Will New Cigarette Packaging Change the Face of Smoking?

April 27, 2012

Under mandates by health advocates and federal regulators, cigarette packaging will include graphic health warnings, replacing the warning cigarette packaging has had for 25 years years. The graphic warnings “will cover half the front and back of each pack and will offer a toll-free number for people to call who want to quit smoking.”

The new graphics are schedule to appear on cigarette packaging in September.

These new graphic advertisements are required by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) and Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products. Under its authority the FDA issued a rule called Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements that will modify the required warnings that appear on cigarette packaging.

Some tobacco companies were opposed to the FDA’s implementations and filed a lawsuit claiming the FDA’s regulations are inconsistent with free speech laws.  Last November, a District Judge blocked the FDA’s new graphic requirement, stating that “the warnings should not appear unless the tobacco industry loses its larger lawsuit, which raises questions about the Constitutionality of the warning labels.”

Last fall, the Canadian government approved new cigarette warning labels to be placed on packaging of cigarettes and little cigars. Retailers must ensure that all product packaging on shelves have the new labels on them by June 18th.

To read the full article, click here.

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Help Ensure Senate Vote on Bill to Reauthorize the Drug Free Communities Program

April 26, 2012

BACKGROUND

Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Grassley (R-IA) recently introduced S. 2159, legislation to reauthorize the Drug Free Communities program. Other original co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Feinstein (D-CA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Kohl (D-WI), Schumer (D-NY), Portman (R-OH), Harkin (D-IA) and Wyden (D-OR).

The bill, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 16-2 on March 29, 2012, would reauthorize the DFC program and the National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute for an additional five years, through fiscal year 2017.

In order to ensure that the bill can receive an up or down vote by the Full Senate, Senators Leahy and Grassley are circulating a dear colleague letter to shore up Republican support for the bill.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Ask your Republican senators to co-sponsor S. 2159 as reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is critical that as many Republicans as possible come on as co-sponsors and support the reauthorization.

Using CADCA’s CapWiz system, which has been set up to target only Republican senators, fax the sample letter. The more letters your Republican senator(s) receive, the more likely they are to support the reauthorization.

TIMING

Please fax your Republican senators IMMEDIATELY to ask them to support S. 2159.

CADCA’s fax system allows you to automatically fax CADCA’s sample letter on this issue to your Republican senator from CADCA’s website. To send faxes, go to http://capwiz.com/cadca/home/.

If you would like to personalize your letter with examples from your community, please email lhouff@cadca.org for a MS Word version of the sample letter.


CADCA will continue to monitor the DFC Reauthorization and alert you when further action must be taken.

Source: CADCA


Online Tool Measures Youth Exposure to Alcohol Ads on Radio

April 26, 2012

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) developed a new tool that is able to measure the impact of radio alcohol advertisements on youth between the ages of 12 and 20. Experts know that alcohol advertising has a significant impact on youth people and their decision to drink, which allows this tool to measure youth exposure to alcohol in 75 different media markets.

In 2003, alcohol distributers agreed to only place alcohol advertisements in media channels where youth only consisted of 30 percent or less of the total audience. However, the National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine, and a several other groups and officials believe that the alcohol industry should strengthen its standards by changing the percentage to 15 percent.

The online tool measure three markets:

1) the percent of alcohol ads out of compliance with the 30 percent standard,

2) the percent which exceeds the 15 percent proportional standard, and

3) “youth exposure” – how many ads in each market were more likely to be heard by youth per capita than by adults.

To read the full article and access the online tool, click here.


Director of ONDCP on National Prevention Strategy

April 26, 2012

The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy will be celebrating its first anniversary soon. The Strategy promotes good health for all Americans at every stage of life through quality medical care, safe environments, and healthy food choices. The Strategy was created by the National Prevention Council, which consists of 17 federal agencies including the Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, the directory of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, spoke with NewPublicHealth in a podcast interview. The interview focused on prevention and Kerlikowske mentioned how drug abuse cost $193 billion in the United States.

“Prevention in my estimation did not get anywhere near enough attention or enough focus and we know that prevention is by far the least expensive of all of the options in dealing with the drug problem, whether it’s a law enforcement or criminal justice part of the system, or even treatment. If you can invest in prevention and keep someone from becoming involved in drugs, you not only make a huge difference in saving money, you make a huge difference in people’s lives.”

– R. Gil Kerlikowske.

To read the interview and listen to the podcast, click here.


Cardinal Health Foundation Invites Local Nonprofit Organizations to Apply for Grants to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

April 25, 2012

Grant: Cardinal Health Foundation invites nonprofit organizations in seven U.S. cities and Puerto Rico to apply for grant funding to support local efforts to prevention the abuse and misuse of prescription medications. In an effort to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic in America, the foundation encourages grassroots efforts to raise awareness and promote education and prevention of this public health issue. The grant program will provide funding to nonprofit organizations to target prescription drug misuse and abuse in their communities. Specifically, the program is intended to reduce the misuse or abuse of prescription medications by youth, adults, and the elderly. To help achieve this goal, Cardinal Health is funding programs designed to increase awareness of the prescription drug abuse issue; knowledge of how to reduce access to prescription drugs and how to properly dispose of them; and awareness of the consequences of misusing or abusing prescription medications.

Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the following cities/areas are invited to apply: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Central Ohio; El Paso, Texas; LaVergne, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Northern Chicago (Lake, McHenry and Kenosha counties); Radcliff, Kentucky; and Puerto Rico.

Amount: up to $200,000 in grants of $5,000 to $15,000.

Contact: Complete grant program guidelines and the online application are available here.

Deadline: May 11, 2012.


Learn more about Drug Free Communities Support Program

April 25, 2012

The Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that assists with funding community-based coalitions with the goal of preventing youth substance use. To date, the DFC has funded close to 2,000 coalitions with the help of almost 9,000 volunteers nationwide.

In the past eight years, the communities that the DFC funds have shown significant reductions in youth usage of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use (particularly marijuana). However, there have been increases in youth prescription drug abuse according to a recent study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The DFC program hopes to address local coalitions and to help them identify drug issues within the young community, hoping to develop the proper infrastructures that can combat the problems at hand.

Community-based coalitions that meet the statutory eligibility requirements are eligible to submit Request for Applications (RFAs) to the DFC.

According to the DFC website the statutory eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • New applicants:  All DFC applications will be jointly screened by ONDCP and SAMHSA to determine whether each applicant meets all of the statutory eligibility requirements. Applications submitted by eligible applicants will then be scored through a peer review process according to the evaluation criteria described in the Request for Applications.   Statutory eligibility requirements, written into the DFC Act, are inherent in the DFC program. Failure to meet any single eligibility requirement will cause an application to be deemed ineligible and the application will not move forward to peer review. Should your application fail to meet the eligibility requirements, the person listed as the contact person on the Application for Federal Assistance will receive a letter stating why the application was deemed ineligible. Final authority lies with the DFC Administrator to determine the eligibility of an applicant.
  • Continuation applicants:  During the Continuation Application process for DFC grantees in Years 2-4 and 6-9, the legal grantee (where applicable) and coalition  must demonstrate compliance with reasonable and requested evidence for all of the statutory eligibility requirements to be considered for continued funding.  Currently funded DFC coalitions are expected to be in compliance with all statutory eligibility requirements throughout the entire funding cycle for which they are receiving a DFC grant.

For more information on the DFC and RFAs click here.

Source:  HEC/News e-Digest, U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention


Funding Opportunity – Vermont

April 25, 2012

Vermont Department of Health, RFP: School-Based Substance Abuse Services

Grant: Over the last five years, the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs has supported a comprehensive substance abuse prevention effort and it has demonstrated success. According to the 2011 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), alcohol use prior to age 13 has significantly decreased. Significant reductions were also achieved in the percentage of students who have ever used alcohol. Prevention services delivered through schools are essential to our comprehensive substance abuse prevention.

This RFP outlines the Vermont Department of Health’s plan for allocating funds to schools for substance use prevention and early intervention services for fiscal year 2013. Schools are critical partners to Vermont’s substance abuse prevention strategy. School –based prevention grants are a component of the strategy, aimed at the Healthy Vermonter 2020 objectives.

Eligible Applicants: Vermont Supervisory Unions and Local Educations Agencies (LEA) – see Appendix 1 for complete list.

Amount: Total funds available are $800,000. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000

Grant Period: August 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015

Contact: Emily Trutor, Vermont Department of Health, 802-651-1550, Emily.Trutor@state.vt.us

Deadline: May 4, 2012.


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