The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign this week to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. “The Real Cost” campaign is the FDA’s first of several planned tobacco education campaigns using the new authority granted under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are now accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. ONDCP expects to award approximately 182 new grants to community drug prevention coalitions throughout the United States. The deadline to submit DFC grantee applications is March 24, 2014.
Developing youth leadership can strengthen a coalition's ability to reach out to some of the most active minds and personalities in a community. In the latest addition to CADCA’s Coalition Ideas Exchange, the H.E.A.R.T. Coalition discusses how it collaborated with youth to engage in an advocacy and media messaging campaign to establish a Smoke Free Parks Ordinance throughout the City of Atlanta, GA.
A new CDC report released today provides a guide to each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for planning and implementing a comprehensive tobacco control program. The CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs - 2014 describes an integrated programmatic structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective and provides levels of state investment to prevent and reduce tobacco use in each state.
An increasing number of children suffer from the consequences of maternal drug exposure during pregnancy, and Cannabis is one of the most frequently used substances. This motivated the study, published in the EMBO Journal and reported in Medical News Today, conducted in mice and human brain tissue. The study found that consuming marijuana during pregnancy results in defective development of nerve cells of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that orchestrates higher cognitive functions and drives memory formation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its Prevention Status Report on tobacco, which offers people in the prevention field valuable information about key policies and practices that can help states and communities prevent or reduce smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
CADCA has appointed Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, President of Southeast Missouri State University, to its Board of Directors. Dr. Dobbins brings more than 30 years of experience in Academic administration to CADCA’s diverse Board of Directors.
Resources to help parents, health care providers, and substance abuse treatment specialists treat teens struggling with drug abuse, as well as identify and interact with those who might be at risk, were released this week by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The release came before the start of National Drug Facts Week, an annual observance to educate teens about drug abuse. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Comments made by President Obama about marijuana in a recent interview with The New Yorker made headlines earlier this week. In response, CADCA issued a statement from Gen. Arthur Dean, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO.
Is your community experiencing problems with too many alcohol retail stores or too much alcohol advertising? If so, you’ll want to take part in a course entitled “Taking Control: A Community Campaign to Shape the Alcohol Landscape” offered at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum. During the course, leaders from The Santa Fe Prevention Alliance will discuss how they worked closely with local government and city staff to apply land use zoning laws to shape a more positive alcohol landscape for their community.
2014 marks 50 years after Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry released the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. CADCA is pleased to be among the many tobacco prevention partners to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this landmark report, which laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the U.S. There a number of ways you can join CADCA in marking this important event in history.
Coalition members seeking new and creative ways to educate their community about tobacco industry marketing tactics should attend “Predatory Tobacco Industry Marketing Aimed at Youth and Low Socioeconomic Status Communities” at CADCA’s 24th National Leadership Forum. Held Feb. 3-6 in National Harbor, Md., the CADCA Forum offers people in the prevention and treatment field the most up-to-date information and research on a number of relevant topics. Register at http://forum.cadca.org/. Note that the pre-registration deadline is January 21st. After Tuesday, the registration rates increase by $50 per person!
Strategies recommended by the Surgeon General to reduce underage drinking have shown promise when put into practice, according to scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). These approaches include nighttime restrictions on young drivers and strict license suspension policies, interventions focused on partnerships between college campuses and the community, and routine screening by physicians to identify and counsel underage drinkers.