Don Ganster, a pharmacy technician who lives in Mesa, talks about how advice and support from the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline helped him quit and stay quit. Watch the rest of Don’s story on the Real Stories page at ashline.org.
Anne Harding at Reuters Health released a news brief regarding a recent study of quitline effectiveness that demonstrates the power of proactive quitlines. Although the story focuses on the outcome of one study that indicates that reactive quitlines are no more effective than other self-help modes of quitting, she does continue to point out the power of a proactive quitline:
“Most quitlines supported by states offer proactive counseling, Dr. Lori Pbert, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, notes in an editorial accompanying the study. Also, she adds, research shows that the more frequently smokers receive callbacks, the more effective this type of counseling is.”
The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) has progressively recognized this and remains one of the most proactive quitlines in the country. Not only is the coaching proactive, but our outreach efforts are extremely proactive. When referrals are received, the ASHLine staff tries up to 5 times to reach a client to help them enroll or at least get a brief intervention with some self-help materials. read more…
Contest Deadline Extended to December 15, 2009
Designs can be submitted as pen & ink or pencil drawings, paintings, or computer-generated artwork. The winning entries will be used in printed materials, a Web site, and developed into costumes for a live stage performance put on by the Phoenix Theatre. Please help us engage Arizona youth to make healthy life choices by forwarding the contest flyer within your community networks:
By Stephanie A. Wilken, Sun Staff Writer
November 19, 2009
For Yumans who’ve been looking for an excuse to put out their cigarettes, today could be the day.Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, and for more than 30 years, Americans have been using the day to help aid them in quitting smoking.
According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2008, about 20 percent of Americans smoke, or about 46 million people. According to the survey, an estimated 20.8 million people had stopped smoking for one day or more during the preceding 12 months because they were trying to quit.
In Arizona, residents have a valuable resource, said Stephen Michael, Director of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine), where residents can call and receive support to help them stop smoking. read more…
By Stephen Michael
Tucson, Arizona | Published: November 18, 2009
It’s that time again – Thursday is the Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society has promoted this worthy effort for more than 30 years.The message may have changed slightly over the years, but the idea is still simple. Tobacco-related illnesses continue to be the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S.
Putting down your cigarettes for just one day is a great way to start the journey to quitting tobacco all together.
At the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine), we hear about the journey every day. For some, it is easier than it is for others. We work with Arizonans during the quitting process to prioritize to make the journey successful. read more…
The Associated Press
When President Barack Obama signed a law expanding children’s health insurance this spring, he slapped tobacco companies with huge tax increases to pay for it.It didn’t take long for the companies to find a multimillion-dollar loophole.
As soon as the new law took effect, raising taxes on roll-your-own cigarettes from $1.10 to $24.78 a pound, companies adapted. They all but shut down their roll-your-own brands and reinvented them under a less-restricted, less-taxed category: pipe tobacco. It’s still destined to be rolled and smoked, but it’s taxed at barely a tenth the rate, $2.83 per pound.
Pipe tobacco is normally too coarse and moist to roll into a cigarette, but nothing says it has to be. In fact, the Obama administration says the only distinction between pipe tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco is how it’s labeled, effectively giving tobacco marketing executives an opportunity to shape their own tax rate. read more…