Phoenix teen’s art to inspire Hugo Medina mural

August 11, 2014

Ross Dunham, The Republic |

A Phoenix North High School student’s anti-smoking art will be the inspiration for a mural by well known Valley artist Hugo Medina.

Students Taking a New Direction (STAND), Arizona’s anti-smoking youth coalition, asked student artists all over Arizona to create and submit art that inspired others “to take a STAND against tobacco.”

Joseline Valenzuela, 18, earned the 2014 “Art of Resistance” top pick and $200 in art supplies for her piece titled, “Make the Right Choice.”

Valenzuela’s art will be the inspiration for a Medina mural later this year at a location yet to be determined. The art will also be featured as the cover photo on the STAND Facebook page.

Medina, is a 41-year-old Phoenix resident and native of Bolivia, who participated in the Calle16 mural project in 2010, creating murals along 16th Street in Phoenix.

The Republic and conducted a readers’ choice poll featuring 13 entries in the “Art of Resistance” contest.

With 50 percent of the votes, “From Life to Death,” by Jennifer Ramos of Phoenix Trevor G. Browne High School, was the top reader pick.

Valenzuela’s work came in second with 30 percent of the votes.

Republic reporter David Madrid contributed to this article.

To read this article online or view the murals, visit this link.

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


BTCD Personnel Updates

March 27, 2014


I am pleased to announce that Benjamin Palmer has accepted the position for the Tobacco Communications Program Manager for the Office of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Programs.

Mr. Palmer has government institutional knowledge as well as public relations, marketing and communication knowledge and experience which spans over a four year time period. In his new position, Mr. Palmer serves as the primary contact for the Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease (BTCD) contracted state media and marketing vendors to assist with development and implementation of social marketing strategies for the tobacco program, which includes the launch of BTCD’s youth coalition, Students Taking A New Direction (STAND), as well as BTCD’s cessation campaigns which include ASHLine media flights and new creative for cessation marketing campaigns. Ben also has experience with working across ADHS with multiple bureaus and has been responsible for working with the ADHS administration to develop and disseminate program-specific press and news releases highlighting and/or promoting events, initiatives and/or achievements.

In an era of streamlining our communications team amidst an expansion of activities in tobacco prevention and cessation, Ben has displayed superb performance and ability to work above standards in several areas, and has served at the core of our work in sustaining Arizona as a leader in tobacco control. It is with great pleasure that I am able to make this announcement.

Please help me in congratulating Ben in his new position. Thanks!!


Wayne Tormala, Chief
Arizona Department of Health Services
Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, Arizona  85007-2602 



Sign up now for the AZ Asthma Conference – Early Bird Prices End Soon!!

October 10, 2013

Early Bird Pricing ends 10/15 for this great educational opportunity.   Join practicing pediatric and adult medical care providers to increase your knowledge in Asthma Best Practices.  Come here leaders in the field address you and your colleagues in this amazing forum.

Saturday October 26th, 2013

7:15am – 4pm

Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

Click Here for more Information

Northern County Regional Meeting a Success!

September 26, 2013

Program managers and staff from Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai met in Flagstaff on Monday September 23rd at the Northern County regional meeting. The was the first meeting in six years. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by Jason Marsee, brother of Sean Marsee who died of oral cancer complications at age 18 in 1982. There was also a memorial presentation for longtime anti-smoking advocate and Tucson native David Briick  who passed away this June.

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Public Health Groups Back Obama’s 94-cent Cigarette Tax Hike

September 26, 2013

By Ben Goad – 09/25/13

President Obama’s plan to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents a pack would put 2 million low and middle-income kids through preschool, a new report has concluded.

Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal calls for a near doubling of the tax, from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack, with the proceeds going toward an expansion of early childhood education. Taxes on other tobacco products would increase proportionally, bringing the estimated additional revenue to an estimated $78 billion over the next decade.

“Taken together, these two measures would help ensure a future of smart, healthy kids nationwide and in every state,” according to the report, released Wednesday by a coalition of nine public health and legal groups.

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South Yuma County Youth Seek Smoking Ban in San Luis, AZ Parks

September 26, 2013


SAN LUIS, Ariz. – If a youth group has its way, people who smoke in this city’s parks will face fines as stiff as those they’d pay if they got caught littering.

The South Yuma County Youth Anti-Tobacco Coalition is set to appear before the San Luis City Council later this month with a request for adoption of an ordinance banning smoking not only in the parks but in all city-owned athletic fields.

And in efforts to bolster their case, the youths plan to present the council with the results of an informal survey of residents’ views about a ban on smoking at the city facilities. Of more than 400 people polled, coalition members say, nearly 80 percent favored the restriction.

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