AZ Better than Other States at Stopping Smokers

May 31, 2012

Story By Andrea Kelly- Arizona Public Media
May 31, 2012

The World Health Organization has proclaimed Thursday “World No Tobacco Day,” in an attempt to reduce tobacco use.

Arizona officials say a state program helps thousands of people quit each year, at a higher rate of use than in other states.

Less than 1 percent of people trying to quit smoking nationwide call quit lines to get help. But 6 percent of Arizona smokers called the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline, also known by its acronym ASHLine, last year.

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On 5 year Anniversary of Smokefree AZ Act… Panel Looks Back, Discusses Impact on KAET Arizona Horizon

May 31, 2012

Wayne Tormala talks 5 Year Anniversary of Smokefree AZ Act on KJZZ

May 31, 2012

Kick the Habit for World No Tobacco Day –

May 31, 2012

Phoenix Women’s Health Examiner

If you’ve been thinking of kicking a tobacco habit, this week you have the whole world on your side.

The World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day each May 31. “The World Health Assembly created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and its lethal effects,” the organization’s Web site says.

Tobacco use is the second cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing about one in 10 adults worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

This year, No Tobacco Day is celebrated at the same time as the fifth anniversary of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act. The act was approved by voters, making it illegal to smoke in most public places in Arizona. The Maricopa Community College system is now following suit, banning smoking everywhere on its 10 campuses around the Phoenix area beginning July 1.

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5th Anniversary of Smokefree Arizona Act: A Success Story – World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2012

For Immediate Release

May 24, 2012

Contact: Laurie Thomas,, (480) 540-6050

This year, “World No Tobacco Day”, – celebrated May 31 – will be a date of special significance for Arizonans. It helps mark the five-year anniversary of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act, a landmark voter initiative that prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places.


What: News Conference- Speak to the sponsors of the original Smoke-Free Act bill

Who: TRUST Commission members – Bill Pfeifer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Southwest; Sharlene Bozack, Chief Government Relations Officer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN); Matt Madonna, TRUST Commissioner; and Harmony Duport, Office of Inspection and Compliance Chief at Arizona of Health Services, discuss the landmark law passed five years ago that prohibited smoking in most enclosed public places in Arizona

When: World No Tobacco Day

Thursday, May 31

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Arizona Department of Health Services

150 N. 18th Avenue, Room 345A

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Within the past five years, Arizona has been a national leader in reducing tobacco use. In fact since the Act became effective in 2007, an estimated 230,000 Arizonans have quit using tobacco. We’ve seen almost a 25 percent drop in smoking. Moreover, a 2010 statewide survey showed that more than 80 percent of Arizonans and 70 percent of business owners appreciate smoke-free laws.

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‘World No Tobacco Day’ Set for Thursday 5th Anniversary of Smoke Free Arizona Act Shows Less Smokers Now

May 30, 2012

STAFF REPORTS Today’s News-Herald Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:59 AM MST

Arizona Department of Health Services recently announced “World No Tobacco Day” is celebrated Thursday and will mark the 5-year anniversary of the Smoke-Free Arizona Act, which is a voter initiative that prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places.

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ADHS Job opportunity- Epidemiologist II (2 openings)

May 10, 2012

The bureau is currently hiring for 2 epidemiologists.  Read below for an overview  of the position and Click Here for more detailed information about the position.  Apply online at



The Position:  Is responsible for managing, designing and conducting epidemiological studies for the Bureau.  Conducts research, statistical analysis, program evaluation, and epidemiology related to tobacco and chronic disease.  Plans, conducts and publishes results for all research and evaluation activities in each of the Bureau Programs and contributes to reports, publications and data analysis for department-wide initiatives.  Identifies population-based disease burden and risk factor surveillance trends and characteristics; prepares summary reports that include recommendations for prevention and control of chronic diseases.  Consults with local, state, and federal health departments, private organizations and community groups to gather and provide relevant data. Develops reports that impact policy decisions.  Leads the Bureau in evaluation, data analysis, surveillance and other assessment activities.  Directs extensive and complex evaluation efforts including evaluation of social marketing activities, policy change at the community and statewide levels, and outcomes for individual client education programs.  Maintains a close, direct confidential working relationship with the Director of Research and Evaluation in matters of policy.  Conducts joint evaluation and research activities with academic researchers, high-level professional experts from Federal and State agencies, and research and evaluation professionals from private foundations and national voluntary agencies.  Other duties as requested.