ActionToQuit

ActionToQuit is a tobacco control initiative sponsored by Altarum Institute. It urges all sectors – health care systems, employers, insurers, government agencies, quitlines, and policymakers – to work together to develop and promote sound tobacco control policies. One in five adult Americans smoke or uses some form of tobacco. This causes or complicates many of the Nation’s most common and costly chronic diseases (cancer, heart and lung disease, stroke, asthma) and results in the deaths of over 400,000 people every year. We are failing as a nation to provide the treatment that is needed to help these people quit their addiction to tobacco. Beyond the physical costs, failing to help people quit takes a financial toll – over $180 billion every year – a toll that U.S. taxpayers, investors and business owners can no longer afford in today’s uncertain economic environment. This is due to a combination of factors, not the least of which is the failure of public and private policies to give tobacco users full access to all the tools they need to quit. Our failure to act is costing us precious lives and money - we can and we must do better.

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12/27/2016
How a Cigarette Is Engineered

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The design and content of cigarettes continue to make them attractive, addictive, and deadly. Every day, more than 1,300 people in the United States die because of cigarette use.

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12/23/2016
Study Finds e-cigarettes Don’t Make Tobacco Use Appealing Again | Psych Central News

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The increased public use of e-cigarettes has not re-normalized the use of conventional cigarettes, as some have argued, according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR) in Scotland. The findings are published in the journal International Archives of Addiction Resear...

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12/20/2016
Dangers of Nicotine Are Highlighted in New Report

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The dangers of nicotine may be especially problematic for children and teens, causing addiction and other health problems. Consumer Reports examines new findings.

12/19/2016
Join Kira Kosarin and Take Back the Shelves.

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Pharmacies -- trusted healthcare sources -- and tobacco -- the leading preventable cause of death -- just. don’t. mix. We’re teaming up with truth to take ba...

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12/15/2016
Broken Promises to Our Children

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Big Tobacco spends $20 to market its deadly products for every $1 the states spend to fight tobacco use.

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12/14/2016
American Teens Are On Their Best Behavior In 40 Years, Survey Says

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A survey says that American teenagers are on their best behavior in 40 years – they’re drinking and smoking less, and are not doing drugs as often as their predecessors. Even marijuana use has gone down among middle-school children, says the yearly Monitoring the Future survey conducted. Lloyd Johns...

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12/12/2016
Many Americans don't know what's in tobacco smoke

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National surveys of adults and teens suggest that many Americans have little understanding of the dangerous substances lurking in cigarette smoke.

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12/09/2016
Tobacco use widespread in video games played by youth

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The depiction of tobacco use in games serves, in effect, as free advertising for tobacco companies, and a recruitment mechanism for the “replacement smokers.”

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12/07/2016
Secondhand (and Third-Hand) Smoke May Be Making Your Pet Sick

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If you’re a #smoker, you probably realize the dangers smoking may pose to your #health. But have you ever thought about how the habit affects your #pet? According to Food and Drug Administration (#FDA) veterinarian Carmela Stamper, the news is not good. “Smoking’s not only harmful to people, it’s ha...

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12/01/2016
U.S. Will Ban Smoking in Public Housing Nationwide

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Officials said the rule, which bars tobacco use in apartments, common areas and offices, will take effect in early 2017. It will cover the homes of more than 400,000 New York City residents.

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11/30/2016
It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s

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It's true that the earlier a smoker quits the better, but even people who quit in their 60s lowered their risk of death compared to those who kept puffing away.

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11/17/2016
Get Ready...Set...Quit!

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The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout is the perfect starting point. Learn more.

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11/16/2016
Vaping may put your smile at risk

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As e-cigarette use among teens rises, scientists find that vaping may cause cellular damage to the mouth, gums and teeth. Even the cells’ DNA was affected.

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11/14/2016
Cigarette Smoking In The U.S. Continues To Fall

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking rates have fallen from 21 percent of the adult population in 2005 to 15 percent in 2015, when the agency conducted its latest survey.

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11/08/2016
Mutation types in at least 17 cancers associated with smoking | Knowridge Science Report

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Researchers have surveyed thousands of genomes of human tumors from smokers and nonsmokers and identified mutational signatures that are associated with tobacco smoke. For example, only cancer originating in tissues directly exposed to smoke showed a signature characteristic of a known tobacco carci...

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11/03/2016
CDC Foundation examines negative impact of tobacco use in the workplace

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Atlanta – Smoking costs the U.S. economy more than $300 billion a year in direct medical care costs and lost productivity, including $5.6 billion in productivity losses related to secondhand smoke, according to the CDC Foundation.

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10/31/2016
Lung-on-a-chip lights up to model damage caused by smoking

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Organs-on-chips allow the study of drugs and diseases without testing on animals or humans. Now a team at Harvard has designed a device that smokes cigarettes and sends the smoke through a lung-on-a-chip, to examine just how the habit damages health.

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10/24/2016
The World's Biggest Tobacco Firm Tells Smokers to Quit

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You want a trip to Philip Morris International Inc. to feel like a visit to Marlboro Country. But the company’s Swiss research center, aka the Cube, just won’t play along.

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The ActionToQuit Network is a group of over 1000 professionals who are committed to tobacco control. Network members receive listserv privileges, announcements for webinars and podcasts, information about funding opportunities, and timely updates about tobacco control issues. In 2010, ActionToQuit launched its state grant program and extended awards to eleven states to advance tobacco cessation policy – Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New England states, New York and Virginia. In 2011, three more states were granted awards – Georgia, Iowa and Michigan.

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