How does smoking age you? Students at Betty Fairfax High School in Laveen, AZ saw the effects up close and personal on their classmates! Channel 12 was there, and it was broadcast on the news. Watch the video here:
Community Health Workers Tackling Chronic Diseases:
Success Factors and Challenges
May 22, 2013
9:00 am – 10:30 am Eastern Standard Time
*Certificate of Attendance Available!
Chronic diseases impact entire communities and nations, costing millions of dollars in lost productivity and care, especially in developing countries. To respond to this global challenge, the UnitedHealth and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Collaborating Centers of Excellence conduct research to assess the benefits of engaging Community Health Workers (CHWs) to implement a range of interventions to prevent and control chronic diseases like heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. Join leaders of the Centers of Excellence, the Open University (UK), and C3 Collaborating for Health as they discuss the successes and challenges around implementing CHW interventions in Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Central America, South Africa, and the United States. There will be time for questions and answers, and a certificate of attendance will be available!
For more information visit the
NHLBI Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative Web site
or contact NHLBICHWInitiative@nhlbi.nih.gov
cosponsored by the UnitedHealth and NHLBI Collaborating Centers of Excellence
and C3 Collaborating for Health
Along with nicotine, user gets toxic substances from water pipes
By Nathan Seppa
Web edition: April 26, 2013
The tobacco and fruit mixture smoked in public hookah bars might be considerably more dangerous than its pleasant scent would suggest. An analysis of people who smoked from water pipes three times a day finds that the pipes deliver more carbon monoxide and benzene, a carcinogen, than does smoking half a pack of cigarettes daily.
In an upcoming issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers document those and several other cancer-causing compounds that showed up in urine tests of the water-pipe smokers. The research calls into question a common assumption: that hookahs are safe. Read the rest of this entry »
We are excited to announce the merging of the FDA Tobacco Compliance Program into the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, effective July 1, 2013!
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) became effective on June 22, 2009. The Tobacco Control Act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.
As a result, the FDA contracted with several states, including Arizona, to conduct Undercover Buy and Advertising and Labeling inspections at tobacco retailers throughout the State. The purpose of the inspections is to monitor compliance with regulations of the Tobacco Control Act, including the flavored cigarette ban, age and access limitations, and promotion and advertising restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »
The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is hosting a series of webinars on federal tobacco regulations. These webinars are designed to provide FDA tobacco compliance education and information to retailers and small businesses. Each webinar includes a Q&A session to provide participants the opportunity to have their questions answered by FDA.
Please visit this link to access the webinars.
Kick Butts Day 2013 was a success! Members of Students Taking a New Direction, better known as STAND, were in local communities statewide. STAND members setup pledge walls asking their peers to pledge to be tobacco-free. Members donned t-shirts that read on the front “1,400 a day” and on the reverse, “500,000 a year.” These numbers signify the number of tobacco related days in the US daily and yearly respectively. In addition, the youth ‘dropped dead’ every 14 minutes to signify this statistic.
Please see below for some of our extended media coverage of the event. Thanks to all who participated in the planning and on the day of this event.
KTVK – 9:00am
KNXV – 11:00am
KTVK – 4:30pm
KPNX – 5:00pm
KSAZ – 10:00pm
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Franklin, Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention – 602-372-8418
PHOENIX (April 15, 2013) – The Maricopa County Department of Public Health Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention has launched “Talking Tobacco,” a free online course designed to educate dental professionals about the effects of tobacco use on oral health.
Authored by Carolyn Holman, R.D.H., a registered dental hygienist and educator who administers Maricopa County’s Oral Health Tobacco Education program, “Talking Tobacco” (at www.onlinedentalcourse.org) focuses on the oral manifestations of tobacco use, the critical role that dental professionals play in helping their patients quit, and ways to alleviate the costly public health problem of tobacco use. It also provides information about free cessation services offered by Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine -www.ashline.org).