New Report: Helping Smokers Quit 2014

July 23, 2014

The American Lung Association is pleased to announce the release of its 6th Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014 report. The report provides an overview of tobacco cessation coverage in Medicaid, state employee health insurance and other private insurance. It also discusses recent changes in the healthcare system, specifically Affordable Care Act requirements and puts tobacco cessation coverage in the context of the changing landscape of healthcare. The report shows how far the United States has come in helping smokers quit and how much still needs to be done to help smokers quit. As in previous years, the report includes appendices with state-specific data.


Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage is a resource to focus media and policymakers’ attention on cessation coverage policy. The report can be downloaded here. Additionally, you will find our press release (also copied below) and other helpful materials at In particular, check out our new 2-pager on tobacco cessation coverage requirements before and after the Affordable Care Act.


Please feel free to forward this email to partners or other contacts. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Singleterry ( or Anne DiGiulio (


Thank you,

Jennifer Singleterry

Click Here to download the report


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American Lung Association Report Says Affordable Care Act Offers Landmark Opportunities to Save Lives, Money by Helping Smokers Quit

Policymakers, insurance plans and employers must now act to provide tools and treatments smokers need to quit
WASHINGTON (July 22, 2014) – With more than 8 million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives–and public dollars—by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to help smokers quit, according to the American Lung Association’s “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014” report. Released today, the annual report notes that many lives and billions of state and federal dollars–including over $800 million in Medicaid spending–could be saved by ensuring that coverage under the ACA comprehensively helps smokers end their nicotine addiction. Read the rest of this entry »

Special SAMHSA In-Service Now Available Online

July 23, 2014



This in-service was recorded on May 15 at SAMHSA.  The special 1-hour seminar reviews the unique world that today’s teens live in, with influences such as culture, technology, social media, and life experiences, including unfortunate traumatic events.  Behavior change messages and programming need to take all of these elements into account.

Presented by Jeff Jordan, President and Executive Creative Director of Rescue Social Change Group, this presentation will challenge the way you think about targeting messages and programming – for addressing substance use such as underage drinking or tobacco use, mental health promotion initiatives, or suicide prevention programs for youth and young adults.

Based on findings from over 100 studies with teens, young adults, adults, and LGBT and other special populations from across the country, Jeff presents insights about targeting messages to peer crowds, what has been successful and why.

STAND students meet with councilman

July 22, 2014

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STAND students from Trevor G. Browne High School met with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on July 15 to discuss their proposal for a smoke-free policy at El Oso Park, which borders their campus. They shared what they’ve learned about tobacco control and showed-off the bags of cigarette butts they collected during clean-ups of El Oso Park. Councilman Valenzuela offered his support to recruit more students to their coalition and spread the word about the work they’re doing in the community. Pictured left to right: Keith Walker, Jo Ann Brown, Bithia Ratnasamy, Jessely Enriquez, Valeria Aguilera, Daniella Maldonado, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Diana Alvarez, Vania Guevara, and Kelly Dalton.

E-Cigarettes Webinar: Local Options in Light of Federal Action

July 21, 2014

Date: 7/22/14
Time: 12:00pm

Link to webinar

E-cigarette use has exploded in the last few years, yet public health regulation has not kept pace. During this webinar, experts from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, and the American Lung Association will explain how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to regulate e-cigarettes and will describe local policy options to address the skyrocketing use and related public health impact of this emerging product.

University of Arizona to start fall semester as smoke, tobacco-free campus

July 17, 2014

Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:45 PM Updated: Jul 16, 2014 6:15 PM

By Jackie Kent

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –

A letter sent to University of Arizona students and staff spells out a big change in campus policy for the upcoming school year.

The U of A will be smoke and tobacco-free as of August 15, before the fall semester starts, officials confirmed on July 16.

“The University’s new ‘Smoking and Tobacco Policy’ is designed to promote the health and wellness of all members of the University community, including visitors to campus, and it will prohibit the use of tobacco- and nicotine-containing products on property owned or controlled by the UA,” Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Melissa Vito wrote in the letter. “We spent the last academic year collecting feedback from students and employees, and we are in the final weeks of accepting comments from the general public.”

The new policy will prohibit the use of nicotine and tobacco products on all UA-owned property, including the main campus, the Arizona Health Sciences Center, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, UA South, satellite campuses, in university vehicles or any UA-leased property.

The prohibited forms of tobacco or nicotine include pipes, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and water pipes. The university will allow smoking cessation aids, like nicotine gum, patches and nasal sprays.

The UA isn’t the first campus in the area to ask its students to cut down on smoking.

Pima Community College approved a similar policy last December, creating designated smoking areas. Arizona State University became a tobacco-free school in August 2013.

Public comments began in March and will continue through through July 27. Comments can be sent to UA Vice President for Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, Allison Vaillancourt, at

Read the policy here:

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline: (800) 556-6222 or

UA Life & Work Connections “Quit Tobacco” resources:

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

HealthDay TV: Hookah Use Among Teenagers

July 8, 2014

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In recent years, more and more American teens have been saying no to cigarettes. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that, at the same time, more and more have been exploring alternative means for inhaling tobacco or tobacco-like substances. One includes the use of water-based “hookahs” a centuries-old form of herbal smoking, involving heated glass and pipes.

Now a large new survey finds that in the U.S. hookahs common throughout the Middle East and South Asia have become particularly trendy among high schoolers. In fact, the poll published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that out of roughly 5,500 high school seniors 18% used a hookah in the past year.

Hookah use was more common among boys, whites, urban dwellers, and those from highly educated households. Teens with more cash in hand used hookahs more frequently as did current and past smokers and users of illicit drugs or alcohol.

The findings suggest that many teens may mistakenly believe that hookahs are safer than cigarettes a misconception, say the researchers.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the information you need to protect your health.


CDC Releases New Ads About Smoking’s Harm

July 8, 2014



Dear Colleague,

The Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign resumes today, July 7th, with powerful new ads that feature seven people whose lives have been permanently affected by smoking. You can see these ads today at


The new ads focus on severe gum disease with tooth loss; lung cancer; head and neck cancer; preterm birth; and the health effects of smoking combined with HIV.

Information About the July Ad Buy

  • Beginning July 7th, the ads will run nationwide for 9 weeks on television, radio,billboards, online media, and in theaters, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Ad participants include:

o   Felicita and Brett, smokers who each started losing teeth to gum disease by age 40.CDC2

o   Amanda, a young mother who smoked during pregnancy and gave birth 2 months early.

o   Rose, who nearly lost a foot because of clogged blood vessels, then learned she had lung cancer, which later spread to
her brain.

o   Shawn, who developed throat cancer and lost his larynx.

o   Brian, who was in good health and managing his HIV when smoking led to a stroke.

o   Terrie, who has appeared in previous Tips campaigns, and shares a plea about quitting.

  • Two Spanish-language ads will run on national Spanish media channels. One features Rose, who has lung cancer, while a second features Felicita and Brett, who both lost teeth after smoking.


Resources and Promotion

o   Bios and additional interviews of the ad participants

o   Overviews of the health conditions featured in the campaign

o   Spanish-language content

o   “I’m Ready to Quit” practical tips for quitting smoking

o   Web badges and buttons to post on your site to link readers to the compelling personal stories on the Tips Web site

o   Prewritten matte articles that you can tailor for your newsletter, blog, or Web site

o   Printable Tips ads to hang in your workplace

  • Free materialsare available at the Tips From Former Smokers Download Center: include low-resolution TV ads; radio, online, print, and out-of-home ads; and public service announcements.


  • CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC) at offers broadcast-quality Tips ads and other tobacco counter-marketing ads for paid campaigns.


  • Faith leaders, public health advocates, health care providers, and other partners can find materials to answer questions about Tips ads—and guidance on how to start a conversation about quitting.

o partner pages offer posters, FAQs about quitlines, fact sheets for patients, a pocket-sized brief intervention card for office visits, a quick reference guide on treating tobacco dependence, and much more.

If you have additional questions about the 2014 Tips campaign, please contact



CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health