Content about Tobacco control

December 9, 2013

Fifteen years after reaching more than $246 billion in legal settlements against the tobacco industry, most states have fallen short of spending a significant portion of the money on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations.

WASHINGTON — Fifteen years after reaching more than $246 billion in legal settlements against the tobacco industry, most states have fallen short of spending a significant portion of the money on programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations.

November 19, 2013

The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers and the Convenient Care Association presented the Inspire program at the recent Beyond the 5 A’s: Improving Cessation Intervention through Strengthened Training conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers and the Convenient Care Association presented the "Inspire" program at the recent Beyond the 5 A’s: Improving Cessation Intervention through Strengthened Training conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

November 15, 2013

The Great American Smokeout, which rallies smokers to kick the habit, will mark its 38th year on Nov. 21, and the Monday Campaigns aims to build on the event with the introduction of Quit and Stay Quit Monday.

NEW YORK — The Great American Smokeout, which rallies smokers to kick the habit, will mark its 38th year on Nov. 21, and the Monday Campaigns aims to build on the event with the introduction of Quit and Stay Quit Monday.

According to the American Cancer Society, which organizes the Smokeout, smoking remains the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States. And while almost 70% of smokers want to quit, the average attempt at quitting lasts only eight days; only 5% of smokers will quit in a given year.

September 19, 2013

A new research institution set up by the federal government will conduct tobacco-related research around the country using more than $50 million from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A new research institution set up by the federal government will conduct tobacco-related research around the country using more than $50 million from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

July 24, 2013

An increase in tobacco taxes in Minnesota has nearly tripled enrollment in a health plan's smoking-cessation program.

EAGAN, Minn. — An increase in tobacco taxes in Minnesota has nearly tripled enrollment in a health plan's smoking-cessation program.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota said enrollment in its Stop Smoking Support program had nearly tripled since a $1.60 increase in the state tobacco tax took effect at the beginning of this month. The program enrolled 186 people in the first two weeks of July, compared with 69 people in the first two weeks of July 2012.

July 23, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is inviting comments from the public as it looks into restricting or even banning menthol in cigarettes, the agency said Tuesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is inviting comments from the public as it looks into restricting or even banning menthol in cigarettes, the agency said Tuesday.

The FDA said it had issued an advance notice of proposed rule making, or ANPRM, to obtain information related to potential regulations it might consider. The agency said about 30% of adult smokers and more than 40% of youth smokers report smoking menthol cigarettes.

December 10, 2012

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other advocacy groups last week released a report claiming that states are spending only "a miniscule portion" of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use.

WASHINGTON — The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other advocacy groups last week released a report claiming that states are spending only "a miniscule portion" of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use. "The states have failed to reverse deep cuts to tobacco prevention and cessation programs that have undermined the nation’s efforts to reduce tobacco use," the advocacy groups stated. 

October 12, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration took the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 one step closer to being considered by the Supreme Court earlier this week.

 SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration took the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 one step closer to being considered by the Supreme Court earlier this week. The FDA recently petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to revisit the court's August decision that ruled in favor of the tobacco industry and precluded the FDA from mandating that graphic images depicting the consequences of smoking be placed on all cigarette packaging. 

January 7, 2011

Nearly 500 retailers in Mississippi had to submit to Food and Drug Administration inspections concerning alleged tobacco sales to minors, the FDA said Friday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Nearly 500 retailers in Mississippi had to submit to Food and Drug Administration inspections concerning alleged tobacco sales to minors, the FDA said Friday.

The FDA said it visited 493 retailers and issued 25 warning letters over the last three months using state inspectors the agency had commissioned. Mississippi was the first state to participate in the FDA’s State Enforcement Program, which started in the summer and is designed to enforce provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and implement regulations.