Teen Cigarette Use Falls but Marijuana use Rises, According to new CDC Report

No Smoking SignTeen cigarette and cigar smoking rates have dropped dramatically, from 20.5% in 2007 to about 7% in 2013, a 64% decrease.

However, marijuana use among teens has risen from 4% to 10% during that same time, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “tobacco prevention and control strategies, including increasing tobacco product prices, adopting comprehensive smoke-free laws, and implementing national public education media campaigns, have influenced the reduction in youth cigarette smoking.”

“The nation’s remarkable progress in reducing youth smoking since 1997 is great news, but the battle is far from over,” Vince Willmore, vice president for communications at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told HealthDay.com. “This study reminds us that we know exactly what to do to further reduce smoking: increase tobacco taxes, enact smoke-free laws, fund effective prevention programs and implement hard-hitting mass media campaigns. These proven strategies must be continued and strengthened.”


Passport Teams with State Officials and Healthcare Providers to Reduce Number of Kentuckians Using Tobacco

No Smoking SignAs part of the state’s push to help reduce the number of Kentuckians using tobacco products, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is working with Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) such as Passport to coordinate information with our network of healthcare providers.

Information was recently sent to these providers, encouraging them to “Help your Patients BREAK the Habit” and quit smoking. According to the document:

Tobacco cessation medication and/or nicotine replacement therapy is available to Kentucky Medicaid members who use tobacco products.

Dual-eligible members may be eligible to receive some of the available medicines to help them quit using tobacco.

A prescription is needed for all tobacco cessation medications, including over-the-counter nicotine replacement products.

No copayment is required for these medications. Some products are not preferred and will require review via the prior authorization process.

Tobacco cessation assessment takes a minimum of 10 minutes, is performed face to face and must include: asking the patient about tobacco use; advising the patient to quit; and assessing the patient’s readiness to quit. If the assessed member’s readiness to quit occurs during a regular office visit, the tobacco cessation counseling can be billed separately using CPT Code 99407. The assessment must include history of tobacco use, medical and psychosocial history, review of coping skills and barriers to quitting.

Kentucky’s Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QuitNow (784 8669)

To see a PDF of the document that was sent to providers, please click here. If you have any questions, please call Passport at 1-800-578-0603 or talk to your primary care provider.


Smoking Rate Continues to Drop around United States, New Data Show

no smoking logoThe smoking rate in the U.S. dropped to about 15% in 2015, down from 17% one year ago and about 18% two years ago, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The 2015 National Health Interview Survey report also shows that more men smoke than women, and blacks and whites are more likely to smoke than Hispanics.

Experts credit tobacco taxes, stricter smoke-free laws, and more powerful anti-smoking messages for the change.

“I hear from smokers all the time, ‘When I can’t smoke here, I can’t smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I’m a pariah – it makes me want to not smoke anymore,’” Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y., told HealthDay.com.


Smokers Using E-Cigarettes Actually Less Likely to Quit Smoking

According to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health, people who use e-cigarettes are actually less likely to quit smoking than those who do not, prompting many more questions about whether these products actually help people quit smoking. “Based on the idea that smokers use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, we hypothesized that smokers who used these products would be more successful in quitting,” said Wael Al-Delaimy, professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in University of California-San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, which conducted the study. But this hypothesis is false, meaning that more studies are required to find out why these people can’t stop smoking and using other tobacco products.

According to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll ,24 percent of Kentucky adults and 41 percent of residents aged 18 to 29 reported using e-cigarettes.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here.


Even Smokers Support FDA Tobacco Regulation, Poll Shows

Even Americans who smoke overwhelmingly support the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco, according to a new poll conducted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Eighty-one percent favor the authority – including 76 percent of smokers – while 72 percent said they favor FDA regulation of e-cigarettes. The results come via a telephone poll of 1,000 registered voters, conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies and The Mellman Group. For more, go online to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.


CDC’s Anti-Smoking Campaign Takes Aim at E-Cigarettes

The latest installment of anti-smoking advertisements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes. The ads will be similar to the “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign that began a few years ago, and will challenge the use of e-cigarettes as asmoking-cessation tool. According to the CDC, “If you only cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke by adding another tobacco product, like e-cigarettes, you still face serious health risks. Smokers must quit smoking completely to fully protect their health – even a few cigarettes a day are dangerous.” To read more about the CDC campaign, click here. To see some of the highlighted “Tips From Former Smokers,” click here.


Fewer Teenagers Smoking Cigarettes, but More Using E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette use is growing among teenagers, with three times more middle- and high-school students using the devices in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report did find a 25 percent decrease in use of cigarettes by teenagers, but CDC officials said the e-cigarette trend is unraveling the progress made on smoking in recent years. “This is another generation being hooked by the tobacco industry. It makes me angry,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. Check out The New York Times article here , or click here to read the article by HealthDay.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here. To see some of the highlighted “Tips From Former Smokers,” click here.