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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

CDC Vital Signs MMWR

Tuesday, September 6, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The CDC Vital Signs program, launched in 2010, addresses a single, important public health topic each month. The 15th edition of CDC Vital Signs was released today at noon, EDT.

Today's Vital Signs presents the latest information about adult smoking in the United States and examines changes in smoking rates and patterns of smoking during 2005–2010.

This e-mail contains advance copies of several Vital Signs materials, including the Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article, MMWR Highlights, a four-page consumer fact sheet, and a CDC press release. Today at noon (EDT), CDC will conduct a media telebriefing.

Feel free to join the call using the following "Non-Media” bridge line and passcode.

Bridge Line: 800-369-1605
Passcode: CDC Media

Some of the key messages reported in today's Vital Signs are as follows:

· Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

· In 2010, nearly one in five U.S. adults (45.3 million) were current smokers.

· Although some people who smoke every day are consuming fewer cigarettes, even occasional smoking causes harm, and the best option for any smoker is to quit completely.

· Reducing tobacco use is a winnable battle with known, effective strategies for success.

The CDC Vital Signs program comprises several resources and activities, including—

· A report published in an early release of CDC's MMWR the first Tuesday of every month;

· A Web site that includes fact sheets on 12 topics and which breaks down the scientific information in the MMWRs in clear, accessible language;

· Telebriefings and accompanying media releases; and

· Social media efforts, such as podcasts, widgets, content syndication, and announcements on Facebook and Twitter.

The September edition of CDC Vital Signs not only presents new data and information but also highlights specific actions that individuals and organizations can take to help reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. CDC recognizes and values the progress that can be achieved by working in partnership with health departments, health care providers, other agencies and organizations, and consumers to promote these actions. For this reason, we're reaching out to you to help spread the word.

After the embargo is lifted at noon (EDT) today, please share the CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your colleagues and partners. Please visit the Smoking & Tobacco Use Vital Signs Web page to learn more and to access resources, such as the final Vital Signs MMWR article, fact sheet, podcast, and feature article. Take advantage of CDC's social media tools, such as the RSS feed, Everyday Health Widget, and Vital Signs buttons. And remember to follow us on Twitter, retweet Vital Signs messages, "like” us on Facebook, and share Vital Signs posts.

Thank you for your continued efforts in tobacco prevention and control.

Source: CDC's Office on Smoking and Health

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