Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
New NACCHO Evidence-Based Resource Center
FDA Requests Information on Regulation of Menthol
New Resources on E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Smoking Devices
2013 Tips "Talk with Your Doctor" Video Loop Now Available for Use
Tobacco Use Among Homeless People
Nominate a Colleague for Legacy's Community Activist Award
Connect with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Team
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New NACCHO Evidence-Based Resource Center

NACCHO has just released a new resource center that simplifies how LHDs can integrate evidence into their planning and assessment efforts at the local level. The resource center serves as a "one-stop-shop" for population-based public health tools and resources including the National Prevention Strategy, The Community Guide, Healthy People 2020, Health in all Policies, and offers guidance for integrating the resources into a uniform approach for achieving health and wellness. The Resource Center has been released in coordination with the National Prevention Council's 2013 Annual Status Report, and contains a toolkit and 4-step framework for implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the local level. Click here to visit the resource center.

FDA Requests Information on Regulation of Menthol 

On July 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that menthol-flavored cigarettes appear to pose a greater risk to public health than standard cigarettes. In a "preliminary scientific evaluation," the FDA found that while there is "little evidence" to suggest menthol cigarettes are more toxic than non-menthol cigarettes, the mint flavor of menthol masks the harshness of tobacco, making it easier to get addicted and harder to quit. 

 

The FDA released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. Comments are due Monday, September 23, 2013. Click here to submit comments. 

New Resources on E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Smoking Devices

ChangeLab Solutions has released new materials on how to regulate e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices including a Model Ordinance Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices and a flow chart to help communities determine what strategy best fits their needs. They also developed an accompanying checklist to highlight key policy options available in the ordinance. All tools are available on ChangeLab Solutions' website.
2013 Tips "Talk with Your Doctor" Video Loop Now Available for Use 

A looped video of three Tips ads with the "Talk With Your Doctor" tag is now available for free download and use.  You will find it on the Tips download center under the Healthcare tab here. The videos on the loop are Bill's Diabetes Tip, Terrie's Voice Tip and Jessica's Asthma Tip in Spanish. We encourage you to download and coordinate placement of these videos in waiting rooms in state and local clinics, hospitals and doctor's offices.

Tobacco Use Among Homeless People 

The bottom line: smoking is an important addiction to address for homeless people, even though they may be struggling with many acute issues. In a recent article, the authors describe the significant harm due to smoking experienced by people who are homeless, the challenges in reducing the smoking rate among homeless populations, and the history of tobacco industry marketing. They also provide multi-level recommendations for helping people who are homeless quit using tobacco.

 

An additional resource is a an interview with Dr. Travis Baggett, an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, who presented on tobacco use and other health problems among homeless people. Click here to listen to the podcast. 

Nominate a Colleague for Legacy's Community Activist Award 

Legacy is seeking for nominations for the 2013 Community Activist Award. The award will honor an influential community leader for spearheading impactful tobacco control efforts, especially those that reflect Legacy's mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. The award winner will be recognized by Legacy and receive a $2,500 honorarium. Nominates are due by midnight (PST) on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Click here for more information. 

Connect with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Team 
NACCHO welcomes requests from any local health department for tobacco prevention planning and technical assistance. Please send your request to Vicky Bass. Find resources, policy statements, news, and more on NACCHO's Tobacco webpage.