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Advocates to Banish the Electronic Cigarette


American Lung Association

American Lung Association Joins Public Health Advocates to Urge FDA to Pull E-cigarettes from Marketplace

3/24/09

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 24, 2009

CONTACT:
Heather Grzelka
202-715-3450
hgrzelka@lungusa.org

Statement of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Lung Association


FDA Regulation Coalition

Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2009) – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applaud Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey’s call for the Food and Drug Administration to exert its authority and immediately remove e-cigarettes from the market. 

FDA officials have been quoted numerous times in many publications during the past few weeks saying that e-cigarettes are “new drugs,” which require prior approval from the FDA before they are allowed to be sold. Without this approval, e-cigarettes are illegal to market or sell. Despite these statements, no action has been taken to remove e-cigarettes from the market.

Currently, e-cigarettes are being sold in 62 kiosks at malls across the United States, with plans to expand to another 55. E-cigarettes are also being marketed towards young people, who can purchase them in fruit flavors and online, without having to verify their ages. 

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American Lung Association


When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.

Our Mission: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Mission Goals
• The American Lung Association will eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease.
2008 Annual Report – The American Lung Association

We’re funding research that continues to unlock the secrets of lung diseases, from asthma to cancer. Our educational materials give patients the tools to take control of their illness, and our Freedom From Smoking® program is the gold standard for those who want to quit smoking.

In 2008, we were again joined by powerful partners who share our vision and added their strength to ours, such as the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the LUNGevity Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and many others.

Completing our Lung Association family are perhaps its most important members—our donors. Without their generosity and support our mission could not be accomplished. Our donors appreciate the fact that when they invest in us, they are supporting one nationwide organization that is committed to its goals, aligned in its actions and accountable for its performance. That support is critical, now more than ever.

Total Public Support and Revenues = $53,092,052 reasons to ban the Electronic Cigarette

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

In 2007, Philip Morris/Altria collected more than $55 billion in net revenues from international tobacco sales, compared to $18.5 billion from U.S. tobacco sales.
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State Initiatives
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State Settlement Report

State Settlement Report
A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement Eight Years Later
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Higher Tobacco Taxes

Higher Tobacco Taxes
Reduce Smoking, Save Lives Save Money

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Smoke-Free Workplace Laws
Protect Our Right to Breathe Clean Air
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Tobacco use takes a huge toll in health, lives and money on every state in the nation. Tobacco-related health care bills cost the states and taxpayers billions of dollars each year under Medicaid and other state-funded health care programs. The good news is that state and local governments can reduce tobacco use, save lives and save money by implementing proven solutions to the problem. The solutions include:

Well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs: The states collect nearly $25 billion a year in tobacco-generated revenue from tobacco taxes and the 1998 state tobacco settlement. Less than three percent of this tobacco money would be enough to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs in every state at levels recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, no state currently funds prevention programs at CDC-recommended levels, and only nine states provide even half the recommended amount.

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Learn more from our annual report, A Decade of Broken Promises: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement Ten Years Later.



Health & Consumer Groups Urge Federal Court to Reject Tobacco Companies' Lawsuit

Contact: Joel Spivak, (202)296-5469

September 30, 2009

Eleven Health & Consumer Groups Urge Federal Court to Reject Tobacco Companies' Lawsuit Against FDA Tobacco Regulation Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, eleven public health and consumer advocacy organizations filed a friend of the court (amicus) brief asking a federal court to reject a lawsuit by R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard and other tobacco companies that seeks to block key provisions of the new federal law regulating tobacco products.  The immediate issue before the court is the industry's challenge of a provision that requires FDA approval before tobacco companies can make claims about "modified risk tobacco products."

The tobacco companies have also challenged other marketing restrictions in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products.

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National Tobacco Control Program

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) created the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) in 1999 to encourage coordinated, national efforts to reduce tobacco-related diseases and deaths. The program provides funding and technical support to state and territorial health departments. NTCP funds

  • All 50 states
  • The District of Columbia
  • Eight U.S. territories/jurisdictions
  • Six national networks
  • Seven tribal support centers

NTCP-funded programs are working to achieve the objectives outlined in OSH’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.

The four goals of NTCP are to

  • Eliminate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
  • Promote quitting among adults and youth
  • Prevent initiation among youth
  • Identify and eliminate disparities among population groups

The four components of NTCP are

  • Population-based community interventions
  • Counter-marketing
  • Program policy/regulation
  • Surveillance and evaluation


FDA Rules and Guidance Update

As part of the recently enacted Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
(PDF—483.24 KB), the FDA regulation of tobacco products immediately removes most federal pre-emption constraints on the ability of states and communities to restrict the time, manner, and place of tobacco advertising and promotions.

For questions regarding potential actions that may have been pre-empted previously, or could still be pre-empted even in the context of this new legislation, please send an e-mail to FDAQuestions@cdc.gov.

Questions received through this e-mail box will be used to support FDA in issuing appropriate rules and guidance but may not be answered individually.


Resources for Effective Tobacco Control Programs


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Current state funding levels for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs are sorely inadequate to support effective and sustained tobacco control efforts. Out of a total of the potentially available $20 billion from excise taxes and tobacco settlement money, state spending on tobacco control has dropped from a high of $749.7 million in 2002 to $551 million in 2006.14 As of November 2005, only four states—Maine, Colorado, Delaware, and Mississippi—were spending the minimum per capita amount that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for tobacco control programs.14 Recent research demonstrates that the more states spend on comprehensive tobacco control programs, the greater the reductions in smoking—and the longer states invest in such programs, the greater and faster the impact.5 We have the ability to dramatically reduce the health and economic burdens of tobacco use by funding and implementing proven strategies. Achieving this goal will require ongoing collaboration among state decision makers, public health officials, business leaders, community members, and national partners.

Facts and Figures
  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Cancer Society - Cancer Action Network

Creation of the National Cancer Fund

In 2008, ACS CAN strongly supported legislation introduced in the House of Representatives to create a National Cancer Fund to pay for new research to find prevention and early detection tools for the most deadly cancers, to fully fund nationwide breast and cervical and colorectal cancer screening and treatment programs, to expand access to clinical trials and to undertake other important nationwide initiatives in the war on cancer. The legislation would raise $7 billion annually through an increase in the federal tobacco tax as a dedicated source of funding for the Fund. A nationwide survey conducted in April 2008 by Lake Research Partners found overwhelming public support for the legislation. 87 percent supported creation of a special cancer fund, and 60 percent said they would be more likely to support an elected official for re-election if the official voted to create the Fund. Given the nearly flat funding for cancer research and control programs over the past five years, ACS CAN strongly believes there is a need and justification for a dedicated source of federal funds for cancer and will strongly advocate in support of the National Cancer Fund legislation in 2009.



Increase Smoking Cessation for Smokers in Medicaid

Tobacco use is a leading killer, causing not only cancer but a host of other diseases. We know how addictive tobacco can be, and consequently the importance of helping smokers quit. By providing $150 million each year for cessation services, the federal government could reach every Medicaid smoker with comprehensive cessation benefits including medication and counseling. This could help approximately 100,000 smokers quit each year. The ultimate result over time is that up to 48,000 premature deaths from tobacco use could be avoided every year. Although a number of states provide
some level of coverage for these services through Medicaid, more could be done through implementation of a consistent policy nationwide.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the foundation for the nation's cancer research efforts. NCI-funded research has played a role in every major advancement in the fight against cancer during the last 30 years. Today, researchers are making remarkable progress in every area of cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and care moving discoveries from the laboratory to the patient bedside. Each year NCI supports more than 1,300 clinical trials, assisting more than 200,000 patients. The success of these investments is clear. Recent advances resulting from federal investments in cancer research include: targeted therapies for hard-to-treat cancers, a vaccine to fight cervical cancer, and new tools in the fast-growing field of personalized medicine. Approximately 85 percent of NCI's budget supports research activities at nearly 650 universities, hospitals, and other sites in most congressional districts. Furthermore, funding biomedical research fuels local economic growth. According to a 2008
Families USA study, each dollar of NIH funding in 2007 generated more than twice as much in state economic output.

Funding for both NIH and NCI has been nearly flat since 2003. The result of this trend is that NCI funding is currently 16.2 percent below the 2003 level, when we adjusted for biomedical inflation. Unless we reverse the trend of level funding for NIH and NCI, we risk stalling the progress we have made in recent years. To reverse this trend ACS CAN supports substantial increases for NIH and NCI that exceed the rate of biomedical inflation for FY10.

Continue ... to learn more about the 2009 Federal Priorities



Hundreds of Cancer Advocates to Urge Lawmakers to Put Patients Before Politics

Rep. Waxman, Florida State Sen. Deutch and North Carolina State Rep. Holliman to be Honored For Leadership in the Fight Against Cancer

WASHINGTON -- September 21, 2009 -- More than 400 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and their families from all 50 states and nearly every Congressional district will unite tomorrow to lobby their members of Congress in support of comprehensive health care reform. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is hosting its annual leadership summit and lobby day to urge lawmakers to focus on patients, not politics, by supporting reform that escalates the emphasis on disease prevention and ensures that all Americans have access to health care.

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Canadian Advocates

Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS)


Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy (FTCS) is championed by many parties working towards a common goal: reducing tobacco use. The FTCS was implemented in April 2001, and is backed by a major investment of $560 million divided among five federal departments over five years (of which $480 million funds Health Canada initiatives).

More Information

About Tobacco Control

Every 11 minutes, a Canadian dies from tobacco use. Every 10 minutes, two Canadian teenagers start smoking cigarettes; one of them will lose her life because of it. Yearly, more than a thousand Canadians who never even smoked die - from exposure to tobacco smoke. Thousands more are diagnosed with illnesses related to tobacco use. Year in and year out, more than 37,000 Canadians perish - because of tobacco.

That's more than five times the number of Canadians who die from traffic injuries, alcohol abuse, murder and suicide combined. And yet ... tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of premature death and disease in Canada.

Canada has made more progress in tobacco control in recent years than have most other countries in the world. Few countries have seen such a dramatic decline in consumption. Few have seen a decline in the prevalence of tobacco use as significant and sustained as we have in Canada. Few have seen such a pervasive shift in attitudes towards tobacco. And few countries in the world today have launched such a comprehensive drive towards a reduction in smoking prevalence. Now, many countries are modelling their efforts on Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy.

Clearly there is tremendous progress. Nevertheless, challenges remain. Find out what's going on in tobacco control in Canada, and who does what.

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Health Canada

Drugs and Health Products

Health Canada plays an active role in ensuring that you have access to safe and effective drugs and health products. The Department strives to maintain a balance between the potential health benefits and risks posed by all drugs and health products. Our highest priority in determining the balance is public safety.

Working together with other levels of government, health care professionals, patient and consumer interest groups, research communities and manufacturers, our department endeavours to minimize the health risk factors to you and maximize the safety provided by the regulatory system for these products.

We also strive to provide you with the information you need to make healthy choices and informed decisions about your health.

Health Canada is not a manufacturer or distributor of drugs and health products. We are the federal regulator. For additional drug information related to treatment options or where drugs or health products are sold, please contact your health professional or the individual company directly.

What is Available?

Health Canada is committed to providing timely access to sound, evidence-based information. We want to ensure that Canadians remain up-to-date on current developments and issues pertaining to drugs and health products in Canada.

Related Resources


Canadian Programs

New Applicants: No further applications will be accepted.

Current Grantees:  Awarded research will continue as scheduled. Please consult the current contacts list for all the inquires.  



These grant programs were available through the Strategic Initiative "Advancing the Science to Reduce Tobacco Abuse and Nicotine Addiction" (130 Kb), which supported priorities identified at the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Summit.

Research Grant Program
 
Idea Grant to encourage unique or original research that has the potential to advance knowledge in tobacco control Up to $50,000 for one year

Policy Research Grant (regular stream) to stimulate research that will influence, guide or have a direct impact on policy decisions in tobacco control

Up to $80,000 total for research to be completed within two years

Policy Research Grant (Fast Track) to stimulate research that will influence, guide or have a direct impact on policy decisions in tobacco control  Up to $80,000 total for research to be completed within one years

Knowledge Synthesis Grant to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers and practioners/decision-makers to conduct collaborative reviews of evidence for particular tobacco control interventions 

 Up to $120,000 for one year
Research Planning Grant to bring together new, multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary research teams to construct research proposals for submission to traditional open funding competitions Up to $15,000 for one year

Researcher Travel Grant to provide opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral students and individuals affiliated with non-governmental organizations/community groups to attend conferences/meetings related to tobacco abuse and nicotine addiction

Up to $3,000
Student Research Grant to provide opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral students to undertake tobacco abuse and nicotine addiction research Up to $10,000 for one year
Workshop and Learning Opportunities Grant to support workshops, meetings and other events to build research capacity Up to $15,000

These grant programs were administered by the CTCRI and funded in a partnership with:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): Institutes of: Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, Cancer Research, Aboriginal Peoples' Health, Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Gender and Health, Human Development Child and Youth Health
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • National Cancer Institute of Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Canadian Lung Association in partnership with l’Association pulmonaire du Québec

Recent funding announcements

The CTCRI congratulates all successful applicants of the recent competitions! 

  • Idea Grants, April 2009
  • Policy Grants, April 2009
  • Fast-Track Policy Research grant, 2008
  • Idea grants, October 2008 
  • Research Planning grant
  • Workshop & Learning Opportunities grant
  • Student Research grants
  • Researcher Travel grant

Scientific Review Panel:

A list of panel members for the scientific review of the above competitions is available for download:

Idea and Policy 2009 - Review Panel Members

Idea Review Review Panel - April 2008

Idea Grants, April 2009

Tony George, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
"A nicotinic partial agonist for tobacco dependence treatment in bipolar disorder"
$49,995.00

Robert Schwartz, University of Toronto, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
“Cigarette pack as advertisement: Beyond light and mild”
$50,000.00

Policy Grants, April 2009

John Church, University Alberta
"Understanding Canadian tobacco control policy through provincial policy network analysis"
$80,000.00

Lorraine Greaves, British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health
"Social and built environments and gendered effects of secondhand smoke (SHS) policies"
$79,994.00

Robert Schwartz, University of Toronto, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
"Cigarillo use among young adults: An assessment of the impact of restrictions on cigarillo sales"
$79,468.00

Fast-Track Policy Research Grant, 2008

Annette Schultz, University of Manitoba
“Exploring the shifting culture surrounding tobacco use on in-patient psychiatric units post-implementation of smoke-free hospital grounds policies”
$72,008.00

Idea Grants, October 2008

Paul Clarke, McGill University
“In quest of non-nicotinic reinforcing substances in tobacco smoke” 
$48,985.00

Benita Cohen, University of Manitoba
“Exploring issues of equity within Canadian tobacco control initiatives: An environmental scan”
$49,608.00

Bernard Le Foll, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
“Testing the Gabaergic hypothesis of nicotine dependence: a randomized clinical trial of baclofen”
$50,000.00

Research Planning Grant

Kathryn Hyndman, Brandon University
“A survey of health professionals' training in tobacco reduction counselling on the Canadian prairies"
$14,500.00

Workshop and Learning Opportunities Grant

Sean Barrett, Dalhousie University
“Tobacco Control in Nova Scotia: Developing Best Practices for Implementing and Monitoring Smoking Cessation Programs"
$15,000.00

Student Research Grants

William Callery, University of Waterloo
"Impact of health warning messages on smokeless tobacco products"
$10,000.00

Juliana Doxey, University of Waterloo
“The impact of cigarette packaging on young women: Brand appeal, beliefs about smoking, and risk perception”
$10,000.00

Laura McCammon-Trip, University of Waterloo
“The impact of drifting environmental tobacco smoke in multi-unit dwellings: Measurements and perceptions”
$10,000.00

Yijin Yan, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
“Role of dopamine D4 receptor in nicotine self-administration and reinstatement”
$10,000.00

Researcher Travel Grant

14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health – Mumbai, India
Michael Cantinotti, CSSS-Vieille-Capitale, CAU
“Smoking and Second-hand Smoke among Prison Employees: It's Time to Act !”
$1,990.00