December 2015 Edition

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 year.

“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 fires.”

District Conferences

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 Florida.

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