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FDA Needs To Ban Menthol, Too

In National News on September 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

While the FDA has banned candy and fruit flavorings in cigarettes, they exempted menthol flavoring. Menthol helps mask the harshness of cigarettes. Menthol cigarettes make up a third of the cigarette market. They are increasingly popular among teens, and 80% of black smokers prefer menthol. Is the FDA unfairly allowing Big Tobacco to continue targetting minorities and youth by exempting menthol from the flavorings ban?

Here are two articles on the subject: Boston Globe and USA Today.


National Alcohol And Drug Addiction Recovery Month

In National News on September 25, 2009 at 7:41 am

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month!

Fact for Life #259: Nicotine (found in tobacco products) is an addictive drug. Nicotine causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more.

Source: The Health Consequences of Smoking: Nicotine Addiction: A Report of the Surgeon General. “Facts for Life” is presented by Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. For more information on Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, visit or

The Case For Bans On Smoking

In National News on September 22, 2009 at 10:12 am

The Wall Street Journal published an article recently titled “The Case for Bans on Smoking.” Basically, when smoking is banned in public places, heart attack rates drop dramatically among smokers and non-smokers alike. This is why so many people and organizations say smoking policies and legislation should be enacted to protect people from secondhand smoke. What do you think?

FDA Regulations Begin Kicking In This Month

In National News on September 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

See this article for more information about the new FDA regulations of tobacco and which regulations will soon go into effect. Thanks to Rick Stoddard for passing this on to me.

Another Club Joins The Smoke-Free Movement In Indianapolis

In State News on September 14, 2009 at 9:09 am

Indianapolis’ Crackers Comedy Clubs has gone completely smoke-free, according to a weekend report by It all started when comedians began requested smoke-free environments for their shows, and the clubs’ owners have found smoke-free nights are popular. They don’t think the new policy will hurt business; this weekend’s shows are already nearly sold out.

Read the full article here.

The Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple, Greg’s Bar and Talbott Street Nightclub downtown and Morty’s Comedy Joint on 96th Street all went smoke-free earlier this summer.

Lance Armstrong On Tobacco

In National News on September 8, 2009 at 8:26 am

Lance Armstrong spoke out about tobacco in a recent USA Today article:

As we were wrapping up our session at the Global Cancer Summit, I received an interesting question from the Indian delegate: “If you had to choose one thing to focus on to reduce cancer rates, what would it be?” That’s easy: tobacco. It’s the only product that, if used as directed, will kill you. One third of all cancer deaths are attributed to this drug.

I joined my good friend Dr. John Seffrin from the American Cancer Society along with the world’s leading tobacco control experts to roll out the third edition of the “Tobacco Atlas.” The Atlas chronicles the prevalence of tobacco use, health risks, economic costs, marketing and legislation of tobacco worldwide. One hundred million people were killed by tobacco in the 20th century and if we do nothing, another 1 billion lives will be lost in the 21st.

At LIVESTRONG, we talk a lot about bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. We know that tobacco kills. We need to bridge this gap by educating people around the globe about the dangers of tobacco and do all we can to stop the use of the products.

Free “Stop Smoking” Resources Available For Pregnant Women

In State News on September 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm

On the heels of a new Indiana report on smoking and other drug use  during pregnancy,  the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency (ITPC) sent an urgent message to all Hoosiers that free help is available for every pregnant women who needs to quit smoking  in order to deliver a healthy baby.

“For so many women, the difference in making the decision to quit smoking comes down to knowing someone is there to listen and provide an understanding for what they’re going through,” said Karla Sneegas, executive director, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (ITPC).

The free Indiana Tobacco Quitline – 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) – is available anytime from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year to assist any Hoosier 18 years or older with advice and counseling on quitting tobacco.   The Quitline is staffed by highly trained coaches who assist smokers with their plans to stop smoking.

For women who are pregnant, there is a specially-designed program that is aimed at addressing the needs of both the expectant mother, as well as the baby. Included as part of the program is a series of up to 10 phone calls that are completed with the mother both during – and after – the term of pregnancy is completed. Quit coaches are specifically empathetic to the mother’s needs and they help make sure they have the right support network as part of the treatment services.

A report,  released August 15th by the Prenatal Substance Abuse Commission (PSAC), indicated that an estimated 20 percent of women used tobacco while pregnant; ranking Indiana seventh highest in the nation among all 50 states. The PSAC report outlined the scope, consequences and economic impact of the problem, estimating that, in 2007 dollars, the average newborn cost of a delivering a pre-term baby is as much as $60,000.

Sneegas said that health care providers can enroll as a preferred health care provider for 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  Through this program, health care providers can refer their patients who are ready to quit smoking directly to the free Indiana Tobacco Quitline.

“Life is precious and whether we’re talking about the mother or her baby, this study is a strong indication of the challenges we have ahead of us. But, it is also shows the wealth of resources we do have in place – today – to make a real difference right here in Indiana,” added Sneegas.

For more information, call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.  To register to become a preferred health care provider visit the Web site –