Research Category: Tobacco
State of Tobacco Control 2017: Missouri Report Card
January 25, 2017
The “State of Tobacco Control” report documents the progress and failures of the states and the federal government to address tobacco use, and the report assigns grades based on whether federal and state laws protect Americans from the enormous health toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. This...
The 500 Cities Project: Local data for better health
December 26, 2016
The 500 Cities Project: The purpose of this project is to identify, analyze, and report city and census tract-level data, obtained using small area estimation methods, for a select number of chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities. Measures include unhealthy behaviors (e.g., current smoking), health outcomes (e.g., coronary...
Examining the unfolding of the Tobacco 21 movement in the Kansas City metropolitan area
November 16, 2016
“This has worked better and faster than we ever imagined. Almost better and faster than we can manage at times…” The Tobacco 21 movement in the Kansas City metropolitan area unfolded in a unique way, characterized by widespread rapid uptake and the use of non-traditional partnerships. The Kansas City metropolitan...
Health effects of e-cigarettes: Issue brief #2 in a series of three on e-cigarettes
February 10, 2016
Key points of the brief include: The negative health effects of nicotine are well-documented, especially for children. Nicotine is generally harmful for the human brain, particularly during developing years. Nicotine poisoning also poses risk and can be deadly. Many studies indicate that e-cigarette vapor is less harmful than conventional cigarette...
E-cigarettes and their use in the U.S. and Kansas: Issue brief #1 in a series of three on e-cigarettes
February 3, 2016
Key points of the brief include: E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices used to inhale vapor—normally containing nicotine—and they are sold in many different styles, colors and flavors. The number of teens who have ever tried e-cigarettes has risen significantly across the U.S. between 2011 and 2014. However, Kansas data has not...
Policy Statement on Increasing the Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21
January 20, 2016
Tobacco21 policies increase the age of sale for tobacco products to 21. Since most teens report getting their tobacco products from older teens, Tobacco21 policies cut off the supply chain to reduce teen smoking. Over 80% of area high school seniors are older than 18 on graduation day; they are...
Policy Statement on Increasing Tobacco Pricing
Higher tobacco prices reduce smoking, particularly by young adults, low-income smokers, and pregnant women. HCF’s continued involvement and pressure around increased tobacco pricing is an important force to ensure that increased tobacco taxes are public health tools, rather than used purely to generate revenue.
100% Tobacco-Free Schools Toolkit
November 7, 2015
100% Tobacco-Free School policies prohibit all tobacco use (including smoking and spit tobacco), by everyone (including students, employees, and visitors), at all times (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week), everywhere on campus (including school buildings, vehicles and school property), and during school sponsored activities and events.
Tobacco 21| KC Reducing youth smoking in Greater Kansas City
October 22, 2015
Increase the minimum age of sale and purchase of tobacco products, e‐cigarettes, vapor products and paraphernalia to 21.
Frequency of Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014
October 2, 2015
The use of tobacco products during adolescence increases the risk for adverse health effects and lifelong nicotine addiction. In 2014, an estimated 4.6 million middle and high school students were current users of any tobacco product, of whom an estimated 2.2 million were current users of two or more types...