Maricopa County WIC Teams Help Moms Stop Smoking

August 27, 2013

In addition to assisting mothers with nutrition, breastfeeding and connections to a wide range of social services, the teams at Maricopa County WIC Clinics also help Moms and other caregivers provide healthier and safer environments for their families by referring them to the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine).

Miriam Herrera (pictured here) led the charge last year at the Glendale WIC Clinic, which made more than 130 client referrals to ASHLine, the state’s free smoking cessation service. ASHLine provides telephone and web-based quit services including one-to-one coaching and assistance with nicotine replacement therapies to help thousands of Arizonans quit smoking each year.

Miriam and the Glendale WIC Clinic recently received Maricopa County Office of Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention Awards of Achievement for their outstanding efforts.

Congratulations also go to the teams at Greenfield WIC clinic, which referred more than 120 clients and St. Mary’s WIC Clinic, which referred more than 70 clients.

Gladys Cedillos, community development specialist at the Maricopa County Office of Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention (center), recently presented Glendale WIC Site Supervisor Michele Giovanniello (left), and Miriam Herrera, CNW (right) with awards for referring the most clients to the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine).

Gladys Cedillos, community development specialist at the Maricopa County Office of Tobacco & Chronic Disease Prevention (center), recently presented Glendale WIC Site Supervisor Michele Giovanniello (left), and Miriam Herrera, CNW (right) with awards for referring the most clients to the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine).

Cancer Prevention Study Seeks Participants

August 23, 2013

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join a historic research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.   CPS-3 is a grassroots effort across the country through which you can advance cancer research by participating actively in a historic research study.

Participation is easy and enrollment is being brought to <area> in partnership with <host>.  Once you schedule your appointment, you will receive instructions on how to complete your first, most comprehensive survey online. This survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

Your onsite enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will involve:

·        Completing a short survey packet

·        Signing a consent form

·        Providing a waist circumference measurement

·        Providing a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit).

Enrollment will take place in Tucson and in the Phoenix Metro area over the next several months.

Following enrollment, you will receive mailed surveys at home every few years to update your information. You will also receive annual study newsletters to update you on research results.

Whether or not you are able to enroll, please forward this email to friends, coworkers, and family members in Arizona and encourage them to help advance cancer research by enrolling in CPS-3.  For more information about CPS-3, please visit or email or call toll-free 1.888-604-5888.


Smoking In America Today

August 7, 2013
In this Saturday, March 2, 2013 photo, a cigarette burns in an ashtray in Hayneville, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

In this Saturday, March 2, 2013 photo, a cigarette burns in an ashtray in Hayneville, Ala.
(AP Photo/Dave Martin

On the latest edition of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.  

Nearly 90 million Americans are smokers or former smokers. But the number of adults smoking traditional cigarettes is on the decline. Causes include tax hikes, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma. Tobacco companies and others have taken notice: electronic cigarettes have become a booming business, and new research is being done to drastically lower nicotine levels in regular cigarettes. Many think these new developments could save thousands of lives, while others worry they provide a false sense of security and want the Food and Drug Administration to step in soon with new regulations on nicotine. Diane and her guests discuss the latest trends in smoking in America today.


Dr. Tim McAfee, director of Office of Smoking and Health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mitch Zeller, director of Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Thomas Glynn, director of Cancer Science and Trends for the American Cancer Society.
Michael Felberbaum, reporter for Associated Press.
Craig Weiss, president and CEO of NJOY, makers of electronic cigarettes.
Click Here to Follow the Link where you can listen to the broadcast.

New Study Confirms Smoke-Free Laws Do Not Hurt Business – It’s Time for Every State to Go Smoke-Free

August 6, 2013

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Aug. 1 2013

6420_110727411126_7009882_aWASHINGTON, DC – One of the largest studies to date on the economic impact of smoke-free laws, published today in the scientific journal Preventing Chronic Disease, provides powerful new evidence that such laws do not harm the restaurant and bar industry, even in states with high smoking rates and a history of tobacco growing and manufacturing.

The evidence is clear that smoke-free laws protect workers and customers alike from the proven dangers of secondhand smoke without harming business. It is time for policy makers in every state and community to enact comprehensive smoke-free laws that cover all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, and protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

The new study analyzed economic data from 216 smoke-free cities and counties across nine states – Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. For North Carolina, the study examined the impact of a 2010 statewide smoke-free law that applies to restaurants and bars. The other eight states each have a number of communities with local smoke-free restaurant and/or bar ordinances, but no statewide smoke-free law.

The study found that smoke-free laws did not have an adverse economic impact on restaurants or bars in any of the states studied. In one state, West Virginia, the local smoke-free laws were actually associated with a small INCREASE in restaurant employment.

These findings show that the states involved in the study – and others – have nothing to fear and much to gain from enacting statewide smoke-free laws. While 30 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico now have smoke-free laws that include all restaurants and bars, too many states and communities, especially in the South and Midwest, still fail to provide such protections. It’s no coincidence that these states often have the highest rates of smoking and smoking-related death and disease. America should not be a nation of haves and have-nots when it comes to protecting our right to breathe clean, smoke-free air.

The new study’s findings are consistent with those of other studies, all of which show that smoke-free laws at worst have a neutral impact on the restaurant and bar business and may even have a positive impact. These findings highlight why the public, policy makers and media need to be leery of adverse economic claims made by opponents of smoke-free laws. These claims are discredited time and again by impartial economic data.

There is simply no excuse for failing to enact such laws in every state and community. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer. According to the Surgeon General, secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and respiratory problems, sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks in infants and children. In the U.S., secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As smoke-free laws have swept the country, we’ve seen that they are easily implemented, achieve almost universal compliance and quickly improve air quality and health. States and communities should rest assured that they can protect health without harming business.

The study was conducted by RTI International and supported by the CDC Foundation. It was made possible by a partnership grant from Pfizer Inc. to the CDC Foundation.

Click Here to View the Article at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids website.

Old tobacco playbook gets new use by e-cigarettes

August 6, 2013




By Michael Felberbaum Associated Press Sat Aug 3, 2013.  Featured in Arizona Republic

RICHMOND, Virginia — Companies vying for a stake in the fast-growing electronic cigarette business are reviving the decades-old marketing tactics the tobacco industry used to hook generations of Americans on regular smokes.

They’re using cab-top and bus stop displays, sponsoring race cars and events, and encouraging smokers to “rise from the ashes” and take back their freedom in slick TV commercials featuring celebrities like TV personality Jenny McCarthy.

Tobacco marketing has been increasingly restricted in the United States, with TV commercials for traditional cigarettes banned in 1970. The Food and Drug Administration plans to set marketing and product regulations for electronic cigarettes in the near future.

But for now, almost anything goes.

“Right now it’s the wild, wild west,” Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

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