Tobacco Prevention & Control Funding Campaign Kickoff: Sneak Peek

Did you know that Governor Wolf recently delivered his 2021 Budget Address? PACT will be sharing a prerecorded webinar shortly to provide an overview of the governor’s budget proposal with respect to tobacco control & prevention funding for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, as well as introduce our 2021 funding campaign.

During the webinar, you will learn more about the:
  • Master Settlement Agreement & its impact in Pennsylvania
  • Importance of tobacco prevention & control funding
  • Governor’s budget address analysis
  • PACT FY21 policy priorities
  • PACT 2021 Tobacco Prevention & Control Funding Campaign
  • Resources to help you advocate on this issue

Keep an eye out for the webinar in upcoming edition PACT Notes!
Congress Amends the PACT Act to Apply to All Vaping Products

As part of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” in the most recent COVID-19 relief bill signed into law on December 27, 2020, the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (“PACT”) Act was amended to apply to e-cigarettes and all vaping products. The amendment, titled the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act,” modifies the original definition of “cigarette” in the PACT Act to include Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), which applies broadly to include essentially all vaping products, liquids, components, and accessories, whether they contain nicotine or not. The amended PACT Act now prohibits the use of the USPS to deliver “ENDS” directly to consumers.

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Cost Effectiveness of the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign—U.S., 2012–2018

Since 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted the national Tips From Former Smokers public education campaign, which motivates smokers to quit by featuring people living with the real-life health consequences of smoking. A recent study evaluated the cost effectiveness, from the healthcare sector perspective, of the Tips From Former Smokers campaign from 2012–2018 compared with that of no campaign. The findings revealed that the campaign was associated with an estimated 129,100 premature deaths avoided, 803,800 life years gained, 1.38 million quality-adjusted life years gained, and $7.3 billion in healthcare sector cost savings on the basis of an estimated 642,200 campaign-associated lifetime quits. The campaign was associated with cost savings per lifetime quit of $11,400, per life year gained of $9,100, per premature deaths avoided of $56,800, and per quality-adjusted life year gained of $5,300. As a result, it was determined that mass-reach health education campaigns, such as Tips From Former Smokers, can help smokers quit, improve health outcomes, and potentially reduce healthcare sector costs.

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Upcoming Events
No Patient Left Behind: Black Men & Lung Cancer Webinar
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. However, Black men suffer disproportionally from lung cancer. Black men are more likely to get lung cancer and die from it than their white counterparts, despite lower smoking rates. Additionally, Black Americans with lung cancer are less likely to be diagnosed at an early stage, less likely to receive surgical treatment, and less likely to receive any treatment at all compared to white Americans. This webinar will feature a moderated panel discussion, with experts in the field, examining why these disparities exist and the role all Americans play in improving health equity.

Friday, February 19, 2021
12-1 p.m. ET

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Virtual Day at the Capitol 2021
Join advocates from across Pennsylvania as we come together virtually to meet with legislators to advocate for crucial tobacco control issues throughout the Commonwealth. During this virtual event, youth & adult lung health advocates will unite to educate state legislators on the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) funding and why it is so essential to tobacco cessation & prevention programs, as well as the importance of clean indoor air especially during the pandemic. Register today to receive the latest updates on the event, as well as an invitation to our annual Logistics Training webinar with additional information you will need for event day. The registration deadline is April 20.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.**

Register here

Questions? Contact Molly.Pisciottano@Lung.org

**Subject to change. Legislative visits will take place in the morning, followed by a virtual Town Hall in the early afternoon. Virtual activities will be available throughout the day
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Health Promotion Resources

Resource Hub for Effective Tobacco Cessation Coverage and Health Systems Change - Key resources, webcasts, and toolkits to help states and the tobacco control community improve tobacco cessation coverage and integration into health systems

E-Cigarettes: Talk to Youth About the Risks - CDC data, guidance and resources to help parents, teachers, and health care providers talk to youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes

Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU) - Statewide movement to help youth, ages 12 to 18, stay tobacco-free

Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch - One-hour tobacco brief intervention training for healthcare professionals
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