June is Men's Health Month
June is Men's Health Month---the perfect time to encourage the men in your life to stop smoking! Get them the help they need to kick the habit for good by guiding them to a local cessation program or giving them information on the Alabama Tobacco Quitline. Visit ADPH Men's Health Month or the national Men's Health Month site for more information.
2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey
The CDC, NCI and FDA have released findings from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. The results show alarming increases in current use of any tobacco product among both middle and high school students between 2017 and 2018, primarily because of an increase in e-cigarette use. Visit the FDA for more information, including the full results of the Survey.
American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control Report
The American Lung Association has released its 17th Annual State of Tobacco Control Report --- see how Alabama stacks up against other states in the use of statewide policies designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use.
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policies in Colleges and Universities
The CDC and the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) analyzed data from ANRF's College Campus Tobacco Policy Database to determine the number of college and university campuses nationwide that were smoke-free (completely prohibitied smoking) or tobacco-free (completely prohibited both smokeless tobacco use and combustible tobacco product smoking) in all indoor and outdoor areas. In 2017, among the 2,032 campuses with smoke-free policies, 84 percent were tobacco-free. By comparison, of the 774 smoke-free campuses in 2013, 73 percent were tobacco-free. Given that 99 percent of adult cigarette smokers first start smoking before age 26 years and many smokers transition to regular, daily use during young adulthood, colleges and universities are an important venue for having policies that protect students, faculty, staff, and guests from secondhand smoke exposure.
Tips From Former Smokers®
Tips From Former Smokers® Spokesperson Tiffany participated in a news conference with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. Video of the news conference is now available on demand. Read more about Tips From Former Smokers.
2016 Youth Tobacco Survey Report Available
The Alabama Youth Tobacco Survey (AL YTS) is conducted by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), through a grant from the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alabama conducted the first AL YTS in 2000, and continues to administer the survey biennially. The AL YTS is a comprehensive survey of tobacco use, access, cessation, knowledge and attitudes, and exposure to secondhand smoke among middle school and high school students in Alabama.
Business Has Never Been Healthier
Bar and restaurant owners and operators in communities across Alabama were concerned about how local non-smoking ordinances would affect their businesses. They were pleased to find no harm to business after the bans were implemented. Watch the video and read more Tobacco Success Stories.
Study Finds Workers Exposed to Very Unhealthy Levels of Pollution in Worksites Allowing Smoking
Employees of Gadsden and Montgomery bars and restaurants that allow smoking are breathing very unhealthy amounts of pollution because of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a recent study. Read press releases: "Study Finds Workers Exposed to Very Unhealthy Levels of Pollution in Worksites Allowing Smoking" for Gadsden and Montgomery. The air quality monitoring study was funded by a grant from the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the air quality monitoring study reports: AQM Report for Gadsden released by the the Etowah County Tobacco-Free Coalition and AQM Report for Montgomery released by the Montgomery Tobacco Free Task Force.
Heathy Campus ToolKit
The Alabama Department of Public Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and Nutrition and Physical Activity Division have developed and released a Healthy Campus ToolKit. The toolkit is designed to assist Wellness Committees in developing and implementing practices that make healthy choices the easy choices. Topics addressed include forming Wellness Committees and some of the practices they may adopt, such as healthy vending machines, tobacco-free campuses, and steps to follow for meetings and functions.
Page last updated: June 7, 2019