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by Arizona Community Foundation.
With your generous support, we are able to blaze new trails into areas where others fear to tread.
We can continue our life-saving health educational efforts thanks to you.
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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..."
|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."
|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
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
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?
ADS SPOOK ANTI
WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes may not be as
harmless as they initially seemed. New research suggests that e-cigarette
vapor produces tiny particles that users suck deep into their lungs, potentially
causing or worsening respiratory diseases.
concerns about safety
of e-cig chemicals,
says they're safe
By Dennis Thompson
|ACAS Policy Recommendation: Wherever "No Smoking permitted"
areas apply, it includes
"No e-cigarette emissions permitted."
|"What are electronic
cigarettes? Are they safer than
"Until more is known about Please read full article here:
the potential risks, the safe
play is to say no to
Mayo Clinic Health Info
|"Electronic Cigarettes Harm
seen by many as a healthy
alternative to tobacco
smoking, do cause
damage to the lungs,
scientists from the
University of Athens,
Greece, explained at the
Congress 2012, Vienna..."
Please read full article here:
Medical News Today
"What are electronic cigarettes?"
"Electronic cigarettes or ENDS
(electronic nicotine delivery
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
cigarettes (e-cigs) are the
most common prototype of
Please read full article here: World
"E-cigarettes are evolving
rapidly and being marketed
like cigarettes were in the
1950s and 1960s"
"Marketing is back on
television and radio,
aggressive placement in
convenience stores (next
to candy) and in other
stores, and youth are
rapidly adopting e-
Please read full article here:
Background Paper on e-
|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
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.
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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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|Curt Schilling Treated For Mouth Cancer: Baseball Legend Blames Smokeless Tobacco?
|Longtime Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling announced last week that he was in remission after a bout with oral cancer.
Diagnosed in February, he immediately underwent treatment. Schilling also said that he believes the blame is on his
nearly 30-year habit of using smokeless tobacco. The always outspoken baseball legend stated emphatically his belief
that chewing tobacco was the problem, which is becoming a hot topic in baseball after the beloved Tony Gwynn
passed away earlier this summer.
Strangely enough, Schilling did not become aware of his problem until something unexpected happened (via Boston
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"This all came about from a dog bite. I got bitten by a dog... I was driving [to the doctor] and I went to rub my neck and I
felt a lump on the left side of my neck."
Not one to mince words, Schilling said that he had no doubt that his habit of using chewing tobacco was the cause of
his cancer, but he wasn't acting holier-than-thou (via USA Today):
"I'm not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing. I will say this: I dipped for about 30 years,
and it was an addictive habit..."
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|E-cigarettes a 'gateway' to harder drugs, study says
|Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may function as a "gateway drug" that can prime the brain to be more
receptive to harder drugs, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, add to the debate about the risks and benefits of electronic
cigarettes, the increasingly popular devices that deliver nicotine directly without burning tobacco.
"With e-cigarettes, we get rid of the danger to the lungs and to the heart, but no one has mentioned the brain," coauthor Dr.
Eric Kandel of Columbia University, whose findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said in a telephone
In laboratory studies, the researchers showed that "once mice and rats are on nicotine, they are more addicted to cocaine"
after being introduced to that drug, said Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar of the University of Louisville, who was not involved in the study but
chaired a 10-member American Heart Association panel on the impact of e-cigarettes.
That was true even when the mice received nicotine without burning tobacco, Kandel, a 2000 Nobel laureate for his work on
memory, told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.
The findings by Kandel and his wife, Columbia University researcher Denise Kandel, expand on her earlier work on nicotine
as a "gateway drug," a theory she first reported on in 1975.
"E-cigarettes have the same physiological effects on the brain and may pose the same risk of addiction to other drugs as
regular cigarettes, especially in adolescence during a critical period of brain development," they wrote.
Although it is not yet clear whether e-cigarettes will prove to be a gateway to the use of conventional cigarettes and illicit
drugs, they said "that's certainly a possibility."
"Nicotine clearly acts as a gateway drug on the brain, and this effect is likely to occur whether the exposure comes from
smoking cigarettes, passive tobacco smoke, or e-cigarettes," they wrote.
Electronic cigarettes are now a $3 billion business with 466 brands that include candy flavoring and are increasingly popular
among children, according to the World Health Organization.
Using 2004 epidemiologic data from a large, longitudinal sample, Denise Kandel found that the rate of cocaine dependence
was highest among users who started using cocaine after having smoked cigarettes.
Dr. Shanta Rishi Dube of the Georgia State University School of Public Health, who was not involved in the research, said the
results "appear valid based on prior studies that have looked at nicotine as a potential gateway (drug)."
Bhatnagar said the findings strengthen the case for regulation of e-cigarettes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"If we don't have strict laws on youth access and marketing for e-cigarettes, we may fuel an entire new generation of people
on nicotine, and that will be a gateway drug for the use of other drugs," Bhatnagar said.
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