Tobacco News- January 23, 2015

The ‘Burden of Tobacco’ report in Wisconsin 2015 edition has been released! The report describes the health and economic burden associated with cigarette smoking in WI. Highlights include:

  • 14.1% of women smoke during pregnancy
  • $3.0 billion in health care costs were paid in WI as a result of diseases caused by smoking (2009)
  • $1.6 billion in lost productivity was lost because of illness and premature death from smoking related illnesses

To see the full report, please go here.

The 13th Annual American Lung Association ‘State of Tobacco Control 2015’ report has been released! The report evaluates states and the federal government on the tobacco control laws and policies necessary to achieve these three goals; prevention & cessation funding; smokefree laws; tobacco taxes; and aggressive implementation of the FDA’s Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The report assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2015. Highlights include:

  • A- Smoke-free air
  • B- Tobacco taxes
  • F– Tobacco prevention
  • F– Access to cessation services

To see the full report, please go here.

The 2014 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey data has been published! The Youth Tobacco Survey is a comprehensive measure of youth awareness, attitudes, and behaviors related to tobacco use. Highlights include:

  • 42.9% of high school students have every tried a tobacco product (down from 45.1% in 2012)
  • 30.1% of high school students have ever tried cigarettes (down from 43.1% in 2012)
  • 10.7% of high school students currently smoke cigarettes (down from 13.1% in 2012)

But, not all of Wisconsin’s numbers were great…

  • 9.7% of high school students currently use chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip (up from 5.8% in 2012)
  • 7.9% of high school and 1.2% of middle school students have used electronic cigarettes in the previous 30 days (National average for high school students is 3. 4%)

To see the full report, please go here.

Product Watch

A new product will be released in February in Wisconsin. This new product , called Revo, is a “heat not burn” cigarette which comes with a carbon tip that heats the tobacco rather than burning it. This product is being marketed as real tobacco but having no ashes and less of a smoke smell.