Archive for the ‘Tobacco Cessation’ category

Current Cigarette Use Continues to Decrease Among U.S. 12thGraders

April 6th, 2011

Current Cigarette Use Continues to Decrease Among U.S. 12thGraders;

Decrease in Use Among 8thand 10thGrade Students May Have Stalled

Current cigarette use among high school seniors continues to decrease, according to data from the 2010 Monitoring the Future study. In 2010, 19% of 12thgrade students reported smoking cigarettes in the past 30 days, down from the most recent peak of 37% in 1997. Current prevalence rates of cigarette use among 8th(7%) and 10th(14%) graders are also far below their peak rates. However, smoking rates among these younger students appear to have leveled off in recent years, suggesting that the decrease that began in 1997 may have stalled (see figure below). The authors note that while these long-term decreases in smoking are encouraging, “there are still significant proportions of teens putting themselves at risk for a host of serious diseases and premature death because they are taking up cigarette smoking” (p. 2).


CESAR FAX 20-06 (Cigarette Use Among 8th 10th and 12th Graders)


SOURCE: Adapted by CESAR from University of Michigan, “Smoking Stops Declining and Shows Signs of Increasing Among Younger Teens,” Press Release, 12/14/2010. Available online at

Dr. Cooper on the Cooper-Clayton Smoking Cessation Method

March 30th, 2011

The next series of Cooper-Clayton Tobacco Cessation classes is scheduled to begin Wednesday April 6.

To register for the Cooper-Clayton classes, please call 298-7752 or stop by the Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez, Kentucky.

Claim: Smoke-free laws harm business at restaurants and bars.

March 23rd, 2011

The Facts: Smoke-free laws do not harm restaurant and bar businesses. In fact, many studies show that the laws have no effect at all, and sometimes they even increase business. In Washington, sales at bars grew more in the two years after the smoke-free law was enacted than in the years before. Additionally, studies of smoke-free laws in California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York City have found that smoke-free laws do not hurt restaurant profits.

As of October 2009, nearly 60 percent of the United States population lives in areas that have passed strong smoke-free laws covering restaurants and bars.

Smoke-free laws are important because there is overwhelming scientific evidence that secondhand tobacco smoke is a direct cause of lung cancer, heart disease and lung and bronchial infections. Smoke-free laws help protect restaurant and bar employees and customers from these harms.

Community Center is now Tobacco-Free

March 17th, 2011

Another Martin County organization has gone tobacco free.  Beginning March 1, the Roy F. Collier Community Center prohibits smoking and all tobacco products on their entire premises (both inside the building and outside).  You can see their announcement on their Facebook page.

The Martin County Health Department and Martin Countians for Clean Indoor Air commend the Community Center in taking this important step in protecting the health of visitors to the center.

CIGARETTE WARS Will Premiere on CNBC on Wednesday, March 2nd

March 2nd, 2011
CIGARETTE WARS Will Premiere on CNBC on Wednesday, March 2nd
An original CNBC documentary, CIGARETTE WARS, will premiere on Wednesday, March 2nd at 9pm ET. It will repeat that evening at 10pm ET, 12am ET, and 1am ET.

The documentary will also repeat on Sunday March 6th at 10pm ET.


“Cigarette Wars” goes inside Americas original cash crop — the companies that sell tobacco, the people who smoke it, the elected officials who are trying to get rid of it, the federal law enforcement agencies who are fighting it on the black market and the Kentucky farmers who grow it.

CNBC Correspondent Brian A. Shactman reports on an industry that continues to thrive despite all we know about the dangers of smoking. 50 million Americans, and nearly a billion people overseas, still light up every day. And as cigarette taxes continue to skyrocket in the United States, driving the price up to as much as $14 per pack, a crime wave is booming, with criminal groups cheating the U.S. government out of $5 billion in cigarette tax dollars each year.

CNBC follows American tobacco farmers as they endure one of the worst growing seasons in four decades, facing record drought and increased pressure from the anti-tobacco movement. Vilified and marginalized, these growers refuse to give up or give in, trading their overalls for suits and traveling overseas to sell American tobacco in emerging markets. Their efforts, and those of the tobacco industry, to sell their product in places like China, India, and Eastern Europe, have prompted accusations that they are exporting a public health crisis.

Through With Chew Week (Feb 21 – 25) – Friday

February 25th, 2011

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Through With Chew Week (Feb 21 – 25) – Thursday

February 24th, 2011

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Through With Chew Week (Feb 21 – 25) – Wednesday

February 23rd, 2011

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Through With Chew Week (Feb 21 – 25) – Tuesday

February 22nd, 2011

Through with Chew Week (Feb 21 – 25) – Monday

February 21st, 2011

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