New report shows state lagging on increasing cigarette taxes

March 30, 2012

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that some states did not enact cigarette tax in 2011. It has been proven that cigarette tax not only increases revenue but also reduces smoking, especially among children.

According to the report, only three states enacted a small cigarette tax in 2011, the fewest number of states since 2000. No state has enacted a cigarette tax in 2012 yet. On average, 10 states per year increased cigarette tax between 2001 and 2010.

The failure to implement a cigarette tax is causing further setbacks in the fight against the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. Unfortunately, funding for prevention programs has also decreased, with $260.5 million in the last four years. Smoke-free laws in public places such as restaurants and bars has also slowed down. The CDC believes that the states must do more to increase taxes on tobacco products if they want to see a significant decrease of a nasty habit.

Tobacco companies are against the cigarette tax and some have even gone to great lengths of stopping taxes as high as $1.25. Companies are spending anywhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars to even millions of dollars to stop the cigarette tax from being enacted. However, the tobacco tax is a win-win-win for the states – “health win that reduces tobacco use and saves lives, a financial win that reduces tobacco-related health care costs and raises revenue to help fund essential programs, and a political win that polls show is popular with the voters,” President of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Matthew L. Myers said.

To read Myers’s article, click here.

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Request for Application: Iowa Department of Health – FY 2013 Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention Area 7

March 30, 2012

Purpose: To provide guidance for current contractors to submit continuation applications for FY2013, the third year of the project period established by the RFP #5881005. Community public heath services covered by this application include primary substance abuse prevention. This RFA serves to:

1. Maintain and advance integration of public health activities,

2. Maintain and advance delivery of essential services and core public health functions, and

3. Build stronger relationships with community partners.

Funding period: July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet each of the following eligibility requirements for consideration.

Eligible applicants – only current contractors for Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention Area 7 are eligible to submit a continuation application for FY2013.

Electronic Communication Requirements – Applicant is required to maintain and provide to IDPH, upon application, a current and valid email account for electronic communications with IDPH.

Important Dates

Applications due – April 2, 2012 by 4pm local Iowa time

Contract period – July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

Project period – July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014

Please view these important documents for more information:

1. FY13 RFA 58810005-03-02 Document

2. FY13 RFA 58810005-03-02 Appendices

3. FY13 RFA 58810005-03-02 Attachments


Funding opportunity: The Florida Department of Helath, Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program

March 29, 2012

An estimated amount of $1,800,000.00 for Community-Based Tobacco Prevention Intervention grants for the 2012 – 2013 project period.

The following are the primary program goals designed to achieve the program purpose:

1. Prevent Florida’s youth and young adults from initiating tobacco use.

2. Promote cessation of tobacco use among Florida’s youth and adults.

3. Eliminate Floridians’ exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

4. Maintain a sustainable infrastructure of the Florida Comprehensive Statewide Tobacco Education and Use Prevention Program.

Entities eligible to submit applications must be legal business entities with an office in Florida and include, but are not limited to, schools, health care providers, county health departments, community organizations, and not for profit 501c(3) entities including minority organizations.

Contact: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Admin/General_Services/Purchasing/FA12-002.pdf

Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2012.


We’re giving away CD-ROMs

March 29, 2012

We launched a new Facebook campaign that gives you the chance to win a free Elementary CD-ROM. The contest will begin on April 9th and run until April 30th at 12:00pm EDT. All you have to do for a chance to win a CD-ROM is to ‘Like’ us. It’s as simple as that!

We’ll be giving away a free CD-ROM once a week until April 30th, so be sure to check our Facebook page to see if you’ve won. We frequently update our Facebook, Twitter, and blog with up-to-the-minute prevention news and information. Be sure to share this contest with your other friends on Facebook so they have a chance to win a free CD-ROM as well. Click on the image below¬†to ‘Like’ us now!


U.S. Department of Justice releases “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2011” Report

March 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justinc, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics released the 2011 School Crime and Safety Report. The report provides data on crime and safety at school from the perspecitve of students, teachers, and principals. The report also provides crime and safety information for students’ travel to and from school. It highlights the most current details statistical information on the nature of crime in schools and school environments and responses to violence and crime at school.

Click here to read or download the full report.

Source: JUVJUST, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.


Support from teachers may reduce early alcohol use

March 26, 2012

A new study suggests that emotional support from middle school teachers may help reduce students from engaging in alcohol and other illicit substance abuse. The study was conducted on a group of 521 Seattle middle school students. Those students who found emotional support from middle school teachers showed a delay in their use of alcohol and illicit substance use. The students reported that finding emotional support from a teacher helped them better able to talk about their problems.

The study also showed that middle school students with higher level of separation anxiety from their parents were not as likely to start using alcohol and other substances early in life as compared to those students who showed lower levels of separation anxiety.

According to lead researcher of the study, Dr. Carolyn McCarty, “This is the first data-driven study which shows that teacher support is associated with lower levels of early alcohol use.”

The study also found that students who started using alcohol and other illicit substances before the sixth grade showed higher levels of depressive symptoms. Also, students in the sixth grade who were experiencing stressful life events were more likely to use illicit substances by the eighth grade.

McCarty added, “We need to be aware of and monitor early adolescent stress levels and parents, teachers and adults need to tune into kids’ mental health.”

To read full article, click here.


Tobacco killed 50 million people in last decade

March 22, 2012

According to a report by the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society, tobacco has taken fifty million lives worldwide in the past decade.

Although smoking rates are declining across the globe, tobacco usage in poorer parts of the world are increasing. Last year, 80% of the world’s tobacco-related deaths occurred in middle- and low-income countries. In China, tobacco is the number one cause of death, being responsible for 1.2 million deaths every year.

Tobacco companies have been trying to challenge anti-tobacco laws such as advertisements on tobacco products and anti-smoking bans in public places.

In 2010, six of the biggest tobacco firms in the world made a total of $35.1 billion in profits, which amounts to the earning of Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and McDonald’s…combined!

Read article here.


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