Tobacco Control State Highlights 2010

April 23, 2010

The ‘Tobacco Control State Highlights 2010’ report was released yesterday. You can read it here: Tobacco Control State Highlights 2010.

The report provides state specific data and info with regard to tobacco control strategies. The report highlights successes and draws attention to areas that need improvement. One important note as you are reading is that the majority of the data stems from 2008 or earlier. While some of the data may not be recent, it still has relevant use that continues to lend support to our programs and strategies. While Arizona tends to fair well, a few points listed below tend to distort the actual reality of tobacco control in Arizona. Read the rest of this entry »


Slogan and Logo (SLOGO) Contest Winner Announced

April 16, 2010

Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MACTUPP) has announced the winners of its annual schools Slogan and Logo (SLOGO) contest. Among the winners were students in a fourth-grade class at R.E. Miller Elementary School, who won second place in the fourth-fifth grade division. The winning schools received a large color banner with their imprinted SLOGO to display at their school to reinforce the anti-tobacco use message to students, parents, and visitors. See the links below.

Raising Arizona Kids (Halfway down the page)

Gilbert Unified School District

Gilbert Meridian Mustang Hoof Beats


Stay Away From the Pack Flash Mob

April 16, 2010

A message from Jonathan Heeb in Nevada –

In order to spread awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke, the Southern Nevada Health District commissioned a dance crew to perform a flash mob in the middle of a crowded Las Vegas shopping center. I just wanted to share this with you and hope that you might be able to use it for news on your website or blog, if you send out newsletters, or even to share with your educators. It was a great event for a great cause! I hope we can all inspire each other to spread the word about the dangers of tobacco. You can see it on YouTube if you search for “Stay Away From the Pack Flash Mob.” Hope to hear back from you.

If you are interested in contacting Jonathan directly, please see below:
Phone: (702) 616-0624
E-Mail: jheeb@virgenad.com


Final Word on Kick Butts Day

April 16, 2010

Kick Butts Day (KBD) was a success. Many programs throughout the state did some wonderful things. See below for examples.

Coconino County:
Local Teens Kick Butt in the Arizona Daily Sun

La Paz County:
Kick Butts Day ad in the Parker Pioneer –
“Kick Butts Day” is a day of activism for youth to take action against tobacco use, there will be more than 2,000 events from coast to coast. On March 24, at Blake Primary School, students will participate all day in physical fitness exercises and games to learn the importance in staying healthy and tobacco-free!

Mohave County:
KBD event  that was held at Kingman Academy

Operation Storefront event that was held in Bullhead City

Basic Skills utilizing that training to do tobacco counseling to teenagers


More Smokers Calling Quitline but State Budget Cuts Put Program at Risk

April 7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Report Finds More Smokers Calling Telephone Quitlines But State Budget Cuts Put Progress at Risk

PHOENIX (April 7, 2010)—Record numbers of U.S. smokers are turning to telephone quitlines for help in breaking their addiction, but access to this critical service is being put at risk by state budget cuts, according to a report released today by the North American Quitline Consortium and other public health organizations.

The number of tobacco users calling quitlines—a telephone helpline where smokers can turn for trusted, reliable help when they want to quit—increased 116% between 2005 and 2009, according to the report. Despite this increase in demand, total funding for all U.S. quitlines decreased for the first time ever in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. The full report, U.S. Quitlines at a Crossroads: Utilization, Budget, and Service Trends 2005-2010, is available online at: www.naquitline.org/report. This report was produced with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Funding has been cut despite the fact that states will collect $25.1 billion in revenue this year from tobacco taxes and legal settlements with the tobacco industry, and more states have already enacted or are considering tobacco tax increases this year. These increases will motivate more smokers to try to quit and provide additional revenue that states can use to fund quitlines and other tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

“At a time when demand for quitlines is at a record level, it is more important than ever to support proven tobacco cessation efforts,” said Linda Bailey, president and chief executive officer of the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC). “The investment of $2.19 per capita for quitlines, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,1 is based on sound science and real-world experience. States that made the necessary investments have been able to provide cessation services to the growing number of smokers who want to quit. We commend the states that have committed the necessary funding to quitline services and encourage them to continue this practice.”

In late 2009, all publicly-funded quitlines in the U.S. were asked to complete a survey to assess their financial and service capacity. The NAQC-administered survey included questions related to: quitline budgets; changes in budgets over time and their impact; funding sources; promotion and utilization of quitline services; and capacity to provide services to tobacco users. The report shows that while quitlines have made tremendous progress in financial and service capacity, this progress is being put at risk by a seven percent decrease in total funding for all U.S. quitlines in FY 2010.

While federal and state economic conditions are difficult, the resources do exist to fully fund quitlines and comprehensive tobacco control programs consistent with the best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 According to a recent report on how states are spending the money collected each year from the Master Settlement Agreement and other tobacco tax revenues, in “Fiscal Year 2010, the states will collect $25.1 billion from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. —more— New Report Finds More Smokers Calling Telephone Quitlines Page Two April 7, 2010 They will spend just 2.3 percent of it—$567.5 million—on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.”2 Funding can also be raised through a dedicated tax on tobacco products.

The report found that for FY 2009 to FY 2010: 27 states reported quitline funding reductions; 20 experienced reductions in service budgets; 19 states cut back spending on medications; and 25 reduced funding for promotions. While 20 states reported funding increases for quitlines, further analysis found 12 of these states experienced reductions to their overall tobacco control program budgets.

State quitline budgets have continued to decline since this data was collected. As states enact tobacco tax increases this fiscal year to address ongoing budget shortfalls, smokers will undoubtedly turn to quitlines for help. But the services they need may not be available. With reduced funding comes longer hold times for smokers when they call, fewer follow up calls from counselors, and less medication assistance, such as the patch, gum, or lozenge.

“The downward trend in quitline funding is alarming,” said C. Tracy Orleans, PhD, senior scientist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “According to the CDC, more than 40 percent of U.S. smokers try to quit every year, and we know that without assistance most will relapse.1 All smokers and quitters need better knowledge of and access to affordable and effective treatment that can help them live longer, healthier lives.”

Tobacco kills more than 435,000 U.S. residents every year; this represents twice as many deaths as those attributed to alcohol consumption, motor vehicle use, firearms, and illicit drug use combined.3,4 As noted by the CDC, “quitlines are effective in increasing successful quitting and have the potential to reach large numbers of smokers.”1 Also, the U.S. Public Health Service states, “quitlines significantly increase abstinence rates compared to minimal or no counseling interventions” and, “the addition of quitline counseling to medication significantly improves abstinence rates compared to medication alone.”5

The evidence exists to support the investment of a robust, national network of state-run quitlines. Failing to maintain and enhance this investment makes it even more difficult for our nation to meet the national goals of reducing smoking prevalence among adults,6 achieving the associated population and individual health improvements, as well as the budgetary benefits of this prudent investment. Overall, quitlines work—they save both lives and money.

NORTH AMERICAN QUITLINE CONSORTIUM
The North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) is a non-profit organization that strives to promote evidence-based quitline services across diverse communities in North America. By bringing quitline partners together—including state and provincial quitline administrators, researchers, quitline service providers, and national organizations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico—NAQC helps facilitate shared learning and encourages a better understanding of quitline operations, promotions, and effectiveness to enhance overall quitline efforts.

1-800-QUIT-NOW
For access to free quit smoking support, including quit coaching, educational materials, and referrals to local resources, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). This toll-free telephone number connects callers to counseling and information about available quitline services in their states.

MEDIA CONTACT
Gannon Wegner, Communications Manager
North American Quitline Consortium
Phone: 602-279-2719 x3
E-Mail: gwegner@naquitline.org
Web: http://www.naquitline.org


FDA to Launch Stakeholder Listening Series

April 6, 2010

FDA Center for Tobacco Products To Launch Stakeholder Listening Series

FDA Center for Tobacco Products will launch a Stakeholder Listening Series to take full advantage of the knowledge, ideas, feedback, and suggestions from all communities interested in and affected by the Tobacco Control Act. Sessions will take place across the U.S. and summaries will be available here. Each session will focus on topics of greatest interest to our primary stakeholder communities and will include presentations by topic experts and the FDA. 
 
Click here for more information.


‘Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking’ Act Approved

April 6, 2010

The ‘Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking’ (PACT) Act was approved & signed into law  on March 31st, 2010.  The AAFP signed on to the attached letter of support.

The newly enacted PACT Act will:

Require Internet sellers to pay all federal, state, local or Tribal tobacco taxes and affix tax stamps before delivery to any customer;

Mandate that the age and identification of purchasers be checked at purchase and at delivery;

Require Internet vendors to comply with state and local laws as if they were located in the same state as their customers;

Provide federal and state enforcement officials with new tools to block delivery of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products that evade federal or state laws; and

Ban the delivery of tobacco products through the U.S. mail.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids report
Summary of the PACT Act
More on Internet tobacco sales