Responding to Emerging Challenges in Tobacco Control

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This technical assistance package contains a collection of virtual event recordings and written resources prepared by both ASTHO and the Tobacco Control Network, the ASTHO peer network that serves health agency tobacco control programs and their partners. These resources contain evidence-based recommendations, federal and state regulatory updates, and implementation case studies to assist public health professionals in doing impactful tobacco control work amidst recent challenges in the public health space. This package also highlights relevant written resources and virtual events from partners specializing in tobacco control, public health policy, and health equity advocacy. Emerging challenges addressed by these resources include the intersection of COVID-19 and tobacco cessation and flavored tobacco product regulation and policy, both of which have significant health equity implications.

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Tobacco Prevention in the Lens of COVID-19: Opportunities and Strategies
ASTHOConnects : Tobacco Prevention in the Lens of COVID-19: Opportunities and Strategies
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Open to view video. This ASTHOConnects webinar featured three panelists: Marcus Plescia, ASTHO’s chief medical officer; Clinton Isham, a tribal relations consultant for the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation; and Jennifer Kreslake, director at the Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative. The panelists addressed topics related to the intersections of COVID-19 and tobacco control work, including the link between tobacco use and COVID-19 transmission, tobacco prevention messaging strategies, as well as disparate populations and health inequities.
Opportunities and Strategies for Tobacco Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic
ASTHOBrief: Opportunities and Strategies for Tobacco Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Open to download resource. While the COVID-19 response has strained tobacco prevention and control efforts, the pandemic has afforded health officials unique opportunities to retool their tobacco prevention response. This brief spotlights new findings on tobacco use and COVID-19, opportunities for tobacco prevention during the pandemic, guidance for communicating risk, and recommendations for engaging state health officials.
Ask the Experts - The Way Forward: Sustaining and Amplifying Tobacco Cessation Strategies
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Mythbusters: Debunking Misconceptions About Menthol
Virtual Coffee Chat - Mythbusters: Debunking Misconceptions About Menthol
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Open to view video. This TCN Coffee Chat featured Delmonte Jefferson, Executive Director of The Center for Black Health & Equity; Mike Merissa, Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center; and Caroline Goncalves Jones, Director of Advocacy and Outreach for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. These subject matter experts participated in a panel discussion exploring how tobacco control programs can best push back against false talking points about the recent FDA announcement in communications with leadership, lawmakers, and the general public.
Additional Menthol Resources
Putting Menthol on Ice – ASTHO
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Menthol Ban and Key Tobacco Industry Rebuttals – The Center for Black Health & Equity
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FDA’s Action on Menthol and Flavored Cigars: What Happens Now? – Public Health Law Center
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Menthol Ban: Highlighting the Facts and Rebutting Tobacco Industry Misinformation – Public Health Law Center
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Press Release – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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Menthol: Facts, Stats, and Regulations – Truth Initiative
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Justice in the Air: Findings from the Tobacco Disparities Messaging Project – FrameWorks Institute
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Partner Events on Tobacco Control and Health Equity
TCN Strategic Map
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Select the "View Resource" button to begin. In the early months of 2021, national tobacco control advocacy and research partners convened several virtual events relating to health equity in tobacco control, a key priority captured in the TCN Strategic Map.
TCN Membership Materials Packet
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Select the "View Resource" button to begin. To ensure that this detailed and important partner information is captured and available to the TCN membership, this materials packet summarizes the expert presentations from five virtual events and provides timestamped links within each presentation (when possible) for those interested in listening in on specific discussions to learn more.