Harvard Conference: Smokeless Tobacco and Youth Prevalence

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate

Reporting from the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: Regulatory Science and the Tobacco Industry at Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Gary Giovino, University of Buffalo, presented on Tobacco Use in American in the Last Decade (2000-2010). There is more tobacco use of non-traditional forms. For instance cigar use is going up with pipes and snuff. (Everything but chewing tobacco, but I mean, gross…not surprised!) Even though cigarette prevalence has gone down, smokeless tobacco is leveled. This is true for youth with rates level that don’t adjust down with cigarette prevalence. Additionally, menthol tobacco use is continuing its rate.

There are concerns with flavored products, deceptive and regulated advertisements of smokeless tobacco are real future considerations. These attract youth, getting youth hooked and contributing to the cycle of tobacco use, because its youth that the tobacco industry relies on to continue its lethal work.

This is why it’s so important to keep track of trends of tobacco industry, but understand they are not hard to follow as the same tired tactics continue: deception and marketing to youth.

Published by Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Emilia Dunham is currently a Project Manager at MassHealth/Department of Public Health, and formerly the Project Manager of the Life Skills project at The Fenway Institute, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women. Emilia worked at Fenway for 7 years, first as a Quality Control and Regulatory Assistant mainly involved with biomedical HIV prevention trials, before serving as the Program Associate for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, a network instrumental in many national LGBT health policy improvements. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, serving as a Steering Committee member and the Policy Committee Co-Chair, an organization largely responsible for the recent passage of the Trans Rights Bill. Additionally she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Co-Chair of the Recommendations Committee. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. There she served as President of the LGBTQ student group where she planned programs such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and AIDS Week. In addition, she advocated for LGBTQ inclusive policies and programming on campus such as a Gender Neutral Housing program, an LGBTQ Center and the expansion of Women’s Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emilia recently earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration in health policy and management from the Brandeis Heller School School for Social Policy and Management.

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