- Most respondents usually used modifiable advanced devices (56.8%) rather than basic “cigalike” (14.5%) or pen-style intermediate (28.7%) devices.
- Use of multiple device types was common, particularly among those who primarily used basic devices.
- Younger age and less frequent vaping were associated with mainly using basic devices.
- Adolescents who were older, male, personally bought their main device, and had ever mixed e-liquids were at elevated risk for usually using advanced devices.
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Dr. Stan Glantz, who heads the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UCSF, appeared on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” on Sunday, May 6th to discuss San Francisco’s upcoming vote on the ban of flavored tobacco products, which includes the new JUUL product. Click below to listen to the show and read the transcript.
A newly published study analyzed tobacco industry promotional efforts specifically targeting American Indians/Alaska Natives and exploiting Tribal lands to understand appropriate policy responses in light of American Indians’/Alaska Natives’ unique sovereign status and culture. Researchers examined previously secret tobacco industry documents available at the Truth Tobacco Documents Library (https://industrydocuments.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco/). The study found that tobacco companies used promotional strategies targeting American Indians/Alaska Natives and exploiting Tribal lands that leveraged the federally-recognized Tribes’ unique sovereign status exempting them from state cigarette taxes and smokefree laws. In addition, tobacco companies exploited some Tribes’ existing traditional uses of ceremonial tobacco and poverty. Tactics included price reductions, coupons, giveaways, gaming promotions, charitable contributions and sponsorships. Additionally, tobacco companies built alliances with Tribal leaders to help improve their corporate image, advance ineffective “youth smoking prevention” programs, and defeat tobacco control policies. The authors concluded that the industry’s promotional tactics likely contribute to disparities in smoking prevalence and smoking-related diseases among American Indians/Alaska Natives. The researchers’ recommendations included that Tribal communities should consider policy interventions to address these disparities including tobacco price increases, cigarette taxes, comprehensive smokefree laws, and industry denormalization campaigns to reduce smoking prevalence and smoking-related disease.
Source: Lempert & Glantz (2018). Tobacco Industry Promotional Strategies Targeting American Indians/Alaska Natives and Exploiting Tribal Sovereignty. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Mar 12. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty048. [Epub ahead of print]
The term derives from Juul, a popular vaping device.
“You couldn’t be caught dead with a cigarette right now if you’re a teenager, but withjuuling, it’s cool to Juul,” said Jack Waxman, 17, who produced the video.
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A newly published study examined the impact of three state-level tobacco control policies (cigarette taxation, tobacco control spending, and smoke-free air (SFA) laws) on adult smoking rate overall and separately for adult subgroups in the U.S.
- State cigarette taxation is the only policy that significantly impacted smoking among the general adult population.
- Taxation was the only policy that significantly reduced smoking for some adult subgroups, including females, non-Hispanic Whites, adults aged 51 or older, and adults with more than a high school education.
- Other adult subgroups responded to the other two types of policies, either by mediating the taxation effect or by reducing smoking independently.
- Specifically, tobacco control spending reduced smoking among young adults (ages 18-25 years) and Hispanics. SFA laws affected smoking among men, young adults, non-Hispanic Blacks, and Hispanics.
The researchers concluded that state cigarette taxation is the single most important policy for reducing smoking among the general adult population. However, adult subgroups’ reactions to taxes are diverse and mediated by tobacco control spending and SFA laws.
Source: Yu et al. (2018). One size fits all? Disentangling the effects of tobacco taxes, laws, and control spending on adult subgroups in the US. Substance Abuse, Mar 7:1-30. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2018.1449050. [Epub ahead of print]