Beyond Quitting: The Great American Smokeout Amplifies Successes in Public Health Tobacco Control

November 15, 2018|1:06 p.m.| Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH | ASTHO Chief Medical Officer

Today is the Great American Smokeout, an event that the American Cancer Society has hosted for over 40 years every third Thursday of November. It began in the 1970s when smoking and secondhand smoke were more common and has since helped dramatically change Americans’ attitudes about tobacco. In the wake of new data that shows cigarette smoking among adults is at an all-time low, this year’s observance is an opportunity to both reflect on a major public health success story and look ahead at new policy and systems change strategies to reduce the harmful health effects of all tobacco products on the market. E-cigarettes, for example, continue to pose a significant threat: e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students increased by 78 percent between 2017 and 2018. Read More »

Colorado Looks to Educate Youth About the Public Health Consequences of JUUL

July 19, 2018|11:32 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Colorado is in the midst of a challenging time addressing the e-cigarette and vaping epidemic among youth. Most popular among these products is the JUUL e-cigarette, a sleek, trendy, USB-shaped device created by JUUL Labs. Recently ranked the top state in the nation for high school vaping by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, Colorado is taking swift and decisive action to reverse these trends. Read More »

World No Tobacco Day: State Policy Approaches

May 31, 2018|12:58 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

With over two million annual deaths from tobacco-related cardiovascular disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) is reminding us during World No Tobacco Day on May 31 that tobacco breaks hearts. Here in the United States, even with promising strides to reduce tobacco use, tobacco-related cardiovascular diseases still claim over 30,000 lives each year. These deaths, however, can be avoided by preventing initiation of tobacco use among minors and young adults and promoting tobacco cessation efforts. Read More »

The Intersection of Tobacco and Heart Disease: State and Territorial Opportunities for World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2018|1:16 p.m.| Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH | ASTHO Chief Medical Officer Forum

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners recognize World No Tobacco Day on May 31 to raise awareness about the risks associated with tobacco use. On this day, partners are encouraged to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and promote focused campaigns. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on tobacco and heart disease, two public health issues on which ASTHO has focused and provided ongoing support to state and territorial public health departments. Read More »

Oklahoma Partners Collaborate with Tribes on Tobacco Cessation

May 21, 2018|7:05 p.m.| Community Health and Prevention Team

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and also makes the top of the list in Oklahoma, where the prevalence of tobacco use among the American Indian population remains higher than any other racial group. To address this disparity, partners in Oklahoma have collaborated with tribal nations on health systems change to enhance tobacco cessation. Read More »

State Legislation Surrounding Tobacco At 21 Laws

August 17, 2017|3:23 p.m.| ASTHO State Health Policy Staff

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. In 2015, a report from the Institute of Medicine estimated that there would be 249,000 fewer premature deaths if 21 became the nationwide minimum age of sale for tobacco products. The article discusses the various tobacco at 21 regulations and laws in states and territories. Read More »

FDA Releases Rule That Regulates E-Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

May 05, 2016|4:21 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

In bid to stem growing nicotine use among teenagers, FDA restricts sale of e-cigarettes, hookah and pipe tobacco, and cigars to those 18-years or older among other regulations on these products. Read More »

Federal Agencies Prepare Media Campaigns to Decrease Tobacco Use

January 21, 2016|10:50 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

CDC prepares to launch the 2016 version of it's effective Tips from Former Smokers campaign, and FDA plans to offer media targeting retailers as partners to reduce youth tobacco use. Read More »

Study: Teens Were More Likely to Smoke Tobacco After Using E-Cigarettes

August 20, 2015|10:40 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent observational study of 2,500 ninth graders found that students who had previously used e-cigarettes were more likely to try smoking for the first time in the coming year. Read More »

Report: 1 Billion People Smoke Tobacco, 240 Million Adults Suffer Alcohol-related Disorders Worldwide

May 12, 2015|2:51 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Alcohol use and tobacco smoking are the most prevalent and harmful addictive behaviors worldwide, according to the world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions. Read More »

California Department of Health Launches Campaign Against E-Cigarettes

March 24, 2015|11:34 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Using a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads, the “Wake Up” campaign is an educational effort to inform the public of the health risks and highly addictive properties of e-cigarettes. Read More »

United States to Shift from Longstanding 'Lost Pleasure' Public Health Approach

March 18, 2015|5:44 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Public health experts believe that FDA’s use of the "lost pleasure" principle has resulted in weak regulations. Read More »

Public Health Issues to Watch in 2015

March 03, 2015|3:16 p.m.| Jane Esworthy

As public health issues dominate the nation, health departments are predicting that many ongoing and emerging health threats are expected to make headlines this year. Read More »

Plain Cigarette Packaging May Reduce Smoking Rates

February 18, 2015|2:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Growing evidence shows that plain tobacco product packaging may deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and limit the number of cigarettes current smokers use. Read More »

New Study Finds E-Cigarettes Produce Formaldehyde When Used

January 22, 2015|1:20 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that vapor produced by electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can contain high levels of formaldehyde-releasing agents. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen linked to increased cancer risk. Read More »

Colorado Health Department Partners with Safeway to Implement 'Ask, Advise, Refer' Smoking Cessation Program

January 15, 2015|9:01 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Starting this month, Safeway pharmacists in Colorado will ask customers about their tobacco use and refer them to the Colorado QuitLine if they are ready to quit smoking. Read More »

More Evidence Supports Both Potential Benefits and Dangers of E-Cigarettes

December 17, 2014|1:59 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Are e-cigarettes a good way to quit smoking or are they just the latest way to get people hooked on nicotine? Two recently published research papers provide evidence that e-cigarettes may be both. Read More »

New Hampshire Celebrates This Year’s Great American Smokeout with Higher-Education Partners

November 20, 2014|12:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Today is the Great American Smokeout, and health departments are encouraging smokers to quit and publicizing their cessation resources. This year, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services is celebrating the smokeout through its tobacco-prevention partnership with the state’s universities and colleges. Read More »

Tobacco Reduction: Where Do We Go From Here

November 14, 2014|12:07 p.m.| Scott Briscoe

According to an article in The Atlantic, there are three approaches to a further reduction in tobacco use in the United States: the traditional approach, the harm reduction approach, and the endgame approach. And then there's the fourth approach: the right one. Read More »

Youth E-Cigarette Use Prompts Health Concerns, New Policies in Guam

October 28, 2014|12:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Facing rising levels of e-cigarette use, the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services worked with partners limit access at the department and prohibit sales to minors. Read More »

State-Led Worksite Wellness: A Look at Arkansas' Efforts to Promote Healthy Employees

October 17, 2014|2:34 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Many state health departments across the nation are launching worksite wellness programs to promote healthy living, regular exercise, good nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices among employees. Learn how the Arkansas Department of Health implemented its healthy employee lifestyle program and how it garnered 23,000 participants. Read More »