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 Dear Tobacco Education Coalition members-
 
First of all, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you had a great time with your loved ones during the holidays! We would like to begin the New Year by sharing a few tobacco control updates.  We are trying a new email format this month. Let us know how you like it.  
 
Please read the brief headlines and/or summaries and click on the appropriate link for more information.
 
1) 2012 San Mateo County Youth Conference
2) Attack Toolkit Webinar on “Big Tobacco’s Emerging Marketing”
3) C215: Kicking Habit Inspires Smoking Art Exhibition
4) San FranciscoRent Board Sides with Smokers
5) Film: “Addiction Incorporated” Opens January 20th
6) Marin Supervisors to Consider Tough Anti-Smoking Ordinance
7) California Tobacco Control Ballot History
8) Increase in Public Housing Smoking Bans Indoors Seen Nationwide
9) Smoker-Free Workplaces
10) Which States are Most, Least Friendly to Smokers Trying to Quit
11) Lung CT Scans for Heavy Smokers to be covered by Large Health Insurer
12) States Could Save Money by Funding Anti-Smoking Efforts
13) Obama Administration Appeals Ruling on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
14) National Anti-Smoking Media Campaign to Launch in February 2012
15) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Monitoring the Future Survey
 
1) 2012 San Mateo County Youth Conference
 
The San Mateo County Youth Commission will be presenting the 2012 SMC Youth Conference on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the College of San Mateo. This year’s theme is “The Youth Revolution.” They are accepting proposals for youth presentations for the conference. Proposals can include research presentations, “how to” lectures, training, youth-led discussions, panel discussions, performances and much more!
 
Proposals must be received by 4 pm on January 13, 2012. For more information regarding the conference and proposal submission click on the following link:
 
http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/CASMATEO-22bacd?reqfrom=share
 
2) Attack Toolkit Webinar on “Big Tobacco’s Emerging Marketing”
 
There will be a free training on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) where tobacco control advocates working with youth and young adults, will review content and navigate through the ATTACK Toolkit. The speaker will discuss emerging marketing trends and will focus on social media and mobile marketing tactics used by the tobacco industry.
 
To reserve a webinar seat, click on this link:
 
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/798715329
 
3) C215: Kicking Habit Inspires Smoking Art Exhibition
 
Christian Guémy, 38, who goes by the name C215, is an artist who after quitting smoking has been doing research on the history of smoking and tobacco-brand iconography. He states that he has begun to understand how tobacco advertising uses images of “people in dominant classes” to influence others into smoking. He started making fake cigarette advertising depicting people who are the true tobacco industry targets such as the homeless, immigrants etc. He has several exhibitions lined-up including one in San Francisco.


To read the full article, please take a look at the following link:
 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/08/NSIR1M6GQK.DTL
 
4) San Francisco Rent Board Sides with Smokers
 
In San Francisco, landlords who decide to adopt smoke-free policies for their entire property will not be able to evict tenants who were allowed to smoke in their apartment when they first signed the lease. A decision by the Rent Board decided last month that siding with the smokers was only meant to buy time until the city finds a better way to enforce the law. Taking people’s housing away to address their smoking habits is not the way to go, according to the Rent Board’s executive director Delene Wolf. 
 
To read the full article click on the link below:
 
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/12/15/san-francisco-rent-board-sides-with-smokers-in-state-ordinance-disputes/
 
5) Film: “Addiction Incorporated” Opens January 20th
 
Addiction Incorporated, a film by Charles Evans Jr., opens January 20, 2012 at Lumiere in San Francisco and Shattuck in Berkeley.  The film tells the story about scientist Victor DeNoble who became the first whistleblower to reveal the tobacco industry’s efforts to make a safer form of nicotine. This new form would decrease the danger of heart failure while remaining addictive so that smokers could live and smoke longer. By inventing a safer product he created evidence that cigarettes were truly addictive, despite the tobacco companies denying this.
 
Denoble’s position was terminated, his lab closed, and his research and ‘safer cigarette’ were kept confidential and from the public, until he spoke out about his research and his findings. Denoble has since then become an educator informing children about tobacco dangers and addiction properties.
For more information:
                                                                           
http://www.addictionincorporated.com/events/
 
6) Marin Supervisors to Consider Tough Anti-Smoking Ordinance
 
Marin County Supervisors are expected to approve and set a public hearing for January 10th to crack down on smoking in multi-unit apartments and condominium complexes. The measure, modeled after an anti-smoking law in Larkspur, is set to be discussed at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers. If passed, it will apply to the unincorporated area of the county.
 
The Smoke-Free Marin Coalition is encouraging approval of this measure that would prohibit smoking in private indoor spaces including balconies, carports, decks and common areas of the building. It also requires landlords to set up designated smoking areas, designate 80 percent of existing properties to be smoke free and new properties to be completely smoke free.
 
Read the article by clicking on this link:
 
http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_19564258
 
7) California Tobacco Control Ballot History
 
Capitol Weekly highlights the history of tobacco control issues on the California ballot over the years including the recent measure that will be placed on the June 2012 ballot to raise the cigarette tax by $1 on each pack of cigarettes. The funds generate would be used for cancer research, the creation of a special committee, and grant and loan funding for cancer, cardiovascular disease, emphysema and other tobacco related research.
 
To view the list, click on this link:
 
http://news.yahoo.com/tobacco-tax-cancer-research-act-june-california-ballot-213800107.html
 
8) Increase in Public Housing Smoking Bans Indoors Seen Nationwide
 
An increased number of cities, including Auburn (Maine), Boston and Portland, as well as other communities across the country, are beginning to ban smoking in their public housing. According to Jim Bergman, the director of the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project in Michigan; in 2005, only 32 housing authorities had smoking bans in effect, but by the end of 2011, 285 will have enacted bans.
 
The public housing bans are a result of the known second hand smoke risks to nonsmokers. Property managers also state that smokeless apartments are less expensive to turn over and have a smaller risk of fire accidents.
The federal housing department is planning to collect information this year on how a number of cities have implemented their bans and will publish a report detailing best practices. They are hoping this information will motivate more housing authorities to enact their own bans.
 
However, HUD is not likely to adopt a ban nationwide anytime soon. Shauna Sorrells, director of public housing programs for the agency, stated that a ban could result in evicting entire families, even if only one person smoked. According to Sorrells, evictions would increase homelessness and that would not be a good solution, especially during this economy.
 
For the entire story, go to the following link:
 
http://nyti.ms/sl4DEs
           
9) Smoker-Free Workplaces
 
Some employers are turning to ‘smoker free’ workplaces due to the nearly $100 billion dollars annually in health care costs and another $100 billion in lost productivity.  According to the writer, Ellen Vargyas, the general counsel at Legacy, employers might think that not employing smokers and firing employees who smoke is a good idea, but refusing employment to smokers might not be the answer to solve the public health issue of smoking and tobacco-related diseases. The right way to go is by helping smokers quit through cessation programs and smoke-free workplaces as smoker-free workplace policies affect low income people and people at lower education levels disproportionately.
 
Click on the link below for the full story:
 
http://drugfree.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=fe8b33972f29b8e3f893baefc&id=d27e9761fb&e=bf66151c63
 
10) Which States are Most, Least Friendly to Smokers Trying to Quit
 
In a report released by the American Lung Association, a list of states that were least friendly and most friendly to quitters, was recently published. The ALA looked at smoking cessationprograms and treatments offered in each state to determine where smokers are getting the most support to quit. Maine and North Dakota got the highest marks for being the friendliest to people attempting to quit, and Georgia and Louisiana were the least friendly.   The report mentions the inconsistency in assistance available to smokers from state-to-state, insurance plan-to-insurance plan, and smoker-to-smoker.
 
To read more, click on the link:
 
http://drugfree.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fe8b33972f29b8e3f893baefc&id=8a186ed348&e=bf66151c63
 
11) Lung CT Scans for Heavy Smokers to be covered by Large Health Insurer
 
Wellpoint, a health insurance company, will be covering lung CT scans for certain current and former heavy smokers. It will cover beneficiaries who have smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years, and are between 55 and 74 years old. The company decided to cover the scans after a government-funded study found that screening tests saw a 20 percent decrease in lung cancer deaths.
 
For the full article, please go to:
 
http://drugfree.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=fe8b33972f29b8e3f893baefc&id=9f9ee14169&e=bf66151c63
 
12) States Could Save Money by Funding Anti-Smoking Efforts
 
Professor Sudip Chattopadhyay, a San Francisco State University economics professor, found that if states funded anti-smoking efforts at levels recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they could save at least $6 billion for California alone. Chattopadhyay and colleague David Pieper of UC Berkeley published their findings in November in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy.
 
To read more about the findings, click on the following link:
 
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/3-minute-interview/2011/11/professor-says-states-could-save-money-funding-anti-smoking-efforts#ixzz1hscYsgqu


13) Obama Administration Appeals Ruling on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
 
This past November, the Obama Administration appealed a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge that would delay the mandate that tobacco companies place graphic warning labels on cigarette packages showing the dangers of smoking, until after the lawsuit is settled. The lawsuit was filed by the tobacco companies claiming that the labels violate the First Amendment protections for commercial speech.
 
Click on the following link to read more:
 
http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/prevention/obama-administration-appeals-ruling-on-graphic-cigarette-warning-labels?utm_source=Join+Together+Daily&utm_campaign=a2df5ded67-JT_Daily_News_Obama_Admin&utm_medium=email
 
14) National Anti-Smoking Media Campaign to Launch in February 2012
 
On November 22, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed states that a national anti-smoking media campaign is scheduled to be launched mid-February. Initially, there will be five ads with real stories of people affected by smoking at an early age, suffering from throat cancer, stroke and other illnesses caused by tobacco usage. The ad includes tips to encourage smokers to quit and quit line numbers they can call.
 
15) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Monitoring the Future Survey
 
National Institute of Drug Abuse has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use as well as attitudes among adolescent students through their ‘Monitoring the Future (MTF)’ yearly survey. Participants report their drug use behaviors during 3 periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. 46,733 students from 400 public and private schools in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades nationwide participated in this year's survey.
 
To learn more about the survey results, click on the following link:
 
http://www.nida.nih.gov/drugpages/MTF.html
 
We hope you enjoyed the tobacco control updates we put together for you. Please let us know if we can help you in your tobacco control efforts. We truly appreciate your support and motivation to help bring healthier and safer environments to our community members!
 
Gabriela and Derek
San Mateo County Tobacco Prevention Program
 

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