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North American Quitline Consortium
June 2012

Time-Sensitive News

Renew Your NAQC Membership by June 30!
Thanks to all NAQC members who have already renewed their membership dues for FY13 and who took advantage of the early bird renewal special! We are happy to announce that Janis Dauer, MS, CAC with Alliance for the Prevention and Treatment of Nicotine Addiction is the winner of a free registration to the NAQC Conference in 2012!
Please note that the membership renewal deadline is approaching. Please renew your membership by June 30 in order to avoid a lapse in membership benefits.

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

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NAQC Seminar Series UPDATE!
Thanks so much to all of the 2011/2012 NAQC Seminar Series presenters and participants! The final seminar of the series took place on Wednesday, June 13th and we are already beginning to focus on the 2012/2013 line up of topics and speakers. Please send any thoughts or ideas you have to Tamatha Thomas-Haase at
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NAQC Conference 2012: Agenda is Now Available!
With only 8 weeks to go until NAQC Conference 2012 converges on Kansas City, Missouri, we are proud to announce our conference program. Our time together will include three plenary sessions, 12 breakout sessions to choose from, time dedicated to hosted posters and networking, a reception celebrating 20 years of quitlines and a facilitated process with NAQC’s Board of Directors to envision the future of quitlines. Please see the up-to-date conference agenda at the link below and register prior to the July 27th deadline.
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Exciting New Blog Additions!
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the California Smokers’ Helpline, the first state/provincial quitline in North America! In an effort to engage the entire quitline community in a celebration of all we have learned, endured and achieved over the past twenty years, NAQC has launched our first blog, Celebrating 20 Years of Quitline History with 20 Questions About our Future.
The recent entries discuss topics such as building public-private partnerships, best ways in which to convey critical messages to policy makers, qualities make great quitine coaches and type of training that is critical. You are invited to post responses to blog entries and to share their own answers to the 20 questions about our future!
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Recent NAQC Comments and Sign On Letters!
NAQC submitted comments on the National Quitline Data Warehouse to CDC on June 1st. We would like to thank the many states, service providers and researchers who provided guidance and feedback to NAQC on this issue.

NAQC also signed on to two letters. The first letter was addressed to the Dollar Store and encourages them not to sell tobacco products. The second letter was sent to the Bloomberg Foundation and encourages them to include cessation as a category for their prestigious Bloomberg Awards.

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Tobacco Control
Preparing for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health 2012 in Kansas City, MI!
The purpose of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health is to help improve and sustain the effectiveness and reach of tobacco control programs and activities in the United States. This year, the conference will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center, located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri—just 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport. The conference is less than two months away, so please remember to register as well as book your hotel rooms at Please make sure to visit Kansas City Convention Center’s website at to access additional information on conference location and transportation, nearby restaurants, local events, and more.
NAQC will host several presentations and posters at the NCTOH and more information will be provided in July. If you are also presenting at the conference, please feel free to share this information with your colleagues through NAQC’s communication channels (Member Listserv - NAQC@LISTSERV.NAQUITLINE.ORG; Connections (to submit a promotional paragraph, please send it to
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Update on US’ National Tobacco Education Campaign!
The 12-week national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers,  ended on June 10. For an overview of the impact of the campaign, read CDC’s press release at

Thanks to those of you who already shared the impact of the CDC's National Tobacco Education Campaign on your quitline's call volume, services and promotion efforts through the NAQC Listserv. Please be sure to continue sharing your successes – especially related to earned media and lessons learned- with us and your colleagues by posting them to NAQC@LISTSERV.NAQUITLINE.ORG. We hope to use the lessons learned during this campaign for future national media efforts.
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Promising Practices 2012 Conference Presentations Now Online!
You can now search for your favorite presentations; look up a session you missed to check out what was discussed; and/or if you missed the conference entirely, you still have the opportunity to view a lot of the great information that was shared.
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Cigarette Quitlines, Taxes, and Other Tobacco Control Policies: A State Level Analysis!
This paper estimates monthly quitline calls using panel data at the state level from January 2005 to June 2010. Calls to state quitline numbers (or 1-800-QUITNOW) were measured per million adult smokers in each state. The policies considered include excise taxes, workplace and public smoking bans, and a Peter Jennings television-based program warning of the health risks of smoking. We found that people anticipating increases in prices begin attempting to quit by calling quitlines. Finally, the Peter Jennings media campaign was highly correlated with quitline calls.
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The Combined Effect of Very Low Nicotine Content Cigarettes, Used as an Adjunct to Usual Quitline Care (Nicotine Replacement Therapy and Behavioural Support), on Smoking Cessation: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Walker N, Howe C, Bullen C, Grigg M, Glover M, McRobbie H, Laugesen M, Parag V, Whittaker R. Addiction. 2012 Mar 30. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined the combined effect of very low nicotine content (VLNC) cigarettes and usual Quitline care on quitting outcomes. Smokers motivated to quit who called the New Zealand quitline were randomized to either VLNC cigarettes for use during cravings for up to six weeks post-quit date in combination to usual Quitline care (8 weeks of NRT patches and/or gum or lozenges plus counseling) to usual Quitline care alone. Results showed that the intervention group (VLNC cigarettes plus Quitline) were significantly more likely to have quit at six months than the Quitline group (7-day point prevalence abstinence 33% vs. 28%, p=0.037; continuous abstinence 23 vs. 15%, p=0.0003). The median time to relapse in the intervention group was 2 months compared to 2 weeks in the Quitline only group (p<0.0001). The authors conclude that the addition of VLNC cigarettes to standard Quitline smoking cessation support may help some smokers quit.
African American Participation and Success in Telephone Counseling for Smoking Cessation.
Rabius V, Wiatrek D, McAlister AL. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Feb;14(2):240-2. Epub 2011 Jul 20.
This study examined how effectively African Americans are served by telephone counseling based on data from 45,510 callers to the the statewide publicly-funded quitlines in Texas, Louisiana, Washington, and District of Columbia, as well as randomized clinical trial data from 3,522 participants. Results showed that a larger proportion of African Americans tended to use a quitline than are represented in the general population of smokers. African American quit rates, satisfaction levels, and number of counseling sessions completed were equivalent to non-Hispanic “Whites.”  In addition, African Americans were more likely to request counseling than non-Hispanic Whites. The authors conclude that telephone counseling is a promising tool for addressing health disparities related to smoking among African Americans.
Patterns of Tobacco Use and Dual Use in US Young Adults: The Missing Link between Youth Prevention and Adult Cessation.
Rath JM, Villanti AC, Abrams DB, Vallone DM. J Environ Public Health. 2012:679134. Epub 2012 May 14.
This study uses online panel data from the Legacy Young Adult Cohort Study to describe cigarette and other tobacco use prevalence among young adults (N=4,201). It is the first stud in a series that presents baseline information on this population and is designed to track the patterns, transitions and trajectories of tobacco use behavior in the under-studied age group. Results showed that 32 percent of young adults (ages 18-34) initiated smoking after age 18 and 39 percent of regular users became regular smokers during young adulthood. In addition, among young adults who currently use tobacco, three in 10 are dual users (both cigarettes and other tobacco products). The study also found that dual users report the same levels of smoking compared to cigarette only users, suggesting that the use of other tobacco products does not replace cigarette smoking or decrease the mean number of cigarettes smoked daily among young adults. The authors call for improved monitoring of the use of multiple concurrent forms of tobacco products across the life course, and the development of tailored efforts for young adults to prevent progression and further assist with quitting.
Menthol Brand Switching Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey.
Villanti AC, Giovino GA, Barker DC, Mowery PD, Sevilimedu V, Abrams DB. Am J Public Health. 2012 Jul;102(7):1310-1312. Epub 2012 May 17.
This study examined patterns of menthol and non-menthol cigarette use from 2003 to 2005 in a group of adolescent and young adult smokers, ages 16-24. Researchers used data from the National Youth Smoking Cessation Survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to examine switching between menthol and nonmenthol brands (and in the opposite direction) in adolescents and young adults. Results showed that young smokers are more likely to progress from mentholated tobacco products to nonmentholated varieties over a short period of time. The study also showed that young smokers are more likely to switch from menthol to nonmenthol cigarettes early in their smoking careers, providing further evidence that menthols serve as a starter product for young smokers. Study authors concluded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should ban menthol altogether as has already been done with all other flavors.
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Due on June 26: The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii RFP!
Request for Proposal issued by The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii is soliciting for proposals to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline for the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund starting in October 2012. The RFP can be downloaded at Please note: Potential Offeror are required to complete and submit the "Letter of Intent” form (Appendix A) by June 26, 2012, 4:00 P.M., Hawaii Standard Time.
Due on June 29: Colorado RFA!
The RFA for the Amendment 35 Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Grant Program has been released. Please visit the following site for information:
Please visit the following website for all Amendment 35 updates:
The CCPD RFA information can be found here:
The OHD RFA information will be posted here:
Due on July 9: The Maryland Tobacco Quitline RFP!
Please see the posted solicitation for the Maryland Tobacco Quitline at:
To acknowledge a Bid and receive future correspondence about it, you must be registered and logged in at:

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