Some Sad News….

November 28, 2012

We have some sad news to share with all of you. Back in July when Wayne Tormala lost his son Derek unexpectedly, I wrote briefly about how over the past 5 years or so we as a group, BTCD and our partners, have all grown beyond just contractor to something more. We’ve all shared the ups and downs of life together. Through this, I felt it necessary to share some sad news with you all.

I regrettably announce that we have lost one of our own, Suzanne Trezise from the Apache County Health Department. Suzanne lost her battle with cancer on November 16th. Many of you worked with, partnered with and/or at least had met her at various BTCD meetings over the past few years. As with many of you, Suzanne lived and worked in a small community and had a vested interest to better her community. My heart goes out to her family and her friends (many of which are co-workers) and to all the people in Apache County who lost a dedicated advocate for their health and wellbeing.

I asked her fellow colleagues in Apache County, Robin Aguero and Mary Romero, to send me a little more insight into Suzanne’s life and work as they knew her best because she wasn’t just a co-worker, she was also a dear friend. See below:

Suzanne Trezise worked for Apache County’s BTCD for the past three years. She amazed us with her tenacity to move our program forward with our new scope of work last year. She became trained for CDSMP, then went on to become a Master Trainer, and was ever so passionate about what she taught. She was instrumental in getting our CDSMP program going, and the reason we not only had a master trainer, but two staff certified to teach Tomando as well. Suzanne was adored by the school staff and students that she worked with through Tobacco Prevention, and looked up to as a diligent and efficient member of every project she participated in within the community. We will miss her weekly uplifting messages she would send us, and her positive “can do” attitude.

There will be a memorial service for her on December 8th, in Springerville.

Federal Judge Proposes Strong Corrective Statements to Explain the Tobacco Industry’s Decades of Deceit

November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 27, 2012 – U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler today ordered corrective statements that are intended to compensate for the tobacco industry’s long history of misleading the public about the dangers of its products and prevent it from committing similar offenses in the future. Tobacco companies are required to include the statements in national broadcast and print advertisements and on corporate websites and cigarette box inserts.

The following is a statement of John R. Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN):

“In a victory for public health, Judge Kessler today released hard-hitting corrective statements that the tobacco industry must make public to explain its decades of dishonesty and prevent future fraud.

“The corrective statements, which are required to appear in national broadcast and print advertisements and on corporate websites and cigarette box inserts, include phrases such as: ‘Cigarette companies intentionally designed cigarettes with enough nicotine to create and sustain addiction.’ and ‘All cigarettes cause cancer, lung disease, heart attacks, and premature death – lights, low tar, ultra lights, and naturals. There is no safe cigarette.’

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Smoking ‘rots’ brain, says King’s College study

November 28, 2012

Smoking “rots” the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King’s College London.

“These results underline the importance of looking after your cardiovascular health from mid-life” -Dr Simon RidleyAlzheimer’s Research UK

A study of 8,800 people over 50 showed high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to a lesser extent.

Scientists involved said people needed to be aware that lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the body.

Their study was published in the journal Age and Ageing.

Researchers at King’s were investigating links between the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke and the state of the brain.

Data about the health and lifestyle of a group of over-50s was collected and brain tests, such as making participants learn new words or name as many animals as they could in a minute, were also performed.

They were all tested again after four and then eight years.


The results showed that the overall risk of a heart attack or stroke was “significantly associated with cognitive decline” with those at the highest risk showing the greatest decline.

It also said there was a “consistent association” between smoking and lower scores in the tests.

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Applications Being Accepted for Youth Advocates of the Year

November 28, 2012

With the launch of new Kick Butts Day website, applications for Youth Advocate of Year Awards are all online!

The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor top young leaders in the fight against tobacco — individuals who have advocated for tobacco prevention policies, taken on the tobacco industry and its deceptive marketing and helped keep peers tobacco-free. On May 2, 2013, we will honor a National winner, a Military Youth winner, four Regional winners (East, South, Central and West) and a Group Winner.  You can begin your application online now.  

All applications must be submitted by January 31, 2013 at 3pm Arizona Time.

Arizonans marking Great American Smokeout

November 15, 2012

Anyone looking to quit smoking, Thursday is a good day to start.

In Arizona, the Arizona Smokers Help Line is participating in the Great American Smokeout, a nationwide effort to smokers to give up the habit.

“We have a great success rate: over 40 percent,” said Wayne Tormala with the state’s Department of Health Services. “It’s probably the best cessation service in the country. We just think if we can just get more people to call and quit then Arizona will be better off as a state.”

Residents can call ASH Line at (800) 556-6222 and speak to a personal ‘quit’ coach.

“They’ll talk to their coach about reasons for quitting, maybe if they’ve tried before,” said Tormala. “They might even set a quit date that’s somewhere off in the future, like an anniversary or a birthday.”

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Martha Maurer, News Editor