Dr. Scott Leischow Featured in Tucson Magazine

August 18, 2009

Tucson Lifestyle MagazineThe following is an excerpt from the feature article, “Facing Addictions,” in the August 2009 issue of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine:

Addiction — Smoking

“Tobacco dependence is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.,” says Scott Leischow, Ph.D., professor, UA Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, and associate director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Arizona Cancer Center. “Addiction is the reason people keep using tobacco, and this addiction is every bit as serious as alcohol, heroin and cocaine.”

“The real tragedy is that young people who experiment typically believe that they will not become addicted or if they do, they will be able to quit,” says Leischow. “For many tobacco addicted people, quitting is the hardest thing they will ever do. read more…

Helping Church Members Quit Nicotine

August 6, 2009

Carol Sullivan, from the Coconino County Health Department Tobacco Use Prevention Program, held a 5A training with 15 elders from the LDS Church in Flagstaff. The elders were quite receptive to the training and had many interesting questions about tobacco use and how to assist others in quitting. Each participant received a packet of information including KISS and Venomocity, along with training on the Quit Fax and ASHLine. The elders plan to use this information when visiting with members of their church and during their mission work.

Mental Illness Cessation Services Increased

August 6, 2009

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has increased the priority of cessation services for those with mental illness this year based on alarming data reviews. The data indicates nearly half of all cigarettes in the US are purchased by a person with a mental illness and people diagnosed with a chronic mental illness have a 25 year reduction in life expectancy. More quitlines are reporting an increase in callers with mental health concerns and the North American Quitline Consortium has also highlighted increasing services for those with mental illness in the next few years.

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IGNITE Program Receives National Recognition

August 4, 2009

IGNITERebecca Henry at Maricopa County recently worked with a former MACTUPP employee now at Bacchus Gamma to re-establish contact with the Phoenix College site coordinator for the IGNITE (Influence, Guide, Network for Intercollegiate Tobacco Education) program. She asked him to write up an article about promoting tobacco prevention in community colleges.

The national article is about his perspective and how the school’s partnership with Maricopa County and IGNITE has helped their overall efforts on campus to create leadership and health promotion opportunities. read more…

Local PIOs Learn About Cessation Rates and Services

August 4, 2009

League of Arizona Cities and TownsLaurie Thomas, Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, presented to 45 public information officers of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns on July 29th. She updated them on the recent 20% decrease in adult smoking rates and the increase in teen and college-age smoking.

The new ASHLine Webquit service was also featured with its series of modules, online assessments and activities to offer clients an additional resource. A DVD was handed out with ASHLine information for municipality newsletters and Web sites. There was a great response with lots of questions and two new collaborations were developed.

Download the contents of the DVD below:

copy for newsletters and Web sites
league presentation