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IMPORTANT: Just a Few Days Left to Participate in Election of NAQC Board Members!
The election process will close on Friday, June 14 at 5 pm EST. In late May all organizational NAQC members have received detailed information on the upcoming election and this year’s candidates. Please note that only the organizational contacts may cast the vote on behalf of their organization. To learn who your organizational contact is or for other assistance with the voting process, contact NAQC@NAQuitline.org. To learn more about this year's elections, please click here.
IMPORTANT: NAQC is Seeking Nominees for the Advisory Council!
This summer, the terms of four members of NAQC’s Advisory Council will end and NAQC is seeking nominees to fill these vacancies. Nominees should be familiar with and/or interested in topics such as quitline quality and operations as well as cessation policy and systems change. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Advisory Council, it is a leadership group comprised of NAQC members and meets four times a year (once in-person). A list of current members can be viewed on NAQC’s website. Nominee information should be submitted to email@example.com by June 21. To learn more about the nomination process, please click here.
IMPORTANT: NAQC Membership!
Thanks to all NAQC members who have already renewed their membership dues for FY14!
Many of you have reached out to us asking for an extension of the membership renewal deadline and to accommodate these requests, we have extended the deadline from July 1 to August 30. To avoid interruption in your membership services, please submit your membership dues (payments are accepted in a form of a check, credit card payment, and online renewal) prior to 5 pm ET on August 30.
For questions regarding membership, please contact Natalia Gromov at 800-398-5489 ext. 701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UPCOMING NAQC WEBINAR ON JULY 17: Checking In on Quitline Sustainability Efforts: Painting the Picture with 2012 Annual Survey Data and Current Practice!
Join us for a first-glance at 2012 Annual Survey data related to quitline cost-sharing partnerships and a series of brief presentations by states on their sustainability efforts. Implications of survey findings and strategies for moving forward on cost-sharing partnerships will be discussed.
IMPORTANT! Father's Day Resources!
Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 16. In advance of this special day, CTFK has updated it’s fact sheets on smoking among men and celebrating a smoke-free Father’s Day.
These materials include state-specific information, including smoking rates for men, smoking-attributable deaths and health care costs, that can be used for press releases, op-eds, LTE’s, etc. The data also can be used to publicize or support your other current or planned tobacco control efforts.
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IMPORTANT! June 17 is the Last Week of the National Media Campaign - Tips From Former Smokers!
We are in the last two weeks of the Tips 2 national media campaign that started on Mary 4, 2013. The main goals of the campaign are to:
Build public awareness of the immediate health damage caused by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Encourage smokers to quit, and make free help available for those who want it, including calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visiting this Web site (www.cdc.gov/tips).
Encourage smokers not to smoke around others and nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke.
To learn more about the campaign and how to best leverage available resources for earned media after the end of the campaign, please click here
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Leading Health Groups Urge AGs to Investigate R.J. Reynolds' New Magazine Ads for Camel!
Tobacco 101 Web-based Tutorial!
TTAC launched a newly updated and redesigned Tobacco 101 web-based tutorial providing information and resources necessary to understand the problems related to tobacco use and strategies that effectively reduce tobacco use; the user-friendly, self-guided format allows users to complete the training at their own pace and explore the various external resources and tools as they work through the training.
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Five leading public health organizations are calling on state attorneys general to investigate whether R.J. Reynolds’ new magazine advertising campaign for Camel cigarettes violates the state tobacco settlement’s prohibition on targeting youth.
The ads, for Camel Crush cigarettes, have appeared in the April, May or June issues of at least 24 magazines, including several with large teen readerships. [...]
The health groups are urging the state attorneys general to investigate whether the ad campaign violates a provision of the 1998 settlement that prohibits tobacco companies from taking "any action, directly or indirectly, to target Youth within any Settling State in the advertising, promotion or marketing of Tobacco Products.”
Important Resources on the Topic of Disclosure from Tobacco Control Legal Consortium!
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Disclosure of Smoking Policies in Multi-Unit Housing
A fact sheet that explains the concept of a smoking disclosure policy for landlords and owners of multi-unit housing, and reviews benefits and concerns for those considering such policies.
Online Resources for Researching Individuals & Organizations
A select compilation of online resources that could be helpful in researching individuals as well as front groups, lobbyists, political organizations and others aligned with the tobacco industry.
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Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among State Tobacco Cessation Quitline Callers.
Vickerman KA, Carpenter KM, Altman T, Nash CM, Zbikowski SM. Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May 8. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined e-cigarette use among tobacco users seeking help from state tobacco quitlines, the reasons for its use, and whether e-cigarette use influences success with quitting tobacco. Results show that nearly one-third of respondents reported ever using or trying e-cigarettes. Of those who had tried e-cigarettes, over six in ten (61.7%) reported using them for less than one month. Reasons for using e-cigarettes including for help with quitting other tobacco (51.3%) or to replace other tobacco (15.2%). E-cigarette users (both those who had used e-cigarettes for more than one month and less than one month) were significantly less likely to be quit from tobacco seven months after calling a state quitline compared with participants who had never tried e-cigarettes (30-day point prevalence rates: 16.6% and 21.7% vs. 31.3%, p<.001). The authors conclude that the rates of e-cigarette use, and the use of e-cigarettes as cessation aids should inform policy and treatment discussions on this topic, especially since the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a cessation aid.
Increasing the Reach of Quitlines Through Active Telephone Recruitment: Do Cold-Called Smokers Differ from Quitline Callers?
Tzelepis F, Paul CL, Duncan SL, Walsh RA, Wiggers J, Knight J. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Dec;14(12):1488-93. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr317. Epub 2012 Feb 17.
This study examined whether active telephone recruitment (“cold calling”) for enrollment in telephone quitlines reaches new groups of smokers. First-time quitline callers to the New South Wales Quitline were compared to cold-called participants who received telephone counseling from the electronic NSW telephone directory. Results showed that male smokers, older age groups, those living in nonmetropolitan areas, smokers who took longer to smoke their first cigarette after waking, consumed fewer cigarettes per day, and were less motivated to quit had greater odds of being referred to the quitline through cold calling. The authors concluded that active telephone recruitment (cold calling) enrolls new groups of smokers to quitlines, and suggest that the reach of quitlines could be improved if quitlines incorporated cold calling into their recruitment strategies.
Preventing Chronic Disease Volume 10 — May 16, 2013.
Smoke-Free Rules and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Homes and Vehicles Among US Adults, 2009–2010.
King BA, Dube SR, Homa DM. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:120218.
This study examined the prevalence and correlates of voluntary smoke-free rules and SHS exposure in homes and vehicles among US adults through analysis of data from the 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey. Results showed that the national prevalence of voluntary smoke-free rules was 81.1%, and the prevalence of past-7-day SHS exposure was 6.0% in homes and 9.2% in vehicles. In addition, results indicated that SHS exposure among nonsmokers was greatest among men, younger adults, non-Hispanic blacks, and those with a lower level of education. The authors concluded that disparities in exposure still exist among certain states and subpopulations, and that efforts are needed to warn about the dangers of SHS and to promote voluntary smoke-free home and vehicle rules.
Attitudes Towards SMS Text Message Smoking Cessation Support: A Qualitative Study of Pregnant Smokers.
Naughton F, Jamison J, Sutton S. Health Educ Res. 2013 May 2. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined the attitudes of women who currently or previously smoked while pregnant toward receiving pregnancy-related smoking cessation support by text message. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews and focus groups with 33 women, and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results showed that texting was regarded as a highly convenient mode of support delivery leading to high levels of attention to messages. While those who did not receive text messages had high expectations for real-time intervention with smoking behaviors, those who did receive text messages found them to be helpful, despite the lack of a real-time intervention element. Respondents also highlighted the impact of perceived source, including personalization and personal relevance of messages. The authors conclude that maximizing personalization and personal relevance can increase the value of text message support and reduce the risk of disengagement.
Deadline of June 26! Arizona Department of Health Position Opening (Tobacco Office Chief)!
This position is responsible for providing leadership in both long-range vision and day to day operations and activities for the Tobacco Prevention & Control Program. This includes strategic planning development and evaluation, while ensuring successful program outcomes in accordance with tobacco tax funding, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cooperative agreements and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grant.
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Program Highlights - 7th National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit!
The 7th National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit is the ONLY national conference dedicated to addressing the health and social issues attributed to smokeless and spit tobacco use. It will take place on August 6-8, 2013 in Montana.
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NALBOH Annual Conference: Reserve your spot today!
Throughout the country, boards of health are responsible for governing health departments, approving budgets, and making decisions on major department expenditures. The NALBOH Annual Conference is the only national conference that focuses solely on board of health issues and concerns and it is taking place on August 14-16 in Utah.
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8th NCTH Registration Discount!
The 8th National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTH) will be taking place in Ottawa starting the evening of November 25th until November 27th, 2013. Visit the conference registration page and enter the coupon code "Smokefree2013" to receive a 10% discount on your registration. This offer is only valid until June 29, 2013.
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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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2013 Calendar of Tobacco/Nicotine Scientific Meetings And Webcasts!
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