FDA Launches Quit-Smoking Campaign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched an adult smoking cessation education campaign, “Every Try Counts,” to help motivate smokers to drop the habit and show the health benefits of quitting smoking.

The campaign is targeting smokers aged between 25 and 54 who have tried to quit, but not yet succeeded. Informational and motivational messages will be displayed in locations such as gas stations and convenience stores, where cigarette ads abound. The hope is that it will help smokers rethink their next pack of cigarettes.

“Tobacco companies have long used advertisements at convenience stores and gas stations to promote their products, and we plan to use that same space to embolden smokers to quit instead,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

According to the FDA, cigarette smoking is responsible for around 480,000 fatalities in the United States every year. In 2015, 36.5 million adults were smokers, with over 22 million of them pledging to quit.

Apart from educational campaigns, "Every Try Counts" helps motivate smokers by encouraging them to celebrate each attempt to quit as a positive step toward success.

Read more about the campaign.

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Meet the New MSHA Administrator

The United States Senate confirmed the nomination of David Zatezalo as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote was 52-46.

The former chairman of Rhino Resources GP LLC (based in Lexington, KY), Zatezalo retired in 2014 and has 40 years of experience in the mining industry. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) noted that Zatezalo "knows the industry inside and out." However, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) was critical of the nomination, referring to Rhino's safety record in 2010 and 2011, when it received Potential Pattern of Violations notices

According to an NBC news article, the retired Rhino executive has received mixed reviews from labor unions representing miners, who were heartened to hear Zatezalo's promises to continue inspections and enforce certain safety regulations during his confirmation hearing, but who remain concerned about his leadership of MSHA given Rhino's track record.

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Get Safety Going

About the Safety Contact
One of the most important aspects of a strong safety culture is good communication. This means that people need to talk about safety in a positive, non-threatening way. Making regular "contacts" about safety promotes a safe workplace and makes talking about safety comfortable – a regular part of work.

To establish good safety discussions, you need to talk with people when they are working safely and unsafely. Regular contacts about safe work promote communication and help you learn about the safety aspects of your job. You need to learn how to make both safe and unsafe contacts to be an effective safety communicator.

Making a Contact with Someone Who Is Working Safely
Safety discussions need to take place when people are working safely so safety becomes an everyday part of work. Your goals here are to engage the person in conversation and reinforce the safe work he or she is doing. Here's how to talk to someone who's working safely.

Step 1: Start with a positive comment
"Hi, Jack. I see you're wearing those new safety glasses we just got."

Step 2: Engage the employee in discussion about the job
"I'm curious about this job. Can you tell me about it – the hazards, the way you do it, and so on? I'm trying to learn more about what it takes to work safely here."

Step 3: End with thanks
"I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me."

You need to encourage safe work because people need reinforcement to keep on working safely. "What's the point in doing this job safely?" a person might ask. "No one notices anyway." In a strong safety culture people give each other positive feedback about safety to make sure the safety culture stays strong.

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