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Among young adults, use of hookah tobacco (HT) is an emerging health-risk behavior. A newly published study examined whether the prevalence of ever-use and current use of HT increased among U.S. young adults (18-30 years old) in the period from 2010 to 2015 and whether the patterns of HT use differed across diverse demographic subpopulations of young adults. Researchers analyzed data from the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey.
· The rate of current use of HT increased from 1% in 2010-11 to 2% in 2014-15.
· The rate of ever-use increased from 7% to 12%.
· The over-time increase was not uniform: the increase was most rapid among 26-30 year-old adults, non-Hispanic Black and African American adults, and in Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. regions.
· The rate of HT ever-use was 16% for daily and 23% for occasional cigarette smokers, 23% for users of smokeless tobacco products, 37% for cigar smokers, and 55% for smokers of regular pipe (filled with tobacco).
The researchers concluded that because HT use is becoming increasingly more popular among young adults, methods should target not only cessation of cigarette smoking but use of all tobacco products.
Source: Soulakova et al. (2018). Prevalence and factors associated with use of hookah tobacco among young adults in the U.S. Addictive Behaviors, May 12;85:21-25. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.05.007. [Epub ahead of print]
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County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors: The Board directed staff to provide policy options to update the current Tobacco Retail License (TRL) policy to include policy options for flavored tobacco products and electronic cigarette sales bans. County staff is scheduled to present to the board on these policy options on March 3rd.
CONTACT: Board of Supervisors: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/Contact-Board-of-Supervisors/
City of Petaluma: The city is currently drafting a TRL policy. The City Youth Council at the 12/16/19 meeting specifically requested of the Council a TRL with a flavored tobacco sales restriction.
CONTACT: City of Petaluma: Peggy Flynn, City Manager, email@example.com, (707) 778-4345
City of Sebastopol: The city has a TRL policy on the goals and has requested a presentation on 2/4/20 from county staff and coalition/community members on this policy option.
CONTACT: City of Sebastopol: Larry McLaughlin, City Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 823-1153
Please contact the people listed above to get involved in these opportunities.
- NH AI/AN had a higher prevalence of exposure to retail tobacco ads (65% vs 59%), mail (20% vs.14%) and email (17% vs.11%) marketing than NH Whites.
- CTU was higher among NH AI/AN than NH Whites and among adults who reported exposure to tobacco ads, mail, and email marketing.
- There were 144 articles that met inclusion criteria on pro-tobacco marketing or anti-tobacco campaigns aimed at eight US groups: women of reproductive age, racial/ethnic minority groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native), Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) populations, groups with low socioeconomic status, rural/inner city residents, military/veterans, and people with mental health or medical co-morbidities.
- There were more studies on pro-tobacco marketing rather than anti-tobacco campaigns, and on cigarettes rather than other tobacco products.
- Major gaps included studies on Asian Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, pregnant women, LGBT populations, and those with mental health or medical co-morbidities.
- Gaps related to tobacco products were found for hookah, snus, and pipe/roll-your-own tobacco in the pro-tobacco studies, and for all products except cigarettes in anti-tobacco studies.
As part of this study (Tobacco Control, February 2018) researchers conducted a keyword search of industry documents using document archives from the Truth Tobacco Documents Library. The study found that tobacco industry marketing tactics have incorporated American Indian culture and traditional tobacco since at least the 1930s, with these tactics prominently highlighted during the 1990s with Natural American Spirit cigarettes. Documents revealed the use of American Indian imagery such as traditional headdresses and other cultural symbols in product branding and the portrayal of harmful stereotypes of Native people in advertising. The historical and cultural significance of traditional tobacco was used to validate commercially available tobacco. The researchers concluded that the tobacco industry has misappropriated culture and traditional tobacco by misrepresenting American Indian traditions, values and beliefs to market and sell their products for profit. Recommendations include ongoing monitoring of tobacco industry marketing tactics directed at exploiting Native culture and counter-marketing tactics that raise awareness about the distinction between commercial and traditional tobacco use.
Source: D’Silva et al. (2018). Tobacco industry misappropriation of American Indian culture and traditional tobacco. Tobacco Control, Feb 19, [Epub ahead of print]
Read the abstract at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29459389