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Tobacco at Every Turn: Making Healthier Communities with Fewer Tobacco Stores

Why is there a trend for tobacco retail establishment locations in low- income communities? Derek Smith, Director of the San Francisco Tobacco-Free Project says “The tobacco industry has done an exceptional job of targeting low-income communities and communities of color. It has produced an abundance of tobacco retailers near populations already overburdened by health issues.” The tobacco companies know who are most at risk and who to target. Take a look at this article to learn what types of policy help to prevent this!

NJ Towns Passing Ordinances to Raise the Legal Age of Tobacco Sales to 21

Could Montclair be the next town to raise their age of sale to buy tobacco products to 21?  Baristanet reached out to the Mayor and Township Council to find out how each of them feel on the issue. Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville responded saying she is in favor of raising the legal age. “I am very much in favor of banning the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes for those under 21 yo. I will be happy to introduce that at our next council meeting! Now that this council seems to be moving in a more interconnected direction and getting involved with state, national and universal issues, I am excited to begin to take a stance on major issues of importance with our council. This certain is one of those issues.”

CDC Anti-Smoking Ads Directed at Military, People With Mental Health Conditions

Current service members and veterans are more likely than the general population to smoke, while three in 10 cigarettes are smoked by someone with mental illness, according to the CDC. CDC Director Tom Frieden says the anti-smoking ads are helping combat tobacco company messages. “We went as a society from where a polite thing would be to say, ‘Would you like a cigarette?’ to where the polite thing was, ‘Would you mind if I smoke?’ to where you wouldn’t even ask that,” he said. “That’s a huge shift in how we view smoking as a society.”Read more of this article to find out how the CDC will help our veterans and service members.

N.J. borough wants vape shops to cough up fee to protect youth

In the absence of federal and state licensing requirements for electronic smoking retailers, the Highland Park Borough Council is taking action, seeking to impose a $1,200 annual licensing fee on all of its vape retailers. Last week, the borough council approved a proposed ordinance on first reading by a 5-0 vote with one abstention. If passed, the money collected from the ordinance would fund an enforcement program allowing local health officers to conduct “random, unannounced compliance check inspection,” according to the state Department of Health’s website.

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NJ Inches Closer to Setting Legal Age of Sale for Tobacco at 21

The minimum age to buy or sell tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in New Jersey is 19. A bill that would raise the legal age to 21 is one step away from Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.“Statistics show that 95 percent of habitual smokers started before the age of 21. This legislation would help change the culture and promote a healthy smoke-free lifestyle in the state of New Jersey,” said bill sponsor, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood). “The National Institute of Health has proved that raising the tobacco age to 21 can, quite frankly save lives.”

Missed Opportunity - Christie's veto leaves New Jersey's smoking age at 19

Gov. Chris Christie decided not to act Tuesday on a bill that would have boosted New Jersey’s smoking age to 21, keeping the age to buy tobacco products at 19.Christie also oversaw the raising of more than $1 million from Morris and R.J. Reynolds when he chaired the Republican Governors Association in 2014, according to Internal Revenue Service documents. (The companies gave the Democratic Governors Association more than $300,000 that same year.)

Have Tobacco 21 Laws Come of Age?

Take a look at article by The New England Journal of Medicine that looks at  Tobacco 21 laws and their readiness to go to scale. Local and state efforts have succeeded in extending Tobacco 21 protections to more than 16 million Americans. We believe the time has come to expand this effective, broadly supported approach to a much greater share of the population.

New Toxic E-Cigarette Carcinogens Found

You may want to think twice before you vape: Researchers have discovered two carcinogens never-before detected in e-cigarette vapor, according to a new study. The researchers, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, also detailed the effects that temperature, type and age of a device have on e-cigarette emission levels, noting some varieties could release more harmful chemicals than others.

Vape life: Are flavored e-cigs for kids or smokers trying to quit?

Learn more about this  issue by clicking on the picture above. Here is a short glimplse: Sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, the bill would ban the sale of “flavored electronic smoking devices” or flavored cartridges in the state. And while that includes all types of e-cigarettes, the bill has been hotly contested by people who smoke using vaporizers. Hundreds of “vapers” protested at the Statehouse when the bill was approved by the Senate health committee on May 16. The vaping debate in New Jersey comes amid a national discussion on the devices and their use.

New CDC Study Links E-Cigarette Advertising and Youth Use – White House Must Issue Long-Overdue Rule to Protect Kids

As we mark exactly two years today since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule to begin regulating electronic cigarettes, a new study of e-cigarette advertising underscores the urgent need for the White House to issue a final rule – and shows how every day of delay further endangers the health of our children

 

Vape explodes in woman’s purse at the Freehold Mall

Chemical Flavorings Found in E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Disease

Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75 percent of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

E-cigarettes no safer than smoking tobacco

Vaping is no safer that smoking, scientists have warned after finding that e-cigarette vapour damages DNA in ways that could lead to cancer. Researchers at the University of California created an extract from the ‘smoke’ of e-cigarettes and used it to treat human cells in a lab. The exposed cells developed DNA damage and died far sooner than those left untreated. Nicotine free e-cigarettes caused 50 per cent more DNA strand breaks, while for those containing nicotine the damage rose three fold over eight weeks.

7 out of 10 middle and high school students who currently use tobacco have used a FLAVORED product.

An estimated 70 percent of U.S. middle and high school students who have used a tobacco product in the past 30 days have used at least one flavored tobacco product during this period, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

See what actions N.J. lawmakers are taking against smoking

State lawmakers Monday took action on a number of bills aiming to cut down on smoking in New Jersey. The state Senate’s budget committee approved a bill that would raise the age people could buy cigarettes and smoking products in the Garden State from 19 to 21. The legislation (S359) is another shot at an effort that Gov. Chris Christie vetoed in January. “The bottom line is: Tobacco is a killer, and every day more of our youth will continue to become addicted unless we do something about it,” state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex), a co-sponsor, said.

Wildwood reportedly consider smoking bans for boardwalk

Wildwood and North Wildwood are considering banning smoking on the boardwalk starting next year. If ordinances in both cities pass, it will be illegal to light up beginning Jan. 1, 2018, according to a report on NJ1015.com. The ban would apply to 38 blocks of boardwalk in both municipalities, according to the Press of Atlantic City. Click the link to read more.

Beach smoking ban passes, but Christie may not sign

Fingers crossed for a Smoke Free Summer! Gov. Chris Christie, despite stating he is anti-smoking, has vetoed such legislation in the past and said he’s thinking about issuing another veto.Anti-smoking advocates charged that Christie was influenced by political contributions. Tobacco companies gave more than $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in 2014, when Christie was chairman of the political group, but he’s no longer affiliated with the RGA. Read more about this issue by clicking the picture above.

Egg Harbor Township bans smoking and tobacco products at parks, sports complexes

Snuff out that cigarette and leave the electronic smoking device in the car when you drop the kids off at sports practices here – because smoking and use of tobacco products of all kinds is now prohibited at the township’s parks and sports complexes. Township Committee unanimously approved an ordinance banning the same at its meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Smoking Ban moves to Full Senate Vote

The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Monday approved a bill banning smoking in parks and on beaches, but permits communities to reserve 15 percent of the property for a smoking section. The bill (S1734) passed the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee by an 8-0 vote, and heads to the full Senate for consideration.

All Shore Beaches Should be Smoke-Free

The legislation awaiting action by Gov. Christie would extend the state’s 2006 indoor smoking rules to the great outdoors but still permit limited smoking in designated areas at the Shore and on golf courses. The governor should sign it into law.

A beach ban on smoking makes sense on more than public health grounds. While tighter limits on smoking in public places may encourage more people to kick the habit, the real payoff for Shore communities – and the state economy as a whole – would come through preserving and promoting Jersey beach towns as clean, visitor-friendly vacation spots.

Smoking Ban will not Extend to all New Jersey Beaches and Parks

Last week, New Jersey was one step away from adopting what could have been the most comprehensive anti-smoking law nationwide and it’s likely to be at least 18 months before that opportunity arises again.

Advocates of a proposal to ban smoking at all public beaches, parks, and outdoor sites statewide said that while they are pleased Gov. Chris Christie agreed to block cigarette use on state-owned lands, a more comprehensive prohibition would have done much more to protect human health and the environment. But a full ban at county- and community-owned outdoor sites will have to wait for a new governor, they conceded. (Christie’s second term ends in January 2018.) Read more from NJ Spotlight.

The Record: Smoke-Free Parks

SMOKING ALREADY is banned in many parks, playgrounds and ball fields throughout the state. Expanding that ban to New Jersey beaches is a logical next step, and the state is in the best position to do it. Legislation enacting a statewide smoking ban in all parks and beaches, with a few exceptions, is pending in Trenton. The proposed ban, which has passed committees in both chambers, would protect those visiting state beaches from the annoyance and health dangers of secondhand smoke.

Lawmakers want to restrict smoking at Jersey beaches, parks

The state Legislature has reintroduced a bill that was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie in 2014. It would ban smoking at publicly owned beaches and parks but would enable municipalities to set aside 15 percent of the beach or park as a designated smoking area. “This just makes sense,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, a Bergen County Democrat. The proposed law is designed to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, litter and fire risks. Violators would be fined at least $250 for a first offense, increasing to up to $1,000 for repeated violations.

VIDEO: Environmental Impact of Cigarette Butts
from: tobaccofreeCA

Each year 135 million pounds are discarded in the U.S. alone. That is almost 1/2 pound per person. These butts

Cape May-Lewes Ferry goes smoke-free Jan. 1

The trend to go smoke-free is still moving full steam ahead! The Cape May-Lewes Ferry in the North Cape May section and its parking lots will be smoke-free starting Jan. 1. The Delaware River and Bay Authority will join businesses, government agencies and schools to go tobacco-free. The authority owns and operates the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the Forts Ferry Crossing and manages the Millville and Cape May airports and three airports in Delaware. Read more about what their policy covers by clicking the picture above.

Tobacco Use, Secondhand Smoke, and Smoke-free Homes Rules in Multiunit Housing

Take a look at this solid evidence from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing. Their Conclusion?  One quarter of MUH residents use tobacco, and one third of MUH residents with smoke-free rules experience SHS incursions. Interventions are warranted to promote tobacco cessation and smoke-free building policies to protect all MUH residents, employees, and visitors from the dangers of tobacco use and SHS.

HUD secretary Castro announces new rule making public housing smoke-free

Under HUD’s proposed rule, PHAs must implement a policy prohibiting lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings.

March 15th was Kick Butts Day, an annual initiative sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. In recognition of Kick Butts Day, community members were invited to join the Center for Prevention and Counseling, the Sussex-Warren Chronic Disease Coalition, the Sussex County Division of Health and Newton Medical Center to celebrate smoke-free living in Sussex County.  Local Youth recognized community members who chose to quit smoking in order to live a healthier life. Community events like this help teach our youth that smoking is bad for health and creates a positive social norm to say no to smoking.

From Plant to Product to Puff

The FDA has put out a three series video set titled “Chemicals in Cigarettes: From Plant to Product to Puff”. It goes into detail of all the different chemicals within the tobacco plant, product and smoke. This was created in hopes that they could share with the public a list of the levels of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco, in a way that is easy for the public to understand. Take a look for yourself!

Smoking causes extensive damage to DNA, study shows

SNEAK PEEK: “Consuming a pack of cigarettes every day for a year can cause multiple changes in cells within various parts of the body, according to the study, published in the journal Science on Thursday.” Click the title to learn more!

Menthol Cig Use Rising in U.S., Especially Among Young

The use of menthol cigarettes is on the rise in the United States, bucking the downward trend in overall cigarette smoking, survey findings suggest. In national surveys conducted between 2010 and 2014, a total of 39% of current cigarette smokers reported choosing menthol brands, compared with 35% of current smokers surveyed between 2008 and 2010. Take a look at the article form MedPage Today to learn more about this trend.

Poison Control Centers Report Jump in Children's E-Cigarette Exposure

Poison control centers around the country have seen a sharp increase in calls about young children’s exposure to e-cigarettes. The biggest threat appears to be ingestion of liquid nicotine, HealthDay reports. Young children exposed to e-cigarettes appear to suffer worse health effects than those exposed to regular cigarettes, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. The number of e-cigarette exposures in children younger than 6 years old increased 1,500 percent between 2012 and 2015

Extending Authorities to ALL Tobacco Products, Including E-cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. As part of its goal to improve public health and protect future generations from the risks of tobacco use, the FDA has extended its authority to cover all products that meet the definition of a tobacco product. Take a look at this page to learn exactly how this will affect tobacco control!

U.S. bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights

The U.S. Transportation Department announced on Wednesday it has banned the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The rule applies to all scheduled flights by U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to and from the United States, the department said in a statement. “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to aerosol fumes that occur when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

FDA will now regulate ALL tobacco products including electronic smoking devices

Companies that manufacture e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, will come under federal review as the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released new regulations in an effort to curb sales to minors. The sweeping new rules, which bring the tobacco industry under federal oversight extends to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, and pipe tobacco.

Hookah Use Growing, But Many Questions Remain

Hookah bars feature water pipes that are used to smoke a blend of tobacco, molasses and fruit called shisha. Dr. Sherman says many young people who use hookah mistakenly think the water in the pipe filters all the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. Read this article to learn more facts and statistics about hookah.

CDC - Tips from Former Smokers

Jamason and his mother Sherri talk about the day Jamason had to go to the hospital after having a severe asthma attack at work, triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Recounting the drive to the hospital, Sherri said, “I just held his hand, and told him just squeeze it every now and then so I know he’s breathing.” In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokerscampaign, Jamason admits that after such a severe attack, he was afraid to leave the hospital because he knew that outside, in the real world, people smoke.