July 30, 2012
I am happy to announce that Omar Contreras will be joining the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease as the new Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Manager. Omar has been with the Arizona Department of Health Services since 2010, serving as an epidemiologist. Prior to joining ADHS Omar worked within the field of chronic disease as a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Upon conclusion of the fellowship, Omar knew he wanted to return to Arizona to be close to family, friends, and the community. As Omar shared, “growing up in a diabetic family posed some challenges for me. Not only did I have to understand the science behind diabetes, but also serve as the nexus between my monolingual family and health care providers. It was during my graduate work that my core focus was on chronic disease. I, along a dedicated research team, followed a cohort of diabetic and obese adolescents for two years on the level of adherence for a personalized exercise program, with an ultimate goal of decreasing their risk factors for burden of disease.”
Omar is a native of Tucson, AZ and a “Wildcat at heart!” Please join me is welcoming Omar to the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease and Arizona Diabetes Coalition / Program. His first day will be Monday, August 6th.
Office Chief – Chronic Disease
July 30, 2012
The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is in the process of recruiting individuals to feature in our next national tobacco education campaign. This campaign will be very similar to our highly successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign and enable us to highlight health conditions and population groups that we weren’t able to feature in the first Tips campaign. Like the first Tips campaign, this campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or that were triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke.
As a partner with us in tobacco control, we would very much appreciate it if you would share this request for assistance as well as the enclosed flyer with your partners, members, and/or constituents. Additionally, should you know of any people whom you feel would be good candidates for this campaign, please feel free to forward their contact information to us. As with the first campaign, be assured that anyone you refer to us will be treated with respect and sensitivity.
We are seeking people across all ethnic and racial backgrounds, but particularly candidates who are veterans or American Indian/Alaska Natives—ideally age 55 or younger. All applicants must have been tobacco-free for at least 6 months. We are specifically seeking individuals:
- Who have suffered a heart attack due to exposure to secondhand smoke (age 55 or younger)
- Who have symptomatic COPD, including chronic bronchitis or emphysema (i.e., marked by restriction in activities or home oxygen), due to their own smoking (ages 30 through 50)
- Who have diabetes (either Type I or Type II) and who’ve suffered health problems as a result of their continued smoking; this could include amputation of limbs, kidney failure, vision impairment, or blindness (age 55 or younger)
- Who have had a serious asthma attack triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke (ages 18 through 30)
- Who have used proven strategies to successfully quit smoking (such as setting a quit date, working with their health care provider, removing ashtrays and cigarettes from their environment, or using an approved medication) and have a compelling story to tell about how they quit (age 50 or younger)
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July 24, 2012
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July 19, 2012
Wayne Tormala on Sonoran Living
Wayne Tormala on Arizona Midday
July 9, 2012
By Jim Cross, KTAR
(Photo: Jim Cross/KTAR)
PHOENIX — Rami Sweis with Big Bear Tobacco in Phoenix said a tiny amendment buried in the federal transportation bill signed Friday by the president could leave him no choice but to shut down the roll-your-own machines.
“They’re about $32,000 a piece. I personally have, with my partner, 14 machines that we invested in,” Sweis said.
His business, and about 30 others in Arizona, feature large machines customers can use to create cigarettes from loose tobacco and empty paper tubes purchased in the store.
But the new transportation bill included an amendment that requires such businesses to get manufacturing permits, put health warnings on packages and pay additional taxes on the cigarettes those machines produce. As a result, roll-your-own prices will soar and customers were upset Friday.
“I probably won’t go back to the manufacturers that are pushing this through,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sweis said customers will be forced to purchase cigarettes at convenience stores or other retail outlets at two or three times the price. He will have to lay off workers, he said, but he can stay in business.
“It will most likely shut down the stores that are only established because of the machines.”
Jim Cross, Reporter
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