Tobacco Free Weld County

Obesity Versus Tobacco by tobaccofreeweld
March 3, 2010, 5:37 pm
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Which is worse? Tobacco or obesity? Well, both are major killers in the United States, and even if obesity is taking over as the number one killer,  it is amazing that tobacco is still a contender considering that 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese and only about 1/5 or 20% of Americans smoke or use tobacco. They both cause cancer and heart disease which are the primary killers of Americans overall. And of course, for someone with both (obesity AND uses tobacco), the risks are dramatically higher.

The good news is that both of these are preventable and the healthy eating, active living community can learn a lot from the tobacco control movement on how to make major changes in these numbers.


Even Computer Companies Don’t Like Smoke by tobaccofreeweld
December 28, 2009, 10:50 pm
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This is an interesting article that shows even computer companies don’t like smoke. They will not repair a computer if it has damage from smoke.;_ylt=AroaRzQLgDOE9qB5sZ5Ha6LxMJA5

Nova Explores Tobacco Addiction by tobaccofreeweld
September 28, 2009, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Industry Tactics, New Products, Quitting and Cessation, Research | Tags: ,

A very interesting and interactive website about nicotine addiction is available at this link:

NOVA “The Dope on Nicotine”


Negative Attitudes Toward Tobacco Industry Prevents Youth Tobacco Use by tobaccofreeweld

A recent study conducted by the University of California San Francisco has found that young adults (aged 18-25) with an unfavorable view of the tobacco industry were statistically much less likely to smoke or use tobacco or were much more likely to want to quit and make more quit attempts if they were current users. 

This information is valuable for health educators and social marketers alike whose goal is to educate about the risks of tobacco and encourage avoiding tobacco. Often times health education campaigns focus on the health risks to the user rather than on the deceitful tactics of the tobacco industry or what the study calls “tobacco indsutry denormalization”.

“Running anti-tobacco ads to expose the fact that the tobacco industry kills five million people worldwide annually turns out to be hugely successful in preventing (tobacco use) and promoting cessation,” said Stanton Glantz, PhD, a study co-author and professor of medicine and director of UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

A social marketing campaign against tobacco and the industry that has been shown to be effective in both the young adult (18-25) and youth (12-18) demographics has been the Truth Campaign that is sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation.

“The results show a huge effect of attitudes linked to advertising campaigns that focus on portraying the tobacco industry in a negative light. The tobacco industry cares a lot about public opinion and hates those ads, because the ads make the industry look bad,” said Pamela Ling, MD, MPH, lead author of the study and assistant professor of general internal medicine at UCSF.

To determine attitudes, the researchers asked respondents how strongly they agreed or disagreed with three statements: Taking a stand against smoking is important to me; I want to be involved with efforts to get rid of cigarette smoking; and I would like to see cigarette companies go out of business. They found that these views could be influenced with the anti-industry ads.

The researchers found that those who agreed with those statements and supported action against the tobacco industry were one-third as likely to be smokers as those who did not support action against the tobacco industry. Among current smokers, those who had a negative attitude towards the tobacco industry were over four times more likely to plan to quit smoking than smokers who did not support action against the tobacco industry.

Here is a recent ad from the Truth campaign:

For more information on the study and on tobacco industry denormalization, visit:

Tobacco Free Weld County Survey by tobaccofreeweld
June 3, 2009, 10:50 pm
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If you are a member of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Weld County (or want to be), please fill out this survey.  Current members with a valid email address should have already received a link.

Click Here to take survey

This helps in our ongoing efforts at strategic planning and assessment.
Thanks in advance.

CU Considers Smokefree Campus by tobaccofreeweld

Lung Association study finds fewer college students smoking

CU officials considering ‘smoking zones’ on campus
By Heath Urie Camera Staff Writer
Monday, September 8, 2008

By the numbers

For a copy of the American Lung Association’s report on smoking trends on college campuses, visit
1 in 5 — College students are considered regular smokers.
10 — The number of years CU Regent Michael Carrigan thinks it could take before CU goes smoke free.
30.6 — The percentage of college students who smoked in the 1990s.
51.5 — The percentage of CU students who said in a recent survey they’d prefer to ban smoking on CU’s three campuses.
430,700 — Estimated number of people who die each year from smoking-related diseases.
Source: The American Lung Association and the University of Colorado.

Fewer college students than ever before are regular tobacco smokers, despite being targeted by aggressive tobacco marketing campaigns, according to a new study by the American Lung Association.

The report, which provides an overview of tobacco use and policies on college and university campuses nationwide, found that about one in five college students are smokers.

The last time the rate of college-age smokers was that low was 1989, according to the study, although the number later peaked at 30.6 percent in the 1990s.
In a news release today, American Lung Association CEO Bernadette Toomey said colleges and universities still need to do more to protect students.
“Every college student in America has a target on their back as far as the tobacco industry is concerned,” Toomey said. “Colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide safe spaces in which their students can learn and live. This should include an environment free from secondhand smoke and advertising that encourages young adults to use deadly tobacco products.”

At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Regent Michael Carrigan has been leading that same chargefor more than a year.

Carrigan has proposed banning smoking inside and out at the Boulder campus, and said this week that he believes it’s “only a matter of time” before all of CU goes tobacco free.
“It’s a national trend, and CU has the opportunity to be at the forefront of this and not the end of it,” he said.
According to the results of an unscientific survey conducted in November across CU’s campuses and administrative offices, a narrow majority — 51.5 percent — of respondents said they think the school should ban all tobacco use on the campuses.

Smoking indoors is already prohibited.
Figuring out how to do that, though, when so many students who live on campus would have to walk long distances to avoid breaking the rules, is still a big question.
“I can’t tell you exactly what that answer will be,” Carrigan said. “I am fully confident that 10-15 years from now, all of our campuses will be smoke free. The question is, do we want to be a leader on this issue or a follower?”
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said university officials are examining how to possibly create “smoking zones” outside of buildings on campus that don’t interfere with passing students.
“The challenge of implementing Regent Carrigan’s proposal is we don’t have uniform space between buildings,” Hilliard said. “We haven’t yet determined a way to make sure every building can have one of these zones.”
Hilliard said a draft proposal for creating such zones is being considered by Frank Bruno, vice chancellor for administration at CU.
“With the health conscience campus we have, it’s an important thing to look at,” Hilliard said.

What Are the Odds? by tobaccofreeweld
September 8, 2008, 3:18 pm
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A 55-year-old man who smokes is as likely to die in the next 10 years as a 65-year-old who has never smoked. Less than 1 woman in 1,000 younger than 50 will die in the next decade from cervical cancer. A 35-year-old nonsmoking man is five times as likely to die in an accident before 45 as he is to die of heart disease, and a 35-year-old woman is twice as likely to die accidentally by 45 as she is to die from breast cancer.