ASHLine featured on PBS program, Arizona Illustrated

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

R.J. Reynolds Pulls Sticks, Strips, and Orbs from Test Markets

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…

Employment Opportunity: Office Chief, BTCD Chronic Disease Programs

December 22, 2010



Division of Public Health Services/ Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease

Location: 150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona
Grade: 23
Class Code: Uncovered – This position is not covered by the Arizona State Personnel Merit System.
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 »

YUMASUN: Quitters can win, says ex-smoker

December 22, 2010

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 »

State Furlough Day – December 23

December 21, 2010

The Department of Health Services, along with most state government offices including the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, will be closed on Thursday, December 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

We apologize for any inconvience this closure may cause and look forward to reopening on Monday, December 27, 2010.

Prop 203: Arizona Medical Marijuana Act

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.

Thank you.

Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease

High School Teens Create Their Own PSAs

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.