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Let's Discuss: Prevalence and Policy: An Update on Electronic Cigarettes and Cancer Control

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We are looking forwad to exciting presentation by our two speakers, Rachel Grana and Joelle Lester. 

We hope to have a number of questions online and over the telephone and will keep the discussion going after the cyber-seminar on R2R!

In previewing the presentation I am curious about what members of R2R are doing in relation to E-cigarettes.  

  • Have you worked on an evidence-based E-Cigarette intervention?  What has been your experiences?
  • What would you advise others looking to do the same?
  • What has your experience been with state and local E-Cigaretter regulations and legislation?  

Do you have a question for the speakers or fellow participants?  Please chime in during the presentation or post your questions here afterwards!


Followers of this discussion

Followers of this discussion may also be tracking many of the news reports around how the use of e-cigarettes and hookahs skyrocketed among middle and high school students between 2013 and 2014, offsetting declines in use of other tobacco products. About 4.6 million middle and high school students currently use tobacco products. Youth use of tobacco in any form--combustible, noncombustible, or electronic--is unsafe.

NCI, CDC and others are updating and promoting Apps, text messages, and other tools, as well as resources from state tobacco control programs, that can help keep teens from using tobacco.  Many of them are linked in this message.

The R2R program team will continue to provide updates about this issue and highlight your important work in this area.

Let us know your stories and  share your resources!

Joelle mentioned a little

Joelle mentioned a little about local tobacco retailer licensing (TRL) as an extremely effective regulatory approach.

Under a TRL law, government requires all stores that sell tobacco to obtain a special license to sell these products to consumers. The license system allows government to monitor local businesses, implement different retail strategies, and make stores healthier places for everyone to shop. TRL can address multiple community concerns simultaneously, such as youth access to tobacco, youth exposure to marketing, retailer density, and retailer location.

A recent email from ChangeLab Solutions highlighting their new Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook therefore caught my eye. ChangeLab outlines ten strategies necessary for developing, implementing, and enforcing a comprehensive TRL policy. It provides all the steps and considerations involved in building support for TRL, and includes examples and key resources to help communities create a strong local policy that improves public health.

Their website hosts other resources on tobacco retailer licensing and provides technical assistance on implementing TRL in your community.

Let me know your thoughts about these resources and other ways you are working to strengthen tobacco control policies locally.

Followers of this discussion

Followers of this discussion might be interested (as I was) by the recent Did You Know? feature from CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support.  Perhaps it would be of help to you in your prevention and policy activities:
  • More than 18 million US middle and high school youth were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • What resources do you find helpful in your policy efforts?  Do you have any policy success stories to share? New partnerships in the new year?  Let us know!

    • Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth
    • States and communities can use proven approaches to prevent youth from using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

    Thought you might be

    Thought you might be interested in this info about the Surgeon General’s Report E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

    YouTube Collaboration with Rhett & Link

    The Surgeon General collaborated with YouTube personalities Rhett & Link to help raise awareness among youth and young adults about how e-cigarettes can affect their health.

    The first segment includes an animated video that highlights the “Amazingly Amazing Science” behind nicotine and the growing brain, and will be featured on Rhett & Link’s main show, Good Mythical Morning, which has more than 12 million subscribers.  Watch now and share. (Amazingly Amazing Science segment starts at the 11-minute mark.)

    The Surgeon General was also invited to talk with Rhett & Link about the animation and to share the facts about e-cigarettes and young people on their companion show, Good Mythical MORE.  Watch now and share.

    Health Care Provider Conversation Card

    CDC recently added a new resource to the Surgeon General’s e-cigarette website designed for health care providers: a Health Care Provider Conversation Card. This conversation card is intended to help physicians, nurses, and other health care providers talk with their young patients about the risks of e-cigarettes. It is now available to download from the resources page on the Know the Risks - E-Cigarettes and Young People website.   

    New Spanish Resources

    New Spanish materials are also available on the resources page of the website. 

    Hoja de consejos para padres en español (Parent Tip Sheet)
    Hoja informative en español (Fact Sheet)

    Parents, friends, teachers and others can consider sharing these resources to communicate with young people about the risks of e-cigarettes.

    I hope that you will consider sharing these resources with your organization, partners, and extended networks. 

    Hey all - In case you missed

    Hey all - In case you missed it, CDC recently reposted its Public Health Grand Rounds:

    “E-cigarettes: An Emerging Public Health Challenge” You can view the session and the newly updated Beyond the Data segment here.


    Presented By:


    Brian King, PhD, MPH

    Deputy Director for Research Translation

    Office on Smoking and Health

    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

    “Patterns of E-cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults and Youth” 


    Jonathan M. Samet, MD, MS Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair

    Department of Preventive Medicine

    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

    “Health Consequences of Electronic Cigarettes”


    John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH Secretary of Health

    Washington State Department of Health

    “E-cigarettes in Washington State: On the Front Lines”


    Matthew L. Myers

    President Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

    “Attaining a Tobacco-Free Generation and the Emergence of E-cigarettes”


    Facilitated By:


    John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

    Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

    Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds