Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
Apply to Be a NACCHO Model Practice
Webinar: Leveraging Partnerships to Promote Tobacco Prevention
Legacy's 2012 Community Activist Award
Report: Tobacco Use among Middle and High School Students
MMWR: Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco--U.S., 2000-2011
Public Health Grand Rounds: Global Tobacco Control
Seeking Stories from the Field
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Coming Soon: Apply to NACCHO's Model Practices Program
NACCHO's Model Practices Program honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practices and shares these practices through the Model Practices Database. Share what works by submitting a practice and contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods. The submission period will be October 1-31. Learn more about the program and why you should apply here.
More information will be in the October newsletter. 
Webinar: Leveraging Partnerships to Promote Tobacco Prevention

The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) is hosting a webinar entitled "Leveraging Partnerships to Promote Tobacco Prevention and Control at the State, Local, and Tribal Levels." Presenters from Utah will discuss how state and local health department tobacco prevention staff worked for 18 months to jointly redefine relationships and a statewide strategic plan. Presenters from Oklahoma will highlight lessons learned on building a strong partnership between a tribal nation, a local tobacco control program, and the state health department. The webinar will be held Monday, September 17 from 3-4 PM EDT. Register here.

DC Court Rules against Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels 

On Friday, August 24, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the FDA's proposed graphic warning labels for cigarettes. In a statement, Matthew Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, calls for this decision to be appealed based on science and the law. Given the split decisions (the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the graphic warnings requirement in March), future review of this issue by U.S. Supreme Court is likely. Read the full decision here. 

Report: Tobacco Use among Middle and High School Students 

Current Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students-United States, 2011, in CDC's August 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, shows that while tobacco use among U.S. middle school and high school students has declined since 2000, the steep rate of decline from 1997 to 2003 has slowed as a result of budget cuts to tobacco control programs. Read the report here

Progress Report: Ending the Tobacco Epidemic 

The Department of Health and Human Services released a progress report that details activities and progress towards goals identified in Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan. The comprehensive report captures the landscape of tobacco control at the national level, describes coordinated efforts across the Department and its various agencies, and highlights examples from Communities Putting Prevention to Work and Community Transformation Grants communities. For more information about the Strategic Action Plan and to read the progress report, issued on August 15, click here.

American Lung Association Report on Tobacco Use in Rural Communities

The American Lung Association published Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities, its fifth health disparity report in the Disparities in Lung Health Series. The report addresses the prevalence of tobacco use in rural communities across the United States, where people are more likely to use tobacco and be exposed to secondhand smoke, and have particularly high rates of smokeless tobacco use. 

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.