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CVS tobacco-free?

no smokingSurprising as this may sound, this is no joke. CVS, the number 2 pharmacy and retail chain in the U.S., has made a decision that will be written down in the history books. By October 1st, CVS drugstores nationwide will NO longer sell tobacco products. This is a huge deal! A spokesperson for CVS says they are willing to lose the 2 billion dollars in annual tobacco sales because it’s simply “the right thing to do”.  Statistics on the health effect of tobacco use are now posted on their website, such as: 9 in 10 lung cancers being caused by smoking. And CVS hasn’t stopped there- they are also offering smoking cessation programs to help people quit. This initiative also serves as a call to action for other chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Walgreens. Walgreen is starting to “evaluate” the sale of cigarettes in their store.

Although this is great news, we know that banning the sale of tobacco from CVS alone will not help someone quit smoking. Everyone needs support when kicking a bad habit. That’s why CEASE is currently holding a tobacco cessation support group every Saturday. These support sessions are for those who want to quit smoking, graduates, and current participants of the CEASE program. All that are interested in becoming tobacco-free are welcome.

When: Saturdays at 12:00-1:00 PM.

Where: Recovery In Community (RIC): 31 N. Fulton Ave. Baltimore, MD

To read more, click on this link:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-05/business/chi-walgreen-cigarettes-20140205_1_tobacco-sales-cvs-caremark-walgreen-co

 

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50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health

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You may be asking, who is the Surgeon General, what is this report? and why do I care about what it says?

The surgeon general is the “nation’s doctor”, appointed by the president to provide Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The acting surgeon general is is currently Dr. Boris Lushniak.

The Surgeon General submits an annual report on significant public health trends, research and plans to improve health. Guess what’s headlining this year’s report? You guessed right if you said “The Health Consequences of Smoking— 50 Years of Progress.”

Smoking has caused more than 20 million deaths since 1964, countless diseases, and billions in financial costs but we have made progress. Adult smoking rates have fallen from 43% in 1965 to 18% today. However, the fight against smoking and its consequences are not over.

In order, to reduce smoking rates, the U.S. government has taken many steps. Increasing the cost of cigarettes has proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent smoking. In 2009, the Federal tax on cigarettes was raised by 62¢ & may be raised another 94¢ in 2014.  In Maryland, “health advocates propose that the legislature consider another $1 increase in the cigarette tax. The goal: to create a smoke-free future and eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco products.

There is still a lot to do in the battle against smoking and CEASE is fully prepared to join the fight.

We want to know what you think about the potential tax increase on tobacco products in efforts to prevent tobacco use. To participate in our poll question, click on this link: www.ceasebaltimore.com

(The link will be on the right side of the CEASE homepage.)

To see the Surgeon General’s report or learn more about tobacco taxes in Maryland, click on the links below:

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/exec-summary.pdf

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-10-31/news/bs-ed-cigarette-tax-20131031_1_smoking-rate-smokers-adult-smoking

Legal age of tobacco raised to 21 in the big apple

New York is the first major city in the United States to raise the legal age to purchase and use tobacco to 21 years old. As of late, the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has cracked down on issues surrounding tobacco. In addition to raising the legal age, Bloomberg and the New York City Council passed measures setting the minimum price for cigarettes at $10.50 a pack. Although the new changes have caused controversy, officials and health professionals understand that a change in the law paired with effective educational and interventional programs can make a huge difference. What is the big deal you may ask?  The negative health effects of tobacco use have been known for years. Lung Cancer, COPD, heart disease… The list goes on and on. And now politicians all over our country are finally addressing the harmful effects of tobacco by taking action to prolong active and healthy lives. Whether you are young or old, it is never too late to start good habits or kick a bad habit.

CEASE has successfully helped many Baltimore residents to quit or significantly reduce their cigarette use. We provide the support and practical tools you or your loved one may need to kick the harmful smoking habit.

New classes start in January! Reserve your space by calling 443-814-9145 or click on this link for more information: http://ceasebaltimore.org/?page_id=2893

 

We want to know what you think!  Please answer our poll question( on the right hand side) about the legal age for tobacco. One lucky winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Cafe Jovial.

Check out these links to read the full story.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/26/health/raise-smoking-age-proposal/index.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-30/new-york-city-council-raises-legal-age-for-tobacco-to-21.html

Past Participant? You may qualify for a new study.

If you have ever participated in a CEASE Quit Smoking Class, you may qualify for a short 1-hour study. We will pay $25 stipend for your time, and offer free refreshments.  For more information please call 443-814-9145 or email ceasebaltimore@gmail.org for more information.

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