September 5, 2014
A recent report indicates that the incidence (# per 100,000 residents) of lung/bronchus cancer in El Paso County has dropped from 48/100,000 in 1995 to 30.9/100,000 in 2011. This is about a 35% drop. The state incidence dropped about 30% during the same period. El Paso’s age-adjusted rate is also much lower than the state’s overall.
Decreased adult smoking likely contributed to the reduction in the incidence of lung cancer in El Paso.
A Smoke Free Paso del Norte is associated with a reduction in adult smoking from 21.5% in 1996 to 14.7% % in 2012. This history of success largely is due to the comprehensive and coordinated approach, which is based on the CDC’s best practice model. The elements of this model include:
• preventing initiation among youth and young adults; • promoting quitting among adults and youth; • eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke; and • identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups.
Key successes include a strong clean indoor air ordinance, a regional quitline (534-QUIT), research-based media campaigns, a strong tobacco control network, and an internet-based cessation service (http://www.smokefree.quitnet.com/).
Recent successes include the implementation of a tobacco-free policy at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the implementation of smoke-free policy in all communities in the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso by January 2015.
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August 23, 2019
On September 1, 2019, Texas Tobacco 21, the law that raises the minimum legal sales age for tobacco from 18 years to 21 years, officially goes into effect. The law includes violations for purchasing or attempting to purchase cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or tobacco products, as well as the use or possession of these…