentholated cigarettes. Any action taken by the agency would have the strongest effect on African-American communities – menthol cigarettes are the choice of 75% of black smokers. Three major African American interest groups have urged the FDA not to ban mentholated cigarettes, as they fear that an underground market will emerge and stress law enforcement agencies.

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HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: American Lung Association Calls for Swift FDA Action to Remove Menthol Cigarettes from the Marketplace

30 Jul

The US Food and Drug Administration has released a report concluding that menthol cigarettes pose a greater risk to public health than those without. In response, the American Lung Association is calling for the FDA to remove those cigarettes from the market. This recommendation is also based on data that the availability of menthol cigarettes reduces smoking cessation, especially among African Americans and increases the overall prevalence of smoking among African Americans (as they are disproportionately marketed per capita to African Americans).

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