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North American Quitline Consortium


Upcoming Election of New Members of the Board of Directors!
The election for the Board of Directors will begin on May 23 and will close on June 3 at 5 pm EST. Next week all NAQC members will receive detailed information on the upcoming election and this year’s nominees. Please note that only the designated organizational contact may cast a vote on behalf of his/her organization. Please take a moment and log into your member profile to make sure that the correct individual is designated as your organization’s contact.
We encourage all eligible voters to vote in the upcoming election.  Last year 75% of organizational members voted.  Let’s make it 100% this year!
Every vote counts because elected board members will be making critical decisions affecting the future of NAQC.  
 To view the current list of board members, please visit the board page

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NEW Website Feature!
In response to your requests, we have developed an online archive of all Listserv postings from June 2008 through the present. The archive search function allows you to easily sort the messages by date, search by author or topic. Please note that this is a member benefit and you will need to be signed into the NAQC website in order to access the archive.    
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Membership Drive FY12!
NAQC’s membership drive for fiscal year 2012 began on March 2nd. You may take advantage of the early bird renewal special if you renew by May 31st. To avoid lapse in your membership benefits, please submit payment for your dues by July 1, 2011 (payments are accepted in a form of a check, credit card payment, and online renewal). Please refer to the membership page for more information.

For questions regarding membership, please contact Natalia Gromov at 800-398-5489 ext 701 or membership@naquitline.org.
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Call for Quitline Evaluation Reports!
NAQC members have asked NAQC to create a space on its website for quitlines to share their evaluation reports. To assess the level of interest for such a feature on our website, please send us an email to naqc@naquitline.org indicating a) whether you would be interested in viewing other quitlines' evaluation reports, and b) whether you would be interested in sharing your own quitline's evaluation reports on the NAQC website. Thanks in advance for your responses!
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Research "Coffee Break" Call Series Has Begun!
The first monthly research "coffee break" call took place on April 14. Bruce Baskerville (Propel Centre for Population Health Impact) gave a presentation titled "Improving Canadian Quitline Reach and Integration: Methods to Evaluate the Impact of a Quitline Number on Cigarettes Packages." The presentation slides and call summary are available here
The next call will be May 12 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Lija Greenseid and Anne Betzner (Professional Data Analysts, Inc.) will present on Practical Challenges and Promising Strategies for Adapting MDS Intake Questions for In-Person Cessation Programs. For more information about the speakers or topic, click here. Call-in information and presentation slides are also available on that webpage. It is strongly recommended that you test your system in advance of the call time to ensure you can access the webinar features.
Future call topics will include providing quitline services to younger (under 18) smokers; African American use of quitlines; and an update on the Asian Language Quitline Study. For more on upcoming call topics and speakers, click here.  
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Tobacco Control

Assessing the Role of RWJF in Reducing Tobacco Use Over 20 Years!
The Tobacco Campaigns of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Collaborators, 1991-2010: In 1991 when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) decided to tackle tobacco, ­one of the most controversial issues in public health, ­it wasn’t quite sure what the ripple effects would be. Tobacco addiction and its related health and social issues would end up being one of the most significant initiatives the Foundation would fund, spanning over 20 years of grantmaking. The Tobacco Campaigns, a new publication in the RWJF Retrospective Series, shares the story of the efforts of RWJF and its partners to reduce tobacco use in the United States and the profound changes that have resulted in social norms about smoking. This report and its companion publications are the result of an assessment of RWJF’s tobacco programs conducted by the Center for Public Program Evaluation in 2009.

The RWJF Retrospective Series examines the impact of major Foundation investment areas, including tobacco use and end-of-life care, in which initiatives were designed to work synergistically to leverage larger changes that could not be accomplished by individual programs. The RWJF Retrospective Series are evaluations of the impact of entire bodies of work, conducted by independent evaluators. 

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Break Free Alliance's 2011 Summer Webinar Series - Addressing Tobacco Use in Correctional Facilities!
Break Free Alliance will be hosting its own four-part summer webinar series to discuss and encourage dialogue among partners working to address tobacco use among correctional and post-correctional populations.
The latest information on how to implement tobacco cessation programming and comprehensive tobacco control policies in correctional facilities will be shared, as well as linking newly released inmates with community-based cessation resources.

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New Partnership for Prevention Case Study: Colorado's Tobacco Cessation Leadership!
Partnership for Prevention published a state case study describing Colorado’s journey toward comprehensive tobacco cessation coverage. Entitled "A Collaborative Approach to Meeting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on Tobacco Cessation Screening and Intervention,” it outlines how the Colorado Tobacco Cessation and Sustainability Partnership worked closely with public and private health plans to provide coverage for tobacco treatment. As a result, the majority of Colorado smokers have access to free or low-cost evidence-based cessation services and support for the state’s QuitLine has been enhanced. Advances were made in spite of decreased state tobacco control program funding. 
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Multi-State Collaborative: Meaningful Use Webinar!
The Collaborative webinar "Meaningful Use, Tobacco Measures . . . and Why These are Important," is now available as an audio file online. The next webinar will be offered in early June and will be a technical drill-down on issues associated with implementation of fully electronic quitline referrals.
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Supplemental Issue on Smoking Interventions Among Diverse Populations Published!
A supplemental issue of the Journal of Health Promotion has been published online on the topic of cigarette smoking interventions among diverse populations. Included in the special issue are 15 papers that provide insight into how to effectively reduce tobacco's impact on populations who are disproportionately affected by tobacco use.  In this special issue, researchers examine the use and efficacy of various evidence-based interventions among diverse populations, including African Americans and Hispanics.  
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CDC Tobacco Free Facebook Fan Page!
In April, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) announced the creation of its own Facebook fan page, CDC Tobacco Free. Be sure to check out the "Materials,” "Videos,” and "Spotlight” sections of the page, which include a wealth of information to view, download, and share. In the future some of the video assets contained within the fan page will promote 1-800-QUIT-NOW. While the new fan page enables CDC to expand its reach to individuals and organizations seeking reliable, up-to-date tobacco-related information, NAQC does not anticipate the materials to drive quitline call volumes beyond normal capacity. CDC encourages you to become a fan and join the conversation!
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Asian Human Services Press Conference!
On May 12, Asian Human Services hosted a press conference featuring an assembly of community leaders, health advocates and state and local public officials that addresses the growing problem of tobacco use in Chicago’s Asian-American community and the availability of local smoking cessation services. The event announced increased funding for the Illinois Tobacco Quitline Expansion Initiate which Asian Human Services is an integral part of. The goal of the initiative is to improve access to the Quitline among underserved groups including the Asian-American community. The driving force of the initiative will be a broad media and outreach campaign.  
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LA Times Article – California’s Quitting Smoking Faster Than the Rest of US!  
The article highlights several studies that show that, despite having slightly higher smoking rates in 1965 than the rest of the US, California’s smoking rates dropped significantly and mostly due to state’s tobacco-control programs. 
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Free CME Program for Treating Tobacco Use & Dependence!  

he University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has announced the availability of a free, online, one-hour CME program on treating tobacco use and dependence.

Participants will learn best evidence-based practices-such as what combinations of counseling and medications are most effective-culled from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (2008).
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Menthol Press Release and Media Advisory!  
On May 12, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, Center for American Progress and Legacy® called for menthol cigarettes to be taken off the market, citing key findings released today in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). New studies show that not only could a ban prevent up to 600,000 smoking-related premature deaths by 2050, a third of those from the African American community alone, but a ban is supported by a majority of Americans (56 percent), particularly African Americans (76 percent) who were found to be disproportionately affected.

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Effectiveness of a Mood Management Component as an Adjunct to a Telephone Counseling Smoking Cessation Intervention for Smokers With a Past Major Depression: a Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. 
van der Meer RM, Willemsen MC, Smit F, Cuijpers P, Schippers GM. Addiction. 2010 Nov;105(11):1991-9. Epub 2010 Aug 24.
This study assessed whether the addition of a mood management component to telephone counseling for the Dutch national quitline produced better quit rates and helped to prevent recurrence of depressive symptoms in smokers with past major depression (according to the DSM-IV). All study participants were eligible to receive eight sessions of proactive telephone counseling. Approximately half of participants also received a mood management component which included a self-help mood management manual, two more preparatory proactive telephone counseling sessions and supplementary homework assignments and advice. Those who received the mood management intervention had significantly higher 7-day point prevalence quit rates at both six months (30.5%) and 12 months (23.9%) than those receiving just telephone counseling (22.3% and 14.0% at 6- and 12-months). However, those receiving the mood management component did not report fewer depressive symptoms than the control group.

Does Offering More Support Calls to Smokers Influence Quit Success?
Carlin-Menter, S; Cummings, KM; Celestino, P; Hyland, A; Mahoney, M; Willett, J; Juster, H. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 May-Jun;17(3):E9-E15.  
This study compared the efficacy of offering two versus four counseling callbacks after an initial call from Medicaid/uninsured adult smokers contacting the New York State Smokers' Quit Line in order to help determine the most cost-efficient protocol for offering such a service. All study participants were provided at least two weeks of free nicotine replacement medications (NRT), with some receiving up to six weeks. Half of the participants were randomized to receive two counseling callbacks, and the other half were offered four counseling callbacks. At three months after enrollment, there was no significant difference between groups in the number of callbacks completed, quit rates, or use of NRT. The cost per quit was similar between the two groups ($442 per quit for the 2 callbacks group; $445 per quit for the 4 callbacks group). The authors conclude that there was no advantage in either quit success or cost to offering four callbacks rather than two.
Understanding the Barriers to Use of Free, Proactive Telephone Counseling for Tobacco Dependence. 
Sheffer CE, Brackman SL, Cottoms N, Olsen M. Qual Health Res. 2011 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print]. 

This study examined what some of the barriers are to using free telephone counseling for residents of the Mississippi River Delta in Arkansas. Results showed that barriers included a lack of existing or consistent telephone service, lack of awareness of the quitline, and lack of trust in quitline counselors. There were also more systemic barriers to seeking and accessing help to quit, including low socioeconomic conditions and concerns about the potential negative health effects of quitting. Study participants expressed a strong belief in the role of faith with quitting. The authors conclude that understanding utilization of quitlines by these groups has implications for policy development, the promotion of quitlines, and the provision of alternate tobacco treatment services.

Rates and Reasons: Disparities in Low Intentions to Use a State Smoking Cessation Quitline.
Burns EK, Deaton EA, Levinson AH. Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun;25(5 Suppl):S59-65. 

This study analyzed data from the 2008 Colorado Adult Tobacco Attitudes and Behavior Survey to better understand population-level rates and reasons for low intentions to call the quitline. Study participants included current smokers who had heard of the Colorado QuitLine and did not report that they never intend to quit. Of those who had heard of the quitline, 45.6% intend never to call the quitline. Latinos, gay/lesbian/bisexuals, and those with no insurance were most likely to intend never to call the quitline. The most common reason for not intending to call was the perception that they did not need any assistance with quitting (34.8%). The authors conclude that the reasons for not intending to call can inform targeted media campaigns to increase quitline reach. 

Quitline Utilization Rates of African-American and White Smokers: the California Experience.
Zhu SH, Gardiner P, Cummins S, Anderson C, Wong S, Cowling D, Gamst A. Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun;25(5 Suppl):S51-8.

This study compared rates of quitline use in California by African-American smokers to that of white smokers. Annual quitline utilization rate was calculated by dividing the averaged annual quitline call volume for each ethnic group by the total number of smokers in that group, based on California Tobacco Surveys. Results showed that in five out of six periods of comparison, African-American smokers had a higher annual utilization rate than white smokers. African-American smokers were 44% to 140% more likely to use the quitline than white smokers for those five periods. In the 1996 comparison, African-American smokers were 10% less likely to call than white smokers. Information about how the callers heard about the quitline was analyzed; the difference in utilization rates that is attributed to media accounted for most of the difference in total utilization rates between the two groups. The authors conclude that promoting the quitline as part of antismoking media campaigns can help reduce disparity in cessation service utilization. 

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Position Opening - Tobacco Cessation Coordinator!
The Pierre Office of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative is seeking applicants for the full time position of Statewide Tobacco Cessation Coordinator.  Responsibilities include assisting the Tobacco Control Program in promoting and coordinating the South Dakota Tobacco Quit Line (QL) & other tobacco cessation projects across the state.  Will proactively develop, promote and evaluate special projects related to tobacco cessation.

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QuitlineNC Request For Proposals!
The State of North Carolina has released an RFP for quitline services. To learn more, go to the link https://www.ips.state.nc.us/ips/deptbids.aspx and then click on Department - Health and Human Services.  The Bid Number is 30-DPH-1040-11.
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