Research Category: Tobacco

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...

HCFGKC 10 Year Report

September 15, 2015

As HCF completes its first decade of grantmaking, we have looked back across the health care landscape to better understand the accomplishments and obstacles surrounding care to the uninsured and underserved in the Kansas City region. Our objective is to learn from, and reflect upon, past experience, in order to...

States vary on higher premiums paid by tobacco users under the ACA

September 9, 2015

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance companies are allowed to charge individuals who use tobacco products higher premiums for health insurance than non-tobacco users. This additional cost is added to premiums for tobacco users in the form of a tobacco use surcharge. Kansas Health Institute (KHI) staff reached out...

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