Kingman Photo: Honoring cleanup efforts

May 20, 2014

61378aKINGMAN – The Kingman Clean City Commission honored several local groups with Community Challenge Awards. The six groups have participated in or organized community clean-ups, beautification projects, and tree planting projects. Here, members of the Cerbat Garden Club, Mohave County Juvenile Probation, KYC BUTT, Kingman Mohave Leo Club, Mohave Sharp Shooters 4-H Club and Stockton Hill Herd 4-H Club stand inside the City Council chambers Thursday.

Study of third hand nicotine from e-cigarette exposure wins top NIH Addiction Science Award

May 16, 2014

Other honors awarded to project using theoretical model of GABA(A) receptor to screen potential medications; study exploring cognitive control in multitaskers

An exploration of third hand nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes was given the top Addiction Science Award at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Friends of NIDA, a coalition that supports NIDA’s mission. The Intel ISEF Addiction Science Awards were presented at a ceremony Thursday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

First place winner of 2014 Addiction Science Award
(l-r): Judges and NIDA grantees Dr. Keith Heinzerling and Dr. Mitchell Wong, UCLA; winner Lily Wei Lee; Judge and NIDA grantee Dr. Bridget Freisthler, UCLA; and NIDA’s Dr. Sheri Grabus

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Tribal Outreach

May 16, 2014

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, FDA will host a Tribal Consultation via webinar from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT to discuss FDA’s proposed deeming rule. A letter and fact sheet were sent to Tribes (attached). Please share with any Tribes within your state boundaries to ensure that they have received the information. NOTE: This webinar is for Tribes only.

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Special Announcement from Wayne Tormala

May 16, 2014



I have exciting news to share on the ASHLine front!


The University of Arizona’s Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (COPH), which houses the ASHLine, is launching a major initiative that signals a re-organization and shift in strategic direction.  As a core component in their commitment to promote disease prevention and achieve a high level of public health impact, the leadership of COPH is moving the ASHLine to be an integral part of the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (CRCPHP).  Tobacco cessation will remain as the core of the ASHLine mission, with the overall reach of the Center expanding into a comprehensive chronic disease management/prevention plan. In consort with the strategic directions of the ADHS Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, and in collaboration with nationally renowned experts in tobacco cessation and chronic disease management, the ASHLine and CRCPHP will continue moving towards public-private partnerships that will place an even greater emphasis on improving the health of all Arizona populations.


As you may have heard, this re-organization includes significant structural changes at the ASHLine, including a change in leadership and a new location whereby ASHLine will co-exist with other programs of CRCPHP.   I will be assisting in the re-organization efforts and strategic directions, and will provide periodic updates as they materialize.  In the meantime, please be assured that there will be no disruption in service in this core component of our common cause to reduce tobacco use in Arizona.


A special thanks goes to the COPH faculty in both Tucson and Phoenix, and in particular Dean Iman Hakim, Dr. John Ehiri and Dr. Cecilia Rosales for their strong leadership in forging ahead in the development of CRCPHP in manner that will integrate the work of ASHLine and amplify the collective efforts of both ADHS and our many partners and stakeholders across the state.


Thank you.





Wayne Tormala, Chief

Arizona Department of Health Services

Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease

150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 310

Phoenix, Arizona  85007-2602


May 16, 2014

On April 17, 2013, Canal+ (France’s equivalent of HBO) released a new tobacco documentary titled Big Tobacco, Young Targets. The film premiered in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. It was directed by Paul Moreira, an award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Paris, France. He has directed several investigative documentaries in conflict zones, including Iraq, Burma, Afghanistan, Israel, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia. He is a former smoker and, like most of us, considers the fight against Big Tobacco a war.



“The people who work in the company forget they are selling tobacco, and think they are selling a product like corn flakes or green beans. The people that work at British American Tobacco between 30 and 40 years of age all have kids. I don’t know one of them who has asked their kids to smoke. On the contrary, everyone has the same moral stance, yet for everyone, it’s as though they leave it at the door and pick it up again in the evening. You can’t do your job otherwise.”

– BAT Executive, Big Tobacco, Young Targets 2013

  • British American Tobacco (BAT) executives discuss targeting youth across the globe utilizing tobacco sponsored events and YouTube.
  • Screenwriter and director, Jean Louis Milesi, discusses tobacco placement and tobacco industry involvement with the motion picture industry.
  • Paul Moreira and his crew are threatened by tobacco industry security while filming at a tobacco industry trade convention.
  • Parents of a 4-year old boy with a pack-a-day cigarette smoking habit discuss tobacco marketing and youth access to tobacco in Indonesia.
  • While in final stages of lung cancer, dying patients send a message to youth.
  • La Tanisha C. Wright, Former Marketing Manager, discusses her involvement with Brown & Williamson Tobacco (a subsidiary of BAT). Afterwards, she takes Mr. Moreira on a tobacco retail market visit through an Atlanta neighborhood known as “The Bluff”.
    • As mentioned during many Follow the Signs workshops, “The Bluff” is a “focus” neighborhood that has been on the federal red zone for crime for the past twenty years. It is heavily burdened with tobacco industry signs and displays. While filming on the afternoon of January 7, 2013, gunfire erupted outside of a Family Dollar and a corner store. Although not featured in the documentary, the police tape can be seen in one of the scenes. (To learn more about “The Bluff” view “Snow on the Bluff” – a docudrama featured on Netflix.)


Watch it here

Or click here to stream or download Big Tobacco, Young Targets

May 6, 2014
By KAREN KAPLAN, Los Angeles Times
With e-cigarettes, “I see the industry getting another generation of our kids addicted,” @DrFriedenCDC says.

Of all the threats to Americans’ health — a list that includes bird flu, measles and West Nile virus — few get Dr. Tom Frieden as riled up as electronic cigarettes.

As director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Frieden has a ready-made platform for spreading his views about the dangers of vaping. During a visit to the Los Angeles Times on Monday, we asked him why he is so passionate about e-cigarettes.

“I’ve treated so many adults who are desperate — desperate — to get off tobacco. They all started as kids,” Frieden said. “I see the industry getting another generation of our kids addicted. To me, as a physician, when 1.78 million of our high school kids have tried an e-cigarette and a lot of them are using them regularly … that’s like watching someone harm hundreds of thousands of children.”

In addition, he said, “people have a misconception that the tobacco epidemic is a thing of the past. Tobacco still kills more Americans than any other cause. It still kills more than 1,000 people a day. As a doctor, I can tell you it kills them in really unpleasant ways — gasping for breath with emphysema, with cancer, with heart disease.”

What does that have to do with e-cigarettes?

“E-cigarettes are a tobacco product,” he said.

Actually, the battery-operated devices do not burn tobacco. Instead, as my colleague Monte Morin reported, they “heat nicotine, propylene glycol and glycerin into a vapor, which is inhaled by the user.”

[Updated at 5:46 p.m. PDT April 29: The nicotine burned in an e-cigarette may be extracted from a tobacco plant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.]

Still, Frieden rattled off five reasons why e-cigarettes are as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes:

–“If they get another generation of kids more hooked on nicotine and more likely to smoke cigarettes, that’s more harm than good,” he said.

–“If they get smokers who would have quit to keep smoking instead of quitting, more harm than good.

–“If they get ex-smokers who have been off nicotine to go back on nicotine and then back to cigarettes, more harm than good.

–“If they get people who want to quit smoking and would have taken medicines to think e-cigarettes are going to help, but they don’t, more harm than good.

–“If they re-glamorize smoking, it’s more harm than good.”

Frieden acknowledged that “stick to stick, they’re almost certainly less toxic than cigarettes” and that many people have quit smoking tobacco cigarettes with the help of e-cigarettes. However, he said, “the plural of anecdote is not data.”

“If the e-cigarette companies want to market these to help people quit, then do the clinical trials and apply to the FDA,” he said, in a reference to the Food and Drug Administration. “But they don’t want to do that. They want to market them widely.”

Just last week, the FDA announced it would begin regulating electronic cigarettes by forbidding sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to include health warnings on the devices. Frieden called those moves “a good first step.”

“The challenge that the FDA has is that they will be challenged by the tobacco industry, as they have been at every step of the way,” he said. The federal agency “tried to regulate e-cigarettes earlier, and they lost to the tobacco industry. … So the FDA has to balance moving quickly with moving in a way that’s going to be able to survive the tobacco industry’s highly paid legal challenge.”

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Job Opening: Director, Center for the Advancement of Wellness

May 6, 2014

Job Family Descriptor: Regional Health Consultant (Director, Center for the Advancement of

PIN #: 34000779
Location: Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Travel Required
A Personnel Transaction Freeze Exception Request will be obtained if needed to comply with Governor
Mary Fallin’s Second Amended Executive Order 2011-11 issued April 19, 2012, prior to a job offer
being extended for this position. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United
States without visa sponsorship.

The bi-weekly hiring rate established for this position is $3,533.50.

Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, this position will oversee the
Center for the Advancement of Wellness.

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