Arizona underage smoking a problem in rural areas

September 29, 2011

by Jordee Kalk: The Arizona Republic/ 12 News Breaking News Team


A statewide inspection of retail tobacco outlets found that on average,  employees are selling to minors nearly 15 percent of the time, authorities said  Wednesday.

The state Attorney General’s Office released the numbers in a press conference Wednesday.

In Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Navajo and Pinal  counties, the number was 25 percent or higher. In Maricopa and Pima counties, it  was near the state average.

“Even selling to one child is one too many,” Attorney General Tom Horne said,  adding such illegal sales are a more significant problem in rural areas than  urban ones.

For the 2011 fiscal year, inspectors went to just under 2,000 retail tobacco  outlets in Arizona.

The office also released a new TV and radio public service Announcement that warns tobacco retailers of the punishment of  selling to minors, a $300 fine personally issued to employees.

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FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance for Premarket Tobacco Product Applications

September 28, 2011

On Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 the  Food and Drug Administration posted a draft guidance to help persons submitting applications for new tobacco products understand the premarket tobacco product application process. The draft guidance addresses questions such as:

  • Who may submit a new tobacco product application
  • When to submit a new tobacco product application
  • What information the FD&C Act requires you to submit in a new tobacco
    product application
  • What information FDA recommends you submit in a new tobacco product application.

The public comment period will be open for 90-days from the publication in the Federal Register. The draft guidance can be found at:

FDA will hold a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 2pm to 3pm to discuss this new draft guidance.  For questions regarding the draft guidance, contact the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) at 1-877-CTP 1373 or email

MACTUPP Receives AzPHA Hemmy Recognitions and Awards this Year!

September 28, 2011

Maricopa County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MACTUPP) earned several honors at the 2011 AzPHA Hemmy Award Ceremony.  They include:

  • 1st place in the Professional Campaign Category: 
    MACTUPP SLOGO Contest campaign (Lani Gorzen, Bonnie Rine, Denise Mika)
  • 2nd place in the Professional Development Category:       MACTUPP Community Trainings (Joanna Newton)
  • Honorable Mention in the Professional Campaign Category:  MACTUPP’s  UMOM Great American Smoke-out Event (GASO)
    campaign (Joanna Newton, Sue Bergquist, Tami Freed)

MACTUPP Hemmy Award Winners: (From L-R: Denise Mika, Teresa Aseret-Manygoats, David Dube, Bonnie Rine, Dr. Bob England, Tami Freed, Lee Connelly and Laurie Thomas)

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Launches New Initiative Aimed to Prevent 1 million Heart Attacks and Strokes in Five Years

September 21, 2011

Million Hearts is a public/private sector initiative that focuses on improving aspirin use, blood pressure, cholesterol control and tobacco prevention

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with several key initial partners, today launched Million Hearts, an initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Currently, cardiovascular disease costs $444 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity in Americans. Building on work already underway thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Million Hearts will help improve Americans’ health and increase productivity.

Million Hearts is focused on two goals:

  • Empowering Americans to make healthy choices such as preventing tobacco use and reducing sodium and trans fat consumption. This can reduce the number of people who need medical treatment such as blood pressure or cholesterol medications to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Improving care for people who do need treatment by encouraging a targeted focus on the “ABCS” – Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation – which address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

“Heart disease causes 1 of every 3 American deaths and constitutes 17-percent of overall national health spending,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “By enlisting partners from across the health sector, Million Hearts will create a national focus on combating heart disease.”

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American Journal of Psychiatry Editorial Highlights Complex Relationship Between Depression, Heart Disease and Smoking

September 14, 2011

 Stephen A. Schroeder, M.D., of the University of California- San Francisco Division of General Internal Medicine, in an editorial published in the American Journal of Psychiatry’s September edition, discusses the complex relationship between depression, coronary disease and smoking.   He also points out the unique opportunities this connection affords psychiatrists to help their patients overall and future well-being.

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