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No Progress On Nitrosamine Levels In U.S. Cigarettes

For more than 30 years, scientists have known how to reduce cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines in cigarettes. But cigarettestoday’s cigarettes have similar levels of these chemicals as did cigarettes made three decades ago, according to research presented this week at a Division of Chemical Toxicology symposium at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Denver.

Lawmakers debate bill to change indoor smoking ban in Nevada

Lawmakers have launched another 11th-hour debate into changing the voter-approved indoor smoking ban to allow bars and taverns to allow both smoking and food.

A loophole in Oregon law contributes to an increase in the popularity of tobacco use

Oregon law prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces as well as within 10 feet of their entrances, exits, open windows and air intake vents. That ban, along with public education about the dangers of tobacco use, appears to have been effective in reducing the number of people in the state who smoke to well below the national average.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and cigarette smoking, the predominant form of tobacco use in the United States, causes 443,000 deaths annually (1). In 2008, 20.6% of U.S. adults were current smokers (2); however, other tobacco products (e.g., smokeless tobacco, cigars, bidis, and kreteks) also were used by some adults and youths (3). Persons who use cigarettes in combination with other tobacco products (polytobacco use) might have an in increased risk for adverse health effects (3). To estimate the prevalence of any tobacco and polytobacco use, CDC analyzed data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (the most recent data available) module on use of other tobacco products, which was implemented by 13 states. This analysis found that use of any tobacco product ranged from 18.4% (New Jersey) to 35.0% (West Virginia), cigarette use ranged from 14.6% (New Jersey) to 26.6% (West Virginia), and polytobacco use ranged from 1.0% (New Jersey) to 3.7% (West Virginia). Polytobacco use was more prevalent among men (4.4%), persons aged 18-24 years (5.7%), persons who were single (4.8%), persons with household incomes less than $35,000 (9.8%), and persons with less than a high school education (3.6%) or with a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or diploma (3.6%). Because no form of tobacco is safe to use, prevention and cessation intervention programs need to address all forms of tobacco use to lower tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in the United States. Additionally, counter-marketing messages for tobacco products can be tailored for specific populations, such as young adults and males.

European Consumer Prices Rise Less Than Estimated

European consumer prices rose less than initially estimated in November as lower food and housing costs offset increases in alcohol european consumer pricesand transportation.

Nicotine Use and Dependence

MENLO PARK, Calif., - SRI International, an independent
nonprofit research and development institute, today announced that new
research on nicotine dependence is featured in National Cancer Institute’s
Tobacco Control Monograph 20, Phenotypes and Endophenotypes: Foundations for
Genetic Studies of Nicotine Use and Dependence. Gary E. Swan, Ph.D., director
of SRI’s Center for Health Sciences, was the senior scientific editor of the
monograph.