2006 Tobacco Free Nebraska, E-News Update #9
New Quitline Campaign Starts
A series of new ads promoting the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline begin airing statewide this week. The ads feature Jeff Bower, a 42-year-old man who's married and is the father of five. Mr. Bower was recently diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of cigarette smoking. The toll-free Nebraska Tobacco Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Omaha Law Passed
On June 20th, the Omaha City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in restaurants and most other public places with a five-year grace period for stand-alone bars, tobacco retail “outlets”, keno parlors, and Horseman's Park. Omaha's mayor has announced his intention to sign the ordinance into law. The ordinance will take affect on October 2. Visit the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Website for a summary of the ordinance.
Report on Smoking-Related Fires
The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association released a report finding that smoking continues to be the number one cause of residential fire deaths. View the report.
Smoke-Free HUD-Assisted Housing
The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project has assembled four HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) letters which address the questions of whether HUD-assisted housing can have smoke-free policies. View the letters.
Decline in Respiratory Symptoms after Public Smoking Ban
An article in the June 2006, issue of Tobacco Control shows a significant decrease in respiratory symptoms among service industry workers five months after the enacting of a public smoking ban. View the abstract.
Trends in Smokeless Tobacco Use
An article in the June 2006, issue of Tobacco Control shows that the stricter cigarette policies of recent years may not only reduce cigarette use, but also the use of alternative tobacco products like smokeless tobacco. View the abstract.
Updated Smokeless Tobacco Factsheets
In light of recent developments in the smokeless tobacco marketplace (e.g., with R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris entering the market), the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has updated its smokeless tobacco fact sheets and created a separate smokeless tobacco fact sheet section on their website. View the fact sheets.
Predictors of Smoking Among African American Women
This study in Social Science and Medicine analyzed the relation of smoking to individual, neighborhood, and state socioeconomic characteristics. The study results suggest that contextual factors at both the neighborhood and state level play a role in African American women's smoking over and above individual characteristics. View the abstract.
Smoking, Obesity Pose Greatest Risk to Disadvantaged Americans
Nearly nine million adults in the U.S. are affected by both obesity and smoking according to new research from the American Legacy Foundation, greatly impacting those with the least amount of education and those in the lowest income bracket. Click here for more information.
Student Beliefs about Tobacco Industry Behavior
An article in the June 2006, issue of Cancer Causes & Control examines how student beliefs about tobacco industry behavior and marketing practices are related to occasional and regular smoking among 9th to 12th graders. View the abstract .