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Nicotine can rewire an adolescent’s brain. - FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb
Teens hooked by vaping: FDA weighing a ban on flavored e-cigarette liquids
Tipperman, Doug, MSW. "Smoking Cessation May Improve Behavioral Health Conditions." NIH Collaborative Research on Addiction, May 10, 2017.
Cigarette smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, responsible for over 480,000 deaths a year. Even though smoking has been decreasing overall, the smoking rate for persons with behavioral health conditions (mental and/or substance use disorders) is about twice that of the rest of the population. The rate is even higher for persons with serious mental illness or who have been in substance use disorder treatment in the past year.
Shockney, Lillie D., RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CG. "What Employers, Navigators Need to Know about Cancer’s Impact in the Workplace." Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators, April 20, 2017.
This expert commentary, which is divided into specific parts for you to read, emphasizes the impact that the workforce is facing when it comes to cancer today, and in the future. You will find more and more employers wanting to better understand the incidence of cancer among their employees because they are absorbing most of the cost of that cancer care—from a treatment perspective as well as a paid time off perspective.
Public Law Center. "Tobacco use as a Health Equity Issue." Public Law Center, Legal Update, Spring Issue.
Despite a decline in tobacco use among U.S. adults over the past several decades, tobacco-related health disparities in both cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke have increased. This Legal Update highlights the disproportionate impact of tobacco use on vulnerable populations, including individuals suffering from behavioral health and substance use disorders, low socioeconomic populations, and other groups.
Purdy, J. McAvoy, H. Cotter, N. and Mitchell, E. "Smoke-free spaces on the the island of Ireland." The Institute of Public Health in Ireland., March 2017.
Reducing second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure has become a central component of tobacco control policies across the island of Ireland. The expansion of smoke-free spaces directly reduces exposure of children and adults and further denormalises tobacco use in a variety of social contexts.
Terry, Michael, John Seffrin, Ph.D., K. Michael Cummings, Ph.D., Allan Erickson, and Donald Shopland. "Ending Cigarette Use by Adults in a Generation is Possible." March 2017.
Chronic exposure to tobacco smoke is the single largest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the United States today. In spite of significant progress in tobacco control over the last half century, tobacco use is still the cause of nearly one in every four deaths daily in America.
Jaspen, Bruce. "After CVS Stopped Cigarette Sales, Smokers Stopped Buying Elsewhere, Too." Forbes, February 20, 2017.
The decision by CVS Health CVS to stop selling cigarettes contributed to a drop in tobacco purchases for all retailers, new data from the drugstore giant shows.
Aldana, Steve, MD. "Employee Wellness Program Ideas and Tips Time Tested by Employee Health and Wellness Programs." Wellsteps, January 10, 2017.
These corporate wellness program ideas are designed to change policy and improve the work environment so it is easier for employees to adopt and maintain health behaviors.
Kelly, Amanda. "Walk This Way! How 5-Minute Strolls at Work Can Boost Your Mood and Cut Cravings." Johnson & Johnson, January 4, 2017.
The research has become impossible to ignore: All this sitting we’re doing is doing us in. And while we know staying glued to our office chairs is bad for our health (and our mindset), what’s the alternative?
A recent study supported by Johnson & Johnson found that when people integrated short bursts of walking into a 6-hour day of simulated office work, they felt more energized than when they simply took bathroom breaks.
Regynolds, Gretchen. "Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.." The New York Times, December 28, 2016.
Stuck at your work desk? Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study.
Simon, Stacy. "New Website to Help Cancer Survivors Manage Health." American Cancer Society, October 26, 2016.
Springboard Beyond Cancer provides survivors with online tools to manage side effects from cancer treatment, cope with stress, improve healthy behaviors, communicate better with their health care teams, and ask for support from family and friends.
Snapp, Janet; Dori Klemanski. "Survivorship movement helps people learn to live well with cancer." STAT, October 11, 2016.
As cancer treatments improve, that number will grow, and millions more will have to learn to live a life forever altered by cancer.
Haigh, Gideon. "Why Big Tobacco has reason to fear the waking divestment giant." The Conversation, August 2, 2016.
Haigh’s report details the recent decision of AXA, the world’s second biggest insurance company to sell €200m of tobacco shares and to start divesting €1.6 billion worth of tobacco bonds after interaction with King. She now heads an International Union Against Cancer project to spread it globally, and her work has all the momentum of a brakeless train.
Jack, Andrew. "Health lifelines for wellbeing in the workplace." The Financial Times, Health at Work, September 14, 2016.
“We all recognise there are public health issues facing the population, and companies have a responsibility to play a part at work and beyond,” says Dame Fiona Kendrick, Nestlé’s UK chief executive. “If staff are happy, we fundamentally believe they are also more productive.”
Singer, Dinah S., Tyler Jacks, Elizabeth Jaffee. "A U.S. “Cancer Moonshot” to accelerate cancer research." Science Magazine, September 9, 2016.
In January 2016 President Obama announced a “Cancer Moonshot” to “accelerate our understanding of cancer and its prevention, early detection, treatment, and cure”. A Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) of scientific experts was convened to make recommendations to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), the adviser to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), on research opportunities uniquely poised for acceleration.
"UT System institutions begin working toward a tobacco-free culture at inaugural “Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit” ." The University of Texas System, March 4, 2016.
Representatives from each of The University of Texas System’s 14 institutions met last week at the “Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit” to discuss creating a system-wide tobacco-free culture.