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North American Quitline Consortium
January 2013

Time-Sensitive News

DEADLINE: JANUARY 14, 2013! Final NAQC Comments on E-Referrals!
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology published a call for comments on its draft recommendations for the Stage 3 definition of meaningful use of electronic health records. The request for comment is comprised of three sections: 1) meaningful use objectives and measures; 2) quality measures; and 3) privacy and security. All public comments on ONC’s draft recommendations must be submitted before midnight (Eastern time) on January 14, 2013.

NAQC's final comments, inclusive of member and partner feedback, are located here. We encourage all members and partners to review our comments and submit your own individual comments to ONC as well. 
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SAVE THE DATE: Quitline Cost-Sharing Models: New Research to Inform Our Practice!
Webinar scheduled for January 16, 2013, 12:30 – 2PM ET
Public-private cost sharing partnerships provide states with a way to increase reach without increasing their financial costs to operate quitline services. Such partnerships distribute costs between state tobacco programs and private payers such as health insurance companies, employer groups and unions. Additionally, as more states engage in cost-sharing partnerships, it is essential to compile information to help inform national and state efforts.

In this webinar, Julie Rainey, Vice President,  and Vanessa Klisch, Program Evaluator,  from Professional Data Analysts, Inc. (PDA) will share their recent research findings on existing cost-sharing models discovered through a series of interviews with state quitline administrators and service providers and present considerations for states employing different models. Jessie Saul, NAQC’s Director of Research, will introduce new NAQC Annual Survey of Quitlines questions based on the cost-sharing typology developed by PDA in order to capture a broader view of these efforts and discuss ways that findings might be used to track progress and improve practice. 
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SAVE THE DATE: FY2012 NAQC Annual Survey Will Launch on January 23, 2012!
Training webinars scheduled for January 23 and 24
NAQC is in the process of finalizing its 2012 annual survey of quitlines with a workgroup of NAQC members. The survey will launch January 23, and will be open for at least 60 days to accommodate various reporting schedules, New Year Resolution call volume increases, and other events and obligations. An advance copy of the survey questionnaire has been circulated and is available on the 2012 Survey page.
Due to changes with the survey questions, all individuals who will contribute to the completion of the FY2012 survey are encouraged to attend one of the two training webinars. Training webinars will be held: For more information or for questions, please contact NAQC’s Director of Research, Jessie Saul, at

SAVE THE DATE: Membership Conference Call on Cessation Related Issues! 
Conference call scheduled for February 6 at noon MST/2 pm EST
NAQC is launching a new benefit for organizational members! We plan to convene quarterly conference calls to discuss important cessation issues and gain your input. The first of these webinars has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, from 2-3:15 pm EST. An agenda and call-in information will be distributed to all organizational members in late January. If you would like to suggest a special topic for this or future conference calls, please let us know (at We look forward to hearing from you!

IMPORTANT!  Second Annual Tips from Former Smokers Media Campaign!
We expect a second Tips Campaign to run late in the first quarter of 2013. Details about the campaign will be provided as they become available. NAQC is hosting regular campaign-related conference calls for service providers with CDC and NCI. Please make sure to participate! 

DEADLINE REMINDER: FEBRUARY 13, 2013! Call for Abstracts: Nat'l Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit!
The National Steering Committee invites your participation in helping to advance leadership, research, and programs aimed at reducing the threat posed by the use of smokeless and spit tobacco products. Currently, the Summit is the only national conference devoted to sharing the science and solutions on the smokeless tobacco problem. The Summit will be held on the University of Montana campus and will provide an open forum to discuss a variety of key aspects which define the health and social implications of using smokeless and spit tobacco products. The Summit is titled "Empowering Advocates for the Next Frontier  in  Smokeless Tobacco" and will take place on August 6 - 8, 2013.

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions:
  • All abstracts should be submitted via the On-line Abstract Submission System.
  • Create an on-line profile to include basic contact information and a Presenter Bio.
  • Abstracts should address at least ONE of the main conference topic areas.
  • Abstracts should contain a TITLE, DESCRIPTION, a minimum of 3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES, and at least 1 RECOMMENDED ACTION participants can take post-conference as a result of attending the proposed session.
  • Recommended actions should indicate how the proposed/included content can be used by conference attendees to connect with necessary resources, communicate with priority populations and/or offer specific actions to be taken to more confidently address the smokeless and spit tobacco challenge.
  • Abstracts should be written in non-technical language, as practical.
  • The Abstract DESCRIPTION should be limited to 500 words or less.
  • Abstracts will be judged on originality, clarity of thought and writing, relevance to a main conference focus area, practical application, and timeliness.
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SAVE THE DATE: Pfizer Webinar on Chantix!
On Wednesday, February 22nd from 12:30 – 2:00, Pfizer will present a webinar on Chantix for NAQC members. Come learn about this FDA-approved medication and have an opportunity to ask questions. Details on registration will be provided as they become available.

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IMPORTANT! Nominations for NAQC’s Board of Directors!
In early February, NAQC will begin accepting candidate names for its Board of Directors’ election. We would greatly appreciate hearing your ideas on who should be nominated. Please give some thought to candidates and watch your email for the formal announcement!
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UPCOMING WEBINARS: 2013 NAQC Webinar Series!
February 13, 2013
12:30 – 2PM ET
Integrating Chronic Disease Management into Quitline Services*** STILL LOOKING FOR PRESENTERS!!! Contact Tamatha at
Several years ago, NAQC conducted an informal survey of quitline funders to highlight the growing linkages between quitlines and chronic disease programs. This webinar will feature examples of quitlines that have integrated interventions into their service offerings and highlight their measured impact and lessons learned. 
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For more information about the upcoming calls please visit the 2013 Webinar webpage and the seminar archive for the materials and recordings from past calls. 

Recent NAQC Submissions to the Federal Government!
In December, NAQC signed onto the American Lung Association’s letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the essential health benefits and tobacco cessation.
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NAQC also submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on NRT and cessation products (Docket No FDA-2012-N-1148).
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The Quitline Map Page is the Most Visited Page on the NAQC Website! Make Sure that Your Quitline Information is Reflected Accurately! 
Earlier this month we have made updates to the smoke-free laws and tobacco tax rates and have sent a reminder to all designated profile managers to make sure to review and make necessary changes to their quitline profiles. Please take a few minutes to review your map profile here and contact if you have any questions or to obtain the profile login information. 

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Tobacco Control

National and State Estimates of Secondhand Smoke Infiltration Among U.S. Multiunit Housing Residents!
A new study published by the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research is the first to report national and state estimates of the number of multi-unit housing residents who are exposed to secondhand smoke that entered their homes from elsewhere in or around their buildings. The findings from this study reveal that over one-quarter of the U.S. population (79.2 million individuals) resides in multi-unit housing and that disparities in multi-unit housing residency exist across subpopulations. The findings also show that an estimated 27.6–28.9 million multi-unit housing residents with smoke-free home rules have potentially experienced secondhand smoke infiltration in their living unit that originated from elsewhere in or around their buildings.
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New Monitoring the Future Data: U.S. Youth Smoking Rates Fell to Record Lows in 2012!
The new data from the Monitoring the Future survey shows that youth smoking declined significantly in 2012, and smoking rates fell to record lows for all three grades surveyed – grades 8, 10 and 12. This is the second year in a row that this survey has found a significant annual decline in youth smoking. It is especially encouraging that youth smoking is falling again following several years in which progress had nearly stalled.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • For all three grades combined, the percentage who said they smoked any cigarettes in the prior 30 days fell from 11.7 percent in 2011 to 10.6 percent in 2012.
  • From 2011 to 2012, smoking rates fell from 6.1 percent to 4.9 percent among 8th graders (a statistically significant decrease), from 11.8 percent to 10.8 percent among 10th graders, and from 18.7 percent to 17.1 percent among 12th graders. All three are record lows in the 38 years this survey has been conducted.
  • Longer-term declines are even more heartening. Since youth smoking peaked in the mid-1990s, smoking rates have fallen by about three-fourths among 8th graders, two-thirds among 10th graders and half among 12th graders. Among 12th graders, the smoking rate has declined from a peak of 36.5 percent in 1997 to 17.1 percent in 2012.

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Reaching Out, Inviting Back: Using Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Technology to Recycle Relapsed Smokers Back to Quitline Treatment--a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Carlini BH, McDaniel AM, Weaver MT, Kauffman RM, Cerutti B, Stratton RM, Zbikowski SM. BMC Public Health. 2012 Jul 6;12:507.
This study tested the efficacy of interactive voice response (IVR) technology in recycling low-income smokers who had previously used quitline services back to the quitline for a new quit attempt. Nearly 3000 previous quitline callers received an automated call (IVR) to screen for current smoking. Half were randomized to also receive an IVR intervention: automated questions to identify and address barriers to re-cycling in quitline support, followed by an offer to be transferred to the quitline. Of the nearly 3000 participants, 715 (23.9%) were successfully reached by the IVR system. Of those, 27% reported they had quit smoking and were excluded from the study. Of the 521 current smokers included in the study, the quitline re-enrollment rate was 3.3% for the control group and 28.2% for the intervention group (p<.001). Results did not vary by gender, race, ethnicity, or level of education, but recycled smokers were older than smokers who declined a new treatment cycle (mean 45.2 years vs. 41.8 years, p=0.013).  Primary reasons reported for not re-enrolling in quitline treatment were low self-efficacy and lack of interest in quitting. Targeted IVR messages addressing these issues resulted in 32% of low self-efficacy smokers and 4.8% of lack of interest smokers re-engaging in a new quitline treatment cycle. The authors conclude that proactive IVR outreach is a promising tool to engage low income, relapsed smokers back into a new cycle of treatment that may decrease tobacco-related disparities.
The Influence of Television Advertisements on Promoting Calls to Telephone Quitlines.
Farrelly M, Mann N, Watson K, Pechacek T. Health Educ Res. 2012 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print].

This study examined the relative effectiveness of certain types tobacco control TV ads: cessation, secondhand smoke, and other. Ads included in the study were run in nine states from 2002-2005. Advertising exposure and caller rates (number of individuals who used quitlines per 10,000 adult smokers) was positive and statistically significant (p<0.001). Ads that focus on promoting cessation (p<0.001), highlighting the dangers of secondhand smoke (p=0.037), and all other counter-marketing ads (p=0.027) were positively associated with caller rates. Cessation-themed ads had the largest impact on caller rates, although other topics also prompt calls to quitlines. Caller rates significantly increased in quarters when cigarette excise tax increased (p < 0.001) and when comprehensive smoke-free air laws were enacted (p = 0.022).

State Quitlines and Cessation Patterns Among Adults with Selected Chronic Diseases in 15 States, 2005-2008.
Bush T, Zbikowski SM, Mahoney L, Deprey M, Mowery P, Cerutti B. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Nov;9:E163.
This study examined the demographic characteristics, use of quitline services, and quit rates by chronic disease status among a sample of quitline callers. Results showed that among nearly 200,000 callers, 32.3% reported having one or more chronic diseases (e.g., asthma, coronary artery disease, COPD, or diabetes). Those reporting chronic disease were older and better educated, more likely to be female, have health insurance (including Medicaid), and have used tobacco for 20 years or more. Those with chronic disease were also less likely to report having quit smoking at 7 months after quitline registration (22.3%) than callers who reported having no chronic diseases (29.7%). The authors conclude that continued efforts are needed to ensure cessation treatments are reaching tobacco users who have a chronic disease and to develop and test ways to increase quit rates among them.
Analysis Of Media Campaign Promoting Smoking Cessation Suggests It Was Cost-Effective In Prompting Quit Attempts.
Villanti AC, Curry LE, Richardson A, Vallone DM, Holtgrave DR. Health Aff. December 2012;31(12): 2708-2716.
This study examined the cost effectiveness of the American Legacy Foundation’s national EX® campaign, which ran on radio and television in 2008, and was designed to promote smoking cessation among adult smokers. The incremental societal cost of EX, in 2009 dollars, was $166 million. Data showed that EX resulted in 52,979 additional quit attempts and 4,238 additional quits and saved 4,450 quality-adjusted life-years. Incremental cost-utility estimates comparing EX to the status quo—that is, the situation that would have existed in the eight markets with no campaign and no change in cessation behavior—suggest that the campaign was cost-effective. The authors conclude that national mass media campaigns for smoking cessation can lower smoking prevalence in a cost-effective manner, among both adults and young adults ages 18–24 who are smokers.
Targeting Cessation: Understanding Barriers and Motivations to Quitting among Urban Adult Daily Tobacco Smokers.
Rosenthal L, Carroll-Scott A, Earnshaw VA, Sackey N, O'Malley SS, Santilli A, Ickovics JR. Addict Behav. 2012 Oct 2;38(3):1639-1642. [Epub ahead of print].
This study examined barriers and motivations to quitting smoking among daily tobacco smokers and sociodemographic differences in endorsement of barriers and motivations in six low-income neighborhoods in New Haven, Connecticut (n=1205). Results showed that the two most common barriers to quitting were perceiving it to be too difficult and not wanting to quit. Financial costs, social support, and social influence were linked to both barriers and motivations to quitting. Women and Black participants were more likely to be interested in a free quitline or quit website. Women and Latinos were more likely to report being afraid of gaining weight. Cost of cessation products arose as a concern more often for women, participants with lower education, and older participants. The authors conclude that financial issues, social support, and social norms should be targeted in promoting cessation among disadvantaged, urban populations, especially for sociodemographic sub-groups.
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DEADLINE REMINDER: FEBRUARY 20, 2013! Early Bird Registration Now Open for SBM 2013!
Early bird registration for SBM’s 34th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, California, is officially open. The conference will be held at the centrally-located Hilton Union Square in beautiful downtown San Francisco from March 20-23, 2013. Pre-conference day activities for March 19 are being planned. Early bird registration, which offers discounted registration fees, closes February 20, 2013.

Embodying the meeting theme, "Technology: The Excitement and The Evidence,” the conference will explore the many ways that technological innovations are expanding the reach and impact of behavioral medicine. Abstracts addressing thematic areas of the conference will be presented as will submissions coinciding with other behavioral medicine topics.
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Position Openings!
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Cancer Institute’s (NCI), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), Behavioral Research Program (BRP) is seeking a senior scientist to serve as Chief of the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB).  TCRB provides national and international leadership and support for research activities related to prevention and control of tobacco use and the elimination of cancer and suffering due to tobacco use.  TCRB also synthesizes and disseminates scientific findings through publications, special journal issues, and its Tobacco Control Monograph series.
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