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PCD News Summary for May 25, 2017

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About the Journal: Published every Thursday, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed online journal established by CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The News Media Branch prepares press summary packets each week. To receive these press summaries on an embargoed basis, send an e-mail to Please note that this e-mail list is for credentialed journalists only. All others, please visit Hookup to Health to sign up for e-mail updates.

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Perceptions of Harm to Children Exposed to Secondhand Aerosol from Electronic Vapor Products, Styles Survey, 2015

Melissa Newton

Over 45 percent of U.S. adults believe children’s exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarette products causes no harm or little/some harm, and 1 in 3 don’t know if it causes harm. Current and former cigarette smokers and e-cigarette product users have greater odds than non-users of perceiving no harm toward children from secondhand e-cigarette aerosol exposure. Efforts are warranted to educate the public about the health risks of secondhand e-cigarette aerosol exposure, particularly for children.


Teaming Up for Asthma Control: EPR-3 Compliant School Program in Missouri Is Effective and Cost-Efficient

Melissa Newton

School nurses who provide asthma checkups and education can significantly improve student health outcomes and lower medical costs. Teaming Up for Asthma Control (TUAC) is a workforce development intervention to improve asthma control among children by increasing the competency of school nurses and delivering guideline-based education. A total of 54 school nurses and 178 students in Missouri participated in the TUAC evaluation from 2011 through 2014. Among school nurses who completed the online education, knowledge scores significantly increased. They effectively assessed asthma status, students’ outcomes improved, and health care costs declined. For TUAC students enrolled in Medicaid, there was an average 12-month health care cost savings of $1,431 per student compared with controls.


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