National pediatrics agency recommends raising smoking
age to 21
As we know, teenage use of tobacco has declined
steadily since the truth about its harmful effects has
been coming out (1970's). However, health experts say
it still remains an important public health problem.
The growth of e-cigarettes has many doctors and public
health officials concerned.
The push is on, based on the recommendation of the
American Academy of Pediatrics, to raise the minimum
age to buy tobacco products (including e-cigarettes)
from 18 to 21 in many states, including Florida.
The report gives recommendations including greater
federal regulation, higher prices and more
comprehensive no-smoking zones and a ban on flavored
products. The idea is to get kids past 21 years old.
Studies show that they are much less likely to start if
we can get them through school smoke-free.
While some may think it will cause a loss in revenue to
raise the minimum age, think about the gains in health
benefits we get from that same action.
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Tobacco Prevention Training Graduation
With the holidays just around the corner, it is a great
time to make headway on the course. Procrastination
will only delay the inevitable. We now have over a
dozen graduates from one of the two courses online.
Will you be next? The sooner you deliver the prevention
message, the sooner more students will make the right
choice with tobacco use.
Vaping Shows Higher Amount of Nicotine
Just recently, the US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) approved the sale of eight new smokeless tobacco
products, which are thought to be a less-toxic option
for tobacco users.
It turns out, those who use smokeless tobacco are
exposed to almost the same or even higher levels of
nicotine and NNK, a cancer-causing chemical in tobacco
products, as compared to cigarette smokers, according
to a new study from the US government, Reutersreported.
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The results of the analysis showed that the level of
cotinine, which is a marker for nicotine exposure, was
about 180 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) for those who
are into smokeless tobacco and just 0.043 ng/ml for those
who do not smoke. Meanwhile, those people who use both
smokeless tobacco and cigarettes register the highest level
at 184 ng/ml.
"It's not uncommon for people to use smokeless tobacco as
an alternative to cigarettes in an attempt to wean
themselves off smoking," said Dr. Frank Leone, who is
director of the University of Pennsylvania's Comprehensive
Smoking Treatment Program in Philadelphia. "There are much
safer ways to substitute sources of nicotine." He also
mentioned that patches, gum and inhalers are all types of
alternative nicotine sources.
Charter Schools Participate
This year's annual Charter School Conference (FCSC) in
Orlando was well attended, with our booth receiving a
gratifying number of visitors. Attendees were surprised to
hear that they were also entitled to take one of our
courses for professional development at no charge. The
biggest surprise came when they watched the slide show and
were presented with some of the chilling facts about teens
and tobacco use. Remember, 90% of all long-term smokers
started between the ages of 12-18. If we all work to
educate our kids, and get them through high school without
smoking, odds are pretty good that they will never start.
We want to welcome all of our Charter School participants
and hope to see all of our students make the right choice
about tobacco use.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro
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HUD proposes smoking ban in public housing, citing
dangers of secondhand smoke
The government is seeking to ban smoking in all of the
nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, the latest
step in a decades-long crackdown on tobacco products
that help kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each
“We have a responsibility to protect public housing
residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke,
especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma
and other respiratory diseases,” HUD Secretary Julián
Castro said in a statement announcing the measure. “This
proposed rule will help improve the health of more than
760,000 children and help public housing agencies save $153
million every year in healthcare, repairs and preventable
The Tobacco Prevention Training program is looking to
reach more educators throughout Florida. We are already
at major state-wide conferences promoting tobacco
prevention, but we know that many remote areas don't
get the chance to attend major conferences, instead
sending representatives with good intentions of getting
the word back to their schools. In an attempt to let
educators throughout the state know of the opportunity
to earn 30 or 60 professional development points toward
re-certification, we are looking for local conferences
where we can promote Tobacco Prevention. If you know of
a great local conference that may benefit from having
our program as a sponsor, and/or where we could present
and promote the course, please let us know.
Together we can help students
make better choices regarding tobacco use in