Beginning on February 3rd, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) required Public Housing Agencies nationwide to implement a “smoke-free” environment. This rule prohibits the use of flammable tobacco products – including cigarettes, cigars, and hookah – inside all indoor areas of public housing units and within 25 feet of buildings. Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) nationwide now have until July of 2018 to implement the new smoke-free policy. Repeated violations will be enforced as a lease violation, meaning residents could be evicted from their homes.
Dr. Kong, Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine, spoke during our Addiction Speaker Series about growing use of cigars among youth, which are not strictly regulated like tobacco products are in the U.S. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kong about her work.
As part of our Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Dr. Michael F. Pesko, a health economist and an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, spoke about his research on evaluating health policy changes, especially those affecting e-cigarette users, in his talk "E-cigarette Regulations: Evaluating Intended and Unintended Effects." We interviewed Dr. Pesko to hear more about this fascinating research.
As part of CASAColumbia’s Addiction Speaker Series, in which leading experts present their latest findings, Donna Shelley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, recently discussed her research on e-cigarettes. She shared her perspective on e-cigarettes’ effects on the re-normalization of smoking, marketing of e-cigarettes to kids, the role of big tobacco in e-cigarette marketing and sales, and what’s needed when it comes to future e-cigarette research.
Despite an overall decline in secondhand smoke exposure, a breakdown of recently reported data showed some populations were still being affected more than others by secondhand smoke.
If you call yourself a social smoker, you might believe that you aren’t really harming your health — after all, social smokers are defined as people who mostly smoke in social situations. They don’t smoke that much so they aren’t harming their health, right? Wrong.
An estimated 8.6 million Americans suffer from a serious smoking-related illness. These health consequences are expensive, too, especially for public insurance programs, and new research shows that the health care costs of smoking are higher than previously estimated.
A group of global tobacco health and policy researchers is calling for the sale of tobacco products to be phased out by 2040. The group writes that, with the backing of the United Nations and international governments, tobacco use can be reduced to less than five percent in just 25 years.
Are you planning to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year? If so, be prepared to see signs that say “No Smoking” in bars and casinos. The New Orleans City Council recently approved an ordinance for a total smoke-free ban, which will prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of workplaces, restaurants and bars.
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