Tag Archives: CDC

Passing of Terri Hall, CDC “Tips” Campaign

Last week, the CDC reported that its “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign has been a success. Because of this campaign, there have been an increased number of quit attempts made. In a recent blog post, by Marlene, we discussed its success. You can read about it here.

This type of in-your-face campaign is reminiscent of the public service announcements from the 1990s where Debi Austin delivered a powerful message here in California. Her message made the consequences of smoking real and painful, rather than abstract warnings. Read More »

“Tips” Campaign helps over 100,000 people to quit smoking.

As a result of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) national advertising campaign called “Tips from Former Smokers,” 100,000 smokers successfully quit smoking and 1.6 million more smokers attempted to quit smoking, according to the medical journal The Lancet. This was the first federally funded national media campaign that focused on reducing the number of people who smoke by portraying individuals living with smoking related diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, amputations from Buerger’s disease, throat cancer, heart attack and asthma. This was a new and innovative way of getting people to quit smoking because usually, these type of media campaigns focus on how smoking can lead to death and not how it impacts the quality of life.

The ads gave me a chilling effect from watching the traumatic health consequences people who smoke can endure. Read More »

In a Category All Their Own

Adults with mental illness are in a category all of their own – smoking is 70% higher for adults with mental illness. This is according a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which states that nearly 1 in every 5 adults in the United States (about 45.7 million Americans) have some type of mental illness.

The report also confirms that adult smokers with mental illness smoke more cigarettes per day than those without a mental illness, about 11 cigarettes a day. These statistics are even more alarming among minority and low-income people who experience mental health problems. Read More »

A New Report by the CDC – Flavored Cigars

On Monday, August 27, 2012 Representative Henry Waxman held a press conference at Fairfax High School to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new report, “Flavored Cigar Smoking Among U.S. Adults: Findings from the 2009-2012 National Adult Tobacco Survey.” This report, determined that flavored cigars are used the most among the young, poor, Hispanic, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) populations. The report also found that 44.9% of cigars smokers in California use flavored cigars, which is slightly higher than the national average of 42.9%. Read More »

Green California

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids released their annual report this week on state tobacco control funding and the Master Settlement Agreement.  Titled A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 13 Years Later, this report details how much each state spends on tobacco control compared to the recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This is an interesting read every year and especially this year to see some of the hard truths about spending on tobacco control including the fact that states decreased funding for tobacco control programs by 12 percent in the past year.

Looking at this report, I can’t help but wonder what it could look like next year and for years to come if California voters pass the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) next June.  Matthew Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has stated, “Next year, California voters can make their state a leader again in the fight against tobacco by approving the California Cancer Research Act.”  Read More »