Tobacco News- April 1st, 2015

2015 Tips From Former Smokers Campaign

When you have to get a needle stuck in your eye, look as far away as possible
Source: CDC, Tips From Former Smoker Campaign

The 2015 Tips from Former Smokers campaign is set to run for 20 weeks beginning March 30th. The Tips campaign was launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012. The Tips campaign  shows real people who are living with serious long-term health conditions caused by smoking and secondhand smoke. The Tips campaign has inspired smokers to try to quit and supported those who are trying to quit.

If you need help quitting, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

The 2015 ads will feature:

  • Julia: Colorectal cancer
  • Mark: Colorectal cancer
  • Marlene: Macular degeneration
  • Tiffany: Quit for her daughter, lost her own mother to lung cancer
  • Kristy: Early COPD, used e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking but, ended up using both. Her continued smoking led to a collapsed lung.

Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco

The Institute of Medicine recently released a report, Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products, and held a webinar to discuss what the impacts would be on tobacco use if the legal age to purchase tobacco was raised. The report concludes, that without changes in the tobacco market, social norms and attitudes, or in the knowledge of patterns and causes of tobacco use, that raising the minimum legal age will reduce tobacco use initiation among adolescents, improve the health of Americans across the lifespan, and save lives.

If you would like to view the full report or the webinar, please go here.