Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
Court Rules on County Smoking Ban
CTFK's 2013 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards
Ohio Rejects Liquor License Renewal Due to Smoke Free Act Violations
"Broken Promises" Annual Report on State Funding of Tobacco Programs
ALA's Helping Smokers Quit Report
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Court Rules on County Smoking Ban
On Dec. 8, the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the Bullitt County Board of Health's regulation prohibiting smoking in public places, places of employment, private clubs, and elsewhere. NACCHO had joined an amicus brief in support of the board of health's authority to enact a smoking ban. The court ruled that the board of health had the authority to promulgate regulations or ordinances involving public health, that secondhand smoke is a health issue, and the adopted ordinances are reasonable.

CTFK's 2013 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards- Deadline Jan. 31  

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is hosting its annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards (YAYAs), which honor top young leaders from across the country in the fight against tobacco. YAYA winners will receive scholarships and grants to continue their tobacco prevention and control work locally. Click here to apply by Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM EST.

Ohio Rejects Liquor License Renewal Due to Smoke Free Act Violations
The State of Ohio's Liquor Control Commission recently issued an Order affirming the rejection of a liquor license renewal for the Suburban Inn, a local restaurant and bar in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The decision to reject Suburban Inn's request for a renewed liquor license was due to the fact that the establishment acted in "blatant defiance" of Ohio's Smoke Free Act, committing 20 violations on various dates between July 9, 2007 and June 6, 2011. Read more about the Suburban Inn and previous rejections of liquor licenses.
"Broken Promises" Annual Report on State Funding of Tobacco Programs
On Dec. 6, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and public health partners released their annual report ranking the states on their funding of tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The report, "Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 14 Years Later," finds that states are spending "a minuscule portion of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use." Click here to find the full report and related materials.
ALA's Helping Smokers Quit Report
The American Lung Association (ALA) recently released its fifth annual report, "Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage," which provides an overview of smoking cessation services and treatments offered in each state by Medicaid, state employee plans, and private insurance plans. It also discusses past and future federal government actions and policies to help smokers quit, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Click here to find the full report and related materials. In conjunction with the report, ALA is also releasing valuable tools and resources on the Affordable Care Act and tobacco control. 

   

 

For more information on NACCHO's Tobacco Prevention and Control program, visit www.naccho.org/topics/HPDP/tobacco/index.cfm.