Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
New Public Health Financial Data System
Resources on Tobacco Taxation
"State of Tobacco Control" Report
TTAC's New Online Course: External Partnerships
Board of Health Role in Tobacco Control and Prevention
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New Public Health Financial Data System
NACCHO is pleased to announce the launch of the Public Health Uniform National Data System, or PHUND$, for use by local health departments and other public health agencies. PHUND$ is a web-based public health financial data collection and analysis portal hosted on the NACCHO website. Visit PHUND$ today to sign up for an account to enter your agency data and start using the analytical tools now.

Resources on Tobacco Taxation 

Tobacco tax increases have been proven to decrease tobacco use initiation among youths and increase tobacco cessation among adults, while generating new revenue for state tobacco control programs. Anticipating continued budget cuts to tobacco control programs in 2013, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) created several important tools to support tobacco tax increases at the state and local level, including a list of resources on tobacco taxes and a checklist for tobacco tax increases. The CTFK website also hosts a list of fact sheets on U.S. state and local taxes

"State of Tobacco Control" Report
The American Lung Association released the eleventh issue of its annual report, "State of Tobacco Control," which tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal level. The report assigns grades to all 50 state governments and the District of Columbia based on the level of adequacy of each state's tobacco control policies. This year's report highlighted the problem of states failing to invest in prevention and reduction of tobacco use, while the tobacco industry spends millions on tobacco promotion and advertisement. The report also faults the federal government for failing to aggressively pursue the tobacco industry. Read the full report here
TTAC's New Online Course: External Partnerships
The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC), in collaboration with the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC), has just launched External Partnerships: Employers and Public Health Working Together Toward Improving Worksite and Community Health, a new series of free, online courses that provide practical guidance and tools for public health professionals. Led by expert instructors, the course explores the value exchange between non-traditional partners and public health programs and specifically uses the business community as a prime example of these partnerships. 
Board of Health Role in Tobacco Control and Prevention
The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) released a series of fact sheets on the ways in which local boards of health (BOH) can use their legal authority to address tobacco control and prevention policies. The fact sheets highlight the BOH role in the implementation of smoke-free air policies and provide guidance to BOHs for sustaining effective tobacco control policies and addressing new tobacco products. To download any or all of the fact sheets, register here

   

 

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