Items of Interest
The 20th annual American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control" report evaluates states and the federal government on the proven-effective tobacco control laws and policies necessary to save lives. The report serves as a blueprint for what state and federal leaders need to do to eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.
December 23, 2021: Data Suggest These Products Are Less Appealing than Other Tobacco Products, Unlikely to Lead to Addiction and Initiation Among Non-Users, Including Youth
Data was analyzed from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III (2012–2013). The estimated prevalence of lifetime and past-year smoking, lifetime and past-year daily smoking, and lifetime smoking cessation among ever smokers (ie, the quit ratio) among those with common mood, anxiety and substance use disorders in comparison to those without these disorders.
People in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment experience disproportionate rates of tobacco use. California has prioritized smoking cessation among these individuals through the Tobacco-Free for Recovery Initiative, which includes an intervention aimed at supporting programs in implementing tobacco-free grounds.
An article published on MedPage Today details that, even though smoking cessation is recommended at least 4 weeks prior to surgery, nearly half of lung cancer patients continued smoking post-surgery.