Monthly Archives: September 2013

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 »

ABC’s of Isaiah

The Center is on a roll with new staff and interns. Meet Isaiah, our newest intern. He will be working with Julissa and Marlene on all things advocacy related. Take a look at his ABC’s to learn a little more about him!

A is for Area Code: 208

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? I don’t normally eat breakfast, so coffee.

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? To change the world and help those disadvantaged and vulnerable.

D is for Dogs.  Do you have any?  Yes, a mini Australian Shepherd named Gatsby.

E is for Energy.  What do you do when you need more energy? Drink coffee or tea.

F is for Fun.  What do you like to do for fun? Anything outdoors, such as running, backpacking, or surfing. Read More »

Lung Association Center Launches New Website

We’ve just launched a new and improved website. It is sleek, fresh and modern.

You’ll still be able to find all of our great tools and resources, including our community organizing tools, which features our newly updated Midwest Academy Strategy Chart and Circles of Influence. We’ve also added some great new features as well. Like our brand new bill tracker page; here you’ll find everything you need to know about tobacco related bills.

So, take a look, browse around and see what other new features you find at the Center’s New Website!


Flavored Products are Keeping Youth at the Hands of Big Tobacco

Flavored tobacco has been a great issue in the fight to stop youth tobacco use for a long time. In an attempt to reduce youth tobacco consumption, in 2009, Congress passed legislation that banned all cigarette flavors. Although this was a huge step forward, this ban failed to include all menthol tobacco products and flavored cigars. Recently, there has been more attention focused on flavored cigars and cigarillos (or little cigars) because their use among youth has significantly increased. With fruity and sweet flavors like chocolate, cherry, lime, margarita, white grape and many more, it’s not surprising that youth are drawn to giving these cigarillos a try which often times leads to repeated use. Another factor that may explain why the use of flavored cigarillos has increased, is the packaging. Cigarillos are sold individually or in small colorful packages for prices much lower than a pack of cigarettes. These cigarillos also come in sizes very similar to cigarettes.

I  have noticed cigarillos before, but never noticed the large quantity and diversity of cigarillos sold at stores until recently. Read More »