Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance--United States, 2011
MMWR: Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services among Adults
Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Toolkits
Report: Smoking in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations
Effects of the Cigarette Excise Tax on the Federal Budget
truth Vans Warped Tour
Seeking Stories from the Field
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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance--United States, 2011 

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and inadequate physical activity. Access the YRBSS online here

MMWR: Use of Selected Clinical Preventive Services among Adults--United States, 2007-2010

The CDC recently released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on the use of clinical preventive services in the U.S. In one section, the report addresses tobacco screening, tobacco cessation counseling, and overall cessation success related to physician office visits by adults. The report found that "tobacco use screening and intervention is one of the most effective clinical prevention services, both in terms of cost and success." Read the report here

Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Toolkits  

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Lung Association, and the Department of Health and Human Services, has developed these Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Toolkits. The toolkits are a compilation of existing educational "how-to" and resource brochures, pamphlets, and other information designed to assist owners, management agents, and residents of public and assisted multifamily house who want safer and healthier homes.

Report: Smoking in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations

The Break Free Alliance's new report, Smoking in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations: Prevalence, Health Impact, Challenges and Recommendations, outlines smoking behaviors and health impacts in various low socioeconomic status population segments, including the HIV/AIDS community, the homeless, incarcerated populations, disabled persons, and more. Read the report here.

Effects of the Cigarette Excise Tax on the Federal Budget

This study, from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), analyzes the effect that a theoretical tax increase of 50 cents would have on the nation's health, as well as the federal budget. In the short term, the CBO analysis suggests that increasing the excise tax on cigarettes in the manner described above would reduce federal budget deficits by a total of about $42 billion through 2021. Learn more about the study, and estimated long-term effects, here

truth Vans Warped Tour
The truth Vans Warped Tour combines music, gaming, sports, and health education to reach out to teens across the country with the truth about the tactics of Big Tobacco. Learn more about the tour, including dates and locations, by visiting their Facebook page or reading the press release from Legacy.
Seeking Stories from the Field: LHD Use of the Community Guide
Has your local health department (LHD) successfully implemented recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide)? If so, NACCHO encourages you to share your experience with other LHDs by filling out a short form here. Read stories other LHDs have shared or search by topic here.