May 31 is World No Tobacco Day

May 31, 2011

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.  The Annual awareness day, created in 1987, calls for a global abstinence of all tobacco products for 24 hours on May 31st. While the event is spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), many local, state and other programs take advantage of the day as a reminder to the community to not start smoking or provide information to quit.

For more information on World No Tobacco Day 2011, please visit the WHO’s website to view the media release online.

For information re: quitting tobacco use, call the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) at 1-800-55-66-222 or visit

Multihousing Unit in Glendale is the latest in Maricopa County to go Smoke free

May 31, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                
May 26, 2011
Contact: Laurie Thomas  480 540-6050

Phoenix —Waymark Gardens, a 150 unit HUD subsidized senior community complex located at 5325 West Butler Drive in Glendale will voluntarily become a smoke free property with a designated outdoor smoking area on June 1, 2011.  There will be no smoking anywhere on the property EXCEPT in the designated area. 

Waymark Gardens Administrator, Lisa Sunderlin began exploring the possibilities of a “smoke free environment” when the residents began complaining about the cigarette smell in the hallways.  After doing a great deal of research on secondhand smoke and compliance, Sunderlin had many compelling reasons to implement a smoke free policy on her property, including:

Secondhand smoke (SHS) is deadly – Annually causes an estimated 53,000 deaths in the U.S. Has been proven to increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and many other ailments.

Legal considerations- Smoke free apartments are legal in all properties including HUD assisted and Section 8 housing.

No smoking/No problem – You can make all or part of your property smoke free, including inside the units. No smoking rules are those similar to restrictions on pets, loud noise and other nuisances.

No smoking rules are not discriminatory – There is no constitutional right to smoke. Smokers are not a protected class under Federal Law or protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Read the rest of this entry »

New nicotine cigarette gives rapid lung delivery of nicotine

May 27, 2011

After tests by Health New Zealand Ltd and Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust in Christchurch NZ in 2009, this product is now ready for commercialization as a smoking substitute or as a stop smoking medicine.

SRNT 2010_ PosterAbstract_ Rose.doc 

This device was tested for Duke University (the patent holders), in 2009 on nine healthy smokers. Results were announced by Principal Investigator Dr Jed Rose, of Duke University at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 27 February 2010. The inventors are Rose, his brother Dr Seth Rose, an organic chemistry professor; Dr Jim Turner, a co-inventor of the nicotine inhaler; and Dr Raju Murugesan, a pharmacologist at Duke. Dr Laugesen and Dr Chris Wynne of Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust were co-authors for this SRNT paper, entitled 

Pulmonary delivery of Nicotine Pyruvate: Pharmacokinetic and Sensory Characteristics

The device depends on a chemical reaction at room temperature, with no heating or lighting up. The nicotine pyruvate cigarette is expected to reach the market by 2013 or 2015. It is yet to be manufactured and miniaturized down to the size of a tobacco cigarette. It is not an electronic cigarette. The smoker only inhales one molecule – nicotine pyruvate, which dissolves into nicotine and pyruvate on reaching the lungs. Read the rest of this entry »

President Shelly Declares May 31st as ‘Navajo Nation Commercial Tobacco-Free Day’

May 25, 2011

Charmaine Jackson
Communications Director
Office: (928) 871-7884
Cell: (928) 637-5507

For Immediate Release
May 25, 2011

Dennehotso, AZ—

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly announced today that he has issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, May 31, 2011 as ‘Navajo Nation Commercial Tobacco-Free Day’ in recognition of the World Health Organization’s ‘World No Tobacco Day.’

This proclamation does not restrict the fundamental traditional ceremony use of tobacco. “We challenge everyone to quit smoking or stop using any form of commercial tobacco on the Navajo Nation,” said President Shelly. “Vice President Jim and I are committed to protecting the well-being of our Navajo people from commercial tobacco and harmful second hand smoke. We want to encourage our people to choose to work and live in a healthy physical environment, free from abuse of commercial tobacco. Based on scientific studies there is no available adequate ventilation technology that ensures the protection and prevention of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

The full text of the proclamation is listed below. Navajo Nation Commercial Tobacco-Free Day on May 31, 2011 Read the rest of this entry »

Arizona Shines at National Commission on Correctional Health

May 25, 2011

The National Commission on Correctional Health hosts their annual conference this week in Phoenix.  One of the pre-conference seminars featured the strides Arizona has made toward helping inmates to quit using tobacco products.  Speakers included Carole Whitlock, the Health Program Manager at the Arizona Department of Corrections, Shannon Vaffis, the Assistant Director overseeing Community Relations and Referrals for the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline, Jan Vidimos from the Pinal County Public Health Services District, and R. Scott Chavez, the Vice President of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. 

Arizona was one of the first states to recognize the importance of providing cessation services to inmate populations.  Tobacco use disproportionately affects inmates.  The prevalence rate among incarcerated individuals is estimated to be as high as 80%.  In terms of tobacco related medical expenses, the implications to taxpayers are clear: helping inmates to quit can add up to substantial savings. 

Pictured in the photo: Ryan Reikowsky, Carole Whitlock, Shannon Vaffis, Jan Vidimos. Not pictured: R. Scott Chavez.