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|CVS to End Sales of Tobacco Products in Oct.
This addition of the Mesothelioma Center to our "Arizonans Concerned About Smoking" website, sounds very
reasonable and appropriate. It is the multiplier combination of asbestos exposure and tobacco smoke together that
has a tremendous synergistic negative disease multiplier impact. (Asbestos and tobacco smoke has been reported
as having 69 times the additive synergistic damage impact of tobacco exposure alone). The damage together goes
well beyond the individual impacts of either tobacco smoke alone or asbestos exposure by themselves.
ACAS President, Dr. Lee Fairbanks
|...Note that the CVS Pharmacies new policy of: "No Tobacco Product Sales" after October
2014 includes "No e-cigarettes until FDA regulation."
There are quite a number of commendations for this policy and its total package policy to
include "No e-cigarettes until FDA regulation" being expressed.
While some others disagree, I and my "Arizonans Concerned About Smoking" colleagues think
this total package inclusion of "No e-cigarettes" is wise at this stage in the history...
Take home message from all this: (CVS pharmacy policy is wise and to be commended).
Heated e-cigarette emissions contain chemical reaction toxic contaminants not found in FDA
research approved Nicotine replacement products at room temperature. They have no place in
legitimate designated clean air "No Smoking" areas in Arizona, at this time. Research to
determine if they have a possible harm reduction role for addicted smokers should be done, but
not in Non-Smoking areas to contaminate shared clean air breathing space of others.
|From an email dated 02/05/14 by ACAS President Lee Fairbanks:
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CVS Caremark Quits for Good: Our Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products
Published Online: May 15, 2014
Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark
The statistics related to the negative health and financial impacts of tobacco use
have been cited numerous times, but they remain staggering each time you see
• 42 million people in the United States continue to smoke and 16 million current
and former smokers have smoking-related illnesses1;
• More than 480,000 deaths occur each year in the United States as a result of
• Tobacco use costs $132 billion in direct medical costs and $157 billion in lost
What these numbers make abundantly clear is that, despite 4 decades of
concerted tobacco control efforts, finding ways to reduce the morbidity and
mortality associated with tobacco use is
one of the most important public health challenges we face as a nation.
On February 5, 2014, CVS Caremark announced that our company will stop selling
cigarettes and other tobacco products at all CVS/pharmacy stores across the
country—that’s more than
7600 stores—by October of this year.
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|(07/31/14) Tempe Votes
to Modify Smoking Control
Policy to Include E-Cigarettes
Tempe bans e-cigarette use in public
Dianna M. Náñez, The Republic | azcentral.com | August 1, 2014
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"It's a battle playing out across the country: the concern
for public health vs. freedom from government regulation.
In Arizona, the latest front is in Tempe, where the
concern for public health won — at least for now.
This week, Tempe became the first Arizona city to
ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public areas,
joining a growing number of municipalities
nationwide in the debate over the nicotine devices.
|"This week, Tempe became the first
Arizona city to ban the use of
electronic cigarettes in public areas..."
(August 6, 2014)
Study: 10 percent of cancer
survivors still smoke tobacco
New study finds the dependence on tobacco is
too hard for some survivors to overcome
Dexter Mullins http://america.aljazeera.com/
Roughly 10 percent of cancer survivors gamble with their health by continuing to
smoke tobacco after they are cured, a new study found, underscoring just how
challenging it is for people to quit the dangerous habit.
In a survey of nearly 3,000 cancer survivors, researchers found that
approximately nine years after being diagnosed, 9.3 percent of them were
current smokers, meaning that they had smoked tobacco in the last 30 days.
Among those cancer survivors who were considered current smokers, more than
80 percent of them smoked an average of nearly 15 cigarettes daily, according
to the study, which was published on Wednesday in the journal Cancer
Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The remainder smoked about 11 out of
every 30 days and averaged fewer than six cigarettes per day.
The rate of smoking was highest among survivors of bladder cancer — about 17
percent were current smokers — followed by lung cancer survivors, of whom 15
percent still smoked. In ovarian cancer survivors, 11.6 percent were current
While previous studies have explored smoking among cancer survivors, this is
the first to analyze the habit so many years later.
The high rate of smoking among survivors of cancers linked to the habit
suggests a strong dependence on tobacco, and that even though smoking
drastically increases the chance of cancer recurrence and survivors may want to
quit, their cravings for cigarettes are too strong to curb.
“It is hard to quit smoking, and if you have a smoking-related cancer you are
probably smoking at a high level,” said J. Lee Westmaas, director of tobacco
control research at the American Cancer Society’s Behavioral Research Center,
and one of the authors of the study. “Some people were smoking 50 or 60
cigarettes a day, and that suggests a serious tobacco addiction. We know that
tobacco addiction is one of the strongest things to overcome.”The study also
notes that people who are older or who are married to or around a family
member who also smokes are more likely to have difficulties quitting, or to
continue to smoke after they overcome their cancer.
“Those who were still smoking were much more likely to be exposed to other
people who are still smoking – that can trigger cravings and make it even more
difficult to quit. If a family member is smoking interventions need to include that
family member to try and get them to quit,” Westmaas said.
The study also showed that while 47 percent of the smokers did want to quit,
they were not always aware of the various medications and quit support lines
available to help them kick the habit.
What’s more, 43 percent of the current smokers said they “weren’t sure” if they
wanted to quit smoking, and 10 percent had no plans to quit.
“A lot of them do want to quit,” Westmaas said. “It’s just very hard to overcome”
the urge to smoke.
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|However, critics point out that there's no way to know whether the ordinance is warranted because
the federal Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide how or whether to regulate e-cigarettes.
Nevertheless, the Tempe City Council voted 5-1 Thursday to approve the ordinance, which mirrors
statewide regulation of tobacco cigarettes."
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|Big Tobacco Tries to Don A New Look: Are You Buying?
At Philip Morris — maker of Marlboro, the
top-selling cigarette — executives haven’t
crafted a slick slogan to accompany a
new business direction. But rebranding is
part of the corporate DNA. Today, Philip
Morris operates under the parent
company Altria Group, Inc. The name
Altria is rooted in the Latin word for
Altria’s latest products similarly reflect an
evolving marketplace — during the last 50
years, cigarette consumption has been
cut in half. In 2013, Altria launched its first
e-cig, MarkTen, and expanded Verve, a
chewable nicotine disc. Its website is
sprinkled with language signaling a
different approach, including a vow to
“address societal expectations” and a
promise to connect “adults who have
decided to quit smoking with information
to help them.”
But after five decades of federal health
warnings, heart-breaking tales from dying
ex-smokers, and hefty civil penalties
against cigarette makers for causing
wrongful deaths, talk of “harm reduction”
and “lower-risk products” has plenty of
Then there are the true doubters, like
Patrick Reynolds, grandson of R.J.
Reynolds — the man who founded his self-
named tobacco company in 1875.
|Why the US hasn't banned vaping—and a map of countries that have
|Updated by Julia Belluz on July 11, 2014, 11:11 a.m. ET
Numerous medical groups are calling for tighter controls on electronic
cigarettes. "As a precaution," the joint statement from the Forum of
International Respiratory Societies read, "electronic nicotine delivery
devices should be restricted or banned until more information about their
safety is available."
As e-cigarettes keep rising in popularity, more than a dozen countries have
already taken steps to ban the nicotine vaporizers because of worries over
potential health risks such as poisoning and addiction. At the same time, e-
cigarettes keep netting celebrity endorsements, including one from vaccine-
denying former Playboy bunny Jenny McCarthy who swears by their health
With barely any regulatory steps taken, the United States remains a bit of a
wild west for e-cigarette use—although that could be changing soon.
|Why the e-cigarette free-for-all in America?
|Only addicts pay to inhale poison.
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WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) --
E-cigarettes may not be as harmless as they
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suck deep into their lungs, potentially causing or
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By Dennis Thompson
|ACAS Policy Recommendation:
Wherever "No Smoking permitted"
areas apply, it includes
"No e-cigarette emissions
"What are electronic cigarettes? Are they safer than conventional
"Until more is known about the potential risks, the safe play is to Please read full article here: Mayo Clinic Health Info
say no to electronic cigarettes."
"Electronic Cigarettes Harm The Lungs"
"Electronic cigarettes, seen by many as a healthy alternative to Please read full article here: Medical News Today
tobacco smoking, do cause damage to the lungs, scientists from
the University of Athens, Greece, explained at the European
Respiratory Society's Annual Congress 2012, Vienna..."
"What are electronic cigarettes?"
"Electronic cigarettes or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery Please read full article here: World Health Organization
systems) are devices whose function is to vaporize and deliver to
the lungs of the user a chemical mixture typically composed of
nicotine, propylene glycol and other chemicals, although some
products claim to contain no nicotine. A number of ENDS are
offered in flavours that can be particularly attractive to
adolescents. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) are the most common
prototype of ENDS."
"E-cigarettes are evolving rapidly and being
marketed like cigarettes were in the 1950s and
"Marketing is back on television and radio, Please read full article here: Background Paper
aggressive placement in convenience stores
(next to candy) and in other stores, and youth
are rapidly adopting e-cigarettes"
|Why is nicotine
When someone says a substance is
addictive, they can mean two separate
things. Physically addictive, more
accurately physically dependent, is
when your body begins to depend on
the presence of a particular substance
for its physical well being. It’s begun
compensating its normal processes to
adjust for the new artificial normal. The
sudden absence of that substance
won’t allow enough time for the body
to compensate without the substance.
The result will be withdrawal
symptoms like nausea, vomiting,
chest pains, head and body aches,
seizures, uncontrolled body sweats,
and shortness of breath.
Alcohol is a great example. If you don’t
normally consume it, and then all of a
sudden decide to drink like a college
student on spring break, your body
would be unable to compensate for
the sudden influx of booze and you
will get nauseated, most likely puke,
could have seizures
What is Nicotine Addiction?
Nicotine is the tobacco plant's natural protection
from being eaten by insects. Its widespread use as
a farm crop insecticide is now being blamed for
killing honey bees. A toxin, although a dispute has
developed over just how toxic nicotine is, many
authorities continue to assert that drop for drop it's
as lethal as strychnine and three times deadlier than
arsenic. Yet amazingly, by chance, this natural
insecticide's chemical signature is so similar to the
neurotransmitter acetylcholine in size and polarity
that once inside the brain it fits a host of chemical
locks permitting it direct and indirect control over
the flow of more than 200 neuro-chemicals, most
What Are Dopamine Pathways?
Brain dopamine pathways
What is dopamine? It's hard to understand nicotine
addiction, or any form of drug addiction for that
matter, without a basic understanding of the brain's
primary motivation neurotransmitter, dopamine. The
brain's dopamine pathways serve as a built-in
teacher. It uses a desire, yearning or wanting
sensation to get our attention when it wants to
pound home a survival lesson necessary to keep us
humans alive and thriving.
Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to go
without eating, to actually starve yourself to death,
or for that matter, to die of thirst? Why do we seek
acceptance by our peers, want companionship, and
desire a mate or sexual relations? Why do we feel
anxiety when bored and an "aaah" sense of relief
when we complete a task?
Military's tobacco discount:
WASHINGTON (AP July 15, 2014) - The familiar image of a
battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may
become a little less common.
The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee on Tuesday
approved a $549.3 billion defense spending bill that would eliminate
the 25 percent discount that members of the armed services enjoy
when buying tobacco products at commissaries and elsewhere,
including cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the subcommittee, said studies
show that tobacco use is higher in the military. He said that
translates into more illnesses and health care costs of $1.6 billion a
"There is no reason these deadly products are subsidized," Durbin
said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was surprised that the
subsidy was so high.
The defense bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 would do away
with the discount.
The move is controversial and certain to generate disagreements in
Congress. The House version of the defense policy bill would thwart
any Navy efforts to restrict access to tobacco. In May, Rep. Duncan
Hunter, R-Calif., described smoking as one of the few pleasures for a
member of the military, and he easily convinced his colleagues on
the House Armed Services Committee to back his measure.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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"Their credibility is very low when it comes to trying to do good in the world," Patrick Reynolds said. "They're trying to adapt to
the times. They see smoking as on the way out. They have a disappearing market base. They're looking to survive in the smoke-
free world, and that is coming.
"The tobacco industry," he added, "they're trying to put on the emperor's clothes, but in the end, we see the naked truth."
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looking at apartments to
rent in Arizona, ask
about their smoking policy!
|"Is smoking allowed? If so
and you move in, realize that
you, your family
and pets may be negatively
impacted by harmful
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