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North American Quitline Consortium
May 2013


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 will be seeking nominees to fill these vacancies. We would greatly appreciate hearing your recommendations. 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. The Council provides advice and guidance on programmatic issues to NAQC’s CEO and staff. The Council members are appointed by the CEO and serve three-year terms. The Advisory Council meets three to four time each year (up to twice in-person). A list of current members can be viewed on NAQC’s website. A detailed announcement will be distributed on Monday, May 13.  Nominee information should  be submitted to

IMPORTANT: Election of the NAQC Board of Directors!
The election process will begin on May 31 and will close on June 14 at 5 pm EST. In late May all organizational NAQC members will receive 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. Please take a moment to make sure that the correct individual is designated as an organizational contact by logging into your member profile. For assistance with this, contact To view the current list of board members, please visit the board page

NAQC Membership!
NAQC’s membership drive for fiscal year 2014 is well underway! 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 by 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.

Member Benefit Reminder: As a NAQC member, you can submit articles and announcements to be posted to the Listserv and/or included in the next issue of Connections. Please send them to

Membership Feedback: Thank you to those of you who have participated in the membership survey and provided important feedback and current and future NAQC programs. Your responses will shape our upcoming program areas and activities.  

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

eReferral Webpage and Resources!
In late April, NAQC  created a new webpage dedicated to eReferrals. NAQC has also established a workgroup on eReferral to ensure that  all state quitlines are prepared to implement eReferrals with health care providers no later than 2015, NAQC works with the health care system and  EHR vendors are informed about NAQC activities. 
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Thank You for Your Help with the FY2012 NAQC Annual Survey! 
The NAQC FY2012 Annual Survey of Quitlines is now closed. To date all quitlines have completed the survey, requested an extension, or abstained. Thank you for all your help with this important project. Staff will be cleaning data over the next few weeks; please look for emails related to your survey responses in the event that we have questions for you. This will help ensure we have the highest quality data possible. 
For more information about the NAQC Annual Survey of Quitlines, please contact NAQC’s Director of Research, Jessie Saul, at

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Time-Sensitive News

UPCOMING NAQC WEBINAR ON MAY 15: DRAFT Quitline Referral Methods Issue Paper: Feedback from NAQC Members! 
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.
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IMPORTANT!  Second Annual Tips from Former Smokers Media Campaign - New Initiatives!
As you know, the national media campaign - Tips 2 - has launched on March 4th, 2013 and the new campaign ads began airing on April 1, 2013. A new initiative, click-to-call, started running in April and generated a significant increase in call volumes. Another new initiative, talk to your doctor, will start running on May 22 and is aimed to engage the health care providers in referring smokers to quitlines and to educate smokers on different service delivery mechanisms.  For more information on the campaign goals, key messages, and to view new ads please visit the campaign's page on the NAQC website. NAQC is hosting regular campaign-related conference calls for service providers with CDC and NCI. Please make sure to participate! 

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Tobacco Control

Update on the US Supreme Court Decision!
On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court has announced its decision to not hear the tobacco industry’s appeal of a March 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (which upheld the 2009 law granting FDA authority to regulate tobacco). This decision allows the FDA to move forward with developing new graphic cigarette warnings that comply with both the 2009 law and recent court rulings.

The Sixth Circuit ruling also upheld other key provisions of the 2009 law that:

  • Prohibit tobacco companies from making health claims about tobacco products without FDA review;
  • Ban several forms of tobacco marketing that appeal to children, including brand name sponsorships, tobacco-branded merchandise such as caps and t-shirts, and free samples of tobacco products; and
  • Prohibit tobacco companies from making statements implying that a tobacco product is safer because it is regulated by the FDA.

The Sixth Circuit ruling recognized that Congress acted appropriately, based on the science and in accordance with First Amendment principles when it granted the FDA authority over tobacco products. NAQC encourages the FDA to move forward with regulations (including new warning labels) that will reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use.

NALBOH Conference Registration is NOW OPEN! 
Registration is now open for the 21st Annual NALBOH Conference. The 2013 Annual NALBOH Conference is designed to provide the attendees with information on public health governance functions, engaging citizens, and the role of effective leadership in healthy communities.
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American Academy of Pediatrics Webinar on May 13 from 2 - 3:30 pm ET- Smokescreens and the Silver Screen: Smoking in the Media!
 The webinar will focus on the influence of smoking imagery on children and evidence for smoking initiation. Different types of media will be covered, as well as strategies to discuss the impact of smoking imagery with children, adolescents, and families in a pediatric clinical setting. Featured presenters include Jim Sargent, MD, FAAP of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, of the Children's Medical Group in Atlanta. 
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Free Brief Tobacco Intervention!
Alere Wellbeing has developed a FREE, abbreviated online training for healthcare providers to quickly learn the brief tobacco intervention (or refresh their training):
This training can be viewed online, on mobile devices, and on the iPad!  It covers:
  • Overview of the CDC TIPS Campaign
  • Basic instruction and demonstration of the Brief Tobacco Intervention (Ask, Advise, Refer)
  • Instructions on referral to the quitline
At the end of the training, healthcare professionals will be aware of national efforts promoting quit attempts and be ready to effectively talk with patients about quitting.  
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Cost-Savings Associated with Prohibiting Smoking in U.S. Subsidized Housing.
King BA, Peck RM, Babb SD. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013.

This study estimated the costs that could be saved by prohibiting smoking in standardized housing, including public housing and other rental assistance programs. Results showed that the estimated annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million. The bulk of those annual savings – $341 million – would come from reduced health care expenditures related to secondhand smoke. The study also estimates savings of $108 million in annual renovation expenses and $72 million in annual smoking-related fire loses. The authors conclude that efforts to prohibit smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would protect health and generate substantial cost savings to society.
Motivational Interviewing in an Ordinary Clinical Setting: A Controlled Clinical Trial at the Swedish National Tobacco Quitline.
Lindqvist H, Forsberg LG, Forsberg L, Rosendahl I, Enebrink P, Helgason AR. Addictive Behavior. 2013 Jul;38(7):2321-4. Epub 2013 Mar 20.
This study aimed to measure the impact of adding Motivational Interviewing (MI) to the first session of the Swedish National Tobacco Quitline. Quitline callers in 2005 and 2006 were randomized to standard treatment (ST) or MI (n=772). Results showed that 19% of the MI group reported being quit at  months (continuous abstinence) compared to 14% of the ST group (OR 1.48, 95% CI 1.00-2.19; p=0.047). The authors conclude that integrating MI into a quitline setting increased 6-month continuous abstinence rates by 5 percentage points.
[More] Evidence to Support Oral Health Promotion Services Targeted to Smokers Calling Tobacco Quitlines in the United States.
McClure JB, Riggs K, St. John J, Catz SL. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:336
This study follows a previous one that demonstrated a need and opportunity to target smokers calling a quitline to provide behavioral counseling for oral health promotion to see if the results held for quitline callers of higher socioeconomic status receiving services through commercially-funded quitlines. Results showed that callers to a commercially-funded quitline had higher socioeconomic status, were more likely to have dental insurance, and reported better overall oral health indicators and routine self-care than callers to a state-funded quitline. But opportunities for oral health promotion still existed. The authors concluded that future public oral health promotion efforts should focus on callers to both free state-supported and commercially-funded tobacco quitlines. Both groups reported behavioral risk factors for oral disease which represent important targets for intervention.
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2013 Calendar of Tobacco/Nicotine Scientific Meetings And Webcasts!
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