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Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
The FDA currently regulates cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco. The agency has proposed a new rule, referred to as the “deeming rule,” which would extend its authority to regulate all other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, and dissolvable tobacco products. Public comments on this proposed rule are being accepted until August 8, 2014.
We have been asked by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) to help generate as many comments as possible from the public health sector to offset over 10,000 comments FDA has already received in favor of the tobacco industry. AARC is a member of the Tobacco Partners Coalition headed by the CTFK.
AARC usually comments on Federal regulations as an organization on behalf of its members so there is consistency in the message we want to send. However this time is different. FDA apparently likes to have lots of comments, and numbers of comments count as much as the quality of the comments. That is why we want RTs involved to help influence tobacco policies and reduce the impact "big tobacco" has on public health policy.
A July 21 article at www.aarc.org gives you all the details and how you can help (see link below). CTFK has set up a special web site to make this easy for all involved. There are sample letters for your use and that of others and instructions on how to submit them to FDA. Whichever sample you choose, we ask that you make sure all the points to FDA in the sample letter are included.
Also, in case you are not aware, AARC has a Position Statement on E-cigarettes that you may want to note in your response. It states:
"In line with its mission as a patient advocate and in order to ensure patient safety, the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) opposes the use of the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). Even though the concept of using the E-cigarettes for smoking cessation is attractive, they have not been fully studied and the use among middle school children is increasing year after year. There is no evidence as to the amount of nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals being inhaled during use or if there are any benefits associated with using these products."
As always, anything you can do to help keep our patients healthy and keep kids and young adults out of harm's way from the adverse consequences of using tobacco products is appreciated.
Cheryl and Anne Marie
A Member Speaks Out
Educator’s Corner by Shawna Murray
Results and Roses
by Edgar A. Guest
The man who wants a garden fair,
Or small or very big,
With flowers growing here and there,
Must bend his back and dig.
The things are mighty few on earth
That wishes can attain.
Whate'er we want of any worth
We've got to work to gain.
It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses.
The respiratory garden is growing! We are currently enjoying the fruits and flowers of respiratory gardeners who have gone before. However, there is much more to be done. If you have not lifted a shovel recently for our profession, let me urge you to do so. Find a way to get involved! The landscape of our profession is changing at an unprecedented pace. The work to be done is both daunting and exhilarating. Join the cause! Lend your strength to the efforts in progress. Here are a few of the things you can do to help turn the soil:
• Support legislative efforts to have respiratory services reimbursed by Medicare. This will open job opportunities for respiratory therapists in clinics, outpatient services, homecare and other places.
• Join AARC and the USRC. Use the resources provided by our professional organizations to stay current in trends and issues affecting our profession. Be a professional member in good standing!
• Demonstrate an interest in patient care education. Shared accountability means patients need to take more responsibility for their own good health. We need to support those efforts by being willing and able to provide great patient education. Become certified as an asthma educator.
• Consider other professional certifications and increased education as you are able to do so. Support the efforts to raise professional bar for respiratory therapy.
• Volunteer, as your circumstances allow, and support the efforts of teams, committees and task forces wherever you find them. Help ensure that Respiratory Therapy has a seat on every team making decisions about healthcare. Let your voice be heard.
• Look for solutions to problems you see around you and share them with your leadership. Share your perspective and insight to help us all become better!
Thank you for your efforts and for the work you do every day! The flowers of our respiratory garden are being noticed and making a difference in the lives of patients, family members, staff and our corporation. What you do matters! What we can do together will make a positive difference for our professional garden in the years to come. Pick up a shovel and let’s dig together!