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North American Quitline Consortium
March 2015

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  Time-Sensitive News


NAQC is planning a conference on August 17-18, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. We hope you will SAVE THE DATE! Additional information about the registration process, call for abstracts, conference agenda, sponsorship and other details will be provided in early April. 

FY2013 Annual Survey! CHECK OUT THE NEW DATA!
On March 11, NAQC hosted a webinar presenting the major findings from the 2013 Annual Survey. During this webinar, participants learned:
  • about the state of quitline funding, service delivery, sustainability activities, utilization, and evaluation for FY13, as well as identified trends over time.
  • about how NAQC will use FY13 Annual Survey data, plans for sharing and posting data online, and quitline opt-out abilities.
  • about next steps for the survey and other data collection initiatives.
If you were unable to join the webinar, you can review the details here. The summary will be produced shortly. 

FY2013 Benchmarking Data – DEADLINE TO OPT OUT EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2015!
Earlier this month, NAQC distributed benchmarking data to all state quitlines, showing their rates and rank (compared to other state quitlines) on reach, investment in the quitline and quit rates. Please email Maria Rudie, NAQC Research Manager ( by Thursday, April 30th if you did not receive your data or if you would like to opt out of having your state’s FY2013 Benchmarking Data posted to the NAQC Quitline Profile’s page.

NAQC Membership Drive for 2016!
NAQC membership drive has begun at the end of February. If you have not yet received a renewal invoice or your membership has lapsed, please contact Natalia Gromov at 800-398-5489 ext. 701 or for assistance. Here please find a brief recap of achievements from last year and an outline of new resources to come in the following months.  We hope you will become members in FY16 and continue working with us on moving quitlines forward! 

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Time-Sensitive News

Asian Smokers’ Quitline Webinar: March 17, 2015, 1:00PM (PST)!
The Asian Smokers’ Quitline webinar, hosted by APPEAL’s RAISE Network, will address how the Asian Smokers’ Quitline reaches its callers, address plans for future promotions and provide examples of what states and advocates can do to raise awareness for the Asian Smokers’ Quitline. The webinar will take place March 17th, 2015 at 1pm PST and the registration deadline is March 15, 2015
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Position Available at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids -  U.S. Research Team!
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has a position available on its U.S. research team for a Research Manager. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of relevant experience (not necessarily in tobacco control), experience working with numbers and data, and excellent research and writing skills.  The job description and information about how to apply is below and can be found on CTFK’s website at: To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary history to:  Please reference the position code RM: 07 in the subject line of your email.  Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

AAP Abstract Deadline - April 10!
The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Tobacco Control is now accepting abstracts for the AAP National Conference and Exhibition. The deadline to submit is April 10, 2015. Both AAP members and non-members are welcome to submit an abstract. 
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Tobacco Control

Field Test of Enhanced LGBT Question for the Minimal Data Set (MDS) Set to Launch April 1st!
NAQC would like to thank Dr. Amy Lukowski (National Jewish Health), Dr. Scout (LGBT HealthLink) and the participating state quitlines for their expertise and leadership efforts in moving forward with a field test of the enhanced LGBT question for NAQC’s MDS. The field test is scheduled to launch April 1st and will be applied to both intakes conducted by telephone and online enrollments.

The efficacy of the question will be evaluated on a monthly basis after the launch. We will keep NAQC members updated on progress and findings.

The question being tested is shown at the link below. Please send any questions about the field test to Maria Rudie (  
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Pathways to Freedom: Leading the Way to a Smoke Free Community - DVD Available!
NAATPN is proud to announce that Pathways to Freedom: Leading the Way to a Smoke Free Community© is now available. This documentary-style video is an effective smoking cessation tool specifically targeting the African American community (designed for both public health advocates and individual smokers).
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Rebecca S. Williams, MHS, PhD; Jason Derrick, MSW; Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD
Electronic Cigarette Sales to Minors via the Internet.
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(3):e1563. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.63.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) entered the US market in 2007 and, with little regulatory oversight, grew into a $2-billion-a-year industry by 2013. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a trend of increasing e-cigarette use among teens, with use rates doubling from 2011 to 2012. While several studies have documented that teens can and do buy cigarettes online, to our knowledge, no studies have yet examined age verification among Internet tobacco vendors selling e-cigarettes.

Minors are easily able to purchase e-cigarettes from the Internet because of an absence of age-verification measures used by Internet e-cigarette vendors. Federal law should require and enforce rigorous age verification for all e-cigarette sales as with the federal PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act’s requirements for age verification in Internet cigarette sales.

 Halladay JR, Vu M, Ripley-Moffitt C, Gupta SK 
Patient Perspectives on Tobacco Use Treatment in Primary Care.
Four themes were identified through inductive coding techniques: 1) the experience of being a tobacco user (inconvenience, shame, isolation, risks, and benefits), 2) the medical encounter (expectations of providers, trust and respect, and positive, targeted messaging), 3) high-value actions (consistent dialogue, the addiction model, point-of-care nicotine patches, educational materials, carbon monoxide monitoring, and infrastructure), and 4) patient-centered outcomes. Engaged patient-centered smoking cessation counseling requires seeking the patient voice early in the process. Participants desired honest, consistent, and pro-active discussions and actions. Participants also suggested creative patient-centered outcome measures to consider in future research.

E A Akl; K D Ward; D Bteddini; R Khaliel; A C Alexander; T Lotfi; H Alaouie; R A Afifi
The Allure of the Waterpipe: a Narrative Review of Factors Affecting the Epidemic Rise in Waterpipe Smoking Among Young Persons Globally.
Tob Control 2015;24:i13-i21 doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051906  

The review suggests potential interventions to control WTS among youth, with emphasis on creative utilisation of social media, and tobacco control policies that include the specificities of WTS. The review further suggests the need for rigorous qualitative work to better contextualise determinants, and prospective observational and experimental studies that track and manipulate them to assess their viability as intervention targets.  

More Stress for New Moms Hikes Secondhand Smoke Risk for Babies. 
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, identified statistically significant socio-demographic and socioeconomic trends on home smoking rules where an infant lives, but the underlying commonality was the level of stress the mother faced.    
Controlling for other factors, mothers under the age of 20 were 34 percent more likely to have no or only a partial home smoking rule, compared with those ages 20-34. Similarly, non-Hispanic black mothers were 23 percent more likely to not fully ban smoke from the home compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

The findings also identified certain maternal stressors that increased the risk of infants in certain groups to have exposure to secondhand smoke. For example, members of the higher risk groups reported facing significant stressors that compromise social control, self-efficacy, or power within a household context, and this could leave them feeling powerless to change more established smoking habits, said Saint Onge.
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Tests Reveal Under-reported Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Among Preemies with Lung Disease.
A small study led by Johns Hopkins Children's Center investigators using hair samples to measure nicotine levels not only affirms that TSE is common in this population, but also reveals significant exposure among children whose caregivers claim not to smoke at home. The findings are published online Feb. 2 in the journal Pediatrics.
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Beliefs About Nicotine 'May Override its Effects on the Brain'.
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study revealed that participants who were told their cigarettes contained no nicotine showed less activity in areas of the brain that drive addiction - the reward-learning pathways, suggesting that an individual's beliefs about nicotine may influence a person's addiction to it. 
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Public Release of Report by the Committee on the Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Purchase Age for Tobacco Products.
The Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age for Purchasing Tobacco Products will release its consensus report to the public on March 12, 2015 at 11:00 am EDT. A free PDF of the report will be available at that time at

Members of the committee Richard Bonnie (chair), Paula Lantz, Robin Mermelstein, and Rafael Meza will discuss the findings and conclusions from the report, "Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products" at a webinar to be held at 1:00 pm EDT, March 12, 2015.

Click here to register for the webinar; registration is required. 

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March 17-21, 2015: Registration is open for the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health!
This is the world's largest gathering of tobacco control advocates, policy makers, researchers, public health and clinical experts. Visit their website for information on registration, hotels and visa applications. 

The WCTOH will host a variety of workshops and two post-graduate courses on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Visit their website for the full range of topics covered, which include ‘Meeting NCD targets: Analysis and application of data for research and policy’ and ‘Implementing FCTC Article 19: Prospects and perils of suing tobacco companies’.

Workshops and post-graduate courses are complementary for registered delegates but space is limited – register now! 
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July 7-9, 2015: NACCHO Conference!
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is hosting their Annual Conference on July 7-9, 2015 in Kansas City, MO. Learn more here

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