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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 »

FDA's Proposed Deeming Rule Recording

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) has released the replay of the "Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act" telebriefing.  It will be available until May 8, 2014. To listen to the replay, call 866-415-3310. 

Visit FDA's new deeming webpage, Extending Authorities to Additional Tobacco Products, for information on our recent action. From this page, you can read the proposed rule, download resources, and find out how to comment.

The proposed rule will be available for public comment for 75 days starting today. FDA welcomes comments and will consider all that are submitted, as well as any data, research, and other information submitted to the docket
In the Spotlight
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

"E-Cigarettes: Local Options in Light of Federal Action

July 22, 2014, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT

E-cigarette use has exploded in the last few years, yet public health regulation has not kept pace. During this webinar, experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and the American Lung Association will explain how the FDA is proposing to regulate e-cigarettes and will describe local policy options to address the skyrocketing use and related public health impact of this emerging product.  Presenters: Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights;Thomas Carr, Director of National Policy, American Lung Association;Maureen O'Brien, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. Moderator: Joelle Lester, Staff Attorney, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. 

The recording and slides of the Consortium's June 24, 2014 webinar, "Smoke-free Foster Care: Tales from the Field," are available here.

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.  
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.