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American Lung Association releases 22nd Annual “State of Tobacco Control” report

This morning at 12:01 AM eastern time, the American Lung Association released our 22nd annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. The American Lung Association’s 2024 “State of Tobacco Control” report, released today, highlights the public health perils of menthol tobacco use and the failure by the White House to finalize the rules to end menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars in December. The 22nd annual “State of Tobacco Control” report evaluates state and federal efforts to eliminate tobacco use and save lives with proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies.

  • “State of Tobacco Control” 2024 gave Arizona grades in five areas that have been proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use and save lives:
      • Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs: F
      • Strength of Smokefree Workplace Laws: B
      • Level of State Tobacco Taxes: F
      • Access to Proven Treatments to Quit Tobacco: C
    • Ending the Sale of All Flavored Tobacco Products: F
The SOTC report website at transitioned to 2024 data and content at 12:01 am ET....
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World No Tobacco Day


Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

World No Tobacco Day 2023 will focus on the multiple ways that exposure to tobacco affects the health of people’s lungs worldwide. These include lung cancer, chronic respiratory disease and air pollution.

Tobacco growing and production exacerbates food insecurity

The growing food crisis is driven by conflicts and wars, climatic shocks, and the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Structural causes like the choice of crop also have an impact, and a look into tobacco growing reveals how it contributes to increased food insecurity:

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Social distancing gives parents insight into kids’ vaping

With schools closed and stay-at-home orders in full swing due to COVID-19, youth who vape have fewer places to hide their vaping behavior from their parents.

For many parents now working remotely, the distracting smell of menthol or other flavors from their child vaping in or around the house may catch them off-guard. They may also notice mood swings, agitation, impulsivity, and an inability to concentrate from their child using nicotine or dealing with cravings or withdrawal.

Indeed, a silver lining to this quarantine might be the golden opportunity this gives parents to talk to their kids about vaping and help them break the harmful behavior.

COVID-19 and youth vaping

Just how prevalent is youth vaping?

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