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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce the release of a new tobacco control monograph, “A Socioecological Approach to Addressing Tobacco-Related Health Disparities.”

As this monograph explains, tobacco use contributes substantially to disparities in the burden of cancer by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other demographic factors. A central challenge for the nation’s cancer control efforts is to ensure that all Americans benefit from advances in tobacco control research and practice.

>>Learn more and download the report here.

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In this study published in 2016 in Public Health Reports, researchers estimated changes in smoking prevalence based on simulations of three different price scenarios, and found that states that currently have the lowest excise taxes and highest smoking prevalence would experience the greatest decreases in smoking rates. See the full publication for state-by-state estimates, including estimates for Oklahoma.

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A Cochrane Review on the health impacts of legislative smoking bans (last updated Feb 2015) found evidence that “countries and their populations benefit from improved health after introducing smoking bans, importantly to do with the heart and blood vessels.” The review also found evidence that smoking bans were associated with reduced deaths.

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Oklahoma “Tobacco Stops with Me”Media Campaign Effects on Attitudes toward Secondhand Smoke. View abstract.

In this study, researchers found that exposure to the “Tobacco Stops with Me” campaign led to increases in: support for smokefree bars, reporting beliefs that secondhand smoke causes heart disease, is very harmful, and causes sudden infant death.

Longitudinal Evaluation of the Tobacco Stops with Me Campaign. View full article.

This study found exposure to the campaign “doubled quit attempts among tobacco users and increased knowledge about the harm of secondhand smoke. Tobacco non-users exposed to the campaign were 1.5 times more likely to help someone quit using tobacco than those not exposed, report that tobacco is a serious problem in Oklahoma, believe that tobacco companies should not be allowed to give away free samples or advertise at public events, and believe that smoking should be banned at public outdoor places.”

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Study published in BMJ Open that explores the impact of graphic cigarette labels with physical harm images on members of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The researchers found after viewing graphic warning labels participants rated their likelihood of talking about smoking risks to friends, parents and siblings compared to talking to teachers and doctors.

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“Tobacco products are sold in approximately 375,000 US retail outlets, including convenience stores and pharmacies, which often sell energy-dense, low-nutrient foods and beverages. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) increased authority over tobacco product sales and marketing, combined with declining smoking rates, provides an opportunity to transition tobacco retailers toward healthier retail environments. The objective of this article is to describe the potential for interdisciplinary efforts to transition retailers away from selling and promoting tobacco products and toward creating retail environments that promote healthful eating and active living.”

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