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North American Quitline Consortium
March 2013

Time-Sensitive News

SAVE THE DATE: Tales of the City: Banning Tobacco Sales in San Francisco Pharmacies - Webinar on March 20! 
The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) and Legacy are hosting a free webinar, "Tales of the City: Banning Tobacco Sales in San Francisco Pharmacies,"on March 20, 2013 at 2 pm Eastern Time (90 minutes).  

Webinar objectives:
  • Understand the toll of tobacco and pharmacists' role in public health and tobacco cessation interventions
  • Describe the first ban of tobacco sales in San Francisco community pharmacies, including the political, economic, and legal objections
  • Illustrate future implications for community pharmacies and tobacco control, and lessons learned for other municipalities 
» register today! 

SAVE THE DATE: Tobacco Cessation Coverage & the Medicaid Expansion - ALA Webinar on March 26!
The American Lung Association is pleased to invite you to a webinar addressing another hot topic in Affordable Care Act implementation: the Medicaid expansion. Many states will be making major changes to their Medicaid programs in 2014. Join us to learn how those changes will affect access to tobacco cessation treatments, and what opportunities there are for the tobacco control community to improve access and coverage. This discussion will be relevant to all states, regardless of status of Medicaid expansion.

What: Tobacco Cessation Coverage & the Medicaid Expansion webinar

When: Tuesday, March 26th at 2 pm EDT

Please register here:

If you are not able to attend, but would like to watch a recording, please email Jennifer Singleterry and she will email you the URL after the event.

For more resources on Affordable Care Act implementation and tobacco control, please visit our toolkit:
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IMPORTANT!  Second Annual Tips from Former Smokers Media Campaign!
The national media campaign - Tips 2 - has launched on March 4th, 2013. For more information, please visit the campaign's page on the NAQC website as well as refer to the CDC update prior to the launch here. NAQC is hosting regular campaign-related conference calls for service providers with CDC and NCI. Please make sure to participate! 

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SAVE THE DATE: DRAFT Quitline Referral Methods Issue Paper: Feedback from NAQC Members!
Webinar scheduled for April 17, 2013, 
12:30 – 2PM ET
This webinar is intended to provide participants with an overview of the major content areas of the draft Quality Improvement Initiative Issue Paper and the author’s recommendations to the field. Following a brief presentation by the author, participants will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to the author on the paper’s strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions for improvement.
» register today! 

The NAQC FY2012 Annual Survey of Quitlines is now open, and will close on March 22, 2013. Several resources are available on the 2012 Survey page of the NAQC website:
  • The FY2012 Survey instrument (both Word and PDF versions)
  • The link to the Survey Monkey data collection tool
  • Training webinar slides and audio recording
  • Questions and Answers (last updated March 5)
For more information, to request an extension, or for any other questions, please contact NAQC’s Director of ResearchJessie Saul, at

NAQC Membership: Renew Your Dues for FY14!
NAQC’s membership drive for fiscal year 2014 began last month. We hope all of you will renew your membership for the coming year!. To avoid a lapse in your membership benefits, please submit payment for your dues before July 1, 2013 (payments are accepted in a form of a check, credit card payment, and online renewal). Please refer to the membership page for more information.

Please make the most of your membership with NAQC by using important benefits such as the member-only networking Listserv where you can ask questions, share ideas and resources, and collaborate with your colleagues.

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

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Tobacco Control

2013 AAP National Conference and Exhibition: Call for Tobacco Abstracts! 
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Provisional Section on Tobacco Control is accepting submissions that address any aspect of tobacco and child health for AAP’s National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) to be held October 26–29, Orlando, FL. Deadline is April 12, 2013.
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CPPW Success Stories! 
CDC/Office on Smoking and Health has posted 6 stories:  Kentucky (Secondhand Smoke), New Mexico (Secondhand Smoke & Diabetes), Oklahoma (Tribal Health Disparities), Oregon (Medicaid Cessation), Texas (Secondhand Smoke), and Utah (Mental Health & Policy). 
» learn more

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Computer-Assisted Guidance for Dental Office Tobacco-Cessation Counseling: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Rindal DB, Rush WA, Schleyer TK, Kirshner M, Boyle RG, Thoele MJ, Asche SE, Thyvalikakath T, Spallek H, Durand EC, Enstad CJ, Huntley CL. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Mar;44(3):260-4.
This study examined whether provision of computer-assisted guidance in an electronic patient record (EPR) would increase the likelihood dentists and dental hygienists would assess interest in quitting, deliver a brief tobacco intervention, and refer to a tobacco cessation quitline as compared to a group providing usual care. Clinics were randomized to receive the computer-assisted guidance through EPR or provide usual care. Patients were surveyed by telephone (response rate 72%). Results based on patient report showed that providers receiving the computer-assisted guidance performed all of the intended activities more frequently than the control group (assess interest in quitting 87% vs. 70%, p=0.0006; discuss specific strategies for quitting (47% vs. 26%, p=0.003; refer to a quitline 37% vs. 17%, p=0.007). The authors conclude that clinical decision support embedded in electronic health records can effectively help providers deliver tobacco interventions.
Ask-Advise-Connect: A New Approach to Smoking Treatment Delivery in Health Care Settings.
Vidrine JI, Shete S, Cao Y, Greisinger A, Harmonson P, Sharp B, Miles L, Zbikowski SM, Wetter DW. JAMA Intern Med. Published online February 25, 2013.
This study evaluated a new approach to Ask-Advise-Refer programs (the first 2 of the 5A’s, with referral to quitlines). Ask-Advise-Connect (AAC) was designed to address barriers to linking smokers with treatment that typically result in low rates of primary care referrals to quitlines, and most referred smokers failing to call quitlines for assistance. Five clinics within a metropolitan area were randomized to the AAC intervention condition, and five were randomized to the AAR (control) condition. In the AAC clinics, the names and telephone numbers of referred smokers were sent to the quitline daily, and patients were called by the quitline within 48 hours. In the AAR clinics, patients were given a quitline referral card and encouraged to call the quitline on their own. Results showed that 7.8% of all identified smokers enrolled in quitline counseling in the AAC clinics, while 0.6% enrolled in the AAR clinics (p<.001), representing a 13-fold increase in the proportion of smokers enrolling in treatment. The authors conclude that the system changes implemented in the AAC approach have tremendous potential to reduce tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, and could be adopted broadly by other health systems.
Awareness and Ever Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among U.S. Adults, 2010–2011.
King BA, Alam S, Promoff G, Arrazola R, Dube SR. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Received August 10, 2012; accepted January 18, 2013. E-pub.
This study is the first to report changes in awareness and use of e-cigarettes between 2010 and 2011. Awareness and ever use of e-cigarettes increased from 2010 to 2011.  In 2011, about 21 percent of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used e-cigarettes, up from about 10 percent in 2010.  Overall, about six percent of all adults have tried e-cigarettes, with estimates nearly doubling from 2010.  During 2010–2011, adults who have used e-cigarettes increased among both sexes, non-Hispanic Whites, those aged 45–54 years, those living in the South, and current and former smokers and current and former smokers.  In both 2010 and 2011, e-cigarette use was significantly higher among current smokers compared to both former and never smokers.  Awareness of e-cigarettes rose from about four in 10 adults in 2010 to six in 10 adults in 2011. The authors conclude that since e-cigarette use may continue to increase with time and could have either harmful or beneficial effects on public health, depending on its impact on smoking initiation and cessation, appropriate public health surveillance of the product is needed.
Factors in Nonadherence to Quitline Services: Smoker Characteristics Explain Little.
Burns EK, Levinson AH, Deaton EA. Health Educ Behav. 2012 Oct;39(5):596-602. Epub 2012 Jan 13.
This study examines the phenomenon of high quitline coaching dropout rates, and factors that are highly correlated with quitline service abandonment. Data from one quitline for one year were examined (n=20,882). Results showed that nearly half of quitline enrollees completed only one session (47.8%). Yet of all the factors examined, all significant factors explained less than 4% of the variance. Not being sent NRT was most strongly correlated with completion of only one session. The authors conclude that further research should determine the extent of the problem in national quitline systems, increase knowledge of mediators of nonadherence, and develop strategies for increasing coaching completion.
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Position Openings!
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Cancer Institute’s (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP) is seeking a senior scientist to serve as Chief of the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB).  TCRB provides national and international leadership and support for research activities related to prevention and control of tobacco use and the elimination of cancer and suffering due to tobacco use.  TCRB also synthesizes and disseminates scientific findings through publications, special journal issues, and its Tobacco Control Monograph series.
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Public Health and Social Marketing Career Opportunities!
For nearly a decade, Rescue Social Change Group has provided research,  strategy, and marketing services to organizations fighting for positive social change. Rescue SCG is committed to its mission to improve the lives of youth and young adults through tobacco, alcohol, obesity, violence, and HIV prevention programs, as well as after school promotion and youth advocacy for policy change.

In the text year, Rescue SCG will be filling over 200 new positions. Learn more about the current career opportunities at the link below.
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2013 Calendar of Tobacco/Nicotine Scientific Meetings And Webcasts!
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