The syntax of sin taxes: to improve physical, social, and fiscal health

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Dr. Michael Joyner, an Anesthesiologist and Physiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the June 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where he proposes the implementation of sin taxes on smoking, alcohol, fat, and sugar as an effective means to reduce health care costs and combat obesity. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/d4cjgkr

New Lung Cancer Screening Offered At MD Anderson

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Results from national clinical trial mobilizes a team of experts to develop Lung Cancer Screening Program. For appointment contact AskMDAnderson 877-MDA-6789 https://www2.mdanderson.org/sapp/contact/selfreferral/index.cfm

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems International Tobacco Control Four-Country Survey

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Background: Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) initially emerged in 2003 and have since become widely available globally, particularly over the Internet. Purpose: Data on ENDS usage patterns are limited. The current paper examines patterns of ENDS awareness, use, and product-associated beliefs among current and former smokers in four countries. Methods: Data come from Wave 8 of the International Tobacco Control Four-Country Survey, collected July 2010 to June 2011 and analyzed...
Authors: Sarah Adkison, Richard O’Connor, Maansi Bansal-Travers, Andrew Hyland, Ron Borland, Hua-Hie Yong, K. Michael Cummings, Ann McNeill, James Thrasher, David Hammond, Geoffrey Fong

U.S. Hookah Tobacco Smoking Establishments Advertised on the Internet

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Background: Establishments dedicated to hookah tobacco smoking recently have proliferated and helped introduce hookah use to U.S. communities. Purpose: To conduct a comprehensive, qualitative assessment of websites promoting these establishments. Methods: In June 2009, a systematic search process was initiated to access the universe of websites representing major hookah tobacco smoking establishments. In 2009 –2010, codebook development followed an iterative paradigm involving three...
Authors: Brian Primack, Kristen Rice, Ariel Shensa, Mary Carroll, Erica DePenna, Rima Nakkash, Tracey Barnett

The Toxic Effects of Cigarette Additives. Philip Morris' Project Mix Reconsidered: An Analysis of Documents Released through Lit

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This video describes the peer reviewed paper, Wertz MS, Kyriss T, Paranjape S, Glantz SA (2011) The Toxic Effects of Cigarette Additives. Philip Morris' Project Mix Reconsidered: An Analysis of Documents Released through Litigation. PLoS Med 8(12): e1001145. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001145 Background In 2009, the promulgation of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tobacco regulation focused attention on cigarette flavor additives. The tobacco industry had prepared for this...

Physical Activity and Other Health-Risk Behaviors During the Transition into Early Adulthood

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Background: Research consistently demonstrates that physical activity declines with age. However, such declines do not occur linearly. The transition into early adulthood is one period where disproportionate declines in physical activity have been evident, but much of our understanding of such declines among young adults has been based on cross-sectional data or with prospective studies exclusively focused on college/university students. Purpose & Methods: The purpose of the current...
Authors: Matthew Kwan, John Cairney, Guy Faulkner, Eleanor Pullenayegum

Alarming Increase in Throat Cancer Due to HPV

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Download from iTunes: http://bit.ly/uus4tw The number of new throat cancer cases in the United States has jumped by 125% in the last two decades. The main reason for this alarming increase in throat cancer HPV (Human Papillomavirus), the same virus that causes cervical cancer. Floyd Christopher Holsinger, M.D., Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses this topic as well as other causes, diagnoses, and treatment options for...

"Home Smoking Bans Among U.S. Households with Children and Smokers" and "Association Between Smokefree Laws and Voluntary Smokefree-Home Rules"

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"Home Smoking Bans Among U.S. Households with Children and Smokers" Background: Public health campaigns have reduced the exposure of U.S. children to secondhand smoke at home; however, these may not have been equally effective across subgroups. Purpose: To examine prevalence of home smoking bans among U.S. households with both children and smokers, over time and by demographic subgroups. Methods: The Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS) is a nationally...
Authors: Alice Mills, Martha White, John Pierce, Karen Messer, Kai wen Cheng, James Lightwood, Stanton Glantz

Projected effects of tobacco smoking on worldwide tuberculosis control: mathematical modelling analysis

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BMJ 2011; 343:d5506 http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.d5506 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21972295 ABSTRACT We constructed a state transition, compartmental, mathematical model of tuberculosis epidemics to estimate the impact of alternative future smoking trends on tuberculosis control. We projected tuberculosis incidence, prevalence, and mortality in each World Health Organization region from 2010 to 2050, and incorporated changing trends in smoking, case detection,...

What do cigarette pack colors communicate to smokers in the US?

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Background: New legislation in the U.S. prohibits tobacco companies from labeling cigarette packs with terms such as light, mild, or low after June 2010. However, experience from countries that have removed these descriptors suggests that different terms, colors, or numbers communicating the same messages may replace them. Purpose: The main purpose of this study was to examine how cigarette pack colors are perceived by smokers to correspond to different descriptive terms. Methods:...
Authors: Brian Fix, Richard O'connor, Maansi Bansal-travers, K. michael Cummings