Virtual Day at The Capitol 2021
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Hundreds Rallied Virtually for Smoking and Vaping Prevention, Especially Important This Year

The issue of smoking and vaping has come to the forefront again during the pandemic, especially among young people.

Tuesday, more than 300 people, many of them students, rallied virtually to push lawmakers for action. This event has been going on for the past 11 years, and student and adult organizers alike say the COVID pandemic and youth vaping epidemic are big reasons why funding and education from the state is more critical than ever.

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FDA Unveils Plan to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

Menthol-flavored cigarettes and all flavored cigars would be banned in the U.S. under a new plan unveiled Thursday by federal health officials. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it will issue a proposal "within the next year" to ban menthol in cigarettes and ban all flavors, including menthol, in cigars. 

The ban has long been sought by public health advocacy groups, and the administration was facing a Thursday deadline to respond to a lawsuit filed by antismoking and public health groups intended to force the FDA into action.

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Yale Study Finds Smoke-Free Worksite Laws Help to Reduce Vaping

A recent study at the Yale School of Public Health identified that smoke-free worksite laws may help not only to reduce levels of cigarette smoking, but also to decrease levels of vaping. 

The study was conducted by assistant professor of public health Abigail Friedman and professor of public health Susan Busch to address two main questions. First, with e-cigarettes widely available, how do smoke-free restaurant or worksite laws — state and local policies that ban combustible tobacco use in certain settings — affect smoking and vaping behaviors? Second, what is the effect of instituting additional vape-free air restrictions to places with existing smoke-free worksite laws? 

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The FDA Vows Not to Target Black Smokers in Menthol Cigarette Ban

The Food and Drug Administration’s ban on menthol cigarettes will not be enforced against individual consumers, a move that will likely quell concerns about police aggressively targeting Black neighborhoods or the possession of illegal cigarettes.

The FDA decided to move forward with a ban on menthol as a major ingredient in cigarettes and on all characterizing flavors in cigars. Because 85 percent of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, academic and civil rights leaders warned that such a ban could empower local law enforcement to target Black people.

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Lung Force Expo 2021
Virtual Program for Healthcare Professionals
June 24, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 6:35 PM CT
Exhibit Hall opens at 10:30 AM

Join us for the nationwide virtual Lung Force Expo to learn about the latest trends in research, treatments and recommendations for lung cancer, COPD and other lung diseases. Continuing Education credits are available for nurses, respiratory therapists, and Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®).
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Public Health Roadmap: Promoting Tobacco Use Dependency Treatment in Behavioral Health Setting

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 12:00 PM CDT (1:00 PM EDT)

Join the American Lung Association for an interactive webcast, ideal for public health professionals of any level. Attendees can expect to:
  • Increase confidence to engage and partner with systems and care teams in behavioral health settings that are interested in improving how they promote and integrate evidence-based tobacco use dependency treatment services.

  • Learn more about the best practices and lessons learned during the 2021 Health Systems Change Cohort group, hosted and facilitated by the American Lung Association.

  • Learn about new resources and tools for public health professionals, to coach community partners in behavioral health systems change.
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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

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

PA Free Quitline / Quitlogix - Providing support to Pennsylvanians who are thinking about quitting, not yet ready to quit, or have already quit

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

Not On Tobacco (NOT) - Vaping and tobacco cessation program designed for teens ages 14 to 19 and taught by a trained and certified adult in ten, 50-minute sessions

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) - An alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way by teaching students about nicotine dependence and how to kick their unhealthy addiction

Save Our Lungs Team - A collection of lung health advocates committed to sending a strong message to Congress to let key decision makers know how important it is to fight back against tobacco companies and stand up for lung health for all
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