National Report: Arizona Ranks 14th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

November 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Arizona ranks 14th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations

Arizona currently spends $18 million a year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is 26.4 percent of the $68.1 million recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other key findings for Arizona include:

  • Arizona this year will collect $443 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend just 4.1 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs. This means Arizona is spending less than 5 cents of every dollar in tobacco revenue to fight tobacco use.
  • The tobacco companies spend $119.3 million a year to market their products in Arizona. This is 6 times what the state spends on tobacco prevention.

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Tobacco Limits in Major League Baseball Contract a Victory for Players and Kids’ Health

November 23, 2011


MLB and players’ union take historic first steps to get tobacco out of the ballgame

Nov. 22 2011

Statement of the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park Coalition

Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2011) — The limits on smokeless tobacco use included in the new Major League Baseball (MLB) contract represent an historic first step to protect the health of big-league players and millions of young fans who look up to them.

Under the agreement that MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association have announced, big-league players, managers and coaches will no longer be able to carry a tobacco tin or package in their uniforms at games, or any time that fans are in the ballpark. They will be prohibited from using smokeless tobacco during televised interviews, at autograph signings and other events where they meet fans, or at team-sponsored appearances. The restrictions will become effective in the five-year contract to take effect in 2012; violators are subject to discipline.

We continue to support a complete prohibition on tobacco use at games and on camera. Still, this is significant progress. Baseball players have been using tobacco since the earliest days of the game. This agreement marks the first time that the league and the players have recognized it is time to break this unhealthy addiction.

We urge individual players to go further than the agreement, and completely eliminate their use of smokeless tobacco at games.

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UMOM draws hundreds to its GASO Event

November 22, 2011

Kim Williams, Kami Hobbs and Melissa Milam stand before the cigarette butts they collected as part of UMOM's GASO event


145,000 cigarette butts were collected as part of the GASO event. That's $43,500 worth of cigarettes!

Tim Vaske on Horizon Discussing Diabetes

November 22, 2011

Tim Vaske, the Office Chief for Chronic Disease Programs at the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, was a guest on KAET's Horizon program, discussing Diabetes in Arizona.

Havasu Regional Medical Center Goes Smoke Free as Part of GASO

November 21, 2011

Havasu Regional Kicks the Habit

November 7, 2011 -HavasuRegionalMedicalCenterwill be tobacco free beginning November 17, 2011, the date of the Great American Smoke Out.  As of that date, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted inside or outside on hospital property. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside ofHavasuRegionalMedicalCenterwhere employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.

“We have been evaluating this tobacco free initiative for the past several years,” stated hospital CEO, Sandy Podley.  “We discussed our plans with our Board of Trustees and the Medical Executive Committee and these groups unanimously endorsed this direction for the hospital.  Its time for us to join the other hospitals across the nation who have become smoke and tobacco free.”

“With that in mind, I am pleased to announce we have made the decision to implement this change effective November 17th, to coincide with the Great American Smoke Out date” Podley continued.  “While all of our buildings are currently smoke-free, the anticipated change will make the entire campus tobacco-free, both inside and outside.”

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