September 2016 Newsletter
The September edition of the Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators features articles on the fastest growing area we face as educators. The alternative delivery systems that tobacco companies are using to develop our teenagers' nicotine habits seem to be growing daily. This issue will spotlight e-Cigarettes (Vaping), spit (or chewing) tobacco and Hookahs. While Florida can stand tall as being among the lowest states (6.9%) for teenagers that smoke, compared to the national average of 21%, we need to be concerned about the rising numbers of students currently using these alternative delivery systems.
If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today.
Preventing tobacco use among youth is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States.
- Tobacco use is started and established primarily during adolescence.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 99% first tried smoking by age 26.
- Each day in the United States, more than 3,200 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 youth and young adults become daily cigarette smokers.
Flavorings in tobacco products can make them more appealing to youth.
- In 2014, 73% of high school students and 56% of middle school students who used tobacco products in the past 30 days reported using a flavored tobacco product during that time.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Since 2009, FDA has regulated cigarettes, smokeless, and roll-your-own tobacco. FDA finalized a rule, effective August 8, 2016, to regulate all tobacco products. For background information on this milestone in consumer protection.
Read the FDA Voice blog post by Center Director Mitch Zeller on Protecting the Public and Especially Kids from Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah Tobacco.
Spit tobacco - also called smokeless tobacco - damages the mouth as much as smoking damages the lungs. If you think spit tobacco is safer than smoking, think again. Spit tobacco, including snuff, dip, plug and chew, is just as bad for the mouth as smoking is for the lungs, and just as addictive.
1. Contains at least 28 carcinogens.
2. Comes with an increased risk of oral cancer and throat cancer.
3. Half of all people who get oral cancer die within 5 years.
4. Tobacco juice can make white leathery sores in the gums. These sores can become cancerous.
5. The surgery for oral cancer may require removing part of the lips, tongue, cheek or jaw.
6. Spit tobacco causes pancreatic cancer.
7. Spit tobacco can destroy gum tissue.
8. Users can get receding gums (gums that pull away from the teeth). Gums never grow back.
Don't be fooled by SNUS.
Snus (sounds like "snoose") is a moist powdered tobacco. It comes in a tea-bag-like pouch and does not need to be spit. Snus, like all tobacco products, contains nicotine. Nicotine is addictive. Studies suggest snus users may have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer. Snus is NOT a safe substitute for other kinds of tobacco.
Washington, DC - August 26, 2016 - Several species of bacteria found in smokeless tobacco products have been associated with opportunistic infections, according to a paper published August 25 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
Bacillus licheniformis and Bacillus pumilus could potentially cause inflammation of the lungs, as well as opportunistic infections, said coauthor Steven Foley, PhD, research microbiologist, the National Center for Toxicological Research, US Food and Drug Administration.
Other Bacillus species also present health concerns, said Foley. “Some species have been identified as causative agents in spice-related outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting. Additionally, they produce a mild toxin which, in large quantities could cause illness.
Last year, Phillip Morris International launched a new type of smokeless cigarette called iQOS. It’s supposed to be a cleaner and less smelly alternative to smoking, but one researcher at rival Imperial Tobacco doesn’t seem to agree with that description.
Speaking at a tobacco industry conference in Bologna, last week, Steve Stotesbury, head of scientific regulatory affairs at Imperial Tobacco, had some not-so-nice things to say about the Phillip Morris iQOS. “There’s a lot of black crud in the iQOS device after using it,” he told reporters during an interview. “It smells like an ashtray.”