Re-Alignment of ADHS Division of Public Health Prevention

April 24, 2009

From the desk of Wayne Tormala.

From the desk of Wayne Tormala.

For the past few months, the Management Team for the division of Public Health Prevention has been analyzing the current organizational structure with the intent of finding ways to integrate, consolidate and more efficiently deliver public health services while providing savings to the general fund. A plan was developed to:

• reduce reliance on state funds for infrastructure support
• more effectively integrate related services
• streamline management functions with better alignment of service delivery packages

In brief, the plan reduces the number of Bureaus from 5 to 4 by realigning service programs, saves the state over $600,000 in general funds, and eliminates the need for a separate Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. It integrates programs formerly under this bureau into the four other bureaus. Cost savings to the state operating fund reflect the reduced need in the proposed organization for infrastructure to support a bureau. read more…


Schools Win Big With Tobacco Prevention

April 24, 2009

jail-6-8-1st-place_iconMaricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MACTUPP) has announced the winners of its annual schools Slogan and Logo (SLOGO) contest. MACTUPP partners with Maricopa County School Districts and Charter schools.

Schools are in a uniquely powerful position to play a major role in reducing the serious problem of smoking and other tobacco use by kids. Children spend almost a third of their waking time in school, or about 135 hours per month – and much of the peer pressure kids feel regarding whether or not to smoke occurs in school. “That’s why intensive, creative, youth-driven tobacco education is so important in our schools,” says Connie Weare, Prevention Team Lead for MACTUPP.

complete news release

view the winning entries


Dr. Scott Leischow: Taxing the Habit

April 15, 2009

Dr. Scott Leischow, professor in the UA College of Medicine, discusses the impact of increased cigarette taxes on getting smokers to kick the habit. Leischow is an expert in smoking cessation and serves as president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, the premier worldwide scientific organization dedicated to tobacco control research. He previously served for five years in the federal government as chief of the Tobacco Control Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute, and as senior adviser for tobacco policy in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Venomocity.com Chosen as Featured Web Site

April 15, 2009

090415_venomocity-pickVenomocity.com – Brought to You by Addiction, was featured on the Communication Arts Web site as its “Web Pick of the Day” on April 8. The campaign and its Web site takes a dark, satirical take on addiction giving it both a voice and a personality. When visiting the site, users are taken on a compelling interactive journey which begins in a foreboding teen’s room that is the homepage. There, they can click on many of the objects in the room such as the television, the Hall of Fumes bookcase, and a radio taking them to other rooms where further campaign messages are delivered.


Helping Arizonans Quit Tobacco

April 15, 2009

ASHLine, Arizona Smokers’ Helpline, is a state-wide helpline to help people quit smoking. As of April 1, a new federal law went into effect increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 62 cents per pack. Health officials hope the added cost will motivate people who want to quit and also want to make them aware of the free resources offered by the ASHLine.


Tax increase to boost tobacco black market?

April 12, 2009
Ran Janoff, 81, smokes about six or seven $4-$5 cigars per week and says the 40-cent per cigar price hike is unlikely to deter him. Photo: Xavier Gallegos/Tucson Citizen

Ran Janoff, 81, smokes about six or seven $4-$5 cigars per week and says the 40-cent per cigar price hike is unlikely to deter him. Photo: Xavier Gallegos/Tucson Citizen

Tucson Citizen – Tuscon, AZ
By B. Poole
April 12, 2009

The rising price of tobacco is rippling across Arizona, forcing smokers to dig deeper for cash, sparking a potential black market boost and prompting an increase in calls to a state cessation help line.

The federal tax on a pack of cigarettes April 1 went from 39 cents to $1.01, which raises the price by about 10 percent. Cigar taxes went up 40 cents per stick, about a 10 percent increase for most smokers. read more…


New Tax Has Smokers Fired Up

April 2, 2009