Monthly Archives: September 2010

FDA Increases Opportunities for Action

Yesterday I attended the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Los Angeles County quarterly meeting. I’m always happy to get out of the office and go to coalition meetings and catch up with colleagues! But this time there were also two great presentations about last year’s FDA law from Rosario Quintanilla Vior from the FDA Los Angeles District Office, as well as from our own Justin Garrett.

Check out a short clip from Justin’s presentation. Read More »

Whaaaaat? We Still Have a Problem Here?

I had a wake up call recently in my California tobacco control bubble.  What was it, you may ask?

Well, many states throughout the country have made great strides when it comes to comprehensive tobacco control programs that include keeping public and common areas smoke-free.   These efforts have resulted in a nationwide decline in tobacco use over the years.  So far, so good, right?

Not quite, according to the newly released Centers for Disease Control study.   The CDC reports that 1 in 5 Americans still smoke.  While smoking rates HAVE declined over the past 4 decades, they have stabilized in the last 5 years in particular.  Here are some highlights from the study: Read More »

YouTube Used to Push Tobacco?

During our Center Team retreat held last week, we discussed our latest assessment survey where we found that 34% of LLA’s are not permitted to access social media sites. This had been weighing heavily on my mind when Vanessa sent me a link to this article from about how YouTube is being used to push tobacco. The article was pretty interesting and got me to immediately drop what I was doing to go to YouTube to check out some of these videos. Read More »