BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 4 – Why Evaluation?

July 29, 2011
BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 4

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PDF available here: DB01_04_eval overview

Register for ASHLine’s Health Care Provider’s Webinar Series

July 27, 2011

Join the ASHLine Referral Development Team in a series of webinars, during the month of August, designed especially to assist our Health Care Partners.

Webinar #1: Are you currently maximizing your billing potential when counseling for tobacco cessation with your patients?  Shannon Vaffis, Assistant Director of ASHLine, will conduct this webinar and review CMS billing and opportunities to bill for tobacco cessation interventions.  Billing for Conversations about Tobacco Use will address how Health Care facilities and CMS billing.

Webinar #2: Are you familiar with Joint Commissions new measures regarding tobacco? In this webinar, we will discuss how ASHLine can assist your facilities in making sure you are meeting your accreditation standards for both health and behavioral health facilities. New Standards in Hospital Accreditation: How ASHLine can Assist Your Facility with Compliance.

Webinar #3: How can you meet your Electronic Health Measures by partnering with ASHLine? This webinar will review Electronic Health Meaningful Use and specifically cover how a relationship with a quitline can assist you in meeting your Core Tobacco Measures.  Meeting Your Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Measure Sets by Partnering with a Tobacco Cessation Quit Line.

To register for these webinars, download the attached PDF registration link below. 

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Are new health warning labels on cigarette packages too graphic?

July 25, 2011

PHOENIX – Each Sunday, debuts an Arizona issue – along with two opposing sides on the topic.


Don’t worry, you always have the opportunity to make comments at the bottom of the page. Yeah, your opinion matters, too.

This week we’re tackling the debate on whether or not the new health warning labels on cigarette packages are too graphic and disturbing.

Wayne Tormala, bureau chief of the Arizona Department of Health Service Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, says the FDA’s new, graphic warning labels are a proven way to educate smokers and others, including youth, about the dangers of tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.

George Koodray with The Citizen’s Freedom Alliance, The Smoker’s Club, and The Metropolitan Society asks how everything got so carried away. He says the shocking images regrettably come as no surprise at a time when it’s open season on smokers.

So, are the new health warning labels on cigarette packages too graphic and disturbing? Please read below for two sides of the story. Read the rest of this entry »

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 3 – Building Capacity and Infrastructure for CDSMP

July 21, 2011
BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 3

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PDF available here: DB01_03_Demo CDSMP 

Secondhand Smoke Linked to Hearing Loss in Teens

July 19, 2011

MONDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to secondhand smoke could affect hearing development in children and increase their risk of hearing loss during adolescence, a new study indicates.

These findings may warrant screenings for hearing loss among children exposed to secondhand smoke, the researchers warned.

Roughly 60 percent of children in the United States are exposed to secondhand smoke, reported the study’s authors. These children are at greater risk for certain health problems, from respiratory infections to behavioral difficulties and otitis media (acute ear infection). Babies whose mothers smoked when pregnant are also at greater risk for low birthweight and other problems.

“Secondhand smoke may also have the potential to have an impact on auditory development,” something that has significant implications for U.S. public health, the researchers wrote. Read the rest of this entry »

Big-screen puffing down over 5 years

July 18, 2011

by Jonathan Shorman – Jul. 18
USA Today

Hollywood movies are far less likely to feature characters lighting up than just five years ago, suggests an analysis published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smoking in movies rated G, PG and PG-13 plummeted 71.6 percent between 2005 and 2010, from 2,093 incidents in 2005 to 595 last year. In films rated G or PG, incidents of tobacco use declined 93.6 percent, from 472 to 30.

In 2010, 54.7 percent of the 137 highest-grossing movies showed no tobacco use, compared with 33.3 percent in 2005. And in those 137 films, tobacco use declined 56 percent between 2005 and 2010.

The results were praised by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics; both called on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to give R ratings to films featuring smoking. Since 2007, the MPAA has taken smoking into consideration when rating films as one of several factors, which also include sexuality, language and violence, says MPAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Kaltman.

“This is an extremely big deal,” says study author Stanton Glantz, professor of medicine at University of California-San Francsico. The report was released in the CDC’s weekly report. Read the rest of this entry »

Smoking in Top-Grossing Movies — United States, 2010

July 14, 2011

Adolescents with the highest amount of exposure to onscreen smoking are about twice as likely to begin smoking as those with the least exposure. Policies designed to reduce onscreen tobacco use can substantially reduce tobacco incidents in youth-rated movies. The National Cancer Institute has concluded that studies indicate a causal relationship between exposure to depictions of smoking in movies and youth smoking initiation. For the fifth straight year, the number of onscreen tobacco incidents in youth-rated (G, PG, or PG-13) movies continued a downward trend, decreasing 71.6% from 2,093 incidents in 2005 to 595 in 2010. Similarly, the average number of incidents per youth-rated movie decreased 66.2%, from 20.1 in 2005 to 6.8 in 2010. The degree of decline, however, varied substantially by motion picture company. During the same period, three companies with published policies designed to reduce tobacco use in their movies had an average decrease in tobacco incidents of 95.8%, compared with an average decrease of 41.7% among the three major motion picture companies and independent motion picture companies without policies.

Copy of the July 15 MMWR; MMWR Highlights MM6027 eBook

The online version of the journal will be available July 15th after noon (EDT) on the CDC Web site at<