Wayne Tormala & Stephen Michael discuss Tobacco and Mental Health

August 27, 2010

BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala and the Director of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline Stephen Michael, visited the KXXT 1010am studios to discuss tobacco and mental health. Approximately 100,000 tobacco users have a mental illness. This represents nearly 2/3 of all people in AZ diagnosed with mental illness. Tobacco use among mental health professionals is even disproportionately high with nearly 1/3 of them smoking. The adult smoking prevalence rate in AZ is approx. 16%.

Listen to the entire interview, hosted by the SW Prostate Institute Director Fred Taylor here.


Wayne Tormala Interviewed by KQNA in Prescott

August 24, 2010

As part of the media surge strategy in Yavapai County, BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala visited several media outlets in Prescott to discuss the ASHLine and how it can help the residents of Yavapai County. With Yavapai having a higher than average smoking rate, this was a perfect target for the media surge. In addition to discussing the benefits of the ASHLine, Wayne talked about some of the newer trends in tobacco use such as hookah & e-cigarettes.

AHCCCS eligible residents are encouraged to call because they can receive free benefits such as medication & various nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) including but not limited to the patch, gum & lozenge.

In addition, Wayne was joined by Carol Lewis, Program Manager for the Yavapai County Tobacco-Free Partnership in Prescott, as she discussed local options for tobacco users looking to quit.

Visit ASHLine.org or call 1-800-55-66-222 for more information.

To listed to interview click here.


AZCC Special Presentation – Liesbeth Mercken, PhD – Maastricht University

August 23, 2010

 Special Presentation Sponsored by Biobehavioral and Social Sciences Research

Liesbeth Mercken, PhD
School for Public Health and Primary Care
Health Promotion
Maastricht University
The Netherlands

Talk Title:  The dynamics of friendship networks and smoking among youngsters:
A longitudinal social network analysis

September 20, 2010 – 10:00am

The Arizona Cancer Center
Room 2920

Video-Conference:  College of Medicine Phoenix
Room 1353P
 

Dr. Liesbeth Mercken is a Fellow on the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University, Netherlands.   Before that, she was a research associate at the Cardiff Institute for Society and Health part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Read the rest of this entry »


State Furlough Day – August 20

August 19, 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, August 20, 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, August 23, 2010.


URGENT: Protect Tobacco Prevention Dollars!!!

August 16, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to you about an urgent issue – funding for prevention activities, including tobacco control and cessation. NAQC asks you to take action to prevent the elimination of the U.S. Prevention Trust Fund.

The Prevention Trust Fund pays for prevention activities nationwide – at a level of $500M this year, $750M in 2011 and growing steadily to $2B by 2015. Work conducted with this funding is critical to public health. The Prevention Trust Fund provided $5M for state quitline services in fiscal year 2010 and an additional $15M is proposed for state quitlines in fiscal year 2011.

Please see the note and resources below from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. We ask that you let your Senators know all the important work that is being done on tobacco control and cessation in your states, and encourage them to protect the Prevention Trust Fund for its intended purpose. Read the rest of this entry »


Smoke-Free Apartments in Coconino County

August 11, 2010

News Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From:   Trish Lees, 928-679-7331
Date:   Aug. 3, 2010

Smoke-Free Apartments Available

Ann figured out why she coughed and had trouble breathing especially when she opened up her kitchen cabinets. Her apartment home was making her sick. She did not smoke, but her neighbors did and the smoke seeped into her apartment. Ann suffers from emphysema because of decades of Secondhand Smoke exposure in the workplace. She called Smoke-Free Arizona for help and was given information on disability rights and Fair Housing. Before she could file a claim, she got better—her neighbors had moved out and the new renters did not smoke inside their apartment.

The Coconino County Health Department (CCHD) announced that smoke-free apartments are available in Flagstaff and other areas of Coconino County. 

After receiving complaints of smoke entering multi-unit housing rentals, CCHD compiled a list of smoke-free units to make it easy for renters to find smoke-free accommodations.  The project helps both tenants and property owners with information about secondhand smoke. The list of smoke-free apartments available in Coconino County is available at www.coconino.us.gov/smokefreehousing.aspx. Read the rest of this entry »


New Benefit for Employees Trying to Quit Smoking

August 6, 2010

La Monica Everett-Haynes
Lo Que Pasa
University Communications

State employees, including those at the UA, can now receive free quit-tobacco medications.

Arizona residents also can call ASHLine, which assigns “coaches” to people trying to quit.

Even after a smoker decides to kick the habit, quitting can be hard. Smoking often becomes part of a lifestyle, and sometimes is a reflex response to boredom.

But thanks to a new benefit for state employees, quitting just got a little easier.

Under benefit changes approved in May, state employees can now receive free smoking cessation medications, including gum, patches, nasal sprays, inhalers and lozenges. 

Arizona Benefit Options, the state division that handles benefits information for state employees, is promoting the service, which covers up to $500 in medications over the life of the employee. Read the rest of this entry »