Monthly Archives: October 2010

House ‘snapshot’ under influence of tobacco bloc

SYDNEY—Tobacco control advocate Mary Assunta needed only to sit through a congressional meeting in the Philippines to feel the forces at work against her cause in a country where over 17 million people or almost a third of the adult population smoke.

Why Stephen Harper refuse to put new health warnings on cigarette packages

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government refuses to give an honest, reasonable explanation about why it’s refusing to put new health warnings on cigarette packages.

American Indians hit hardest by tobacco costs

Smoking costs American Indians in California $795 million a year in health care and lost productivity, according to a report released yesterday cigarettesby researchers at UCLA.

State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco-Dependence Treatments - United States, 2009

Medicaid enrollees have nearly twice the smoking rates (37%) of the general adult population (21%), and smoking-related medical costs are responsible for 11% of Medicaid expenditures. In 2008, the Public Health Service released clinical practice guidelines recommending comprehensive coverage of effective tobacco-dependence medications and counseling by health insurers. Healthy People 2010 established a clear objective for Medicaid programs to cover all Food and Drug Administration-approved medications and counseling for tobacco cessation. To monitor progress toward that objective, the Center for Health and Public Policy Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with CDC, surveyed Medicaid programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) to document their 2009 tobacco-dependence treatment coverage and found that 47 programs offered coverage. Only eight state programs offered coverage of all recommended pharmacotherapy and counseling for all Medicaid enrollees, and 16 programs reported coverage for fee-for-service enrollees that differed from that provided for Medicaid managed-care enrollees. Among the 33 programs that covered at least one combination therapy, the nicotine patch plus bupropion slow release (SR) was the one combination covered by all. The Affordable Care Act mandates Medicaid coverage of tobacco-dependence treatments for pregnant women, beginning October 1, 2010. Coverage of pharmacotherapy for all Medicaid enrollees will be enhanced by January 2014, when states no longer may exclude tobacco-dependence cessation drugs from covered benefits. Monitoring the extent to which Medicaid programs place limitations on these treatments can help in evaluating accessibility of tobacco-dependence treatments to Medicaid enrollees.

Reynolds American’s income climbs as cigarette prices increase

Higher prices on cigarettes helped lift Reynolds American Inc.’s third-quarter net income, even though it sold fewer smokes than a Winston brandyear earlier.

The Real State of Big Tobacco

In retrospect, it’s not so hard to understand why Altria (NYSE: MO) supported FDA regulation of the tobacco industry. The Food and Drug Administration may have some control over product development and advertising for cigarettes and snuff, but when it comes to the big picture for the tobacco industry, the Feds are just a small piece of the pie.

Court Nixes Challenge to Tobacco Settlement Law

The 2nd Circuit upheld a New York law requiring cigarette manufacturers who refused to participate in the state’s settlement with the tobacco industry to make annual payments into a reserve fund.

City Council bans smoking in all Long Beach parks

LONG BEACH - You can kick a ball, run, play and picnic, but don’t light up in Long Beach’s parks.

Tobacco, alcohol, oil pour cash into ‘anti-tax’ effort

Tobacco, alcohol and oil companies are fueling the vast majority of the donations against a controversial initiative on the November ballot,