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North American Quitline Consortium
November 2013

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ANNUAL SURVEY! Results Now Available! 
FY2012 Annual Survey results were presented via webinar on Wednesday, October 23. The full set of survey results, as well as the questions and answers from the webinar are now available on the 2012 survey page. Thank you to all who helped gather and report data for the survey. We could not provide this “state of quitlines” report without you!
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NEW RESOURCE! Quitline Vendor Information! 
NAQC and state tobacco control programs have received a number of inquiries from health plans requesting information about high quality quitline vendors.To assist health plans and others in selecting a quitline vendor that best meets their needs, NAQC has compiled a list of vendors and services offered located at the link below (a banner will feature this document on the front page of the NAQC website). If you are interested in learning more or to be listed as a quitline vendor, please contact us at
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Time-Sensitive News

SAVE THE DATE! Healthy People 2020 Webinar on November 21! 
During the 45-minute call on November 21 at noon ET, presenters will provide an overview of tobacco use prevalence, one of the 12 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topics released by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The event will also highlight one program’s success at addressing tobacco use in California.

Series Learning Objectives:

1. To raise awareness of the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) and actions that can be taken to address them.

2. To examine the context in addressing each LHI topic.

3. To explore how states, communities, and organizations are addressing the LHIs using innovative and evidence-based approaches.
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NEW WEBINAR SERIES! Be Sure to Participate in Upcoming Webinars!
Last week NAQC announced a new webinar series for  2014 which will focus on new and emerging models for delivering cessation treatment, highlighting implications of the evolving evidence base for new cessation products and delivery methods on quitline practice, as well as possible implications for their expanding quitline reach to the changing demographics of tobacco users. Please find the listing of upcoming topics below and make sure to register for the first webinar on December 18.  Please note that the calls will take place from 12:30 to 2:00 PM ET. 

December 18, 2013
E-Cigarette Use: What We Know, What We Don’t and What it Means for Quitlines
Webinar presenters will provide a review of the scientific evidence on e-cigarettes with a focus on the potential harms of using the product and the potential benefits (i.e., as a method for quitting and preventing relapse), followed by a panel discussion on implications for quitline practice.
February 19, 2014
Referrals, Reach and Retention: Are Quitline Outreach and Healthcare Provider Training Efforts Paying Off? 

July 16, 2014
Linking Quitlines with Internet Cessation Programming, Text Messaging and Social Networks 

September 17, 2014
Innovations in Relapse Prevention: A Discussion of Strategies and Solutions 

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PPP WEBINAR: Tobacco Cessation Coverage: Strategies to Engage Employers!
In the next few months, we will be offering new learning opportunities for members to build their capacity in establishing public-private partnerships to costs-share quitline services. Please be sure to join the first webinar on the topic on January 14, 2014. 

Tobacco cessation treatment is the single most cost-effective health benefit an employer can provide to its employees.  The CDC estimates that companies spend $3,856 per smoker per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity.  A growing number of employers across the country have committed to providing evidence-based cessation treatment for their employees through the use of quitlines.  During the webinar, you will be able to learn first-hand from an employer, health insurer and insurance broker about how they implemented and benefited from offering cessation coverage while also meeting the Affordable Care Act requirements. 
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CALL for APPLICANTS: HPP Editorial Advisory Board!
Health Promotion Practice (HPP), an official journal of the Society for Public Health Education, is issuing a call for nominations to the HPP Editorial Advisory Board. Editorial Advisory Board members will assist in achieving the journal's mission by conducting peer reviews of submitted manuscripts, helping to promote the journal to colleagues and institutional subscribers, and providing overall guidance and recommendations for improvements to meet readers' needs.

Applicants must be a National SOPHE member or willing to become one, if selected. The application deadline is December 2, 2013.
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Tobacco Control

IMPORTANT RELEASE: Current Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011 and 2012 (CDC)!
CDC's Office on Smoking and Health just released the article “Current Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011 and 2012” in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The following information appeared in the article. "During 2011-2012 there was no significant decline in cigarette smoking or overall tobacco use among U.S. middle and high school students while there were significant increases in the use of emerging tobacco products, notably electronic cigarettes, hookahs (or water pipes), and cigars."
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SIGN UP TODAY! USPSTF Activities on Behavioral Counseling and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women!
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF, Task Force) will be posting for public comment the draft research plan on behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women on their Web site. If you are interested in providing USPSTF, Task Force with feedback on this draft research plan and in receiving periodic updates on this topic please sign up for the USPSTF email list to receive announcements and updates on this and other Task Force recommendations about clinical preventive services. The USPSTF email list is open to anyone with interest in their work. 

To learn more about the Task Force, you can view a Task Force 101 slideshow here or visit our Web site:
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CONGRATULATIONS TO IQH! Tricare Contract Announcement! 
A one-year contract to provide smoking cessation counseling services to eligible Tricare beneficiaries throughout the country has been awarded to Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH).  The contract is through the Department of Defense, Tricare Management Activity, and covers 50 states and the District of Columbia. TRICARE ® is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

IQH, located in Ridgeland, MS, has operated the Tobacco Quitline as a telephone support service for over 12 years, offering cessation counseling to several states.
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The ONE Step Initiative: Quality Improvement in a Pediatric Clinic for Secondhand Smoke Reduction.
Bunik M, Cavanaugh KL, Herrick D, Mehner L, Venugopalakrishnan J, Crane LA, Puma J. Pediatrics. 2013 Aug;132(2):e502-11.
This study tested whether a quality improvement activity around smoking counseling led to changes in assessment of smoking history by medical staff as well as smoking or other behaviors affecting children’s secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. The ONE Step intervention included training medical assistants and other health care providers to ask whether caregivers of pediatric patients smoke, advise caregivers to smoke outside and quit if ready, and refer smoking caregivers to the Colorado telephone QuitLine. The intervention also included electronic medical record prompts and required documentation regarding smoking. Change in rates of assessment of smoking were measured using chart review. Caregiver behavior change was assessed by an initial survey at baseline and follow-up survey by phone at 6 and 12 months from study entry. Results showed that 97% of caregivers reported discussions of SHS with providers was acceptable. 14% of smoking caregivers had quit at 6 months, and 13% had quit at 12 months. 63% and 70% of caregivers had reduced SHS exposure at 6 and 12 months respectively. The study authors conclude that ONE Step was feasible to deliver in a busy outpatient setting, acceptable to families, and appears to have resulted in decreased exposure to SHS among pediatric patients.
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Vacancy Announcement - Manager, Lung Health Policy!
American Lung Association is hiring for a policy manager position, who will work on our Cessation Consortium project as well as other tobacco projects. The Manager will research and analyze state and other entities’ legislation, laws, regulations, and tobacco control and cessation policies; analyze existing state asthma policies; assist in research and analysis of Affordable Care Act policy; staff tobacco cessation policy-related work groups; assist in creation of relevant policy materials and websites; and assist in tracking progress on grant deliverables.
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Position Announcement - ClearWay Minnesota!
ClearWay MinnesotaSM is seeking a Cessation Manager that will lead our efforts to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into routine health care in Minnesota through health systems change. This person will:

  • Monitor the health care environment so we can capitalize on relevant trends;
  • Plan and implement health systems change initiatives for tobacco dependence treatment;
  • Manage grants and contracts that support our health systems change work;
  • Provide technical assistance;
  • Partner within and outside the organization to foster health systems change; and
  • Participate in efforts to evaluate this work.

ClearWay Minnesota has a goal of ensuring that all Minnesotans have access to comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment. This is a mission-critical position to help us achieve this goal. This position is located in ClearWay Minnesota's Cessation Department and reports to the Director of Cessation Programs. Some travel, both in-state and out-of-state, is required.

Applicants should email a letter of introduction and resume by November 21, 2013 to Pamela Johnson, search consultant, at For more information about ClearWay Minnesota, see
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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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The National Conference on Tobacco or Health Youth Stream: November 25-27th 2013 - NCTH Opening Plenary Update! 
The National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTH) is the largest meeting of professionals working in tobacco control in Canada. This conference creates and nurtures knowledge networks that connect people with people and the information they need.

Registration is open for the Youth Stream Pre-Conference Session of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTH)! The Youth Stream is presented by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, East Tobacco Control Area Network, Freeze the Industry Campaign, and the Ontario Lung Association Youth Advocacy Training Institute.

The Youth Stream will take place prior to the start of the NCTH in Ottawa from November 23-25th.  This session is designed for youth, young adults and youth workers to network as well as learn and share their region's current focus and activity regarding tobacco control and prevention.  Delegates participating in the Youth Stream will be actively involved in the planning and implementation of an advocacy activity to launch the NCTH.

In Canada, electronic cigarettes with nicotine are ostensibly illegal, and yet e-cigarettes—both with and without nicotine—are widely promoted and sold and are not subject to tobacco control measures, including workplace and public place smoking bans and restrictions on promotion. Many in public health are also interested in how they fit with smoking cessation.
As the market for e-cigs grows, the discussion in Canada has focused on five main issues:

  1. Initiation: Do they act as a gateway to smoking or to nicotine addiction among youth?
  2. Re-normalization and modelling: Will they undermine current tobacco control measures, including smoke-free laws?
  3. Cessation potential: Are they a quit aid or do they perpetuate smoking?
  4. Health and safety: What are the short- and long-term health and safety risks of use and inhalation of second-hand vapour?
  5. Market acceptability: Will smokers move to this less harmful product?

The opening plenary will look at e-cigarettes from three perspectives: as a tobacco-like product, as a harm reduction product, and as a new consumer product.

All details surrounding the event can be found on the registration page found when you click here.  
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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!
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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