Howard Community College Goes Smoke- and Tobacco-Free (6/28/2011)

In response to a recent campus-wide survey, in which 78.5% of students and 87.7% of staff were found to be in support of instituting a smoke-free policy on campus, Howard Community College (HCC) has become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. This policy--effective as of May 31, 2011--prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on all HCC-owned, leased, and controlled properties (including parking lots and garages, inside vehicles parked on campus, and at all HCC-sponsored events). Violators will be issued a $50 citation by campus security, and may be subject to additional fines imposed by Howard County.

Read more here.

Bowie, MD Council Members Consider a Smoking Ban On All City Property (3/10/2011)

In Bowie, MD, council members are considering a no-smoking ban on all city property in an effort to promote good health by reducing second-hand smoke exposure for residents.  In Prince George's County, two other cities have taken similar actions; Laurel and College Park.  Initially, council members discussed banning smoking within 100 feet of a city building and to city playgrounds and ball fields, but during discussion, council members suggested a full ban on all city properties, including public parks and at events such as Bowie Fest, the International Festival, and concerts held at Allen Pond Park.  At the last city council meeting, two residents spoke in favor of the policy, while no residents spoke in objection.

Read the full article here.

Nevada Bill Would Prohibit Smoking On All College/University Campuses Statewide (2/25/2011)

In Nevada, Assembly Bill 128, proposed by Assemblyman Paul Aizley (D-Las Vegas), would prohibit smoking on "every square inch of every campus in the state, including outdoor areas."  Aizley stated that the law is needed because efforts to keep smokers outside have still resulted in large amounts of secondhand smoke exposure for individuals on college campuses.   While several medical groups are in favor of the bill (i.e., American Lung Association, Nevada State Medical Association, American Heart Association), several other legislators have questioned the inflexibility of the bill and have suggested that amendments be made so that each campus has at least one outdoor smoking area designated for smokers.

Read the full article here.

 Healthy People 2020 Launches! (12/02/2010)

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.   Healthy People 2020 launched on December 2, 2010and outlines an ambitious 10-year agenda for improving the Nation's health.  This project is the result of a multi-year process which reflects input from diverse individuals and organizations.

Read more here.

 FDA To Label Cigarette Packages with Graphic Warning Images (11/11/2010)

 The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) requires that cigarette packages and advertisements ahve larger and more visible graphic health warnings.

 The FDA has proposed a series of new warnings, consisting of nine new textual warning statements accompanied by color graphic depicting the negative health consequences of smoking.

 The Tobacco Control Act requires FDA to issue final regulations requiring these color graphics by June 22, 2011.  Further, it also specifies that the requirement for the new health warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements will take effect 15 months after issuance of this final rule.

You can read more about the proposed warnings here

 and 

view the graphic warning images here

Ocean City, MD Considers a Beach/Boardwalk Smoking Ban (9/01/2010)

 Ocean City Resident David Fox brought his concern regarding smoking on beaches/the boardwalk to Ocean City's City Council.  Fox asserted that smoking on the beaches and on the boardwalk conflicts with Ocean City's family-friendly image.

 Councilman Joseph Hall said that he is in favor of the ban, but would be interested in the right to separate smoking areas.  Additionally, Councilwoman Mary Knight stated that most of the businesses she has surveyed are not in favor of the ban, as they fear it will be bad for business.

 Read the full article here.

Even Low-Levels of Cigarette Smoke Can Effect Gene Function of the Lungs (8/20/2010)

Those who smoke infrequently may believe that having just a few cigarettes a week will not impair their health.  New Research from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center suggests that being exposed to even low-levels of cigarette smoke may influence the potential for future disease risk, including lung disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

It has been well established that secondhand smoke is dangerous, but this study represents the first with respect to conclusive biological tests demonstrating the effect at the gene function level.  Dr. Ronald Crystal, senior author of the study and chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell stated that effects on the functioning of genes within the cells lining the airways were detected even at the lowest levels of exposure.

 Read the full article here

Campus Smoking Bans Have Increased Dramatically Across the US (6/14/2010)

 In 2005, there were only 18 colleges nationwide that were completely smoke-free.  Today, in 2010, there are 394 colleges that are smoke-free according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.  For the majority of schools, this is an institution to institution decision.  However, in Arkansas, all public universities will be smoke free as of August.  

 This article features the University of Florida, which joins the ranks of the smoke-free universities as of July.  Some institutions have imposed legal consequences and fines for violators of the campus smoking pan.  UF Spokesman Steve Orland said that UF will reinforce the policy in other ways, primarily focusing on employment consequences for employees and judicial consequences for students.  

 Read more here

 As of July 2010, the following colleges/universities in Maryland are completely 100% smoke-free, with no designated smoking areas: Carroll Community College, Garrett College, Harford Community College, Maryland Bible College and Seminary Montgomery College.

YouTube Video Contest to Support Smokefree Women. Deadline June 4, 2010

The National Cancer Institute's Smokefree Women team is launching  "Celebrating Smokefree Voices," a YouTube video contest, to capture the quitting experiences and reasons for quitting smoking among women and friends/families across the U.S. Tell them why being smokefree is important to you! Learn more here: http://women.smokefree.gov/videocontest.aspx

There are two categories for video submissions:

    1.   Why I Am a Smokefree Woman: Create a video that tells others why you stay smokefree. What are your reasons and motivations? What does it mean to you to be a smokefree woman?

     2.   Why I Want YOU to be Smokefree:  Is there a woman in your life that you care about who smokes? Create a video and let them know why you want them to enjoy a smokefree life and the freedom from cigarettes.

There will be three winners in each category with prizes up to $2,000.

All video entries must be submitted by June 4, 2010

Kelly Clarkson ends sponsorship with Indonesian tobacco company (4/22/10)

Television and billboard ads in Bogor, Indonesia for Kelly Clarkson's upcoming April 29th concert feature the American Idol singer promoting L.A. Lights, a popular brand of cigarettes in the country.  The ad has sparked public debate from both anti-tobacco forces as well as her fans. Matt Myers, the president of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in the U.S. publicly spoke out against the ads, claiming that they are blatantly geared toward children, and saying that Clarkson would be helping the tobacco company market to kids if she went ahead with the concert. As of April 22, 2010, Kelly Clarkson has officially ended her sponsorship deal with L.A. Lights, stating that she is "in no way an advocate or an ambassador for youth smoking."

For more information and to view the ad click here.

American Legacy Foundation cuts youth advocacy funding.

In response to the financial downturn and to maximize impact of limited funds, Legacy has shifted its efforts to focus mostly on population-based strategies and suspended its competitive grant-making programs. Legacy will no longer solicit or accept competitive funding requests and existing grants will be phased out through 2012. Read more here.

Five Tips to Help A Stressed-Out President or Anyone Else Quit Smoking (3/3/10)

Article briefly highlight's President Obama's continued struggles with smoking cessation and offers 5 tips for people under stress to quit smoking which include dealing with stress, setting a quit date, and rewarding yourself each day you go without smoking. Read more here.

Promising New Smoking Cessation Therapy (3/1/10)

Duke University Medical Center Researchers have developed an innovative technology for smoking cessation therapy that they claim is more effective in delivering nicotine to the blood stream and lungs which may cut down cravings and provide an immediate relief to withdrawal symptoms. The product, which is an updated version of the nicotine vapor inhalers currently marketed, should be commercially available within three to five years. Read more here.

Lung Association & Heart Association budget cuts (2/28/10)

Due to budget cuts, the local American Lung Association, which as of 2007 serves Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, is cutting jobs, staffing and some programming to better carry out their and serve the people with less resources. The association is responsible for such things as smoke free restaurants and dining facilities. Read more here.

WHO Director-General Calls For Greater Efforts To Reduce Tobacco Use (2/2/10)

The WHO Director, General Margaret Chan, called for government officials worldwide to increase efforts to protect their population from the harmful effects of tobacco. She reports that tobacco use is actually increasing in developing countries, marketing girls and women. Read more here.

Smoking Increases Risk of Blindness in Old Age (1/10/10)

News findings suggests that smoking increases a person's risk of developing Age -Related Muscular Degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness in Americans that are 65 and older. They say the findings suggest that it is never too late to quick smoking. Read more here. 

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Recommended Readings

Christakis, N.A. & Fowler, J.H. (2008). The collective dynamics of smoking in a large social network. New England Journal of Medicine, 358, 2249-2258.

Dale, L.C. et al (2007). Bupropion SR for the treatment of smokeless tobacco use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 90, 56-63.

Eissenberg, T., Ward, K. D., Smith-Simone, S., & Maziak, W. (2008). Waterpipe tobacco smoking on a U.S. college campus: Prevalence and correlates. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 526-529. 

Taurus, J.A. (2004). Public policy and smoking cessation among young adults in the United States. Health Policy, 68, 321-332.  

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