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North American Quitline Consortium
August 2010


Making the Case for Quitlines - New Toolbox Available!
NAQC announces publication of Making the Case for Quitlines: A Toolbox for Communicating with the Media, Policy makers and the Public. This toolbox is designed to help quitlines better communicate the importance of their work with the media, policy makers and the public.
» view repository of innovative state quitline materials

Medicaid and Quitlines - Resource Toolbox Now Available!
In July 2010, NAQC published this toolbox to encourage state quitlines, tobacco control programs and Medicaid agencies to increase the level of cessation services available to Medicaid members. The toolbox provides primers, describes current coverage, identifies challenges and provides examples of innovative programs from leading states.
» view Medicaid toolbox

Policy Playbook - New Updates Now Available!
NAQC is excited to announce that its Policy Playbook has been updated, including new content on the pages included in the communication announcement. The Playbook focuses on promoting quitline services to smokers following the enactment of new smokefree laws or the implementation of tobacco tax increases. The strategies included in the Playbook help states maximize cessation attempts through the use of quitlines and suggests an ideal approach to accomplish this goal.
» view Policy Playbook

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Tobacco Control

Apply for Affordable Care Act Funds!
As part of the overall effort to reduce the burden of chronic diseases and chronic disease risk factors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), announces the opportunity to apply for Affordable Care Act funds to create additional tobacco quitters, beyond what states and jurisdictions have projected to achieve in Recovery Act funded programs.
» learn more

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expanded Medicare coverage
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expanded Medicare coverage of evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling, removing a barrier to treatment for all tobacco users covered by Medicare.
» learn more

New York Talks About New Health "Shock" Ads

Violent and shocking images are being used in public service announcements (PSAs). This extreme genre of advertising is reaching new levels, and while the cause may be honorable, some people are wondering if perhaps it has gone too far. Jeffrey Willett, of the NY Tobacco Control Program, talks to ABC News about the development and effectiveness of stop-smoking PSAs running in the state of New York.
» watch segment here

FDA Announces Remaining Tobacco Retailer Compliance Training Sessions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products will hold the remaining four of five live training sessions on federal tobacco regulations in September 2010 in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, and Los Angeles, CA. Retailers who sell tobacco are encouraged to attend in person or participate by phone or by webcast.
» learn more

State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System Update
The State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System is an electronic data warehouse containing up-to-date and historical state-level data on tobacco use prevention and control. The STATE System is available on the Internet at the following address: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/STATESystem  
The System has recently been updated with new data.

New data available include:
  • Legislative data on Advertising, Excise Tax, Fire Safe Cigarettes, Licensure, Preemption, Smokefree Indoor Air and Youth Access from Office on Smoking and Health, 2010 (2nd quarter data).
  • Adult Cessation, Cigarette Use and Current Smoking data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2009.
  • Youth Cigarette and Smokeless Tobacco Use data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2009.
» learn more

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NAQC Invites Comments on Proposed "MDS for Web"
In collaboration with a workgroup of members and external experts, NAQC is developing a modified version of the Minimal Data Set for quitlines that can be implemented in an online environment for tobacco users either registering for a telephone quitline (intake) or who have participated in a telephone quitline service (follow-up). One of the primary goals of the MDS for Web is to recognize the need for flexibility among and between quitlines as they consider implementing MDS questions in an online environment. NAQC invites comments and feedback from all members at this point; for a copy of the proposed modified MDS questions and related implementation guidance materials, contact Jessie Saul, NAQC Director of Research, at jsaul@naquitline.org.

Quarterly Research Conference Call Series to Launch Fall 2010
In response to member requests, NAQC is launching a quarterly conference call designed to provide an informal forum for discussion of upcoming and ongoing quitline-related research efforts. If you would like to receive additional information about this call series, please contact Jessie Saul, NAQC Director of Research, at jsaul@naquitline.org .

Thank You to All KIQNIC Survey Participants From the KIQNIC Research Team!
The KIQNIC research team would like to thank all participants of the year 2 KIQNIC survey. Of all potential respondents, 74% completed the survey, representing 85 of 92 organizations (92%). THANK YOU for all your time and engagement with this project! Stay tuned for more details on year 1 results. Year 2 findings will be available in early 2011.

Impact on Quit Attempts of Mailed General Practitioner 'Brief Advice' Letters Plus Nicotine Replacement Therapy Vouchers
Watson D, Bullen C, Clover M, McRobbie H, Parag V, Walker N. J Prim Health Care. 2010 Mar;2(1):4-10.
This study tested the acceptability and feasibility of a personalized letter from primary care practitioners advising smokers together with a one-month voucher for nicotine gum, and whether it prompts quit attempts. Quitline calls were not significantly higher from the intervention district, but NRT voucher redemptions were significantly higher from the district that was assigned to receive the letter and voucher. Almost 9% of the vouchers were redeemed for NRT. Primary care physicians found the strategy very acceptable. The authors conclude that this strategy shows potential as a simple way to increase the number of smokers making supported quit attempts through primary care, and that a randomized trial is warranted.

Any Tobacco Use in 13 States - Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. 2010 Aug 6;59(30):946-950. This article can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5930a3.htm.  
To estimate the prevalence of any tobacco and polytobacco use, CDC analyzed data from the 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (the most recent data available) module on use of other tobacco products, which was implemented by 13 states. The prevalence of cigarette smoking ranged from 14.6% to 26.6% in the 13 states in this analysis; however, when any tobacco use (including use of smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes, bidis, kreteks, and other forms of tobacco) also is considered, an additional 5% of the adult population in these states would be considered tobacco users (range: 18.4%--35.0%). This analysis found that use of any tobacco product ranged from 18.4% (New Jersey) to 35.0% (West Virginia), cigarette use ranged from 14.6% (New Jersey) to 26.6% (West Virginia), and use of more than one tobacco product ranged from 1.0% (New Jersey) to 3.7% (West Virginia). Use of multiple tobacco products was more prevalent among men (4.4%), persons aged 18--24 years (5.7%), persons who were single (4.8%), persons with household incomes less than $35,000 (9.8%), and persons with less than a high school education (3.6%) or with a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or diploma (3.6%).

Do Faxed Quitline Referrals Add Value to Dental Office-Based Tobacco-use Cessation Interventions?
Gordon JS, Andrews JA, Crews KM, Payne TJ, Severson HH, Lichtenstein E. J Am Dent Assoc. 2010 Aug;141(8):1000-7.
This study evaluated the effects of two levels of a dental office-based intervention compared with usual care. The two intervention conditions were 5As (Ask Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) and 3As (Ask, Advise, Refer to a telephone quitline model). At the 12-month assessment, participants in the two intervention conditions combined were more likely to report quitting compared to usual care. There were no significant differences between participants in the clinics using the 5As and 3As strategies. Patients receiving telephone counseling quit at higher rates than those not receiving counseling, but only a small percentage of those proactively referred actually received counseling. The authors conclude that training dental practitioners to provide brief tobacco-use cessation advice and assistance results in a change in their behavior, and that these practitioners are effective in helping their patients to quit using tobacco. 

NSF Grand Challenges - Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
As part of its long-term strategic planning effort, the National Science Foundation's Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) invites researchers to submit brief papers (up to 2000 words) describing grand challenges for the SBE fields over the next 10-20 years. The SBE Directorate funds the bulk of psychological research within NSF. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010.
»  view announcement

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Nominate a Deserving Colleague for Legacy’s Community Activist Award
Legacy is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2010 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: http://www.legacyforhealth.org/caa.aspx. The winner will receive a $2500 honorarium.

NOTE: Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 17, 2010.

Evaluation of Quitline/QuitNet RFP
The North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease is requesting proposals for an evaluation contractor capable of conducting comprehensive and comparative evaluations of the North Dakota Tobacco Quitline and the North Dakota QuitNet programs. The successful applicant will develop and implement the evaluation of the Quitline and the QuitNet for the Department’s tobacco prevention and control program. The contract period is October 18, 2010 through June 30, 2011.
» copy of the RFP

Position Announcement: Cessation Program Manager
ClearWay Minnesota(SM) is an independent nonprofit organization established to eliminate the harm that tobacco causes the people of Minnesota. Its mission is to enhance life for all Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through research, action, and collaboration. Funded with three percent of the state’s tobacco settlement, ClearWay Minnesota serves the state through its grantmaking program, individual stop-smoking services, and statewide outreach activities.

The Cessation Program Manager is actively involved in ClearWay Minnesota’s cessation programs and cessation policy initiatives. Primary responsibilities include managing ClearWay Minnesota’s cessation programs, collaborating with grantees and stakeholders to facilitate implementation of systems-level changes and policies to improve tobacco dependence treatment delivery and working as part of a team to advance tobacco cessation policy in Minnesota. The Cessation Program Manager reports to the Director of Cessation Programs.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in public health, social science, public policy, public administration, or a relevant field; 3-5 years experience in conducting interventions in a health-related field, preferably health care quality improvement or health systems change; experience in project management, grants administration, data management and analysis; and experience working with diverse stakeholders at the local and state level. Strong interpersonal skills, a flexible and results-driven work style, and the ability to build relationships and coalitions are required.

Applicants should submit a letter of introduction and resume by September 26, 2010, to Pamela Johnson, Search Consultant, at pjohnsonsearch@gmail.com . For more information about ClearWay Minnesota, see www.clearwaymn.org.
» view PDF announcement

Positions available in Clinical and Behavioral Sciences
There are two opportunities in the Clinical and Behavioral Sciences department at Free & Clear. Below is a brief description about each position. A detailed description is located here. Interested applicants may apply for either position by sending a letter of interest and résumé to Human Resources, Free & Clear, Inc, 999 3rd Avenue, Suite 2100, Seattle, WA 98104, or email: recruiter@freeclear.com.
» view Research Investigator and Health Care Provider and Systems Change Training Manager positions

Two open tobacco control focused positions with the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has two open positions related to a grant that was recently received to provide assistance to communities that received Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants.
The Senior Manager, Smokefree Communities position is more externally focused, and will be the primary liaison with the communities ALA will be providing assistance to.
The Manager, Smokefree Communities position will be internally focused dealing with grant logistics/deliverables and working with the evaluators for the project.
ALA is seeking individuals with tobacco control experience for both positions, but especially the Senior Manager position. See the position descriptions for more details and information on how to apply.
» view senior manager position
» view manager position
Final Meeting of the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND)
The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND), funded by the National Cancer Institute and Legacy, will hold its final capstone meeting on October 25-26, 2010. Registration for the meeting will be available in early September and is limited to 200 participants, so please mark your calendars and be sure to register quickly upon receiving the registration information (to be sent by email). We look forward to sharing TReND's progress and providing the opportunity for discussion and networking with others interested in the science of tobacco-related health disparities. Together, we hope to continue moving the field forward and to translate this growing body of science into efforts that will help reduce the disproportionate burden of tobacco death and disease among vulnerable populations.
» view meeting announcement

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