Bringing together the public health and private sector to combat tobacco

September 9, 2014

CapturePlease join APHA, CVS Health, the acting surgeon general and our distinguished panel to discuss new approaches to helping Americans live tobacco-free lives.

We will explore how traditional and nontraditional partners can come together to reduce tobacco use and ultimately improve population health and reduce costs to the health care system. A diverse panel will discuss this critical health concern and look for new solutions. We hope you will be able to watch our live webcast and participate via the hashtag #APHATobacco.

Georges Benjamin, MD – APHA
William Shrank, MD, MSHS – CVS Health

Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH

Shari Davidson – National Business Group on Health
Thomas Menighan – American Pharmacists Association
Matthew Myers – Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Moderated by:
Lyndon Haviland, DrPH


September 23
7am- 10am Arizona Time

Watch the webcast live on Sept 23’s 2014 Photo Contest

September 9, 2014 has launched its third annual photo contest. According to the Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Reports, in 2011, the tobacco industry spent $7.6 billion dollars making their presence known in the retail environment. The goal is to visually capture the tobacco industry’s point of sale marketing tactics. The contest closes September 18, 2014 at 11:59pm EST 8:59pm Arizona Time. Click here to enter.

9/17 Live Broadcast: Selecting State Health Improvement Plan Priorities

September 9, 2014



Congratulations to Heather McAlister – New FDA Lead Inspector/Health Program Manager II

September 5, 2014

Please help me in congratulating Heather in her new role on the tobacco team!

Ms. McAlister has military and government institutional knowledge as well as inspection, investigation, supervisory knowledge and experience which spans over a sixteen year time period. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavior, Health and Management Degree.  In her current position beginning in December of 2010, Ms. McAlister serves as the Back-Up Program Coordinator and Commissioned Officer/Tobacco Inspector under the FDA Tobacco Compliance Program contract. Ms. McAlister has conducted over 3,000 field inspections of tobacco retailers to establish compliance to federal tobacco laws including undercover buy operations with high school age minors/youth inspectors, advertising and labeling inspections, handling and processing of evidence gathered and preparation of investigative reports and other documentation as required by the FDA. Ms. McAlister has created presentations for training as well as standard operation procedures for various program functions; scheduled, coordinated, conducted and oversaw trainings for youth inspectors, chaperones, subcontractors and staff.  She has an understanding of and familiarity with State and Federal tobacco control laws, public health principles and environmental health and regulatory procedures.

Additionally, Ms. McAlister has been instrumental in developing a feasible solution to streamline tobacco enforcement protocol through the CQI process. She has been a valuable team member participating and coming up with creative ideas to solve any obstacles or problems that were presented in the CQI process. As we go forward with implementing the changes as designed by the CQI team; her vast knowledge and experience with the FDA Program since its inception will be invaluable in assuring a successful transition into our new processes.

Congrats Heather and thanks for all you hard work!!



Register for the AZ Asthma & Allergy Conference: Early Bird Pricing Ends Sept 10th!

September 4, 2014

Early Bird pricing end on September 10th!  Take advantage now to get discounted registration for the 8th Annual Arizona Asthma & Allergy Clinical Conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. at the University of Phoenix, Tempe Campus. The theme of the conference is Asthma and Allergy: Wheezing and Sneezing in the Desert. The conference will explore the relationship of allergy and asthma, and include three tracks:

•  Connecting with Patients – adherence & motivational interviewing
•  Clinical Practice – best clinical practices, complications of asthma & COPD in adults
•  School Nurses – sessions on exercise & asthma, food allergies

Learn about the latest research and treatments for asthma and allergies.

CME/CEU credits will be provided for physicians, PAs, nurses, nurse practitioners, and respiratory care practitioners.

Click Here for the conference brochure.      Click Here for the registration form.

Registration is payable by check or by PayPal at<>.

FDA Ordered Stop of Seven Tobacco Products

August 29, 2014
On August 28, 2014, the FDA issued orders to Star Scientific, Inc., finding 7 dissolvable tobacco products as “not substantially equivalent” to their predicate products. This means that these products may not be sold, marketed, or distributed. Learn more about the orders and how to report violations on FDA’s website.


Local health departments are encouraged to share this information with their tobacco compliance staff and the public. Use these sample Facebook and Twitter messages to share the news and direct viewers to your own website or the FDA.


Facebook post: The FDA ordered a manufacturer to stop sales, marketing, and distribution of 7 dissolvable tobacco products that do not meet requirements (“not substantially equivalent”). Learn more about which products are restricted and how to report violations at _________________.


Tweet: FDA ordered a stop to sales, marketing, distribution of 7 tobacco products. Find out why and how to report violations at ____________________.



Connect with the Tobacco Prevention and Control Team 

NACCHO welcomes requests from any local health department for tobacco prevention planning and technical assistance. Please send your request to Find resources, policy statements, news, and more on NACCHO’s Tobacco webpage.

 From National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) Tobacco Alert 8/29

ADHS Job Alert: Tobacco CDC Grant Program Manager

August 28, 2014

Click Here for information on this opportunity with ADHS.

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