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North American Quitline Consortium
October 2013

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UPCOMING NAQC WEBINAR ON OCTOBER 23: FY2012 Annual Survey Results - Now Available! 
Join your colleagues on Wednesday, October 23 from 2:00-3:30 PM ET for Special Topic Webinar: Results from the 2012 NAQC Annual Survey of Quitlines.  During this call members and survey responders will:
  • Learn about the state of quitline funding, service delivery, sustainability activities, utilization, and evaluation for Fiscal Year 2012, as well as identify trends over time.
  • Learn about how NAQC will use FY12 Annual Survey data, plans for sharing and posting data online, and quitline opt-out abilities.
  • Identify next steps for the survey and other data collection initiatives.
To join the webinar, REGISTER NOW! Or see webinar materials, call-in information, and the webinar URL on the 2012 survey page at Presentation slides are now available on the 2012 survey page as well. The webinar is open to all members and survey responders. 
Thank you to all who helped gather and report data for the survey. We could not provide this “state of quitlines” report without you!
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NEW PROJECT! NAQC to Partner with the University of South Carolina for “QuitConnect: A National Smoker’s Registry for Proactive Re-Engagement!
NAQC is a sub-contractor to the University of South Carolina on a Special Interest Project funded by the CDC to identify potential challenges and solutions to establishing a national quitline registry for identifying and re-engaging smokers in quitlines. While a national quitline registry would increase the reach and impact of smoking cessation counseling, it will also be critical to identify an approach to such a project that addresses as many questions and concerns of the quitline community as possible. The project has been selected to be funded, and we are in the process of convening a workgroup of quitline stakeholder representatives to provide guidance, feedback, and the quitline community “voice” throughout all phases of the project. Phase one of the project consists of conducting focus groups with quitline stakeholders. Findings will be summarized, and a report written highlighting the potential barriers and facilitators to having quitlines participate in a national registry. Findings will be used in Phase 2 of the project for the design of a data platform for a national registry, and in Phase 3: a pilot project to test the feasibility of the prototype data platform. The proposed pilot data from this research would identify whether such a data platform is feasible for re-engaging smokers in quitline services, and would also evaluate the most effective methods for initiating follow-up with quitline callers.  Results will be used to scale up the registry to a national level. NAQC member participation through the workgroup will ensure that the final registry (assuming its creation and operation are feasible) will incorporate the feedback from, and address the concerns of, all types of quitline stakeholders. For more information, contact Jessie Saul at

NEW RESOURCES! ROI Document for Public-Private Partnership Initiative! 
New resources have been posted under the ROI section of the resource center. 
This electronic collection of documents and links relies on contributions from the community in topic areas related to forming Public-Private Partnerships to costs-share quitline services. Feel free to adapt the materials for use in your state.
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Time-Sensitive News

SAVE THE DATE: Webinar on October 15 - Reaching Smokers in the Age of Mobile Technology: Resources, Networks, and Messaging! 
On October 15, 2013 from 2 - 3pm Eastern time the National Cancer Institute will sponsor a Research to Reality cyber seminar examining how networks of quitlines interact and share innovations in quitline practices. Titled “Reaching Smokers in the Age of Mobile Technology: Resources, Networks, and Messaging”, the program will explore how text messaging as a smoking cessation resource platform may be a better suited method for reaching a new generation of smokers.  
Dr. Jessie Saul, author of Mapping Tobacco Quitlines in North America: Signaling Pathways to Improve Treatment will join the call to share a snapshot of the findings of the network practices and interconnectivity of the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC).
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SAVE THE DATE: Legacy Warner Series Event and Webcast – October 23 – Fifteen Years After the Master Settlement Agreement: Successes and Challenges
The Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the major tobacco companies, 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories was the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, with the central purpose to reduce smoking - and particularly youth smoking - in the United States. The MSA has had a significant impact on preventing youth smoking, but challenges remain. 
On October 23, 2013, Legacy, National Association of Attorneys General and RTI International, a non-profit research institute, will host a Warner Series lecture that brings together Attorneys General and public health and tobacco control experts to explore the MSA's successes, challenges and implications for public health policy for years to come.
The event will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and will be live-webcasted and archived for a national audience.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
12 p.m. ET - 2 p.m. ET
National Press Club
Washington, D.C.
Networking lunch at 12 p.m. Program/webcast at 12:30 p.m.
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SAVE THE DATE! Updates on the Beyond the 5 A’s: Improving Cessation Interventions through Strengthened Training!
National Jewish Health and the North American Quitline Consortium, in collaboration with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, would like to invite you to join us for Beyond the 5 A’s: Improving Cessation Interventions through Strengthened Training, November 13-15, 2013.

The overarching goal of Beyond the 5 A’s is to improve the frequency and effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions provided by health professionals by improving the quality of training delivered to them on this critical topic. Attendees will examine recent advances in evidence and practice and discuss their own successful approaches, strategies, techniques and challenges, to improve the effectiveness and quality of smoking cessation interventions.

Registration and an Interactive Forum are now open and an online agenda will be posted in the next few days
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IMPORTANT: Quitline RFP for Connecticut!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health announces the release of a Request for Proposal (DPH RFP # 2014-0902) for Quitline Services for Connecticut residents.
Key Dates:
Deadline for Questions: October 3, 2013
Answers Released: October 10, 2013
Letter of Intent Due: October 24, 2013
Proposals Due: November 7, 2013
**Proposals must be received at the Department by November 7, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. EST**
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Tobacco Control

IMPORTANT UPDATE AND JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: APPEAL Receives New CDC Award for Tobacco and Cancer Prevention Network - Job Announcement!
APPEAL received a Notice of Award for the new Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention Network to serve Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. They are excited about continuing their work as a national tobacco control network.  But are also very excited about expanding the networks’ reach on cancer prevention and control with new partners.  
The working title of this new Network is the RAISE Network (which stands for Reaching Asian Americans Pacific Islanders through Innovative Strategies to Achieve Equity in Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention) but really means RAISE the visibility and level of our intensity on tobacco and cancer control.
New staff is being hired and you can find the job descriptions for both the Program Manager and Program Assistant positions at the link below.
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The University of Wisconsin's Free CME/CE Program has a New Web Address!
Participants will still learn best evidence-based practices culled from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (2008).
Same great program—same free credits (including 1 hour of CME).
Please check it out and share this new link with your colleagues.
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CALL for APPLICANTS: HPP Editorial Advisory Board!
Health Promotion Practice (HPP), an official journal of the Society for Public Health Education, is issuing a call for nominations to the HPP Editorial Advisory Board. Editorial Advisory Board members will assist in achieving the journal's mission by conducting peer reviews of submitted manuscripts, helping to promote the journal to colleagues and institutional subscribers, and providing overall guidance and recommendations for improvements to meet readers' needs.

Applicants must be a National SOPHE member or willing to become one, if selected. The application deadline is December 2, 2013.
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A Comparative Study of Systemic Carcinogen Exposure in Waterpipe Smokers, Cigarette Smokers and Non-Smokers.
Al Ali R, Rastam S, Ibrahim I, Bazzi A, Fayad S, Shihadeh AL, Zaatari GS, Maziak W. Tob Control. Published Online First 29 August 2013.
This study compared the levels of carcinogen exposure between waterpipe smokers (n=24), cigarette smokers (n=23), and non-smokers (n=28) by measuring first-morning urine samples from exclusive users of each type of tobacco. Results show that waterpipe smokers and cigarette smokers are both exposed to carcinogens at much higher levels than non-smokers. Daily waterpipe smokers were exposed to slightly lower levels of carcinogens than daily cigarette smokers, but the difference was not statistically significant. The authors conclude that these findings can support policy and regulatory efforts around waterpipe smoking, and can drive interventions aimed at increasing public awareness about the cancer risk associated with waterpipe smoking.
Impact of a National Tobacco Education Campaign on Weekly Numbers of Quitline Calls and Website Visitors — United States, March 4–June 23, 2013.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. September 20, 2013 / 62(37);763-767.
This study analyzed the impact of the CDC’s second annual national paid-media tobacco education campaign encouraging adult smokers to quit which aired March 4–June 23, 2013. These campaigns, called Tips from Former Smokers (Tips), feature true stories of former smokers living with serious smoking-related diseases. CDC analyzed the weekly numbers of calls to the national telephone quitline portal (1-800-QUIT-NOW) and the weekly numbers of unique visitors to the Tips website (* during the 16-week campaign and during the 4 weeks before and after the campaign. The 2013 Tips from Former Smokers campaign increased calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW by 75 percent and increased website visitors by nearly 38-fold, generating about 151,000 additional calls and almost 2.8 million additional website visitors above pre-campaign levels.  Calls and website visitors quickly fell almost to pre-campaign levels once the campaign ended. Findings showed that emotionally evocative, hard-hitting tobacco education media campaigns can substantially increase calls to quitlines and visits to websites containing information on quitting smoking, which over time would be expected to contribute to increases in quit attempts and successful cessation. The authors conclude that Media campaigns such as the Tips campaign might have an even greater impact if they were sustained at a high intensity for a longer time.  
Impact of Baseline Weight on Smoking Cessation and Weight Gain in Quitlines.
Bush TM, Levine MD, Magnusson B, Cheng Y, Chen X, Mahoney L, Miles L, Zbikowski SM. Ann Behav Med. 2013 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined whether baseline weight was associated with treatment engagement, cessation, or weight gain following quitline treatment. This is the first quitline study of this kind. Findings showed no consistent patterns of association between baseline weight and treatment engagement, cessation, or weight gain after quitting.
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DEADLINE: October 25! SRNT Diversity Travel Scholarship!  
The purpose of the program is to increase the diversity of researchers interested in nicotine and tobacco research by providing travel support to attend the 2014 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting.  Applications due October 25, 2013, 5 pm PT.
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Call for Abstracts:  Social Marketing Conference!
June 18-21, 2014, Clearwater Beach, FL.  The Training Academy is a two day workshop that provides an overview of the social marketing approach and its distinctive features. This year’s theme is Health Equity – abstracts that fall into this category will get special attention.
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The National Conference on Tobacco or Health Youth Stream: November 25-27th 2013!
The National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTH) is the largest meeting of professionals working in tobacco control in Canada. This conference creates and nurtures knowledge networks that connect people with people and the information they need.

Registration is now officially open for the Youth Stream Pre-Conference Session of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTH)! The Youth Stream is presented by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, East Tobacco Control Area Network, Freeze the Industry Campaign, and the Ontario Lung Association Youth Advocacy Training Institute.

The Youth Stream will take place prior to the start of the NCTH in Ottawa from November 23-25th.  This session is designed for youth, young adults and youth workers to network as well as learn and share their region's current focus and activity regarding tobacco control and prevention.  Delegates participating in the Youth Stream will be actively involved in the planning and implementation of an advocacy activity to launch the NCTH.

The Early Bird Rate has been extended until October 17th! (Click here to register) 
Registration Fee - $625 CDN
NGO/NFP/Coalition - $525 CDN
Students (19 and over) - $350 CDN
High School Youth - $250 CDN 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Denise Compean at ( 613-567-3050 ext.#105

All details surrounding the event can be found on the registration page found when you click here.  
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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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