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New Orleans, one of the South’s largest major tourist cities with a high-grossing land-based casino and more than 500 bars within the city limits, made history today by becoming the largest city in Louisiana to unanimously pass a comprehensive, 100 percent smoke-free ordinance.

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Louisiana (CTFLA) applauds and thanks the New Orleans City Council for their unanimous votes today in favor of protecting the health of all New Orleans employees by making all workplaces, including bars and gaming establishments, smoke-free.

The smoke-free measure, championed by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and co-sponsored by Councilwoman Susan Guidry, ensures that all employees, including bartenders, gaming facility employees, and entertainers, will be protected from the dangerous health effects of secondhand smoke in the workplace.  The ordinance will go into effect 90 days from passage.

“We are tremendously grateful to all the key city officials who stood up and took action to protect the health of all employees;” said Tonia Moore, Associate Director, the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL). “We want to send a special thanks to the ordinance sponsors Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell and Susan Guidry. These leaders not only did the right thing for the health of all New Orleans citizens, but they have continued paving the way for other cities and the state to hopefully do the same.”

Click here to read the full statement.

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More teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government’s annual drug use survey.

Researchers were surprised at how many 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year, even as regular smoking by teens dropped to new lows.

Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders said they had used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report being released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health.

Use increased with age: Some 16 percent of 10th graders had tried an e-cigarette in the past month, and 17 percent of high school seniors. Regular smoking continued inching down, to 7 percent of 10th graders and 14 percent of 12th graders.

“I worry that the tremendous progress that we’ve made over the last almost two decades in smoking could be reversed on us by the introduction of e-cigarettes,” said University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston, who leads the annual Monitoring the Future survey of more than 41,000 students.

Click here to read the full article from the AP. 

Health IT

Men can make their health a priority. Take daily steps to be healthier and stronger. This week is National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, 2014. There are many easy things you can do every day to improve your health and stay healthy, including:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Quitting tobacco
  • Moving more
  • Eating healthier
  • Taming stress
  • Seeing your doctor

Click here to learn more about Men’s Health Week.

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The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, a program of LPHI and LCRC, is currently working with grantees to host a series of statewide town halls where youth are sharing the results of their research on tobacco advertising. Check out this video produced by the Region 8 grantee in Jonesboro featuring students from the local Defy the Lies team.

Click here to see the video.

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This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the observance of Earth Day. And the evidence is clear that the environment in which we live has a profound impact on human health. Clean drinking water, a safe food source, air quality, the built environment, climate change, exposure to toxic substances. All are environmental factors that can potentially affect health.

Click here to learn more about staying healthy this Earth Day.

Get Out Ahead

April 9th, 2014

Health IT

Prevention is now a nationwide priority, and as the public health system evolves, there are more options than ever when it comes to preventive health measures.  Public health and clinical health professionals must work collaboratively to help individuals identify and pursue the best preventative health options.

Read more about today’s National Public Health Week theme: Get Out Ahead.

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The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period.

More than half (51.1 percent) of the calls to poison centers due to e-cigarettes involved young children under age 5, and about 42 percent of the poison calls involved people age 20 and older.

Read the full story here.

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On Ash Wednesday, Winston’s Pub and Patio joined the growing list of bars and venues in the New Orleans area where smoking is now prohibited.

In an interview with Gambit Weekly, the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) discussed what smoke-free policies are doing to improve health in Louisiana. TFL’s associate director Tonia Moore also shared what is happening in the Louisiana Legislature this session with e-cigarettes, which are quickly becoming popular among current smokers as well as youth.

Read the full article in Gambit here.

istock_000000245060xsmallEric Lawson, who died of COPD on Jan. 10, was one of many models and actors who portrayed the rugged “Marlboro Man” over the course of the ad campaign. that began in the early 50s. Others include David Millar, who died of emphysema in 1987, and David McLean, who died of lung cancer in 1995. The latest Surgeon General’s report links smoking to a myriad of diseases that include diabetes, liver cancer and colorectal cancer.

Click here to read the full story from USA Today.

No smoking signThere’s some great news in the Cities of Monroe, West Monroe and all of Ouachita Parish! The City Councils and Police Jury recently passed a smoke-free workplaces ordinance that is leading the movement to adopt similar policies throughout Louisiana in the years to come. Check out this great letter to the editor recently published in the News Star, titled “Time to Pass Smoke-Free Laws.

Additionally, click here for more information about the ordinances, when they will be effective, along with other important details.