Nassau County, New York is considering increasing the sales age of all tobacco products to 21. Karen Bloomenfeld, along with other anti-tobacco advocates, medical professionals, and legislators, testified in support of raising the age. Arnold Drucker, a county commissioner in Nassau, stated that the law should be, “equal and level all over Nassau County”. We couldn’t agree more and look forward to welcoming Nassau County into the 225+ localities that have raised the age.
Check out the links below for the story from Newsday.
Karen Bloomenfeld addressing the public and media
Karen and Commissioner Arnold Drucker after the T21 hearing
San Francisco has long been a leader in public health and tobacco control. The UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education continually pushes out new information on the forefront of tobacco control. The city was also among the first to adopt a tobacco 21 ordinance in California.
The public health community has known for some time now that flavors, including menthol, continue to drive young people towards tobacco products. Flavored cigarettes (other than menthol) are already illegal in the US. However, tobacco companies have since put flavor emphasis on many other tobacco products (i.e. little cigars). Additionally, flavors, especially menthol, decrease the harshness of tobacco smoke, making it easier to take deeper inhales.
The work that Malia Cohen is pursuing will help keep many young people from using tobacco products; especially in minority demographics where flavors attract young users even more. Policies such as flavor bans help to reinforce the intent of Tobacco 21 laws by steering young people away from tobacco products.
Contact us to learn more about how your city or county could strengthen tobacco control with supplementary laws.
Check out the links below for the full story from Kaiser Health News.
More good news from the west coast. Oregon’s Tobacco 21 effort is moving forward with great bi-partisan support as well as support from multiple news outlets. This week, the Portland Tribune, one of Oregon’s premier news sources, has come out in support of enacting a minimum legal sales age increase.The Portland Tribune is just one of a multitude of supporting organizations from around the state. Read more about their support at the link in the bottom of this post.
The Tobacco 21 for Oregon Coalition is made up of over 30 partner organizations, all working towards the common goal of advancing the opportunity for good health in Oregon’s youth. Check out the coalition’s Facebook page (here) and fact sheet (here).
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is showing their leadership, once again in the professional baseball arena. Following their involvement in removing tobacco from the San Francisco Giants stadium in 2015 and other successes in the 2016 season, at the beginning of the 2017 season, there will now be 14 out of 30 MLB stadiums that have gone tobacco free.
While speaking with Kevin O’Flaherty at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, he seemed optimistic of their progress within the League and the reason they are so dedicated to removing tobacco from professional baseball. Youth participating in sports are influenced by their sport’s professional athletes. When young players see widespread tobacco use among their idols, it is only logical to know that they are at an elevated risk of picking up the habit.
Check out the link below for more from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.
March 30, 2017
In 2014, CVS was the first national pharmacy chain in the country to stop selling tobacco products other than FDA approved cessation devices. In the years following, they commissioned an internal evaluation of their efforts on the smoking rates of their customers and in other food, convenience, and big box stores, as well as gas stations. What they found was removing tobacco from their stores spurred some tobacco users to quit.
The CVS Health Institute Study showed that in states in which CVS enjoys a greater than 15% market share for retail pharmacies, there was a 1% decrease in cigarette purchases across all tobacco retailers. Among other reinforcing statistics, customers who solely bought their tobacco at CVS were 38% more likely to quit smoking than other customers.
This strong move by CVS pharmacies shows their dedication to public health as a corporation. We commend CVS on their leadership and urge other national retail pharmacy chains (e.g. Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.) to follow in their footsteps. Check out the link below for the Reuters article and link to the original study.
March 20, 2017