Monthly Archives: October 2012

Federal Trade Commission releases new reports

If I had been asked where the bulk of advertising money for the tobacco industry was spent, a week ago I would have said  it was on print advertising. But I was surprised when the Federal Trade Commission issued two new reports identifying price discounts as the largest category of spending for advertising and promotion. According to these reports price discounting made up 78.2% of the total advertising and promotion budget in 2009 and 80% of the advertising and promotion budget in 2010 for cigarettes. For smokeless tobacco, price discounts made up 32.6% in 2009 and 21.4% in 2010. It is no surprise that the total number of cigarettes sold or given away has gone down. From 2008 to 2009 the total number of cigarettes sold or given away decreased by 10% and from 2009-2010 by 3%.  

The trends we see in smokeless tobacco are also predictable (and in line with other reports we have seen recently that identify and uptick in the use of smokeless tobacco products).  In 2009 the amount of smokeless tobacco sold or given away decreased, but then increased in 2010. What is surprising is how much money is being spent to lower the price of their product. Read More »

Hispanic Heritage: Some Organizing Tips

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (which is just ending), we wanted to take a look at the intersection of Latinos and tobacco. As we adopt tobacco control policies  throughout the state we have seen a decrease in smoking rates in California. However, that’s not always the case for diverse populations. Tobacco use varies among diverse communities, and in many cases it is disproportionately higher than the statewide adult and youth averages.

In fact last month the CDC published Flavored Cigar Smoking Among U.S. Adults: Findings from the 2009–2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey in the journal of Nicotine & Tobacco Research that found that Latinos use flavored cigars more than other group. Flavored cigar use was higher among Latino/Hispanic cigar smokers (61.7 percent) than among non-Hispanic white (37.9 percent) and black (39.4 percent) cigar smokers. In 2008, Hispanic high school students in California had the second highest smoking prevalence among all high school students (13.9%). Worse yet, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Hispanics and in California, deaths from lung cancer are 2.1 times higher for Hispanic men as for Hispanic women. Read More »

Meet our new intern: The ABC’s of Stacy Song

There is a new kid on the block and her name is Stacy Song! Stacy is the newest member of the Center team, interning with Lindsey on all things policy related. Check out her ABCs and get to know her a little better.

A is for Area Code: 530

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? A mushroom and onion scramble

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? To be there for my friends and family, motivate them in the best ways possible.

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Maltipoo but I would really like to get a Goldendoodle. Silly dog breed names and poodle mixes are the best.

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? Put on some upbeat music and hop around

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? Be around great company

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? Hopefully, finishing a half marathon in a couple months! Read More »

Beating Big Tobacco to the Punch – Part 2

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By Guest Blogger – Elisa Laird Metke, J.D., ChangeLab Solutions

With cigarettes facing increased regulation and taxation around the world, the tobacco industry is developing an array of new products to hold onto a strong customer base. Last month we described some of the new products emerging from the tobacco industry. What can policymakers do to keep these products from creating new addicts?

Local leaders can pursue various strategies to ban the new products outright or limit access. They can treat nicotine products like tobacco products by requiring a tobacco retailer license to sell them, prohibiting their sale to youth, keeping them behind the counter, and more. They also can limit the number or type of retailers permitted to sell nicotine products. And they can ban small package sizes to make the products more expensive, which makes them less accessible to young people. Read More »

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