BTCD Announces New Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Manager

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.


Tim Vaske

Office Chief – Chronic Disease

CDC Recruiting for Next National Tobacco Education Campaign

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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Community Health Education Specialist I position open in Mohave County

July 24, 2012

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Budget approved at public hearing

July 23, 2012

By Trisha Maldonado Douglas Dispatch Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

At the city council public hearing, July 11, the fiscal year budget was approved.

Members of the Cochise County Youth Coalition spoke to the Douglas City Council at the July 11 meeting about their various projects. Pictured above are, back row left to right Sara Altamirano, Danielle Echevarria, Jesus “Chuey” Duarte, Sienna Martinez, Jazelyn Lopez and Kimberly Ruiz.Bottom row left to right Claudia Parra, Bobbi Olivas and Carley Duarte. Trisha Maldonado/Douglas Dispatch

The budget for FY 2012/2013 will be $30,108,508. The expected revenues are set at $29,359,506, leaving a difference of $749,002 which will come out of the reserved budget.
Following the public hearing was the regular City Council meeting, which started with people wishing to address the council.
Jesus Duarte of Cochise County Youth Coalition made a brief presentation to mayor and council regarding the Coalition’s past and future events that have centered on healthy relationships, media literacy, and the dangers of all tobacco products. Duarte’s presentation was to bring awareness to the Douglas about the events that are being planned for the upcoming school year.
“We have many good kids in Douglas and it is good to see them focus on the things instead of the bad” Councilman Shelton said about Duarte’s presentation.
Victor Gonzalez from the Douglas Regional Economic Development Corporation (DREDC) provided a presentation regarding current work in progress and completed work in the Douglas area. Gonzalez also provided a brief outline of the Arizona Department of Transportation, Overweight Truck Permit Program and its benefits to the local economy.
“ADOT would share the fees with local government, each permit would cost $75 per crossing, 25 percent would go to both the city and county,” Gonzalez said.
There would projected revenue of $140,000 for Cochise County and the City of Douglas, he added.
Gonzales also added that Fry’s Food and Drug Store does not have any plans to come to Douglas at this time.
The increase of Golf fees was also approved. Golf fees will go up a dollar per passes. Also approved was the usage of golf carts restricted to immediate family. Golf carts are not to be loaned to non-family listed on the golf cart rental storage agreement; trail fees would apply to loaning out of gold carts to non-family members.
The Mayor and Council approved the grant agreement between the City of Douglas and the Arizona Department of Transportation for taxiway overlay through the Airport Pavement management System Program. ADOT will fund 100 percent of the design and 90 percent of the construction cost. The City of Douglas will be responsible for funding ten percent of the project. The total project cost is $292,258.80, the city’s share will be $29,258.80, and this amount has been budgeted in the FY 2012/2013 budget.
The FEMA Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved for review and updated.
Approved was the contract between the City of Douglas and the Arizona Department of Corrections to provide inmate labor for city projects. The City has budgeted $99,000 inmate labor for FY 2012/2013.
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Additional Men’s Health Week Coverage

July 19, 2012


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Valley tobacco shop owners blame Obama for snuffing out business

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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Big Ban on Campus: U.S. Colleges Move to Bar Tobacco

July 2, 2012
Perhaps half of college campuses nationwide are enacting or considering bans on the use, advertising and sales of tobacco
By Associated Press | June 29, 2012 | 14

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Adam Gault / Getty Images

As a political science major at Ohio State University, Ida Seitter says, she lit up many a cigarette to help her through the stress of exam season. Right or wrong, they were her security blanket as she toiled through college.

Seitter, now 26, was old enough by then to make her own decisions, she says. She opposes efforts by policymakers in Ohio, New York, California and other states to impose bans on tobacco use not just in buildings at public colleges, but also anywhere on the campus – even in the open air.

“Just back away from me a little bit. I won’t blow it in your face and I’ll try not to be rude,” Seitter says. “At the same time, I think it’s a little discriminatory for a practice that is considered legal.”

Bans on use, advertising and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered at perhaps half of campuses nationwide, sometimes over the objections of student smokers, staff and

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