December 27, 2010
Stephen Micheal, Director of the ASHLine, was featured on the KUAT PBS program, Arizona Illustrated. Stephen discussed the ASHLine, how it is can be used to help smokers quit for free and some of the products offered to people who sign-up for the service.
ASHLine 1-800-55-66-222 or www.ASHLine.org
December 22, 2010
Tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds quietly announced their intent to pull the Camel Dissolvables line of smokeless tobacco products from current tests markets: Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN and Portland, OR.
Customers received word about the product removal through a letter sent from R.J. Reynolds. At the same time, customers were reminded of the many other smokeless tobacco products available and were invited to use the included coupon to try them at a discounted price.
Camel’s Sticks, Strips and Orbs drew controversy due to their easy-to-conceal packaging, which looks similar to gum or candy, and their kid-friendly ‘Mellow’ and ‘Fresh’ flavors. According to a Camel consumer relations representative, while the products are being pulled for “further refinement,” information for potential re-design and other possible test markets have not been identified.
While the products removal is hailed as a positive step by prevention advocates, smokeless tobacco products are gaining popularity among youth. read more…
December 22, 2010
OFFICE CHIEF CHRONIC DISEASE PROGRAMS
Division of Public Health Services/ Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
Location: 150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona
Class Code: Uncovered – This position is not covered by the Arizona State Personnel Merit System.
REQUISITION NO: DHSRXM
Salary Rate: $60,000-70,000
Issue Date: December 21, 2010
Apply By: Open until filled – 1st review of resumes will occur 01/20/2011
The Position: Is responsible for the day-to day operations of the Chronic Disease Program under the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease. This position directs all activities for the development and administration of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke prevention programs and other areas as assigned. Ensures accomplishment of the mission, goals and objectives of the agency, division and bureau. The position oversees the development and sustainability of statewide coalitions representing all regions of Arizona, as well as a wide range of critical healthcare providers, including all county health departments, hospitals, community health centers, physician organizations; and a wide range of employers in both public & private sectors. This position is authorized to collaborate with stakeholders to develop and maintain critical relationships internally and externally. This position guides strategic planning, technical assistance, and health communications; in addition to training the chronic disease staff. Read the rest of this entry »
December 22, 2010
BY MARA KNAUB – SUN STAFF WRITER
Yuma Sun – Dec. 21, 2010
Yuman Robin Marceau started smoking when she was 11, back when she and her friends used their lunch money to buy cigarettes at a local candy store.
“I would buy a pack every other day and on those days my friends would share their lunch with me,” Marceau, 49, told the Yuma Sun.
Marceau was 15 years old the first time she tried to quit. But the addiction was already too strong.
She had been trying to quit since then, using nicotine patches, nicotine gum, cutting down, going cold turkey. “Nothing worked.”
Finally, after almost four decades, she smoked her last cigarette on June 12.
“I’m thrilled,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »
December 21, 2010
To help ensure an effective implementation of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, it will be imperative that a strong Administrative Code is developed. To achieve this, we’re hoping that you please check out the new website, review the informal draft rules, and provide us with input so that good decisions can be made.
Here are a few tips for people who would like to provide input:
• Use our comment website so that you can submit electronic comments.
• Tell us what you like about the informal draft rule as well as what you don’t like.
• Encourage constructive comments and pragmatic alternative. It is even better if you are able to submit alternate Rule language.
Remember that the provisions of the Act limit ADHS’ ability to regulate in many ways. For example, the Act gives ADHS broad authority to regulate dispensaries but little authority to regulate caregivers or employer employee relations. Make sure that the Act provides the ADHS with the regulatory authority to act before spending a lot of time submitting comments.
Also, please know that if you aren’t able to comment on this informal draft Rule between now and January 7, there will be additional time to comment in February and March. Note: Governor Brewer signed the Proclamation that makes Proposition 203 law on Tuesday, and so the 120 day implementation period will end on April 13.
Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
December 20, 2010
Students from Coconino High School and from the youth organization Native Life proudly present these PSAs to the public and Venomocity. These Public Service Announcements are about how teens can easily access commercial tobacco—and the facts are alarming.