3305.0 Tobacco Control: Dual Use, Dissolvables & Menthol

Monday, October 29, 2012: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
3305.0 The emergence of dissolvable tobacco products may lead to increased prevalence of tobacco use, particularly among youth. The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gave the US Food and Drug Administration authority to ban flavoring additives to tobacco products known to attract new tobacco users and mislead consumers about the relative “safety” of flavored products. Menthol was excluded from the list of banned flavoring additives. The law also created the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee to inform the FDA on technical questions regarding regulation, which ruled in March 2011 that banning menthol would benefit the public health. Banning menthol is a key tobacco control issue, because menthol aids in smoking initiation, hinders quitting, and is the preferred cigarette for youth and African-Americans. At the state level, Meltdown is a grassroots public education campaign on dissolvable tobacco products implemented by youth in Virginia and New Mexico.
Session Objectives: Analyze tobacco industry efforts to promote alternative tobacco products. Describe public health efforts to discourage alternative tobacco product use.
Karla Sneegas, Branch Chief

New Frontiers in Tobacco Control: Media and Policy Arguments For and Against Banning Menthol 2008 - 2011
Andrew Cheyne, CPhil, Lori Dorfman, DrPH, Richard A. Daynard, JD, PhD, Mark A. Gottlieb, JD, Priscilla A. Gonzalez, MPH and Pamela Mejia, MPH, MS
Doubling down: Analysis of interviews with dual tobacco users
Robert H. Anderson, MA, CHES and Lisa Houston, MPH

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)