Kingman Academy of Learning gets lesson from KYCBUTT kids

November 29, 2010

From KYCBUTT youth coalition coordinator Annie Meredith:

The KYCBUTT girls did a brief prevention presentation to 375 students of the Kingman Academy of Learning Intermediate School. This was the first time they had ever presented as a club and they created the skit themselves. This presentation was requested by the principal Mr. Lillis as a Red Ribbon Week Activity. They did the skit showing the different chemicals that are in tobacco, gave some statistics/facts/secondhand smoke info, and did a demonstration on what it is like to breathe for someone with emphysema or COPD (the students sprint back & forth in the gym 3 times and then plug their nose and breathe through a short straw) once the youth did the demonstration we had them tell the other students how it made them feel.

To see the video highlights of the event click here


ASHLine Services Reach Small-Town Residents

November 23, 2010

As part of the events leading up to this year’s Great American Smokeout, residents of Morenci, AZ took part in a fall bazaar. The Greenlee County Health Department was in attendance and provided residents with information on how to quit tobacco.

Hear what a local smoker has to say about his attempt to quit and the benefits of being smoke-free in an article by the Eastern Arizona Courier.


State Furlough Day – November 26

November 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, November 26, 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, November 29, 2010.


Men’s Health interviews Wayne Tormala and Stephen Micheal

November 18, 2010

Wayne Tormala was a guess on the KXXT 1010AM radio show, Men’s Health, hosted by Fred Taylor of the SW Prostate Group. Guest caller Stephen Micheal called-in to discuss the Great American Smokeout as well as what the ASHLine can offer for potentially clients.

KXXT 11-18 10AM Mens Health Talk


Wayne Tormala interviewed by the McMahon Group

November 18, 2010

Wayne Tormala was a guest on the McMahon group to discuss the Great American Smokeout and the success of the ASHLine.


Parents pledge to not smoke at UMOM

November 18, 2010

Fox 10 visited the United Methodist Outreach Ministry (UMOM) to interview parents who pledge to give up smoking for the Great American Smokeout. Wayne Tormala was also interviewed and provided helpful advice such as contacting the ASHLine if quitting ‘Cold Turkey’ doesn’t work.


Help is ready!

November 18, 2010

Great American Smokeout Thursday is your day to quit tobacco

Wilcox Range News

Every year the American Cancer Society sponsors The Great American Smoke out to encourage tobacco users to quit for the day. This year The Great American Smoke out is Thursday, Nov. 18. The annual event challenges smokers to start the quit process by joining thousands of other Americans in quitting for the day.

“We can help turn quitting for a day into quitting for good,” says Stephen Michael, Director of the ASHLine. “We can help people make it their final quit! While some people are successful ‘going cold turkey’ the majority of people stay quit when they have a support system in place like ASHLine.”

The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline offers free telephone quit coaching at 1-800-55-66-222 (English and Spanish) and free online quit coaching services via WebQuit ™ at www.ASHLine.org.

The ASHLine boasts a 37 percent quit rate for its clients – compared to other quit lines nationally, which have quit rates of 19-29 percent.

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