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Tobacco Prevention and Control

Through the Tobacco Prevention and Control project, NACCHO aims to provide local health departments (LHDs) with resources to reduce the impact of tobacco in their communities and works collaboratively with partners to ensure the integration of national, state, and local tobacco control efforts. More »

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New NACCHO/ASTHO Resource: Archived Webinar Recording on State and Local Experiences with CDC Tips Campaign to Support the Recommendations from the Surgeon General's Report

If you missed the recent webinar co-sponsored by NACCHO and ASTHO, which featured the Acting Surgeon General of the United States, the webinar archive is now available. The webinar included an overview of key recommendations from the Surgeon General's Report, as well as experiences from the state and local levels on opportunities for leveraging the Tips from Former Smokers Campaign to support sustained tobacco prevention and control media efforts.

Below are resources related to the webinar: 

Upcoming Webinars
Igniting a Spark: Tips for Building Impactful Campaigns with Limited Funding

CADCA is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 7 from 2-3:30 pm ET to explore how to develop and implement campaigns to reduce tobacco use in rural and frontier communities. Presenters will also discuss how coalitions can apply cost-effective strategies to sustain campaign visibility over time using a variety of mechanisms. Take a look at the promotional flyer for more information.

Click here to register.
CDC MMWR: Calls to Poison Centers for Exposures to Electronic Cigarettes — United States, September 2010–February 2014
A newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reveals that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine increased from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. See the press release and the complete article for more information.  
New Funding Opportunity

Local health departments, please take a look at the following exciting funding opportunity:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Public Health Law Research

Public Health Law Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released its call for proposals on studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies on public health. Up to $150,000 is available for studies up to 18 months long and a total of $1.25 million is available for short-term studies. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 15 at 3 pm.

The Link between Tobacco and Diabetes


New findings from the 2014 Surgeon General's Report confirms smoking causes type-2 diabetes. How does smoking cause diabetes, or make diabetes worse?

  • Smokers have more abdominal or "belly" fat. This kind of fat makes the body more resistant to insulin. 
  • Nicotine in cigarette smoke may make the body more resistant to cigarette smoke. This means that smokers with diabetes may need to take more insulin and have worse control of their blood sugar than non-smokers.
  • Smokers with diabetes are more likely to have diseases that result from damaged blood vessels than are nonsmokers with diabetes. Chemicals in cigarette smoke cause injury to the cells lining the blood vessels. This interferes with the body's ability to make blood vessels widen and to control blood clotting.

For more information on the dangers of smoking for people with diabetes, take a look at the Surgeon General's Report (page 16).

CDC Tips From Former Smokers Campaign Released

On February 3, CDC launched its 2014 Tips from Former Smokers (Tips) Campaign - a national tobacco media campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit by featuring former smokers and their long-term health issues as a result of smoking. Click here for more information on the 2014 Tips campaign. Also, take a look at this video showcasing three Tips ad participants and their experiences regarding the Tips campaign.

New Resource: Point-of-Sale Strategies: A Tobacco Control Guide

The Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), in partnership with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, has released its brand new Point of Sale Strategies Tobacco Control Guide. The guide is based on current research and interviews with local, state, and national point-of-sale experts. The document provides guidance on selecting and implementing strategies to limit the sale, display, and advertising of tobacco products in the retail environment.