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Why is the adult smoking rate at a historic low in Arizona?
Arizona's adult smoking rate is at a record low, according to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Judith Gordon, a researcher and professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA, said the smoking rate is dropping due to a combination of factors, including rising tobacco prices, smoke-free workplaces and increased prevention efforts.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
The FDA’s webpage on electronic cigarettes describes products, statistics, and FDA regulations on these devices

STAND (Arizona Students Making a Difference) website
STAND’s website contains entertaining educational videos geared to Arizona teens, along with other resources for students interested in advocating against tobacco use. Visit

Association of Campus Tobacco Policies with Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Intention to Smoke on Campus, and Attitudes About Outdoor Smoking Restrictions
A strong majority of students at 8 California universities support outdoor smoking restrictions. In addition, at universities with strong tobacco-free policies, fewer students report smoking on campus, being exposed to secondhand smoke, or intending to smoke on campus. Overall, there is high compliance with tobacco-free policies, and such policies help protect students from smoking.

Experts: More Than Half of Cancer Cases in Arizona Preventable
Experts offered lawmakers some grim statistics Wednesday on cancer in Arizona, including a forecast of 11,400 deaths this year and a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by 2050.

State of Tobacco Control 2014
The 2014 Surgeon General's report provides irrefutable evidence that elected officials hold the key to ending death and disease caused by tobacco use. State of Tobacco Control 2014 provides the blueprint to our nation's policymakers for how they can save millions of lives from lung cancer, COPD and other tobacco-caused death and disease.

Secondhand Smoke: What it Means to You
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke - The Surgeon General of the United States, working with a team of leading health experts, studied how breathing secondhand tobacco smoke affects you.

The Health Consequences of Smoking: What it Means to You
Since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health in 1964, medical experts have written 27 more reports for the Surgeon General on tobacco use. In each report, leading scientists have found that using tobacco causes people to become sick, disabled, or to die.

Ending Sales of Tobacco Products in Pharmacies
The American Pharmacists Association, the American Medical Association, and other groups have urged pharmacies to stop selling cigarettes. The CVS chain has decided to act on this advice and will phase out the sale of tobacco products over the next year.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted today a final Research Plan on behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from November 7 to December 4, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan.

More than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013
This press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 263,000 middle school and high school students who never used a conventional cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013, a threefold increase from 2011. These youth were twice as likely as peers to report intending to use conventional cigarettes.

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes
A new World Health Organization report concludes that e-cigarettes pose threats to public health. WHO is calling for strict regulation plus bans on indoor use, advertising, and sales to minors.

Electronic Cigarettes, A Policy Statement from the American Heart Association
The article reviews research to date on who uses e-cigarettes, whether they are effective for cessation, and health effects and safety. It concludes with recommended policy guidelines.