Items of Interest

The Director of the UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), discusses a hidden but potentially disastrous consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic is its effect on smoking. In light of stalled progress in smoking cessation gains, Dr.

A new report released from the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC), confirms just over 525,000 calls were made to state quitlines through 1-800-QUIT-NOW in 2020, a 27% decrease from 2019 numbers and the lowest level seen since 2007. The group compiled data from 53 state and territorial quitlines in the U.S., including the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam.

A recent research study from the University of Michigan has reported that vaping THC could be riskier for teen’s health than vaping nicotine or smoking. 

In December of 2020, Truth Initiative and Kaiser Permanente, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, officially launched a national youth vaping prevention curriculum Vaping: Know the truth. The curriculum is a digital 4-lesson learning experience that provides young people with the facts about e-cigarette use and nicotine addiction.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®campaign enters its 10th year today with new ads that encourage people who smoke to quit. The Tips campaign is the nation’s first federally funded tobacco education campaign and has helped more than 1 million U.S.

Although African Americans smoke at lower or similar rates compared with other racial and ethnic groups, they are disproportionately affected by tobacco use in several ways. For example, African Americans have higher death rates from tobacco-related causes and are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke.