Voting is Now Open for Art of Resistance Contest

May 22, 2013

As part of our ‘Slice of Life’ initiatives that work in concert with STAND, we launched an art contest called the ‘Art of Resistance’ earlier this month.

Three workshops in Peoria, Yuma and Kingman were given by anti-tobacco artist Albert Ortiz. Mr. Ortiz shared what influenced his artistic direction through the injustices of the tobacco company mixed with pop culture. This mix has created memorable works of art featured at past National Conferences on Tobacco or Health in Phoenix and Kansas City respectively.

In conjunction with Mr. Ortiz’s workshops, STAND launched an art contest that took a 21st century approach to what Mr. Ortiz had done. The submissions are online at:

Please visit this link, view/vote and then pass it to your youth or anyone else who may be interested. The artwork presented was done by high school age students. The deadline for voting is May 26th. You can vote once per day. The finalists will be showcased at the STAND Summer Conference.

Arizona stays among the nation’s leaders in limiting exposure to secondhand smoke!

May 21, 2013

In the recently published report of the 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey, Arizona is listed as 6th in the nation for smoke-free homes (86% of the population reporting having 100% smoke-free homes).  Even more impressive, Arizona is listed as #3 in the nation for smoke-free vehicles, with 83% of the population reporting having 100% smoke-free vehicles.  With over 10% of tobacco-related disease and death attributed to exposure to secondhand smoke, these findings are promising, but will only serve to increase our commitment to embark on new ways of eliminating the effects of tobacco on both consumers and those who are exposed to secondhand or even thirdhand smoke.

click here to view the report on CDC’s website.

STAND goes to Fairfax High in Laveen to show Effects of Smoking

May 14, 2013

How does smoking age you? Students at Betty Fairfax High School in Laveen, AZ saw the effects up close and personal on their classmates! Channel 12 was there, and it was broadcast on the news. Watch the video here:


Chronic Disease Webinar

May 9, 2013


Community Health Workers Tackling Chronic Diseases:
Success Factors and Challenges

May 22, 2013
9:00 am – 10:30 am Eastern Standard Time
Register Now!

*Certificate of Attendance Available!


Chronic diseases impact entire communities and nations, costing millions of dollars in lost productivity and care, especially in developing countries. To respond to this global challenge, the UnitedHealth and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Collaborating Centers of Excellence conduct research to assess the benefits of engaging Community Health Workers (CHWs) to implement a range of interventions to prevent and control chronic diseases like heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. Join leaders of the Centers of Excellence, the Open University (UK), and C3 Collaborating for Health as they discuss the successes and challenges around implementing CHW interventions in Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Central America, South Africa, and the United States. There will be time for questions and answers, and a certificate of attendance will be available!

 Register for the webinar

For more information visit the
NHLBI Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative
Web site

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cosponsored by the UnitedHealth and NHLBI Collaborating Centers of Excellence
and C3 Collaborating for Health

Hookah smoking delivers carcinogens and carbon monoxide

May 6, 2013

Along with nicotine, user gets toxic substances from water pipes

By Nathan Seppa
Web edition: April 26, 2013

The tobacco and fruit mixture smoked in public hookah bars might be considerably more dangerous than its pleasant scent would suggest. An analysis of people who smoked from water pipes three times a day finds that the pipes deliver more carbon monoxide and benzene, a carcinogen, than does smoking half a pack of cigarettes daily.

In an upcoming issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers document those and several other cancer-causing compounds that showed up in urine tests of the water-pipe smokers. The research calls into question a common assumption: that hookahs are safe. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Compliance Program to Merge With BTCD on July 1

May 3, 2013

We are excited to announce the merging of the FDA Tobacco Compliance Program into the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, effective July 1, 2013!

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) became effective on June 22, 2009. The Tobacco Control Act gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.

As a result, the FDA contracted with several states, including Arizona, to conduct Undercover Buy and Advertising and Labeling inspections at tobacco retailers throughout the State. The purpose of the inspections is to monitor compliance with regulations of the Tobacco Control Act, including the flavored cigarette ban, age and access limitations, and promotion and advertising restrictions. Read the rest of this entry »