Daily Archives: September 15, 2009

Protecting DC from Tobacco

Since its inception in November 2005, DC Tobacco Free Families (DCTFF) has successfully reduced smoking rates in Washington, DC. In January 2007, the DC Council allocated $10 million in funding over three years for DCTFF to implement evidence-based programs to help tobacco users quit and to prevent youth from starting to smoke, especially among Medicaid recipients and underserved residents. Statistics show that these efforts have been successful. Between 2005 and 2008, adult smoking rates declined by 19 percent, from 20.1 percent to 16.2 percent, which means thousands of fewer smokers in the District, fewer tobacco-related deaths, and significant reductions in future health care costs, including Medicaid costs, caused by tobacco use.

New York Eyes ‘No Smoking’ Outdoors, Too

New York City’s workplace smoking ban six years ago drove cigarette and cigar puffers outdoors. But soon some of the outdoors may be off limits, too: The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, said Monday that he would seek to ban smoking at city parks and beaches.

Three Cigars Change History

The 13th of September is a day that should remind folks that smoking is bad for your health. It was on this day in 1862 the a couple of soldiers from company F of the 27th Indiana found Gen. Lee’s Special Order No. 191 that set the stage for the bloodiest day in the Civil War.

FDA’s drug and e-cigarette warnings counterproductive

A major policy shift is underway, and it is bound to have a dangerous unintended consequence. The new team at the FDA has slapped a black box warning on an important class of drugs that treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and colitis.

Negative Reactions Mystify Electronic Cigarette Owners

The booth at the Wisconsin State Fair Expo was black with big, gold lettering exclaiming, “Electronic Cigarettes – The Smoking Alternative!” Initially, I found the concept of electronic smoking laughable, as would most tobacco users. However, after dragging my husband over to the booth for a look, it only took us a moment to realize that this was a truly revolutionary invention. Surprisingly, the price was reasonable, too!

Tobacco ban unenforceable, impractical

As the Nov. 19 smoking ban quickly approaches, controversies surrounding this new statute will, naturally, grow in intensity. I know this column will simply add fuel to that fire, however this is an issue that has received very little attention so far this school year.

New Tobacco Excise Stamp on Cigarette Packages

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), is pleased to announce that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made significant progress toward the introduction of a proposed new tobacco excise stamp on cigarette packages in 2010.

Funding for Successful Tobacco Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON, - District public health and
faith leaders today called on the DC Council to immediately renew funding for
the DC Tobacco Free Families (DCTFF) Campaign, the District’s highly
successful tobacco prevention and cessation program.

Toyota Speaking With Big Tobacco

DALLAS, - Toyota Motor Corporation’s response to
revelations by a former company attorney who was a key figure in defending
Toyota from accident lawsuits across the country has left victims wondering if
Big Tobacco has taken over the Japanese automaker’s public relations