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North American Quitline Consortium
February 2014

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NAQC News

SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 19! Referrals, Reach and Retention: Are Training Efforts Paying Off?
Please be sure to join the upcoming NAQC member webinar on February 19 from 12:30 to 2 pm ET

Nearly ten years ago NAQC began to see a quick, steady rise in the number of states dedicating resources and effort to develop fax-referral systems. Recently, we have turned our focus to implementation of eReferral. However, what have we learned about generating referrals to quitlines by healthcare providers over the past ten years? Are our referral systems generating enrollment in quitline services to the degree we need them to in order to impact prevalence rates? How have our practices changed in order to ensure retention in services, especially with specific populations?

These and other questions related to ten years of lessons learned will be explored by a panel of service providers, evaluators and funders.
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SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 24! NAQC Annual Survey of Quitlines Training Webinar! 
Please join NAQC for The Annual Survey of Quitlines Training Webinar on Monday, February 24 from 1 - 2 pm ET. We strongly recommend that all quitline staff who will be involved with the survey attend the webinar since some questions have changed from last year’s survey. To learn more about the upcoming NAQC Annual Survey, please visit the 2013 survey page
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BOARD ELECTION! Nominate Colleagues for NAQC Board of Directors by February 28!
We are counting on you to help us find outstanding candidates for the Board this year. All NAQC members may submit candidate names. You are welcome to recommend names of candidates whom you nominated in past years as well.
Please send all recommendations for candidates to Chad Morris, Chair of the Nomination Committee, c/o Board@naquitline.org by Friday, February 28. For each person you would like to recommend, please provide the following information:
1. Full name, contact information and brief resume for the person;
2. Your rationale for recommending this person as a candidate; and
3. Confirmation that you have spoken to the person and know that s/he is willing to have her/his name put forward to the Nomination Committee for consideration.
 
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IMPORTANT! Tips 2013 National Media Campaign Aired on February 3rd! 
Like Tips 2012 and 2013, Tips 2014 takes a closer look at some of the devastating illnesses caused by smoking, encourages quit attempts and promotes evidence-based cessation services, such as quitlines. Quitlines are already seeing significant increases in calls from 800-QUIT-NOW.

The campaign  highlights severe gum disease, the health impact of smoking during pregnancy, lung cancer, and health issues that can develop in HIV positive smokers. The campaign will run for 9 weeks and includes two new ads featuring Terrie Hall, who participated in the previous Tips campaigns. You can see these ads today at CDC.gov/Tips. A second phase of the campaign is expected to air later this year.

NAQC is hosting update calls with CDC, NCI, and US service providers to review the details of the Tips 2014 national media campaign. If you are currently working as a service provider for a state quitline and want to be included in the regular check-in calls and e-bulletin updates, please send your full name, e-mail address, title, and organizational affiliation to naqc@naquitline.org
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Time-Sensitive News

IMPORTANT! Nationwide Recruitment for a Healthy Living Unit Manager - Colorado (Due Date February 14)!
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Prevention Services Division is recruiting for a Healthy Living Unit Manager - 53 - GP VI
 *A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.*
 The announcement is scheduled to be posted through February 14 , 2014.

Description of Job:
THE WORK UNIT:
The Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, in the Prevention Services Division, collaborates and shares leadership with partners and stakeholders to improve health-related quality of life for all Coloradans by implementing evidence-based and culturally responsive strategies that prevent, postpone, and manage chronic disease and its complications. The Branch is organized into three units: Healthy Living; Chronic Disease Prevention; and Operations. The purpose of the Healthy Living Unit is to reduce tobacco use and tobacco adverse health effects in Colorado through funding, promoting, and supporting primary prevention and cessation efforts. This includes supporting changes in local and state policies and the environment that help Coloradans develop and maintain healthy behaviors.
 
THE POSITION:
This position strategically leads and manages the work unit of 11 FTE responsible for highly visible and politically charged tobacco prevention and cessation initiatives statewide. This position manages a budget of approximately $25 million that includes both federal grant funds and the distribution and oversight of Amendment 35 state grant funds across Colorado. It serves on the branch leadership team to promote coordination and collaboration across the branch and to facilitate implementation of the Chronic Disease State Plan. This position makes recommendations to senior leadership, the statutorily mandated Tobacco Review Committee and the Colorado State Board of Health on program direction. It Interprets and implements policies, laws, and regulations of state/federal directives; and develops positions on proposed primary prevention legislation for department leadership. It consults and coordinates with federal and state officials, public and private partners; directs searches for new funding sources and oversees grant application preparations and negotiations; and collaborates with other state agencies having tobacco control services.
 
Please follow the above link for the job announcement and instructions on how to apply. 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Dianna Tynes
HR Consultant
Human Resources Office
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
303-692-2083
dianna.tynes@state.co.us 
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The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida has Advertised an Invitation to Negotiate for Tobacco Cessation Services (Due Date February 18)!
The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida within the Florida Department of Health has advertised an Invitation to Negotiate for Tobacco Cessation Services.  Please use the link shown below and select the Department of Health to see the advertisements.  This procurement is ITN 13-021 and replies must be received by February 18, 2014 - 
http://www.myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.search.criteria_form
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SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 18! Tobacco Control Strategies for the Next Generation: Working for a Tobacco-free Future (Tuesday, 2/18/14 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST).
Dr. Michelle C. Kegler, a Professor at Rollins School of Public Health and the Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC), will share her work on “Testing and Disseminating a Brief Intervention to Promote Smoke-Free Homes through 2-1-1”. The home is still a major source of exposure to secondhand smoke among nonsmokers and children, particularly in low-income households.  This presentation will describe the development, testing and dissemination of a brief intervention to create smoke-free homes in low-income families using 2-1-1.  Results from an efficacy trial will be shared, along with plans for replication studies and national dissemination through 2-1-1 systems.
 
In her presentation, Dr. Emily McDonald from the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education will share research that examines the everyday experiences and opinions of young adults using e-cigarettes in New York City. Based on qualitative interviews and ethnographic participant observation, she explored what young adults know about e-cigarettes and the kinds of information utilized in deciding whether or not to use the devices. In an environment with no official warnings or educational campaigns, young adults may rely on e-cigarette marketing messages, as well as their own bodily sensations, in assessing product safety.  Her work suggests that users may interpret a lack of regulation as tacit approval of e-cigarettes.  
 
Drs. Kegler and McDonald will share their perspectives on smoking cessations, barriers to quitting, and tools for reaching smokers. The final part of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A and discussion and will offer an opportunity to engage with the presenters, and also to share your own experiences and thoughts.
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Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Seeks Respondents to a Request for Information (RFI) for Quitline Services by February 21! 
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) seeks respondents to a Request for Information (RFI) for Quitline Services for residents of the state.  MDPH is issuing this RFI to better understand the industry standards and best practices of quitline vendors nationally in order to develop a solicitation with appropriate service needs and performance standards.

Of note, the Request for Proposal (RFP) that will be issued subsequent to this RFI will likely be a tri-state procurement including Massachusetts and two New England states, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
The RFI can be found at:   http://www.comm-pass.com/ 
Search the Solicitations tab for document number 501224.
Responses are due Friday, February 21, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Questions about this RFI may be directed to Anna Landau, Director of Tobacco Cessation Programs, at anna.landau@state.ma.us or (617) 624-5941.
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Tobacco Control

Help Us Share the Love: Legacy Valentine's Day Video!
NEW FROM LEGACY: LOVE YOUR QUITTER! - Help smokers quit for Valentine's Day this year. When smokers have support from their loved ones, they have a better chance of quitting -- however many times it takes them to do it for good. Help spread the love by sharing Legacy’s new video with the hashtag "#LoveYourQuitter". You can also pass along the video via Legacy's Facebook page
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QuitConnect:  A National Smoker’s Registry for Proactive Re-Engagement! 
Researchers Jim Thrasher, PhD, and Scott Strayer, MD, MPH, at the University of South Carolina, have partnered with NAQC to develop QuitConnect, a voluntary nation-wide registry for smokers who have contacted quitlines. QuitConnect has two purposes: 1) to expand smokers’ access to additional cessation tools and resources via a web application and 2) to provide cessation researchers with a means to test new cessation messages and techniques.  The goal of the current CDC-funded pilot project is to explore the feasibility of creating a registry on a flexible technology platform, with stakeholder input on governance and data use agreements.  This approach is intended to complement the work already undertaken by quitlines. The pilot project will only be offered to smokers who call quitlines in participating states, but future iterations may be expanded to include other interested states, different types of tobacco users, and tobacco users who do not utilize quitlines. The vision for QuitConnect is that it will reach and engage with different populations of tobacco users, utilizing multiple methods of access to high quality cessation resources and support from local, regional, and national sources. Many members of the consortium have already participated in the pilot project as workgroup members or in focus groups, to help refine the vision for this project. Look for more information on the progress and results of the QuitConnect project in future newsletters.

For questions or additional information, please contact the project manager, Dr. Mark Macauda, at macauda@mailbox.sc.edu
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ITC United States National Report Waves 1 to 8!
The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project has released an extensive report that provides a detailed view of what has and has not changed for U.S. smokers between 2002 and 2011. The report demonstrates that although there have been significant advances in tobacco control, which have led to strong decreases in smoking rates, tobacco’s relevance as a societal problem appears to have lessened over the past decade as other issues emerged to dominate the U.S. political agenda.
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Final Research Plan: Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women!
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final Research Plan on behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women. The draft Research Plan for this topic was posted for public comment from November 7 to December 4, 2013. The Task Force reviewed all of the comments that were submitted and took them into consideration as it finalized the Research Plan. To view the final Research Plan, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf14/tobacadult/tobacfinalresplan.htm.  
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Harkin, Waxman, Welch Urge State Attorneys General to Bring E-Cigarettes Under Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement!
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell. The lawmakers urged them to classify electronic cigarettes as cigarettes under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to prevent e-cigarette companies from targeting youth and getting them addicted to their products.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that use of e-cigarettes by children is increasing rapidly and could serve as a gateway to nicotine addiction. Unlike conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are not subject to restrictions on advertising and marketing. Classifying e-cigarettes as cigarettes under the MSA would prohibit tobacco companies from targeting youth in advertising and marketing of these products.
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CVS Plans to End Sales of Tobacco Products by October 1!
CVS/Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October.
The company’s move was yet another sign of its metamorphosis into becoming more of a health care provider than a largely retail business, with its stores offering more miniclinics and health advice to aid customers visiting its pharmacies.

While the company’s decision will cost it an estimated $2 billion in sales from tobacco buyers, that is a mere dent in its overall sales of $123 billion in 2012.

“We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”

CVS does not sell electronic cigarettes, the highly popular but debated devices that deliver nicotine without tobacco and emit a rapidly vanishing vapor instead of smoke. It said it was waiting for guidance on the devices from the Food and Drug Administration, which has expressed interest in regulating e-cigarettes.

Some major retail stores like Walmart and convenience stores still sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, although antismoking groups and health care professionals will probably use CVS’s decision to try to pressure others to consider doing so. Municipalities have also begun enacting legislation governing where cigarettes can be sold.
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2014 SGR and Other Resources Available!
Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting Surgeon General, released “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General” at a White House. The report and companion materials are available at a link below for viewing and downloading. 
 
Please visit www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco to view all the 2014 Surgeon General report materials  and to sign up to receive email updates as new resources are added to the site. We also invite you to contact us at INFO2014SGR50@CDC.GOV if you have general questions or want to share how you have promoted this historic anniversary. 
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Research
  
Addiction. 2014 Jan 15. doi: 10.1111/add.12485. [Epub ahead of print]
Effectiveness of Proactive Quitline Counseling for Smoking Parents Recruited Through Primary Schools: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Schuck K, Bricker JB, Otten R, Kleinjan M, Brandon TH, Engels RC

This study tested the effectiveness of tailored quitline (telephone) counseling among smoking parents recruited into cessation support through their children's primary schools. DESIGN: Two-arm randomized controlled trial with 3-months and 12-months follow-up. SETTING: Proactive telephone counseling was administered by the Dutch national quitline. PARTICIPANTS: Smoking parents were recruited through their children's primary schools and received either intensive quitline support in combination with tailored supplementary materials (n=256) or a standard self-help brochure (n=256). MEASUREMENTS: The primary outcome was 7-day point prevalence abstinence at 12-months follow-up. FINDINGS: Parents who received quitline counseling were more likely to report 7-day point prevalence abstinence at 12-months assessment (34.0% vs. 18.0%, OR=2.35, CI=1.56-3.54) than those who received a standard self-help brochure. Parents who received quitline counseling were more likely to use nicotine replacement therapy (p<0.001) than those who received a standard self-help brochure. Among parents who did not achieve abstinence, those who received quitline counseling smoked fewer cigarettes at 3-months assessment (p<0.001) and 12-months assessment (p<0.001), were more likely to make a quit attempt (p<0.001), to achieve 24-hours abstinence (p<0.001), and to implement a complete home smoking ban (p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: Intensive quitline support tailored to smoking parents is an effective method for helping parents quit smoking and promoting parenting practices that protect their children from adverse effects of smoking.

Am J Health Promot. 2014 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Local Smoke-Free Public Policies, Quitline Call Rate, and Smoking Status in Kentucky.
Fernander AF, Rayens MK, Adkins S, Hahn EJ

The study investigated the relationships among local smoke-free public policies, county-level quitline call rate, and adult smoking status. DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional examination of demographic characteristics, smoking status of Kentuckians, and data from the Kentucky Tobacco Quitline were used to investigate the relationship of local smoke-free ordinances or Board of Health regulations together with county-level quitline use rates and population-level adult smoking status. SETTING: One hundred and four Kentucky counties. SUBJECTS: The sample was comprised of 14,184 Kentucky participants with complete demographic information collected from the 2009-2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). MEASURES: Individual-level demographics and smoking status from the BRFSS; county-level urban/rural status; quitline rates; and smoke-free policy status. ANALYSIS: Given the hierarchical structure of the dataset, with BRFSS respondents nested within county, multilevel modeling was used to determine the predictors of smoking status. RESULTS: For every 1-unit increase in the county-level call rate the likelihood of current smoking status decreased by 9%. Compared to those living in communities without a policy, those in communities with a smoke-free public policy were 18% less likely to be current smokers. Limitations include quitline call rate as the sole indicator of cessation demand, as well as the cross-sectional design. CONCLUSION: Communities with smoke-free policies and higher rates of quitline use have lower rates of adult smoking.
 
J Prim Care Community Health. 2014 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print]
Smoking Cessation Counseling in Family Medicine: Changing Patient Perceptions.
Johns TL, Metzger K, Lawrence E

This study aimed to determine if a provider visual cue improves patient perception that smoking cessation counseling occurred. METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental intervention study with a pre-post test design. The intervention was a quitline reference card attached to the billing form as a prompt for providers to address smoking cessation. The patient survey included 6 elements, each assigned 1 point. The outcomes were the mean survey summary score preintervention compared to postintervention and the distribution of individual elements. RESULTS: Preintervention, 40 patients who smoke cigarettes completed the survey; 46 patients were enrolled postintervention. The groups were similar, with no significant differences in age, gender, or race/ethnicity. Mean survey summary scores pre- and postintervention were 4.1 and 5.1, respectively (P < .05). Compared with preintervention, more patients perceived the recommendation for a smoking cessation course postintervention (40% vs 83%, P < .05). No significant differences in perceptions of other counseling elements were found. CONCLUSIONS: Providing a visual cue such as a quitline card is an effective and inexpensive means of prompting a provider to discuss smoking cessation and can be easily integrated into practice.
 
J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Mar-Apr;20(2):E7-E15. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182a0b8c7.
Effect of Nicotine Replacement Therapy on Quitting by Young Adults in a Trial Comparing Cessation Services.
Buller DB, Halperin A, Severson HH, Borland R, Slater MD, Bettinghaus EP, Tinkelman D, Cutter GR, Woodall WG

Young adult smokers have the highest smoking prevalence among all US age groups but are least likely to use evidence-based cessation counseling or medication to quit. Use and effectiveness of nicotine patch were explored in a randomized trial evaluating smoking cessation interventions. PARTICIPANTS: Smokers aged 18 to 30 (n = 3094) were recruited through online and off-line methods and from telephone quit lines and analyzed. DESIGN: Smokers were enrolled in a pretest-posttest trial, and randomized to 1 of 3 cessation services. SETTING: Trial delivering counseling services by self-help booklet, telephone quit lines, or online expert system in the 48 continental United States. INTERVENTION: Smokers could request a free 2-week course of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches from the project. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Follow-up surveys at 12 and 26 weeks assessed smoking abstinence, use of NRT, counseling, and other cessation medications, and smoking-related variables. RESULTS: Overall, 69.0% of smokers reported using NRT (M = 3.2 weeks) at 12 weeks and 74.8% (M = 3.3 weeks) at 26 weeks. More smokers who were sent the free nicotine patches (n = 1695; 54.8%) reported using NRT than those who did not receive them (12 weeks: 84.3% vs 41.9%, P < .001; 26 weeks: 87.6% vs 51.1%, P < .001). The use of NRT was associated with greater smoking abstinence at 12 weeks (P < .001) and 26 weeks (P < .05), especially if used for more than 2 weeks (P < .001). Smokers assigned to a self-help booklet or cessation Web site and heavier smokers were most likely to use NRT (P < .05), whereas those reporting marijuana use and binge drinking used NRT less (P < .05). CONCLUSIONS: Many young adults were willing to try NRT, and it appeared to help them quit in the context of community-based cessation services. Strategies should be developed to make NRT available to this age group and support them in using it to prevent lifelong smoking.

Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Jan 28. [Epub ahead of print]
Provider-Delivered Tobacco Dependence Treatment to Medicaid Smokers.
Ferketich AK, Pennell M, Seiber EE, Wang L, Farietta T, Jin Y, Wewers ME

The smoking prevalence is 49% among Medicaid enrollees in Ohio. The objective of this pilot project was to test a comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment program targeting rural Medicaid-enrolled smokers for both physician-level and smoker-level outcomes. METHODS: Using a group-randomized trial design, intervention group physicians (n = 4) were exposed to systems-level changes in their clinics and smokers in these clinics were offered 12 weeks of telephone cessation counseling. Control group physicians (n = 4) were given the clinician's version of the USPHS Clinical Practice Guideline and smokers in these clinics were given information about the Ohio Tobacco Quitline. Physician-level and smoker-level outcomes were assessed at 1 week and 3 months, respectively. Costs per quit were estimated. RESULTS: A total of 214 Medicaid smokers were enrolled. At 1 week, there were no reported differences in rates of being asked about tobacco use (68% intervention, 58% control) or advised to quit (69% intervention, 63% control). However, 30% of intervention and 56% of control smokers reported receiving a prescription for pharmacotherapy (p < .01). At 3 months, there were no differences in quit attempts (58% intervention, 64% control), use of pharmacotherapy (34% intervention, 46% control), or abstinence (24% intervention, 16% control for self-reported abstinence; 11% intervention, 3.5% control for cotinine-confirmed abstinence). The intervention group proved more cost effective at achieving confirmed quits ($6,800 vs. $9,700). CONCLUSIONS: We found few differences in outcomes between physicians exposed to a brief intervention and physicians who were intensively trained. Future studies should examine how tobacco dependence treatment can be further expanded in Medicaid programs.
  
Med J Aust. 2014 Jan 20;200(1):29-32.
Association Between Tobacco Plain Packaging and Quitline Calls: a Population-based, Interrupted Time-series Analysis.
Young JM, Stacey I, Dobbins TA, Dunlop S, Dessaix AL, Currow DC

This study investigated whether the introduction of tobacco plain packaging in Australia from 1 October 2012 was associated with a change in the number of calls to the smoking cessation helpline, Quitline, and to compare this with the impact of the introduction of graphic health warnings from 1 March 2006. DESIGN AND SETTING: Whole-of-population interrupted time-series analysis in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory between 1 March 2005 and October 2006 for the comparator, graphic health warnings, and October 2011 and April 2013 for the intervention of interest, tobacco plain packaging. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Weekly number of calls to the Quitline, after adjusting for seasonal trends, anti-tobacco advertising, cigarette costliness and the number of smokers in the community. RESULTS: There was a 78% increase in the number of calls to the Quitline associated with the introduction of plain packaging (baseline, 363/week; peak, 651/week [95% CI, 523-780/week; P < 0.001]). This peak occurred 4 weeks after the initial appearance of plain packaging and has been prolonged. The 2006 introduction of graphic health warnings had the same relative increase in calls (84%; baseline, 910/week; peak, 1673/week [95% CI, 1383-1963/week; P < 0.001]) but the impact of plain packaging has continued for longer. CONCLUSIONS: There has been a sustained increase in calls to the Quitline after the introduction of tobacco plain packaging. This increase is not attributable to anti-tobacco advertising activity, cigarette price increases nor other identifiable causes. This is an important incremental step in comprehensive tobacco control.
 
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Announcements

Save the Date - Reduce Tobacco Use Conference, April 10-11 2014!
Mark your calendars now for the 11th National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference: April 10-11, 2014! Registration is now open and details are available here
Join the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Prevention Connections for an exciting two-day conference that will give you powerful new tools to enhance your tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts with today’s youth and young adults. Come hear the latest prevention and cessation strategies from tobacco control experts across the nation.
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Society of Behavioral Medicine - 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions!
The meeting is taking place on April 23-26, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. Abstracts are now being accepted for Rapid Communication poster presentations, which allow authors a chance to present late-breaking findings, data and other information in the field of behavioral medicine at SBM’s 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions.

Early Bird Registration Now Open
With innovative workshops, high profile keynote sessions, compelling master lecturers and a wide variety of behavioral medicine focused seminars, panel discussions, paper and poster sessions, the 2014 SBM Annual Meeting will provide invaluable education and networking opportunities for all attendees. The conference will be held at the centrally-located Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early bird registration, which offers discounted registration fees, is open until March 25, 2014.
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Promising Practices to Promote Tobacco-Free Living and Healthy Eating in Low Socioeconomic Status Communities!
The conference is taking place on April 28-29, 2014 at the Hyatt Crystal City in Washington, DC. Conference website:  www.promisingpracticesconference.org
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Call for Abstracts:  Social Marketing Conference!
June 18-21, 2014, Clearwater Beach, FL.  The Training Academy is a two day workshop that provides an overview of the social marketing approach and its distinctive features. This year’s theme is Health Equity – abstracts that fall into this category will get special attention.
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2014 Texas Tobacco Summit!
2014 Texas Tobacco Summit will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report, Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General.  The summit is hosted by MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.   Please mark the following dates on your calendar: Thursday, June 26th and Friday, June 27th, 2014. 

The goal of the summit is to inform, educate and foster a dialogue among traditional and non-traditional, statewide and national tobacco control organizations working towards the elimination of tobacco use and exposure across the state of Texas. This summit will serve as a key step towards maximizing synergy, minimizing duplication of efforts, complementing each other’s work, and creating a platform to share information and tools with one another.

Registration information will be forthcoming.   As you consider who you may want to send to represent your organization, please keep in mind seating will be limited to 150 people.  
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