One network television news segment, several major newspapers and wire sources, numerous consumer medical websites, and foreign media outlets report that a study published online March 6 in JAMA Pediatrics reveals that adolescents who use electronic cigarettes have an increased likelihood of smoking conventional cigarettes. The results of the study contradict claims that e-cigarettes may help people stop smoking and further bolsters the argument that e-cigarettes may be the gateway for young people to smoke cigarettes, establishing an association between vaping and smoking.
The CBS Evening News (3/6, story 10, 0:15, Pelley) reported, “A study out today says that teenagers who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to smoke real ones and less likely to quit.”
The New York Times (3/7, A17, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) reports that adolescents using e-cigarettes “were also more likely to smoke heavily.” Study co-author Stanton Glantz, PhD, of the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), “who has been critical of the devices, said the results suggested that the use of e-cigarettes was leading to less quitting, not more.” He stated, “The use of e-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use among US adolescents.”
Bloomberg News (3/6, Chen) reported, “Youths who reported ever using an e-cigarette had six times the odds of smoking a traditional cigarette than those who never tried the device.” Researchers arrived at these conclusions after analyzing “data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Approximately “40,000 middle and high school students from about 200 schools across the US participated in the survey.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (3/7, Townsend) notes that the study, which “was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute,” also revealed that “cigarette smokers who had used e-cigarettes were more likely to report planning to quit smoking in the next year, but less likely to do so.”
The Huffington Post (3/7, Almendrala) reports that study co-author Lauren Dutra, ScD, at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, “argues that this finding challenges the e-cigarette industry’s claims that vaping could lead to quitting.” However, “David Abrams, PhD, the executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the anti-smoking advocacy group Legacy, disputes Dutra’s conclusion and says the study doesn’t hold up.” Meanwhile, “the US Food and Drug Administration has yet to regulate e-cigarettes the way it does cigarettes or tobacco, leaving states and cities to come up with their own ordinances on how to restrict their sale and use.”
Also covering the story are Reuters (3/6, Clarke), the CBS News (3/7, Jaslow) website, the NPR (3/6, Neighmond) “Shots” blog, the Huffington Post (3/7, Almendrala), Time (3/7, Sifferlin), HealthDay (3/7, Marcus), Medscape (3/7, Cassels), AFP (3/7), and Modern Healthcare (3/7, Johnson, Subscription Publication).
The announcement by drugstore chain CVS that it will stop selling tobacco products has received extensive coverage throughout the day. All three of last night’s national news broadcasts covered the story, for a total of five-and-a-half minutes. The story is also featured in the country’s most widely circulated newspapers and on hundreds of websites. The coverage is mostly positive, with many sources pointing to the health toll associated with smoking. Many sources also discuss the potential impact the decision will have on other retailers.
ABC World News (2/5, story 6, 1:35, Sawyer) reported, “And now, we turn to a milestone event in America’s long history with cigarettes. Today, the drugstore goliath, CVS, said enough is enough. And starting this fall, their stores will no longer sell tobacco products.”
On the CBS Evening News (2/5, story 4, 1:30, Pelley) , CBS’ Dr. Jon Lapook said, “The question now: Will CVS’ move lead other pharmacies to follow suit?”
NBC Nightly News (2/5, story 5, 2:25, Williams) also looked into the question of whether other retailers had similar plans. NBC’s Tom Costello said, “Today Walgreens said it’s been ‘evaluating this product category for some time to balance the choices our customers expect from us, with their ongoing health needs.’ While most cigarettes are bought in convenience stores, not pharmacies, the pressure may be on the others to follow the leader.”
In a 1,200-word front-page story, USA Today (2/5, Kennedy) reports, “Changes in the pharmacy industry spurred by the Affordable Care Act helped push” CVS to make the move, “and industry experts say they expect other businesses to follow.” The company “said it will stop tobacco sales by Oct. 1, a move that will cost the company about $2 billion a year or about 3% of overall sales.” USA Today points out that “President Obama – a former smoker – hailed the announcement, saying in a statement Wednesday: ‘As one of the largest retailers and pharmacies in America, CVS Caremark sets a powerful example, and today’s decision will help advance my administration’s efforts to reduce tobacco-related deaths, cancer and heart disease, as well as bring down health care costs – ultimately saving lives and protecting untold numbers of families from pain and heartbreak for years to come.’”
The Los Angeles Times (2/6, Hsu, Levey, Karlamangla) reports that “the American Medical Assn., which in 2009 publicly opposed the presence of tobacco products in pharmacies, said Wednesday that CVS would help curb tobacco use by limiting customers’ access to it and ‘will spur other pharmacies to follow suit.’”
The AP (2/6, Murphy, Felberbaum) reports that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “called on others to follow the CVS example.” In a statement, Sebelius said, “We need an all-hands-on-deck effort to take tobacco products out of the hands of America’s younger generation, and to help those who are addicted to quit.”
The Chicago Tribune (2/5, Frost) reports that CVS’ move “puts the bullseye on the back of Walgreen, the nation’s largest pharmacy chain that has faced withering attacks from health and advocacy groups for years surrounding its policy of selling tobacco products.”
The Wall Street Journal (2/6, Subscription Publication) also points out that CVS’ action may put pressure on competitors, such as Walgreens, to make a similar move
Politico (2/6, Kenen, Cheney) reports, “In an essay published Wednesday morning in the Journal of the American Medical Association,” CVS chief medical officer, physician Troyen Brennan, “wrote that ‘CVS Caremark believes that now is the time for retailers, perhaps spurred by policy makers, to eliminate sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products by institutions that also have pharmacies.’”
Modern Healthcare (2/6, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “the American Medical Association…lauded the company’s decision, saying the move was in line with the organization’s efforts to have tobacco products removed from pharmacies nationwide.” AMA president Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven said, “We commend CVS for putting public health ahead of their bottom line and recognizing the need for pharmacies to focus on supporting health and wellness instead of contributing to disease and death caused by tobacco use.”
The AMA Wire (2/6) reports, “‘It is a remarkable commitment of a U.S. company to the health of the nation,’ JAMA Editor-in-Chief Howard Bauchner, MD, said of CVS Caremark’s decision.” Dr. Bauchner added, “I could not be more pleased that JAMA could participate in the announcement.”
I gotta say I was shocked to hear this, especially by CVS. I didn’t have a great impression of CVS; I thought their marketing techniques were tacky. If you’ve ever been to a CVS because you just really needed that birthday card or gallon of milk and they happened to be at that street corner near you, then you just might know how it feels to purchase your item and receive a receipt with a “$2 Off” coupon on your next birthday card or gallon of milk! It always made me either feel like buying another gallon of milk or I would regret buying the first one at full price to begin with. And then there are the ubiquitous cases when CVS would build on the street corner right across from the Walgreens that had been there a couple years already. So I thought, “Man, CVS Pharmacy is just greedy, eating in on markets that are already taken with sneaky tactics. They’ll do anything to get your money.”
And maybe their move to stop selling tabacco products at 7,600 stores nationwide at a ~$2.5 billion loss, is just a ploy to eat in on a larger share of healthcare profits. But maybe business and healthcare don’t have to fight each other. Maybe this new movement called social business can really mean something for our culture. This move by CVS is significant and it will reduce morbidity and mortality across the nation. So I encourage more businesses to partner their objectives with social causes. If you do that, I’ll give you my dollar. So the next time I’m out of milk for my Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, CVS you are back on my list of places to shop!
Dear “Saving 10,000” supporters,
We’ve made huge progress in the past 2 weeks and will launch a Multi-Language Version on YouTube in coming weeks.
This 12 Language version will have (Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Hungarian, Romanian as well as English + Japanese). Amazingly this is being done at a cost of 0 yen because all volunteers are generously giving their time and hard work for free. This kindness is really inspirational.
1. If you would like to volunteer to add another language, please let me know. The movie has 811 lines of script in the 52 minutes.
2. If you can help me promote this new YouTube version in some way in these countries, please let me know.
We launched the original YouTube version exactly 1 year ago today and we have reached 330,000 views. Views are still rising rapidly.
I continue to do speaking events, this weekend in Yamaguchi and attached is a new event in Fukuoka. (Please help spread the word)
March is one of the worst months for suicide so I am throwing the kitchen sink! If you can help in some way, please let me know. Ganbarimasho!
…then talk to your manager about making a policy on e-cig use. You can see it as something cool and new or see it as big tobaccos big move to try to retake America. LA chose to see the later perspective and followed with a landmark ban of e-cig use in public places. What’s your opinion on this?
AMA: Los Angeles bans e-cigarette use in parks, workplaces, restaurants.
Major US and California newspapers, domestic and foreign wire sources, Internet media outlets and industry journals cover the story that the Los Angeles City Council has banned e-cigarette use in city restaurants, workplaces and parks.
The Los Angeles Times (3/5, A1, Zahniser, Gerber) reports in a 1,000-word front-page story that yesterday, city council officials in Los Angeles, CA “joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces.” The decision was reached “after an impassioned and at times highly personal debate at the City Council that highlighted the backlash the smokeless cigarettes have generated as their popularity grows.” Some critics say that “the electronic devices, which produce a nicotine-laced vapor inhaled by users, could pave the way for a resurgence in tobacco use among young adults.”
USA Today (3/5, Winter) reports that e-cigarettes “will be allowed in so-called vaping lounges, where customers can ignite up among friends.” The Los Angeles City Council passed the ordinance unanimously. Now, it “awaits the signature of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who supports it. The regulations will take effect 30 days later.”
The Washington Times (3/5, Chasmar) points out that in December, “New York City passed a similar ban on e-cigarettes.” At that time, “council members had argued that banning tobacco cigarettes in public places, while still allowing the use of electronic cigarettes, would send a mixed message and confuse the public.”
The Los Angeles Daily News (3/5, Orlov) reports that “the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and other health organizations…testified in favor of extending the ban” in Los Angeles.
The AP (3/5) reports that opponents of the ban say e-cigarettes “lack the toxic tars of tobacco cigarettes and could help people kick the smoking habit.”
Bloomberg News (3/4, Nash) captures the tobacco industry’s reaction to Tuesday’s ban, noting that “the drive against e-cigarettes is motivated by hostility toward the tobacco industry and encouraged by pharmaceutical companies that sell nicotine-delivery systems to people trying to quit smoking, said Jason Healy, president of Lorillard’s Blu eCigs unit.” In a telephone call with Bloomberg News, Healy said, “People are trying to make us out as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
Also covering the story are Reuters (3/5, Whitcomb, Gorman), the Daily Caller (3/5, Deutsch), the Los Angeles Business Journal (3/5, Fine), AFP (3/5), CSPnet (3/5), and Forbes (3/5, Sollum).
USA Today (2/3, Hellmich) reports that research published online in Pediatrics suggests that approximately “half of parents with overweight or obese children don’t think their kids are too heavy.” Investigators looked at data from reviewed 69 studies that included a total of nearly 16,000 children. The researchers found that “51% of parents with overweight or obese children thought their kids were a normal weight.” Additionally, approximately “14% of parents with normal-weight kids considered their child underweight.”