Casa Grande Dispatch (AKA Florence Reminder & Blade Tribune) publishes, “Smokers’ Letters to Themselves Featured in New Commercials”

December 31, 2009 Features “Dear Me, Stop Smoking. Sincerely, Me.”

December 28, 2009

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline Ad Campaign Features Real People Struggling with Tobacco Addition; Encourages Quitters to Share Own Story

Tobacco Smoke and Behavioral Problems in Children

December 17, 2009

By ScienceDaily
December 10, 2009

Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke during their early development can develop abnormal behavioral symptoms by the age of ten years. This association was discovered using data from the GINI-plus study by scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München in collaboration with colleagues of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Technische Universität München and Marienhospital Wesel. The scientists observed that the impact of tobacco smoke was especially detrimental during gestation.

The results of the study have been published in the current online issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

“We were able to show that children who are exposed to tobacco smoke prenatally and during the first years of life have a higher risk of developing abnormal behavioral symptoms when they are of school age,” said Dr. Joachim Heinrich of the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Zentrum München. “Moreover, it makes a difference whether the child was exposed to tobacco smoke first after birth or was already confronted with it during prenatal development.” read more…

Here’s to Another Great Year!

December 17, 2009
Season's Greetings from BTCD

Season’s Greetings from all of us in the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease!

2009 was filled with many great successes as we saw the smoking prevalence rates decrease to record low levels; hosted the National Conference on Tobacco or Health; launched the new Arizona Smokers’ Helpline Web site,, and WebQuit; launched the award-winning marketing campaign Venomocity; and participated in other successful events such as the Great American Smokeout, Kick Butts Day, and World No Tobacco Day. We also saw the Bureau of Tobacco Education and Prevention merge with the Chronic Disease Prevention Program creating a unified front as we tackle tobacco and the long-term effects of its use. Many of our successes can be attributed to you, our Partners.

We look to you to help us bring Arizona further into the spotlight in 2010 as the best practice model for the rest of the country. So to that, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Thanks for the great year; we look forward to more highlights in the year to come.

Denise Mika, Maricopa County Eco-Employee of 2009

December 16, 2009

Denise Mika, Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program

Congratulations to Denise Mika, Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program, who was just named Maricopa County Eco-Employee of 2009. She was one of 170 county employees nominated for the award.

In an effort to increase employee awareness of regional sustainability, a contest was developed to acknowledge a Maricopa County employee who has demonstrated substantial leadership in furthering Maricopa County’s vision towards regional sustainability. The Eco-Employee is an employee nomination-based contest with categories including advocacy, commute, energy conservation/production, reduce/re-use/recycle, and water conservation.

watch a highlight video of Denise’s sustainable actions

Denise is truly evergreen. “I’ve been green forever,” she says. “This is a lifestyle. I believe in the phrase reduce, reuse, renew and recycle – in that order.” read more…