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North American Quitline Consortium
August 2012

Time-Sensitive News

NAQC Conference and NCTOH are Just a Few Days Away!
On August 13thand 14thmore than 150 quitline and cessation colleagues will gather in Kansas City to focus on novel approaches designed to ensure or improve quitline accessibility and utilization; how quitlines are partnering and integrating with systems to share costs, increase reach and improve services; and how research and evaluation findings continue to be at the heart of improving quality and building external support for our work. Please make sure to visit the Conference page for details on the conference and to receive copies of the presentations and materials after the event.

To continue learning more about quitlines during NCTOH, please refer to this list of quitline-related sessions.
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Renew Your NAQC Membership by August 20!
Thank you to each and every organization and individual who renewed their NAQC membership or joined as a new member! If you have not yet renewed your membership, we have extended the deadline until Monday, August 20th. You can renew today by visiting the membership page
Your membership dues allow us to be more flexible as an organization in meeting member needs. We hope NAQC’s work in the past year has contributed to your success, and we look forward to launching great new products and membership benefits this year! 

For questions regarding membership, please contact Natalia Gromov at 800-398-5489 ext 701 or

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FY2011 Annual Survey results will be presented by webinar on Tuesday, August 28, from 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12-1:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time). Topics will include budget trends over time, proportion of quitline funding from different sources, utilization of quitline and web-based services, and aggregate quit rate information. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the data that will be presented, comment on NAQC’s use of quitline data, and to provide suggestions for improvements to NAQC’s data collection and reporting processes. To join the webinar, please use the link below: 
You will also need to use the call-in information below:
Call-in number: +1 (866) 614-2162
Conference code: 583-774-6084 
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Trends in Quitline Funding, FY2009-FY2012: Implications for Cessation Services
Poster presentation at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, August 2012
Jessie E. Saul, Ph.D., Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D., Linda Bailey, J.D., M.H.S.

This poster presents data from the FY2009, FY2010, and FY2011 NAQC Annual Surveys tracking funding trends for quitlines over time (FY2009-FY2012). The findings show that total quitline budgets decreased from FY2009 to FY2010, stabilized in FY2011, and again decreased in FY2012 while tobacco control program (TCP) budgets consistently decreased over the four year period. In addition, quitline budgets represented slightly more than 18% of TCP budgets in FY2009 and FY2010, but increased to 28.6% of TCP budgets by FY2012. At the same time, the proportion of quitline budgets from federal sources (including ARRA stimulus funding) nearly doubled. These results suggest that while states have managed to protect quitline funding in the midst of significant cuts to other areas of tobacco control program budgets, quitlines' reliance on federal funding has grown over time. The discussion addresses the need to diversify funding sources for quitlines to ensure their sustainability, and NAQC efforts to support quitlines in these efforts.
PDF of the poster (PDF 300KB)

Moving Quitline Research Forward: Resources and Tools
Poster presentation at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health, August 2012
Jessie E. Saul, Ph.D., Barbara Zupko, M.A., Terry Bush, Ph.D., Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D., Linda Bailey, J.D., M.H.S., Erik Augustson, Ph.D.

This poster presents information about two documents that were produced by NAQC in collaboration with a NAQC workgroup to facilitate collaborations between researchers and quitlines. The first is a Research Agenda for Quitlines, which is designed to provide criteria for developing and managing internally generated research (within the network of quitlines) as well as external requests for network participation, to develop a balanced research portfolio that meets the needs of the various stakeholder groups, and to leverage use of the Minimal Data Set for evaluating quitlines. The second is a Research Guide for Quitlines, which contains information for both researchers (about quitlines) and quitlines (about the research process) to facilitate understanding and collaboration between researchers and quitlines. These and other resources for researchers and students interested in working with quitlines or their data are available at The conclusion states that use of these resources and tools will improve the quality of relationships between quitlines and researchers, expand access to quitlines interested in participating in research studies, and enhance the likelihood of success for research studies that may improve current practices and increase rates of tobacco cessation.
PDF of the poster (PDF 613KB)

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Tobacco Control

American Legacy Events at NCTOH! 
Don’t miss Legacy-hosted ancillary events at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health! Mark your calendar now and plan to attend these Legacy events.  Also, be sure to stop by the Legacy exhibit booth (#406) to recharge your conference experience.
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Pfizer Inc. Helping with a Savings Offer in Smoking Cessation!
As we all gear up for the rapidly approaching National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) on August 15-17, 2012, please  take a moment to review an offer for CHANTIX® (varenicline) tablets that we believe you and your constituents may find of interest.

Pfizer is committed to helping to address the global smoking epidemic and encourage and enable smokers to make meaningful attempts to quit smoking. They also know that their responsibility goes beyond making medicines – Pfizer strives to have a positive impact on patient access to treatment. Pfizer believes that everyone should have access to affordable, quality health care.

To address these needs, Pfizer is offering a coupon to all patients with a prescription for CHANTIX, which can provide savings up to $75 per monthly prescription. The coupon may be used up to three times. For information and more about the terms and conditions of this offer, see below. You can also learn more about this offer by visiting

Make sure to stop by the Pfizer booth on the exhibit floor at National Conference on Tobacco or Health for the duration of the meeting where they also make the coupon available and answer any additional questions you may have. 
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Recruitment for CDC's National Tobacco Education Campaign!
The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is in the process of recruiting individuals to feature in our next national tobacco education campaign. This campaign will be very similar to our highly successful Tips From Former Smokers campaign and enable us to highlight health conditions and population groups that we weren’t able to feature in the first Tips campaign. Like the first Tips campaign, this campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or that were triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke.

As a partner with us in tobacco control, we would very much appreciate it if you would share this request for assistance as well as the recruitment flyer with your partners, members, and/or constituents. Additionally, should you know of any people whom you feel would be good candidates for this campaign, please feel free to forward their contact information to us. As with the first campaign, be assured that anyone you refer to us will be treated with respect and sensitivity.

We are seeking people across all ethnic and racial backgrounds, but particularly candidates who are veterans or American Indian/Alaska Natives—ideally age 55 or younger. All applicants must have been tobacco-free for at least 6 months.
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Consumption of Cigarettes and Combustible Tobacco — United States, 2000–2011.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. August 3, 2012;61(30):565-69.  
 CDC used data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to calculate consumption for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco and cigars for 2000 to 2011. Over this period, total consumption of all combustible tobacco declined by 27.5%. However, while consumption of cigarettes declined by 32.8%, consumption of non-cigarette combustible tobacco increase by 123%. The largest increases were in pipe tobacco (482%) and large cigars (233%). Thus, overall combustible tobacco consumption decreased, but not as much as cigarette consumption; while consumption of non-cigarette combustibles doubled. Other studies show that among youth and young adults, cigar use and simultaneous use of multiple tobacco products is even higher. The availability of low-priced and less-regulated alternative products to smokers who might have otherwise quit smoking has blunted the public health impact that excise tax increases and uniform regulation might otherwise have had on preventing youth initiation, reducing consumption, and prompting quit attempts.
Health Care Providers’ Advice to Quit Smoking, National Health Interview Survey, 2000, 2005, and 2010.
Kruger J, Shaw L, Kahende J, Frank E. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2012;9.
This study used data from the 2000, 2005, and 2010 Cancer Control Supplement of the National Health Interview Survey to examine changes in the number of adults who received advice to quit smoking from their health care providers. The proportion of adults receiving such advice declined over time, from 53.3% in 2000 and 58.9% in 2005 to 50.7% in 2010. The authors conclude that health care providers should increase their efforts to advise smokers to quit.
How the Most Trusted Venues for Health-Related Information Influence Physician Referrals to Smoking Cessation Services.
Kruger J, Trosclair A, Bruce C, Beistle D. ISRN Public Health. 2012.
This study explored which health information sources physicians are using and how these sources affect referrals to smoking cessation services by analyzing data from the 2008 DocStyles survey. Of the 1,617 physicians who responded to all variables of interest, the most trusted sources of health-related information were medical journals (95.9%), government health agencies (82.2%), other physicians (76.4%), professional medical societies (75.2%) and medical web sites or podcasts (65.9%). Providers were more likely to refer patients to cessation services if they used professional medical societies as a source of information (OR 1.31). The authors conclude that to reach physicians effectively, information should be disseminated using a broad range of venues, including medical societies.
Understanding Oral Health Promotion Needs and Opportunities of Tobacco Quitline Callers.
McClure JB, Riggs KR, St John J, Cerutti B, Zbikowski S. Public Health Rep. 2012 Jul;127(4):401-6.
This study examined callers to the Washington State Quitline to assess their oral health, relevant self-care behaviors, and interest in oral health promotion intervention. Many respondents were interested in learning more about how to improve their oral health (57.4%), willing to speak with a quitline coach about improving their oral health (48.2%), and open to receiving additional oral health information by mail (62.7%) or the Internet (50.0%). People who were receptive to learning how to improve their oral health were significantly more likely to be nonwhite, have a low income, have no dental insurance, and not have visited a dentist in the past year. The authors conclude that there is a need and an opportunity to target tobacco cessation quitline callers for oral health promotion services, as those most in need of these services were open to receiving them.
Integrating Tobacco Cessation Quitlines into Health Care: Massachusetts, 2002-2011.
Warner DD, Land TG, Rodgers AB, Keithly L.  Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Jul;9:E133. Epub 2012 Jul 26.
This study analyzed QuitWorks data from three different phases in referrals. QuitWorks is a Massachusetts referral program that links health care organizations, providers, and patients to the state’s tobacco cessation quitline and provides feedback reporting. It is used by approximately 340 institutions and practices. Referrals increased from April 2002 through November 2005, plateaued from December 2005 through January 2009, and then increased sharply between February 2009 and March 2011. Influencing factors included partnerships with stakeholders, periodic program promotions, hospital activities in response to Joint Commission tobacco use measures, service evolutions, provision of nicotine replacement therapy for referred patients, and electronic referral options. The authors conclude that tobacco cessation referral programs can be successfully sustained over time; reach substantial numbers of tobacco users, benefit providers and health care organizations; and contribute to sustainable systems-level changes in health care.
Telephone Smoking Cessation Quitline Use Among Pregnant and Non-pregnant Women.
Bombard JM, Farr SL, Dietz PM, Tong VT, Zhang L, Rabius V. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print]
This study described characteristics, referral, utilization of services, and quit rates among pregnant and non-pregnant women enrolled in quitline cessation services in 10 states during 2006-2008. Results showed that pregnant callers heard about the quitline most often from a health care provider (50%) and non-pregnant callers most often through mass media (59%). Over half of pregnant (52%) and non-pregnant (57%) women received self-help materials only; the rest received counseling. Quit rates (self-report) at seven months after enrollment were 26.4% for pregnant women and 22.6% for non-pregnant women. The authors conclude that quitline provide needed services for pregnant and non-pregnant smokers, many of whom are uninsured, and that smokers should be encouraged to access counseling services.
Descriptive Profile of People with Diabetes who use the Puerto Rico Quitline.
Cabrera-Serrano A, Ramos-Colón MV, Rivera-Alvarado A, Cases-Rosario A, Ramos JI. Ethn Dis. 2012 Winter;22(1):45-50.
This study provided a description of the people with diabetes who used the Puerto Rico Quitline (PRQ) during 2008, compared to non-diabetic people (NDP). Results showed that nearly 11 percent of the people receiving PRQ services reported a diabetes diagnosis. PWD were more likely than NDP to report health conditions (95.7% vs. 62.3%, p<.01), and to have hypertension, circulatory problems, and respiratory infections. PWD consumed more alcoholic beverages per day (8) than NDP (5) (p<.01). The authors conclude that the study results can help increase the chances of success for smoking cessation among PWD who access the quitline program.
Recruitment of Community Pharmacies in a Randomized Trial to Generate Patient Referrals to the Tobacco Quitline.
Corelli RL, Zillich AJ, de Moor C, Giuliano MR, Arnold J, Fenlon CM, Douglas CL, Magnusson B, Zbikowski SM, Prokhorov AV, Hudmon KS. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2012 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print]
This study described the recruitment strategy for a two-state randomized trial testing two intervention approaches for increasing pharmacy-based referrals to tobacco cessation quitlines. Results showed that to achieve the target sample size of 64 study sites, it required contacting 150 pharmacies. Pharmacies that declined to participate most often cited time constraints as the primary reason. The authors concluded that community pharmacy personnel are receptive to participation in multisite tobacco cessation clinical research trials. However, execution of a representative sampling and recruitment scheme in this case was a very time and labor intensive process.

Comparison of 4 Recruiting Strategies in a Smoking Cessation Trial.
Buller DB, Meenan R, Severson H, Halperin A, Edwards E, Magnusson B. Am J Health Behav. 2012 Sep;36(5):577-88.
This study compared four online and off-line recruiting methods for a smoking cessation trial. Results showed that online ads and off-line materials recruited the most smokers for the lowest cost. Quitline screening was more expensive, but enrollees used services the most. Online health risk assessment was the least successful and most costly, but had the highest follow-up.
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Webinar on August 9: Helping Patients Quit: New Research on Clinical Tobacco Interventions!
Partnership for Prevention and the Multi-State Collaborative for Health System Change will co-sponsor an educational webinar on Thursday August 9. The program will run from 12:30 to 1:45pm Eastern time. It is free of charge and open to all.
The program is entitled, “Helping Patients Quit: New Research on Clinical Tobacco Interventions”. It will feature Dr. Shanta Dube (CDC/OSH) and Dr. Thomas Land (Massachusetts Dept of Public Health) discussing the latest findings in two separate research studies.
Description:  Two presenters will report on recently published information about clinical tobacco use interventions and a facilitator will lead a discussion with participants.  Particular attention will be paid to several important questions: 
  • Are healthcare providers intervening with their patients who use tobacco? 
  • Can a system of clinical tobacco use interventions reduce smoking rates and contain cost?  
  • Will large real-world data sets obtained from Electronic Heath Records (EMR) contribute new perspectives on reach, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of tobacco interventions?
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Due on August 13: 
Job Opening:  Break Free Alliance Seeking a Program Coordinator (Deadline Extended)!
Break Free Alliance, a national tobacco control program of the Health Education Council, is seeking a Program Coordinator. We are looking for a strong candidate with two to five years of experience in tobacco control to oversee the implementation of specific program objectives; help build and maintain strategic partnerships; promote and disseminate the work of Break Free Alliance and partners; and assist in evaluation efforts. This position is located in West Sacramento, California. The mission of Break Free Alliance is to reduce the burden of tobacco use in low socioeconomic status populations, and we are one of six national networks funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health. If you know of anyone who has an interest in becoming involved in the work of the Alliance, please forward them the Break Free Alliance Program Coordinator Job Description.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications: August 13th, 2012
E-mail, Fax or Mail your resume and cover letter (please write “RE: Program Coordinator - Break Free Alliance on cover letter):
Health Education Council
ATTN: Brandy Jaggers
3950 Industrial Blvd. Suite 600
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Fax: 916-446-0427
Due on September 17: 
Nominate a Deserving Colleague for Legacy’s Community Activist Award!
Legacy is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2012 Community Activist Award. The award celebrates exceptional individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to creating a tobacco-free world in their local community. Each nominee must be a recognized leader in his or her community with experience spearheading innovative and influential tobacco control projects, especially those that reflect Legacy’s mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit.

To submit a nomination and for more information, please visit

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