Coconino County aims to put more teeth in ban on e-cigarettes in public places

April 18, 2014
Coconino County’s ordinance:

• Enacted in 2011

• A proposed update would expand the definition of e-cigarettes to include hookah pens and other devices.

• Individuals may be fined up to $50.

• Businesses with multiple violations can be fined up to $500.

FLAGSTAFF – Chris Azimi lounges on a park bench in Heritage Square, taking a puff from a white and green stick. It looks like a cigarette, but rather than burning tobacco it emits an odorless vapor laced with nicotine.

Thanks to e-cigarettes, Azimi, a Northern Arizona University student, has been tobacco-free for two months, the longest he’s ever gone in his many attempts to quit smoking.

“Even though it’s not healthy, it’s still healthier in my opinion than regular cigarettes,” he said.

But if he smoked his e-cigarette on a park bench outside of Flagstaff, he could face a fine of up to $50.

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New York Bureau of Tobacco Control Releases Fact Sheets on the Surgeon General’s Report

April 18, 2014

Below Find Seven Fact Sheets on different topics from the Surgeon General’s Report that provice good information and talking points.

SGR Report: Lung Disease

SGR Report: Cardiovascular Disease

SGR Report: Disease in Almost Every organ of the body

SGR Report: Tobacco Marketing

SGR Report: Tobacco Industry Tactics

SGR Report: Nicotine

SGR Report: Secondhand Smoke

Great Fact Sheet on Why E-Cigarettes should be Included on Tobacco-Free Policies

April 15, 2014

From Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy:

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Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Family Health Talk Show Thurs. April 10th

April 8, 2014

SWPCFRadioShow 02 2014(120)_Page_1Click on on the flyer to get the pdf.

Video: ACAS Health Leadership Award Ceremony.

April 8, 2014


Coconino County added electronic cigarettes to existing smoking ban

April 8, 2014

It’s not smoke, but that doesn’t mean vaporizing is safe.

That’s the message coming from the Coconino County Public Health Services District.

Electronic cigarettes are soaring in popularity, doubling in use each year since 2008. Patrons smoke them in downtown bars and coffee shops. And as more people take up the habit, an increasing number of workplaces and public institutions have already banned e-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.

In 2011, the Board of Supervisors added electronic cigarettes to their existing smoking ban in unincorporated Coconino County.

But that message hasn’t gotten out everywhere.

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2015 CDC Tips Campaign Recruitment

April 8, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting additional candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers (Tips). Similar to previous campaigns seen here, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health problems will be featured. We are conducting a national search to find people with compelling stories who are willing to participate in our campaign.

I am writing to ask for your assistance to help identify individuals who fit our recruitment criteria (listed below) and who may be interested in participating in the Tips campaign. A representative from Mimi Webb Miller Casting will be contacting you soon on behalf of CDC. We hope you will be willing to share any referrals you might have. You can be assured that we will treat all applicants with dignity, respect, and sensitivity.

We are seeking people from all backgrounds, and are particularly looking for candidates who are of Asian descent. All applicants must be tobacco-free for at least 6 months.

We are looking for ex-smokers who:


  • Have or have had colorectal cancer that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 30–65).
  • Have or have had macular degeneration that was linked to cigarette smoking (ages 40–65).
  • Used cigars with cigarettes orused cigarillos or little cigars with or without cigarettes, thinking cigars, cigarillos and little cigars were healthier than cigarettes and developed a serious health condition while smoking (ages 20-60).
  • Used e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco for at least a year while continuing to smoke some cigarettes; and
  • Thought using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to cut back on some cigarettes would be good for your health; and
  • Despite cutting back, you were later diagnosed with a serious health condition.


All individuals should be comfortable sharing their story publicly and be able to articulate how their smoking-related condition has changed their life. The association between smoking and their condition must be clear, and candidates’ physicians will be contacted to verify that smoking contributed to the condition.

We are asking you to help distribute this flyer. Please feel free to email it to anyone who might be willing to help CDC recruit for this campaign. The flyer can be posted in public areas or shared with anyone who may know people who fit the criteria above.

If you have questions, please send them to our CDC representative, Crystal Bruce,  Please put “Recruitment Question” in the subject line.



Timothy McAfee, MD, MPH

Director, Office on Smoking and Health

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion