February 18-22 is Through With Chew Week, February 18-22
The Alabama Department of Public Health encourages smokeless tobacco users to quit the spit during “Through With Chew Week,” February 18-22, 2019. The education campaign is designed to decrease smokeless tobacco use and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using these products. See the full press release from ADPH below.
2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey
The CDC, NCI and FDA have released findings from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. The results show alarming increases in current use of any tobacco product among both middle and high school students between 2017 and 2018, primarily because of an increase in e-cigarette use. Visit the FDA for more information, including the full results of the Survey.
American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control Report
The American Lung Association has released its 17th Annual State of Tobacco Control Report --- see how Alabama stacks up against other states in the use of statewide policies designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use.
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policies in Colleges and Universities
The CDC and the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) analyzed data from ANRF's College Campus Tobacco Policy Database to determine the number of college and university campuses nationwide that were smoke-free (completely prohibitied smoking) or tobacco-free (completely prohibited both smokeless tobacco use and combustible tobacco product smoking) in all indoor and outdoor areas. In 2017, among the 2,032 campuses with smoke-free policies, 84 percent were tobacco-free. By comparison, of the 774 smoke-free campuses in 2013, 73 percent were tobacco-free. Given that 99 percent of adult cigarette smokers first start smoking before age 26 years and many smokers transition to regular, daily use during young adulthood, colleges and universities are an important venue for having policies that protect students, faculty, staff, and guests from secondhand smoke exposure.
Tips From Former Smokers®
Tips From Former Smokers® Spokesperson Tiffany participated in a news conference with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. Video of the news conference is now available on demand. Read more about Tips From Former Smokers.
2016 Youth Tobacco Survey Report Available
The Alabama Youth Tobacco Survey (AL YTS) is conducted by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), through a grant from the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alabama conducted the first AL YTS in 2000, and continues to administer the survey biennially. The AL YTS is a comprehensive survey of tobacco use, access, cessation, knowledge and attitudes, and exposure to secondhand smoke among middle school and high school students in Alabama.
2014 Surgeon General's Report
The Surgeon General's report, The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress, calls the epidemic of cigarette smoking over the last century an enormous and avoidable public health tragedy.
The report highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses opportunities that can potentially end the smoking epidemic in the United States.
Tobacco Awareness Events
For information on tobacco awareness events, visit our Tobacco Awareness Observances page.
Business Has Never Been Healthier
Bar and restaurant owners and operators in communities across Alabama were concerned about how local non-smoking ordinances would affect their businesses. They were pleased to find no harm to business after the bans were implemented. Watch the video and read more Tobacco Success Stories.
Study Finds Workers Exposed to Very Unhealthy Levels of Pollution in Worksites Allowing Smoking
Employees of Gadsden and Montgomery bars and restaurants that allow smoking are breathing very unhealthy amounts of pollution because of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a recent study. Read press releases: "Study Finds Workers Exposed to Very Unhealthy Levels of Pollution in Worksites Allowing Smoking" for Gadsden and Montgomery. The air quality monitoring study was funded by a grant from the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the air quality monitoring study reports: AQM Report for Gadsden released by the the Etowah County Tobacco-Free Coalition and AQM Report for Montgomery released by the Montgomery Tobacco Free Task Force.
The Alabama Tobacco Quitline is now offering online counseling services at QuitNowAlabama.com for any Alabamian who is ready to quit tobacco. Since April 2005, thousands of Alabamians have called the Quitline to help themselves or family members learn how to be tobacco free. Information, referrals and counseling are confidential, and counseling sessions are designed on a schedule that is convenient to the client. If you, a friend, or family member are ready to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, the Quitline is here to help. For more information about the Quitline, visit our Alabama Tobacco Quitline page.
The Burden of Tobacco in Alabama: Crash Course - Grasstop Training
Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Public Health's Community Tobacco Prevention Branch
Heathy Campus ToolKit
The Alabama Department of Public Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and Nutrition and Physical Activity Division have developed and released a Healthy Campus ToolKit. The toolkit is designed to assist Wellness Committees in developing and implementing practices that make healthy choices the easy choices. Topics addressed include forming Wellness Committees and some of the practices they may adopt, such as healthy vending machines, tobacco-free campuses, and steps to follow for meetings and functions.
New FDA Tobacco Regulations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together to educate consumers, public health partners, and the general public about new tobacco regulations that went into effect on June 22, 2010, the one-year anniversary of signing of the Tobacco Control Act. These regulations limit the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to individuals younger than18 years of age; require larger and stronger health warning labels to appear on smokeless tobacco advertisements and on smokeless tobacco products manufactured on or after June 22, 2010; and prohibit the tobacco industry from manufacturing for sale or distribution any tobacco products for which the label, labeling, or advertising contains the descriptors "light," "low," or "mild" (or any similar descriptor).
Page last updated: February 14, 2019