Join Our Webinar on Affordable Smoke-Free Housing on November 29th


Webinar: “Convincing Affordable Housing Providers to Go Smoke-Free”

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (10:30am – 11:30pm PDT)

Guest Speaker: Serena Chen, MSW

The webinar will cover:

  • The different types of affordable housing providers and their primary missions (public housing vs. non-profit housing providers vs. Section 8/private landlords).
  • Impact of rent control laws on smoke-free housing campaigns.
  • Importance of building relationships with housing providers.

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dyk…That Menthol Cigarette Prevalence Use Has Increased In Asian, White And Hispanic Smokers Since 2010?

A study published in Tobacco Control (October 2016) examined non-menthol and menthol cigarette use prevalence in adolescents and adults using national data from 2004 to 2014.

Findings included:

  • Although overall smoking prevalence has decreased, the proportion of past 30-day cigarette smokers using menthol cigarettes was higher (39%) in 2012-2014 compared to 2008-2010 (35%).
  • Youth smokers remain the most likely group to use menthol cigarettes compared to all other age groups.
  • Menthol cigarette prevalence has increased in Asian, White and Hispanic smokers since 2010.
  • Menthol cigarette prevalence exceeded non-menthol cigarette prevalence in youth and young adult smokers in 2014.
  • Among smokers, menthol cigarette use was positively correlated with co-use of cigars.
  • Menthol cigarette and smokeless tobacco co-use also increased from 2004 to 2014.

The researchers concluded that because the youngest smokers are most likely to use menthol cigarettes, there is urgency to limit the impact of menthol cigarettes on the health of youth and young adults.

Click HERE to comment on the findings & engage with your peers on the Peer-to-Peer Exchange (P2PE). Click HERE to read the abstract.

From the Field: Technical Assistance Trainer Julie Waters Discusses Smokefree Housing Policy with Kings County


Julie Waters, Technical Assistance Trainer with The LOOP

On Wednesday September 14, 2016, LOOP Technical Assistance Trainer Julie Waters delivered a presentation to the Kings County Tobacco Coalition. Her presentation, entitled “Smokefree Communities: Opportunities for Smokefree Housing in your own Backyard,” provided information on the importance of local policy adoption and steps to successful policy adoption. Continue reading

The LOOP Leadership Development Program (LDP) Fellow Marlene Hurd hosts an educational forum


On August 24, 2016, LOOP Leadership Development Program (LDP) Fellow and President of the Merritt College Tobacco Less Club, Marlene Hurd, organized the screening of the film, “Addiction Inc.” The film was followed by a panel discussion which included experts from the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), The LOOP, and two students from Merritt College. Attendees were surprised to learn about the tobacco industry’s targeting of African American communities, specifically around menthol use. Since the airing of the film and panel discussion, students have joined campus advocacy efforts focused on making Merritt College a 100% smoke free campus. Merritt, along with other Peralta Colleges, was able to amend its smoking policy to include e-cigarettes in the Spring of 2016. Learn more here. Currently, Merritt College has designated smoking areas, but still has challenges with smokers on campus, butt litter, and smoking around the daycare center and bus stop.

Another goal that Marlene’s campus organization achieved was to receive a $5,000 grant from the Truth Initiative’s 2015-2016 Smoke-Free Tobacco-Free Community Grant Initiative. Additionally, the group has a Peralta Radio show through which they have created several public service announcements educating the public about tobacco.

Regarding The LOOP Leadership Development Program, Marlene stated, “with all the training and support I have received as a LOOP Fellow, it has helped me expand my knowledge in the areas of doing grant related policy work, mobilizing our community and becoming a Tobacco Prevention Advocate.” Marlene currently serves as a 2016-2017 Student Advisory Board member with Campuses Organized and United for Good Health (COUGH) and a 2016 member of the Alameda County Tobacco Control Leadership board and their Policy Committee.

The LOOP collaborates with Community Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN), which has an initiative that focuses on making California community colleges smoke-free. As an LDP Fellow, Marlene will be able to access CYAN for additional resources, especially, for example, when it comes to enforcing Merritt College’s existing policy

Learn About the Potential Public Health Impacts of Proposition 64 on August 11th!


Join us for our next webinar, “Assessing the Public Health Impacts of California’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative on Local Governments” with Rachel Barry on August 11th!

Rachel Barry is a political scientist with expertise in research and analysis of public policy. In three years working with Professor Stanton Glantz at the University of California San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, Ms. Barry conducted a descriptive analysis comparing regulatory frameworks for retail marijuana in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, and the proposed 2016 statewide ballot initiative in California to document implementation of state retail marijuana laws and law variation over time. Continue reading