Tobacco News- August 1, 2016

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is on November 9, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point).

Coalition News

National Parents Day Letter to the Editor

Mini Cigarillos 2016-06-16Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor encouraging parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of using tobacco.

Read more here.


Other Tobacco News

New CDC MMWR on Adult Tobacco Use

The CDC recently released a report on adult tobacco use in the U.S.

Report highlights:

  • Cigarettes are still the most used tobacco product among adults.
  • Highest use of emerging products like e-cigarettes and hookah is among young adults (18-24).
  • Tobacco use varies based on gender, age, race, geography, education, income, and sexual orientation.

Read more here.

CDC Article on Tobacco Products and Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing

In this study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, authors found that Americans living in multi-unit housing (MUH) are more likely to use tobacco products and less likely to have smoke-free home rules than people living in single-family housing. A quarter of all adult MUH residents use tobacco products and a third of all MUH residents with smoke-free rules are exposed to secondhand smoke that comes into their units from nearby areas.

Read more here.


FDA Final Rule to Take Effect in One Week

On May 5, 2016 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step to protect public health by issuing a final regulation to begin regulating e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah.

The FDA Tobacco Deeming Rule will go into effect one week from today. On August 8th:

  • Tobacco products cannot be sold to minors under the age of 18 (in person and online)
  • Age verification by photo ID is required for all tobacco sales
  • Tobacco products covered by the rule cannot be sold in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility)
  • The distribution of free tobacco products samples is not allowed