The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released a national report this week challenging states to step up their tobacco prevention and cessation funding to reduce tobacco use by youth. According to the report, Nevada ranks 42nd in funding programs, spending just $1 million per year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs which is just 3.3% of what the CDC recommends, and just 0.7% of the total revenue the state earns from the tobacco MSA funds and tobacco taxes.
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Between the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping, an important bit of Executive Branch news flew under the radar last week. After being passed earlier in the year by both the House and the Senate, President Obama signed the Sunscreen Innovation Act into law on Nov. 29. The law is intended to clear the more than decade-long backlog of sunscreen ingredients awaiting FDA approval. Some ingredients awaiting this approval are more effective at blocking UVA rays from the sun, and most have been in use in Europe for years.
While youth advocacy is an important part of tobacco prevention initiatives, sometimes it takes an adult role model who knows precisely the dangers of tobacco use to really drive home the message. In 2013, through a grant from the State’s Comprehensive Cancer Control program, NCC hosted the Tobacco Free Teens Project, an in-person presentation with former teen tobacco user and oral cancer survivor Gruen Von Behrens. The project took Von Behrens to 11 rural Nevada middle and high schools to speak to more than 4,000 youth about the very real, not always distant future impacts of tobacco use.
Last week the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released the 2014 version of their annual “How Do You Measure Up?,” (HDYMU) a progress report on state legislative activity to reduce cancer incidence and mortality. Since Nevada’s lawmakers only meet every other year, Nevada hasn’t seen much progress from the 2013 report to now. However, we think it’s great to take a look at what has changed with the rollout of the insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act as well as how Nevada now stacks up against other states.
The Affordable Care Act has not only expanded healthcare coverage to millions of people who previously lacked insurance, but has taken a step to improve health outcomes by making preventive health services more accessible and affordable. All healthcare marketplace plans and many other healthcare plans, including non-grandfathered private insurance plans, must cover a list of preventive services (also known as the Essential Health Benefits) without charging a co-payment, co-insurance, or other cost-sharing, regardless if the yearly deductible has been met.
Each year the month of May is designated National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. NCC's intern project assistant Ashley Davis has focused on skin cancer prevention and Nevada's 2013 tanning legislation for the spring semester leading up to this awareness month. This week she guest blogs for us on skin cancer prevention and detection.
Monday, May 5 marks the annual “Melanoma Monday,” an awareness day created by the American Academy of Dermatologists to promote early detection and prevention for melanoma and other types of skin cancer. The day also helps to kick off Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, recognized nationally each May.
There has been a recent surge of news reports about e-cigarettes touching on regulation (more specifically the lack of it), poisoning concerns, youth targeting and usage, clean air policy, and overall safety of e-cigs as a smoking device. It’s hard to keep up with all that’s happening, but if public health workers are going to catch up to and eventually get ahead of the companies that are pedaling these devices, time is a commodity. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the latest news on e-cigarettes that you should know about:
“We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem…More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.” – Dr. Christopher Wild, Director of International Agency for Research on Cancer
If you caught the collaborative ad from Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society during Sunday’s SuperBowl then you may already know that today is World Cancer Day. So what does this mean? No, there won’t be a walk. And we won’t be pinning on colored ribbons. What we will be doing is raising our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.