April 26, 2012
This is to let you know that we have received approval to fill the vacated position of Office Chief, HIV Prevention. This Grade 23 position will be posted this week.
Both staff and stakeholder input will be a part of the recruitment and review process. This will be a big boost for us all, as it allows for even more focus on programs while elevating our visibility and promoting stronger partner cultivation.
More detailed information can be found on www.azstatejobs.gov
April 26, 2012
We have received approval to fill the Diabetes Program Manager (Grade 22) position. The Diabetes Program Manager will work directly with our partners and other stakeholders on projects that build a strong statewide collaboration while achieving the goals of the diabetes program.
Tim Vaske will be taking the lead on filling the position and will work with both internal and external partners on assessing candidates. More detailed information can be found on www.azstatejobs.gov
April 13, 2012
Suggested Talking Points on State Harm Reduction Proposals
- State elected officials should be working to reduce the death, disease and health care costs caused by tobacco use, not helping tobacco companies to sell more tobacco products and increase their profits. The best ways to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use are to prevent kids from starting to use ANY tobacco products, help current tobacco users to quit and protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke. As the new Surgeon General’s report reminded us, the science is clear about what policies work to achieve these goals: Higher tobacco taxes on all tobacco products, strong smoke-free laws and well-funded tobacco prevention and cessation programs. State officials should be supporting these policies and not allow themselves to be diverted by the unproven approaches advocated by the tobacco industry.
- Smokeless tobacco is harmful to health. The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service have all concluded that smokeless tobacco products as sold in theUnited States are addictive and cause serious disease, including cancer. We should not be sending a message to our children that smokeless tobacco use is acceptable.
- There is no evidence that smokeless tobacco products help smokers quit. The 2008 Update of the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines regarding tobacco cessation concluded, “the use of smokeless tobacco products is not a safe alternative to smoking, nor is there evidence to suggest that it is effective in helping smokers quit.” In fact, many new smokeless tobacco products are being marketed as a way to get a nicotine fix when smokers cannot smoke. Such marketing discourages smokers from taking the one step that is sure to protect their health, which is to quit smoking entirely. Far from reducing the harm from smoking, this kind of marketing perpetuates harm. In addition, a 2009 study found that it was more likely for American smokeless tobacco users to switch to cigarettes than for smokers to switch to smokeless.
- Smokeless tobacco can be a gateway to smoking for kids, and state officials should not be making it easier for tobacco companies to market these products to our kids. Research has shown that adolescent boys who use smokeless tobacco products have a higher risk of becoming smokers within four years. Tobacco companies have a long history of user cherry and other sweet flavors and aggressive marketing campaigns to market smokeless tobacco products to kids. In recent years, tobacco companies have doubled their marketing of smokeless tobacco and introduced an array of new products, some of which look, taste and are packaged like candy (and even dissolve in your mouth like mints). It’s no wonder smokeless tobacco use among high school boys increased by 36 percent between 2003 and 2009.
- Tobacco companies have a long history of making deceptive claims about the health risks of their products, including smokeless tobacco, in order to discourage smokers from quitting and send a message to kids that they can use certain tobacco products without serious risk. Most notoriously, they fraudulently marketed “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes as safer than regular cigarettes despite knowing from their own research that this was not the case. Their goal was to get smokers to switch rather than quit and truly protect their health. In contrast to the proven policies that reduce tobacco use, “harm reduction” as promoted by the tobacco industry has never reduced the number of Americans who die from tobacco use and has frequently led to an increase in tobacco use. State officials should not help tobacco companies to repeat this fraud on the American people.
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April 5, 2012
KVOA Tucson News
Ashline, the Arizona Smokers‘ Helpline, has reported an increase in the number of calls from smokers wanting help to quit their habit.