American Cancer Society Issues New Global Tobacco Report

January 29, 2010

The new report issued on January 25, 2010 by ACS provides additional backing for developing a framework for what works. The CDC Best Practices (which we used for our strategic plan) and reports such as this one should be used as the foundation of “what works,” and the increasing demand that we are “smart” with our spending. Read the rest of this entry »

Listen to Wayne Tormala’s KXXT Interview

January 29, 2010

Wayne Tormala appeared on the Men’s Health Talk with host Fred Taylor of Southwest Prostate yesterday January 28, 2010. Follow the steps below to listen to the interview.

To access the show , please visit: and click on the “Click to Listen” button. Scroll down to “Men’s Health Talk.”

Wayne Tormala to Appear on KXXT to Discuss Chronic Disease Treatment

January 27, 2010

Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Chief, Wayne Tormala will be a guest on the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation’s radio show Thursday Jan. 28 at 10:00am on KXXT-AM (1010). Mr. Tormala will join Phoenix District 8 City Councilman Michael Johnson who recently announced he is battling prostate cancer. Mr. Tormala’s focus will be on the broader scope and importance of regular checkups for all forms of chronic disease and the multitude of treatment options available. Please see below for an article on Councilman Johnson’s announcement and appearance on tomorrow’s show. Read the rest of this entry »

ASHLine Monthly Update January 2010

January 21, 2010

ASHLine Monthly Update
January 2010

Greetings! Happy New Year! ASHLine staff are greeting the new year with enthusiasm as we prepare to assist increased numbers of smokers quit. The new year is a popular time to make health-related resolutions and quitting smoking is at the top of many people’s lists. ASHLine and the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease want to make sure that Arizonans know about the resources available to help them succeed. To help get the word out about Arizona’s highly successful cessation programs the “Dear Me” ad campaign was launched in the last week of December 2009. Viewers will hear letters read by real tobacco users stating their reasons for quitting. You can watch the ads and see the stories behind the letters at Read the rest of this entry »

More Budget Trouble for AZ Lawmakers in 2010

January 21, 2010

December 31, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) — The start of the Arizona Legislature’s 2010 regular session will provide lawmakers with a painful repeat — another big and politically troublesome hole in the state budget.

A year ago, the recession hammering the state’s growth-dependent economy meant lawmakers reporting for the 2009 regular session faced a $1.6 billion shortfall in the budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30. With the economy still ailing and a fiscal landscape among the worst in the nation, those same Arizona legislators now face a problem nearly as large when they begin this year’s session on Jan. 11. Read the rest of this entry »

Rim Country Gazette: “Dear Me: Stop Smoking. Sincerely Me.”

January 21, 2010

Source: Rim Country Gazette
Date: January 16, 2010

What would you say to yourself to convince yourself to stop smoking? We asked smokers to write themselves a letter. Their compelling reasons to quit, captured in thirty second (:30) commercials, will began airing statewide Dec. 29, 2009.

The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline new television and radio advertising campaign features real people struggling with tobacco addiction. Smokers know the harmful health effects of tobacco and second hand smoke. In fact, in Arizona 89 percent of people report their homes are smoke free. However, 15.9 percent of Arizonans still light up. That’s roughly 735,000 people.* Read the rest of this entry »

American Lung Association Releases Annual Report Card on Tobacco

January 14, 2010

The American Lung Association has released its annual report card on tobacco control.  The link provides you with the full report, and you can find Arizona information is on page 52-53.  You will see that once again we are among the majority of states receiving an “F” on Tobacco Prevention and Control Spending. 

While Arizona is currently ranked among the top spenders on tobacco cessation and prevention, we received a failing grade based on the fact that state government  devotes 34.4% of the CDC-recommended level.  Sadly, most states, even those who use MSA funds for tobacco control, dedicate even less. Read the rest of this entry »