Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
Webinar: Federal Regulation of Other Tobacco Products - May 21, 11 am EST
News: New York City Proposes Raising Age for Tobacco Purchases
News: NACCHO Signs Citizen Petition on Menthol Cigarettes
News: Supreme Court Upholds Ruling in Favor of FDA Graphic Warning Labels
Study: CDC Releases Results of Study of Secondhand Smoking in Public Housing
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Webinar: Federal Regulation of Other Tobacco Products - May 21, 11 am EST 

Experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will discuss the FDA's role in regulating tobacco products other than cigarettes, such as e-cigarettes, hookah, little cigarettes, and dissolvables. Public health professionals will learn how to engage with the FDA to promote federal regulation of these products to protect public health. To register for the webinar, click here.   

News: New York City Proposes Raising Age for Tobacco Purchases  

In an effort to lower the smoking rates in New York City, the City Council proposed to change the minimum age of tobacco purchase from 18 to 21 years old. Speaker Christine Quinn noted in a press release  that by limiting children's and young adults' access to tobacco products, it will decrease the chances that they will pick up the habit and will ultimately lead to a healthier city. According to Quinn, one estimate finds that by raising the threshold to 21, smoking rates could be reduced by as much as 55 percent.  

News: NACCHO Signs Citizen Petition on Menthol Cigarettes
Under the leadership of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, NACCHO joined a citizen petition submitted to the FDA to prohibit menthol in cigarettes. The petition states "When menthol cigarettes are the source of addiction for nearly half of all adolescent smokers; when menthol increases the palatability and attractiveness of smoking to both youth and racial and ethnic populations; and when menthol clearly increases the difficulty of quitting smoking, there can be no justification for further delay in eliminating the special treatment of the most harmful of cigarette flavor additives."

News: Supreme Court Upholds Ruling in Favor of FDA Graphic Warning Labels 

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appellate court ruling that upheld most provisions of the landmark 2009 law granting the FDA authority over tobacco products, including the requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels. The Supreme Court declined to hear the tobacco industry's appeal of a March 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. This decision allows the FDA to move forward with developing new graphic cigarette warnings that comply with both the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and recent court rulings.   

Study: CDC Releases Results of Study of Secondhand Smoke in Public Housing
A
new study from CDC estimates annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million. This is the first study to estimate the costs that could be saved by implementing voluntary smoke-free policies in subsidized housing, including public housing and other rental assistance programs. The bulk of those annual savings - $341 million - would come from reduced health care expenditures related to secondhand smoke.
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NACCHO welcomes requests from any local health department for tobacco prevention planning and technical assistance. Please send your request to Amy Henes. Find resources, policy statements, news, and more on NACCHO's Tobacco webpage.