KAZ TV Interviews Wayne Tormala

July 27, 2010

KAZ TV in Prescott interviewed Wayne Tormala regarding the ASHLine and its services as part of BTCD’s Surge Media Campaign in Yavapai County. The earned media effort included two radio interviews, a newspaper interview and the TV interview below.

State Furlough Day – July 23

July 22, 2010

The Department of Health Services, along with most state government offices including the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, will be closed on Friday, July 23, 2010. The closure is part of a statewide government furlough program created to help reduce the state budget deficit. This closure requires our employees to take an unpaid furlough day, with few exceptions.

Services such as birth and death certificates available at county offices and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) nutritional clinics are not part of the state furlough. You may want to call your local office to check hours of operation before visiting.

The State Hospital will be operating on a weekend schedule; many normal activities will still occur; however, administrative personnel will be unavailable.

Information lines that are available normally on weekends, like the breastfeeding hotline, will be available on the furlough day.

The online system for complaints and concerns about licensed facilities in Arizona will be available.

A full listing of additional statewide government furlough closure dates can be viewed online at http://www.azdoa.gov/news/furloughs.asp.

We apologize for any inconvience this closure may cause and look forward to reopening on Monday, July 26, 2010.

Teens Quitting at Slower Pace, Arizona Still Leads the Charge

July 16, 2010

Approximately 1 in 5 teens light up. Budget reductions across the country have forced many youth prevention awareness programs to scale back or go dormant. This has led to a slowdown in the pace among teen quitters. With no awareness programs, teens are just not quitting at the same rates as in previous years.

While the rest of the country has scaled back, the Arizona Dept. of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease (ADHS BTCD) has continued to promote the award-winning youth prevention campaign, “Venomocity, Brought to you by Addiction.” Due to the use of voter protected tobacco tax funds, the campaign has remained a mainstay among targeted youth in the 12-17 age demographic. The use of social media has played a large part as well as the use of teens spreading the message. The messenger is always key and teens talking to each other about any issue always tends to provide the greatest results.

KPNX 12 recently reported on the decrease in teen quitters and spoke to ADHS BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala about Arizona’s successes in teen prevention and cessation.

Goal for High School Smoking Is Unmet

July 9, 2010

The New York Times
Published: July 8, 2010

The nation has failed to reach its 2010 health goal of reducing high school smoking to 16 percent, federal officials said Thursday in a report calling for a resurgence of antismoking advertising to counter the tobacco industry’s $12 billion marketing campaign.

”People are getting the image that it’s cool to use nicotine as a drug,” Terry F. Pechacek of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an interview. ”We need to bring back our voice, our antismoking mass media campaign.”

The popularity of hookah bars and smokeless nicotine products, Mr. Pechacek said, are the modern equivalent of the banned Joe Camel cartoon in their appeal to youths. And some experts worry that the new health campaign against obesity — spearheaded by Michelle Obama from the White House — may be hampering donations to antitobacco campaigns as public health issues shift in emphasis and compete for funds. Read the rest of this entry »

KJZZ ASHLine Public Service Announcements

July 2, 2010

Seven 15 second Public Service Announcements will begin airing on KJZZ 91.FM NPR in early July. The PSAs are designed to briefly discuss topics such as tobacco effects on the body; quitting methods; talking to friends/family regarding quitting and the benefits of quitting. Each 15 second spot concludes with a call to action via the ASHLine phone number. The ads will run through September. Please click on a link below to listen to the PSAs.








Kingman man says ASHLine has helped

July 2, 2010

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but there is help available
Kingman man says ASHLine has helped

Suzanne Adams
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN – Sometimes, quitting isn’t easy. Bob Asbury, 49, from Kingman knows that. He’s been smoking cigarettes since he was 9 years old. He quit last year for 10 months and then started smoking again in November. In January, he set up a program to quit through the Arizona Smokers’ Help Line, or ASHLine.

“It’s very difficult,” he said. “They say it’s more difficult than trying to quit drugs.”

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than 700,000 Arizonans use some type of tobacco, which includes chewing tobacco, as well as cigarettes and cigars. Approximately 16 percent of Arizonans smoke, according to ADHS. The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 21 percent of Americans smoke.

The largest number of smokers in Arizona are between the ages of 45 to 54 years old, according to ADHS. Men are more likely to be smokers than women. Approximately 14 percent of Arizona women smoke compared to 18 percent of Arizona men, according to the department. Low-income residents are also more likely to smoke than other income levels, he said.

“People know what all the health risks are to smoking or using tobacco,” said Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Chief Wayne Tormala. Tobacco kills around 6,000 Arizonans annually, he said. Out of those 6,000, approximately 1,000 never smoked. Read the rest of this entry »

Position announcement: Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program Manager

July 2, 2010

The Arizona Department of Health Services is currently recruiting for a Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program Manager. This position will provide leadership in the area of heart disease and stroke prevention and control. This position will also be responsible for developing and maintaining critical relationships with internal and external partners, including community based organizations, AZ Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Coalition, county health departments, community health centers, hospitals systems and physician organization. Please share this position announcement with your partners, stakeholders, and volunteers.

Interested parties must apply on-line at www.azstatejobs.gov. Resumes sent directly by mail or e-mail to Human Resources will no longer be accepted.

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