STAND students meet with councilman

July 22, 2014

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STAND students from Trevor G. Browne High School met with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on July 15 to discuss their proposal for a smoke-free policy at El Oso Park, which borders their campus. They shared what they’ve learned about tobacco control and showed-off the bags of cigarette butts they collected during clean-ups of El Oso Park. Councilman Valenzuela offered his support to recruit more students to their coalition and spread the word about the work they’re doing in the community. Pictured left to right: Keith Walker, Jo Ann Brown, Bithia Ratnasamy, Jessely Enriquez, Valeria Aguilera, Daniella Maldonado, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Diana Alvarez, Vania Guevara, and Kelly Dalton.

E-Cigarettes Webinar: Local Options in Light of Federal Action

July 21, 2014

Date: 7/22/14
Time: 12:00pm

Link to webinar

E-cigarette use has exploded in the last few years, yet public health regulation has not kept pace. During this webinar, experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and the American Lung Association will explain how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to regulate e-cigarettes and will describe local policy options to address the skyrocketing use and related public health impact of this emerging product.

University of Arizona to start fall semester as smoke, tobacco-free campus

July 17, 2014

Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:45 PM Updated: Jul 16, 2014 6:15 PM

By Jackie Kent

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A letter sent to University of Arizona students and staff spells out a big change in campus policy for the upcoming school year.

The U of A will be smoke and tobacco-free as of August 15, before the fall semester starts, officials confirmed on July 16.

“The University’s new ‘Smoking and Tobacco Policy’ is designed to promote the health and wellness of all members of the University community, including visitors to campus, and it will prohibit the use of tobacco- and nicotine-containing products on property owned or controlled by the UA,” Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Melissa Vito wrote in the letter. “We spent the last academic year collecting feedback from students and employees, and we are in the final weeks of accepting comments from the general public.”

The new policy will prohibit the use of nicotine and tobacco products on all UA-owned property, including the main campus, the Arizona Health Sciences Center, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, UA South, satellite campuses, in university vehicles or any UA-leased property.

The prohibited forms of tobacco or nicotine include pipes, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and water pipes. The university will allow smoking cessation aids, like nicotine gum, patches and nasal sprays.

The UA isn’t the first campus in the area to ask its students to cut down on smoking.

Pima Community College approved a similar policy last December, creating designated smoking areas. Arizona State University became a tobacco-free school in August 2013.

Public comments began in March and will continue through through July 27. Comments can be sent to UA Vice President for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, Allison Vaillancourt, at

Read the policy here:

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline: (800) 556-6222 or

UA Life & Work Connections “Quit Tobacco” resources:

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

HealthDay TV: Hookah Use Among Teenagers

July 8, 2014

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In recent years, more and more American teens have been saying no to cigarettes. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that, at the same time, more and more have been exploring alternative means for inhaling tobacco or tobacco-like substances. One includes the use of water-based “hookahs” a centuries-old form of herbal smoking, involving heated glass and pipes.

Now a large new survey finds that in the U.S. hookahs common throughout the Middle East and South Asia have become particularly trendy among high schoolers. In fact, the poll published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that out of roughly 5,500 high school seniors 18% used a hookah in the past year.

Hookah use was more common among boys, whites, urban dwellers, and those from highly educated households. Teens with more cash in hand used hookahs more frequently as did current and past smokers and users of illicit drugs or alcohol.

The findings suggest that many teens may mistakenly believe that hookahs are safer than cigarettes a misconception, say the researchers.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the information you need to protect your health.


CDC Releases New Ads About Smoking’s Harm

July 8, 2014



Dear Colleague,

The Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign resumes today, July 7th, with powerful new ads that feature seven people whose lives have been permanently affected by smoking. You can see these ads today at


The new ads focus on severe gum disease with tooth loss; lung cancer; head and neck cancer; preterm birth; and the health effects of smoking combined with HIV.

Information About the July Ad Buy

  • Beginning July 7th, the ads will run nationwide for 9 weeks on television, radio,billboards, online media, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Ad participants include:

o   Felicita and Brett, smokers who each started losing teeth to gum disease by age 40.CDC2

o   Amanda, a young mother who smoked during pregnancy and gave birth 2 months early.

o   Rose, who nearly lost a foot because of clogged blood vessels, then learned she had lung cancer, which later spread to
her brain.

o   Shawn, who developed throat cancer and lost his larynx.

o   Brian, who was in good health and managing his HIV when smoking led to a stroke.

o   Terrie, who has appeared in previous Tips campaigns, and shares a plea about quitting.

  • Two Spanish-language ads will run on national Spanish media channels. One features Rose, who has lung cancer, while a second features Felicita and Brett, who both lost teeth after smoking.


Resources and Promotion

o   Bios and additional interviews of the ad participants

o   Overviews of the health conditions featured in the campaign

o   Spanish-language content

o   “I’m Ready to Quit” practical tips for quitting smoking

o   Web badges and buttons to post on your site to link readers to the compelling personal stories on the Tips Web site

o   Prewritten matte articles that you can tailor for your newsletter, blog, or Web site

o   Printable Tips ads to hang in your workplace

  • Free materialsare available at the Tips From Former Smokers Download Center: include low-resolution TV ads; radio, online, print, and out-of-home ads; and public service announcements.


  • CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC) at offers broadcast-quality Tips ads and other tobacco counter-marketing ads for paid campaigns.


  • Faith leaders, public health advocates, health care providers, and other partners can find materials to answer questions about Tips ads—and guidance on how to start a conversation about quitting.

o partner pages offer posters, FAQs about quitlines, fact sheets for patients, a pocket-sized brief intervention card for office visits, a quick reference guide on treating tobacco dependence, and much more.

If you have additional questions about the 2014 Tips campaign, please contact



CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health


Arizona Republic Letter to the Editor: Gwynn death should be warning to chew users

June 30, 2014
I was in San Diego this month and saw many people wearing buttons mourning the loss of hometown hero Tony Gwynn. Back home, I really admired seeing one of our own Arizona Diamondbacks, Addison Reed, announcing he had quit chew after learning how it contributed to Gwynn’s death. Gywnn had been Reed’s coach at San Diego State.

I hope this becomes a call to action for all baseball players, young and old.

For Arizonans who want to follow in Reed’s footsteps, the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline is here to help.

It helps to have a great coach to assist you in kicking a deadly addiction.

Call 1-800-55-66-222 or visit to get started.

— Laurie Thomas,


Miami, AZ Votes to Make Veterans Park Smoke-free

June 30, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Miami — At its meeting on June 9, the Miami Town Council voted 4-2 to make Miami Veterans Memorial Park a smoke-free area. Michael Black, Don Reiman, Robert Baeza and Darryl Dalley all voted for the measure, while mayor Rosemary Castaneda and vice mayor Susan Hanson voted against it.

Outlawing smoking at the park has been a year-long project of the Miami High School’s Anti-Tobacco Club. Before the council discussed the matter, Vanessa O’Connor, president of the Anti-Tobacco Club, read a prepared statement. The club had made several prior presentations to the council, but the matter had been tabled each time.

“We surveyed more than 300 community people asking their opinion of a ‘smoke-free’ park and received 85-percent support,” O’Connor said in part.  “We provided a model ordinance that could be used by the council when adopting their ordinance.
“We even ofered to help with the cost of signage.  These dedicated youth all graduated from Miami High School in May.  We deserve to have the council take action on our request before we leave for college.”

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