School districts banning e-cigarettes

January 28, 2014

Originally published: January 26, 2014

Photo credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan | This file image shows a woman smoking a Blu electronic cigarette in a studio in Melville. (Sept. 5, 2013)

Photo credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan | This file image shows a woman smoking a Blu electronic cigarette in a studio in Melville. (Sept. 5, 2013)

Long Island school districts are cracking down on electronic cigarettes, adding specific campus bans on the devices to their anti-tobacco policies.

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KXXT’s Men’s Health Segment to Feature Courtney Ward & Ben Palmer

January 27, 2014




Presents Men’s Health Talk Program 

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline



Men’s Health Talk Program


 Project Quit & New Year’s Resolution to Quit Smoking  (2014)
Special Guest & Presenters:
  • Ms. Courtney E. Ward, MPA & Mr. Benjamin Palmer, MPA
  • Dr. Tursha’ Hamilton N.M.D.
  • Dr.  Valentina Koury N.M.D.
  • Fred Taylor, Executive Director of SWPCF

Thursday, January 30,2014


10:00 am – 11:00 am


Radio Station – KXXT 1010 AM

Online – (click left side of menu)

Call-in phone number: 602.296.3632

*Courtney E. Ward, Chief, Office of Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Programs, Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease and Benjamin Palmer, Tobacco Programs Communications Mgr. Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, both work for the Arizona Dept. of Health Services. Both are major players statewide in promoting no smoking programs in Arizona. They will discuss their new campaign called Project Quit and ASHline and other resources available to assist you in saving your own life by STOP SMOKING. The show will also recommend strategies to assist you in developing a New Year’s resolution to achieve the goal of being smoke free in 2014. As the host of this show I stopped smoking cold turkey in 1978, after smoking THREE PACKS A DAY. You can do this and this program will assist you.




 SOUTHWEST PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION Fred Taylor, Executive Director – P.0. BOX                            

12186, Glendale, AZ (602) 547-3806 E-MAIL: /web


Chicago E-Cigarette Ban: Major City Adds E-Cigs To Public Smoking Ban

January 15, 2014

Posted: 01/15/2014

chicago e-cigarette indoor smoking
 Get ready to take that habit outside, e-cigarette smokers.

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday moved to ban the smoking of e-cigarettes in most indoor public spaces — including restaurants and bars — in addition to anywhere within 15 feet of a building entrance, just as traditional cigarettes are regulated under the city’s existing indoor smoking ban.

Only four aldermen voted in opposition to the e-cigarette ban, while 45 voted in favor of the proposal backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Voting against the ban were Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th), Rey Colon (35th), Nicholas Sposato (36th) and Brendan Rellly (42nd). Reilly was particularly vocal in his opposition to the proposal ahead of the vote.On Monday, the City Council’s Health and Finance Committees voted overwhelmingly — 15-5 — in support of the proposal, which also requires e-cigarettes be sold only behind the counter at stores.

While critics of the ban say e-cigarettes are harmless to bystanders and argue the change will make it more difficult for smokers who use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking traditional cigarettes, others in support of the ban say it will dissuade more people from picking up smoking in the first place.

New York City previously added e-cigarettes to their public smoking banlast month, while Los Angeles has also moved to regulate the battery-powered cigarettes and similar “vaping” devicesjust as they do traditional cigarettes. Just north of the city, Evanston passed a similar ordinance last year, NBC Chicago notes.

A new Illinois law that went into effect on Jan. 1 already bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

E-cigarette bans, meanwhile, have also been a topic of consideration for college campuses nationwide as of late and a group of U.S. senators has blasted the “glamorization” of smoking e-cigarettes during Sunday’s Golden Globes broadcast.

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Project Quit Media

January 15, 2014

New York Tobacco Education Task Force Recommendation is Accepted by US Medical Licensing Board

January 15, 2014

November 26, 2013

Contact: Susan Lennon, TTS POW’R Cessation Center/American Lung Association
of the Northeast
Phone: 914-407-2307
Cell: 914-805-9379
or Patricia Folan, MS, RN, DNP North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control
Phone: (516) 466-1980


More tobacco dependence and treatment content to be on physician exams in 2014

ALBANY, NY- A Tobacco Education Task Force in New York State has received approval from the United States Medical Licensing Board (USLME) for more comprehensive tobacco dependence and treatment content to be included in future physician examinations beginning in 2014. This change in content will result in physicians entering medical practice better educated in the evidence-based methods of treating tobacco use and dependence and more confident utilizing the recommended method of helping their patients quit smoking.

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Arizonans Concerned About Smoking Announce Health Leadership Award Inductees

January 15, 2014

Arizonans Concerned About Smoking (ACAS) Press Release: January 13, 2014

Media Contact: Philip Carpenter, (602) 751-0190 or Dr. Leland L. Fairbanks, (602) 316-1419.

We are pleased to announce Health Leadership Award Inductees for our 5th Annual ACAS Health

Leadership Award Ceremony on Saturday, February 15th, 2014, starting at 10:30AM at Porter Plaza:
525 W Southern Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210. These awards are presented to Individuals, Companies and
Institutions of Higher Learning for their Tobacco Control efforts. This Ceremony will be

The General Public is Welcomed at no charge, but to help us plan, please call Telephone (480) 733-
5864, and leave a message as to how many are in your party for attending on Saturday, 02/15/14.
Please call with your reservations by Tuesday, 02/11/14.

Name and Reason for Recognition

 Advanced Surgical Associates –  Smoke-Free Campus since 2008

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies –  Tobacco-Free Campus since 07/01/13

Brenda Serna –  Commitment to Arizona Smoke-Free Living (ASFL) Project

Talyah Sands –  Commitment to Arizona Smoke-Free Living (ASFL) Project

Connie Diaz –  Commitment to Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (AshLine)

Mesa Community College (MCC) –  ‘Peervention’ Volunteers Life Long Volunteers for  ‘Peervention’ on 100% Tobacco-Free Campus (including no e-cigarettes) since 07/01/12

American Legion Post #39 –  Gilbert Indoor Smoking Ban Policy since 09/15/13 Post #39 Merrill-Mitchell 206 N Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234 (480) 892-7038 Comment: Providing Color Guard at Ceremony

American Legion Post #11 Douglas Indoor Smoking Ban Policy since 01/01/13 Post #11 FRED – HILLBURN Douglas 1325 North G Avenue Douglas, AZ 85608 (520) 364-5171

CarMax, Inc. –  Nation-wide Tobacco-Free Campus Policy (including no e- cigarettes) since 03/01/13.

University of California (UC) –  System-wide (10 Campuses plus Berkeley Lab and 5 UC Medical Centers) 100% Tobacco-Free Campus policies at all ten UC campuses, Berkeley Lab and 5 UC Medical Centers (including no e-cigarettes) since 01/14

Ohio State University –  100% Tobacco-Free Campus policy (including no e-cigarettes) since 01/14

US Surgeon General’s Office/US Public Health Commissioned Officers Foundation No Tobacco use policy when in uniform on duty as of 01/14.

January 2014 is the 50 Year anniversary of Tobacco Control Progress being celebrated by new U.S.

Surgeon General’s Report to be released this month. This report will feature key historical
achievements of remarkable Tobacco Control progress. This includes more and more total
Tobacco-Free Campuses both indoors and outdoors which has dramatically changed and elevated the
social norm.

The first U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health by Dr. Luther L. Terry, 50 years ago in
January of 1964 overwhelmingly connected tobacco use with causation of devastating preventable
chronic disease and the clear need for remedial action. Despite early resistance from “Big
Tobacco,” ever accelerating Tobacco Control social norm changes are occurring every day. Public
rejection of secondhand smoke pollution harm to others is seen every year by communities passing
new more inclusive public & workplace & multi-unit living options tobacco bans as simply ‘the right
thing to do.”

Regarding the Health Effects of Tobacco Use there have been thirty additional Surgeon General’s
Reports that have been released since 1964. They have produced growing evidence of health effects
from smoking and second-hand smoke (SHS):

o Heart disease
o Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD)
o Cancers
o Pregnancy complications
o Pediatric diseases

Costs of Tobacco Use

· More than 440,000 Americans die every year from smoking.
· Eight million Americans live with at least one serious chronic disease from smoking.
· Cost to U.S. economy is $193 billion a year.
o Nearly $96 billion in direct medical costs.
o Additional $97 billion in lost productivity.

50th Anniversary Surgeon General Report

· In 2014, Surgeon General will release a new report on smoking and health.
· Report will cover three major topics:
o Historical and trend information on tobacco use over last 50 years.
o New findings on health effects of smoking.
o Call to action – how we can end the continuing tobacco use epidemic.

Old traditional U. S. Uniformed Services smoking behavior literally promoted addictive behavior

ultimately resulting in cancer and heart disease, by sanctioning, even promoting highly addictive
tobacco “Cancer Sticks” & smoking, as part of Uniformed Service experience. By contrast very
significant Uniformed Veterans Services American Legion Post indoor smoking bans have been
implemented at American Legion Posts in Gilbert, AZ and Douglas, AZ. Both will be recognized on

The 6,700 U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officer’s have stepped forward nationwide. Their
new policy for role model health promotion, when in their official Uniforms on duty serving our
Country thoroughly rejects the tobacco disease sanctioning of the past & now promotes a healthier
‘Tobacco- Free’ United States Public Health Uniformed Service policy as of January 01, 2014:

No Tobacco use of any kind permitted when in USPHS Commissioned Corps Uniform on duty

Key leaders will be recognized at our ACAS 5th Annual Health Leadership Award Ceremony in Mesa,

AZ. For more information, please visit
We look forward to seeing you at Porter Plaza on February 15th, 2014 at 10:30AM

Please RSVP at (480) 733-5864 by leaving a message.

Click Here to download the Press release

Study: Tobacco control has saved millions of lives

January 8, 2014
Associated PressTue Jan 7, 2014

CHICAGO — Anti-smoking measures have saved roughly 8 million U.S. lives since a landmark 1964 report linking smoking and disease, a study estimates, yet the nation’s top disease detective says dozens of other countries do a better job on several efforts to cut tobacco use.

The study and comments were published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This week’s issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the surgeon general report credited with raising alarms about the dangers of smoking.

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