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North American Quitline Consortium
July 2013

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UPCOMING NAQC WEBINAR ON JULY 17: Checking In on Quitline Sustainability Efforts: Painting the Picture with 2012 Annual Survey Data and Current Practice!
Join us for a first-glance at 2012 Annual Survey data related to quitline cost-sharing partnerships and a series of brief presentations by states on their sustainability efforts. Implications of survey findings and strategies for moving forward on cost-sharing partnerships will be discussed.
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NEW RESOURCES for Securing Medicaid Administrative Match for Quitline Services!
NAQC has published two resources to assist states in their efforts to secure Medicaid administrative match for quitline services. Please click on the links below to access them.

ADVICE TO GUIDE YOU: Building a Strong Memorandum of Understanding to Secure Medicaid Administrative Match for Quitline Services 

ADVICE TO GUIDE YOU: Building a Strong Cost Allocation Plan Amendment for Medicaid Administrative Match for Quitline Services

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Thanks to all NAQC members who have already renewed their membership dues for FY14! Please note that we have extended the deadline from July 1 to August 30. To avoid interruption in your membership services, please submit your membership dues (payments are accepted in a form of a check, credit card payment, and online renewal) prior to 5 pm ET on August 30

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

Your membership dues allow us to be more flexible as an organization in meeting member needs. We hope NAQC’s work in the past year has contributed to your success, and we look forward to launching great new products and membership benefits this year!

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Time-Sensitive News

IMPORTANT! Tips From Former Smokers - Resources and 2014 Campaign Recruitment!
The paid portion of the TIPS 2013 campaign has concluded and the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is gearing up for its 2014 campaign. National, state and local programs are encouraged to use the Tips PSAs, ads, resources and materials developed by OSH in their own campaigns. Please click here for more information. 

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is in the process of recruiting individuals to feature in their next national tobacco education campaign which will be similar Tips From Former Smokers ads and will enable to highlight health conditions that were not featured in the previous Tips campaigns. The 2014 campaign will feature real people who suffered severe health conditions caused directly by smoking or who have lost a family member from a smoking-related condition. Please find the recruitment flyer below:

in English
in Spanish

For more information, please click here

To learn more about the campaign and how to best leverage available resources for earned media after the end of the campaign, please click here.

DEADLINE: JULY 17! Abstract Submission for Promising Practices to Promote Tobacco-Free Active Living and Healthy Eating in Low Socioeconomic Status Communities!
The deadline for submitting your abstract is: July 17th, 2013, Midnight Pacific Daylight Time.
Steps for abstract submission:

  • Review the Call for Abstracts Information and Instructions for descriptions of the conference tracks, example topics, and information on the process for review and selection.
  • Preview everything you’ll need to fill out in order to submit an abstract in the Abstracts Application in Word. Completing the application in Word and using it to copy and paste information into the online abstracts application is the best way to save progress on your submission.

Click Here to submit your abstract!

DEADLINE: JULY 21! NALBOH Annual Conference Early Bird Savings Ends Soon!
Save your board money by registering early for 21st Annual NALBOH Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 14th-16th! The NALBOH conference is designed to provide attendees with information on public health governance functions, engaging citizens, and the role of effective leadership in healthy communities.

Early bird registration is only $375 and includes admission to over 30 workshops and sessions, posters, and exhibit hall; three breakfasts, two lunches, and the NALBOH Recognition Awards Dinner; and all conference materials. Room rates will rise significantly after 7/21/13.
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UPCOMING WEBINAR ON JULY 23! Not in My Backyard: What Can Locals Do to Regulate Other Tobacco Products?
The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will be hosting a webinar on July 23, 2013 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. Central Time (9:00 – 10:30 AM ET) entitled "Not in My Backyard: What Can Locals Do to Regulate Other Tobacco Products?". The webinar will provide an overview of local and state policy options, including youth access restrictions, smoke-free measures, sales restrictions, and pricing initiatives; present a few examples of recent legislation; and examine industry practices and hot issues related to the regulation of these emerging tobacco products.
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DEADLINE: AUGUST 27! The Call for Abstracts for SOPHE's 65th Annual Meeting is Now Open!
Discovery 2014: New Health Education Strategies, Connections & Ideas

March 19-21, 2014
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland

The Society for Public Health Education’s 65th Annual Meeting, Discovery 2014: New Health Education Strategies, Connections & Ideas, offers an exciting opportunity to share your research findings, program impacts, policy changes, perspectives, and expertise with the health education and health promotion professional community. Join us in sharing your latest research and practice in health education and health promotion, particularly in the following four sub‐themes:

  • Child, Adolescent, and School Health
  • Priority Health Issues
  • Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change
  • Health Education Technologies
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Tobacco Control

Questions and Answers on Electronic Cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)!
On online Q&A page developed by The World Health Organization (WHO) on e-cigarettes, that covers the following questions: 

  • What are electronic cigarettes?
  • Are electronic cigarettes (ENDS) safe?
  • Is use of electronic cigarettes (ENDS) an effective method for quitting tobacco smoking?
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An Opinion Piece of The Regulatory Challenges of Electronic Cigarettes!
The opinion piece was published by JAMA this week by Drs. Neil Benowitz and Maciej L. Goniewicz, and can be located at the link below.
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) heat a nicotine solution to generate vapor that is inhaled, without the combustion of tobacco and its toxic constituents. Use of e-cigarettes is increasing in the United States and around the world. Current smokers in the United States report an 11.4% prevalence of ever use of e-cigarettes and 4.1% use in past 30 days.1 They likely pose less direct hazard to the individual smoker than tobacco cigarettes and might help smokers quit smoking or reduce harm by smoking fewer tobacco cigarettes.On the other hand, there are potential harms, including promoting continued smoking of cigarettes and renormalizing cigarette smoking behaviors. 
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Poll: Americans Back FDA Tobacco Authority, Regulation of Cigars & E-Cigarettes!
The Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids released a public opinion poll showing strong voter support for FDA regulation of tobacco and the extension of that authority to ALL tobacco products, including cigars and e-cigarettes. Voters also strongly OPPOSE attempts in Congress to exempt cigars from regulation. The press release at the link below on the poll includes a link to the full set of materials from the poll. These results affirm the importance of FDA asserting its authority over all tobacco products and Congress doing nothing to diminish the FDA’s authority.
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Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey.
Health officials have analyzed the 2012 findings from the National Health Interview Survey administered by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.  The early release of current smoking estimates indicate 18 percent of adults in 2012 described themselves as current smokers, a decrease from the 2011 data which estimated a 19% current smoker rate. The prevalence of current smoking among U.S. adults declined from 24.7% in 1997 to 20.9% in 2005, then declined again from 20.6% in 2009 to 18.0% in 2012. For 2012, the percentage of adults aged 18 and over who were current smokers was 18.0% (95% confidence interval = 17.40%–18.56%), which was lower than the 2011 estimate of 18.9%.
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Join the AAP Provisional Section on Tobacco Control!
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Provisional Section on Tobacco Control (PSOTCo) is expanding its membership to include non-AAP members (Affiliate Members)! Allied health, public health, international pediatricians, and research professionals can now apply to join the PSOTCo and network with pediatricians on all aspects of tobacco prevention and control. The Section will provide information about effective clinical interventions for tobacco prevention and dependence, respond to the latest tobacco regulations, and advocate for public policies that reduce tobacco dependence and exposure to tobacco smoke. Annual dues for Affiliate Members are just $20. To learn more and join, visit the PSOTCo web site.
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Encouraging Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy in West Virginia: Using Fax-to-Quit as a Cessation Strategy.
Tworek C, Horn KA, Anderson RH, Chertok I, Danek RL, Holmes A, Adkins B. W V Med J. 2013 Mar-Apr;109(2):16-21.
This study assessed the feasibility of a Fax-to-Quit program for pregnant women in West Virginia. Providers and staff from three OB/GYN clinic sites in three adjoining West Virginia counties were recruited to participated. All sties received training during one intensive half-day. Clinic sites screened pregnant women for smoking, assessed readiness to quit, and enrolled consenting participants in the Fax-to-Quit program. Of the 58 referrals made between March and December 2009, over one-quarter (25.9%) enrolled in quitline services. Success factors included contact, communication, and cooperation with clinic office staff. Results show that Fax-to-Quit is feasible to engage both providers and pregnant smokers with the quitline.
Use and Effectiveness of Quitlines for Smokers with Diabetes: Cessation and Weight Outcomes, Washington State Tobacco Quit Line, 2008.
Schauer GL, Bush T, Cerutti B, Mahoney L, Thompson JR, Zbikowski SM. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013 Jul 3;10:E105. doi: 10.5888/pcd10.120324.
This study assessed the use and effectiveness of a tobacco quitline among tobacco users with diabetes. Data from quitline users both with and without diabetes were analyzed. Results showed that a higher proportion of tobacco users with diabetes used the quitline than are represented in the general population of smokers. There were no statistical differences in quit rates between tobacco users with and without diabetes (24.3% vs. 22.5%).  However, those with diabetes reported more weight gain in previous quit attempts (34.2% vs. 22.4% gained more than 20 pounds, P = 0.03). The authors conclude that quitlines are effective for participants with diabetes, but tailored interventions that address weight concerns during cessation are needed.
Implementation of a Parental Tobacco Control Intervention in Pediatric Practice.
Winickoff JP, Nabi-Burza E, Chang Y, Finch S, Regan S, Wasserman R, Ossip D, Woo H, Klein J, Dempsey J, Drehmer J, Hipple B, Weiley V, Murphy S, Rigotti NA. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print]
This study tested whether routine pediatric outpatient practice can be systematically changed to help parents of pediatric patients quit smoking. 20 pediatric practices in 16 states were recruited to receive either CEASE intervention or usual care. The intervention provided training and materials for practices to change care delivery systems to provide evidence-based assistance to parents who smoke including referral to quitlines, motivational messaging, and quitting medications. Outcomes were assessed by exit interview after an office visit, whether counseling was provided (discussing various strategies to quit smoking), medication was prescribed, or referral was made to a state quitline. Results showed that practices’ mean rate of delivering meaningful assistance was 42.5% in the intervention group and 3.5% in the control group (P<.0001). Rates were higher in the intervention group than the control group for enrollment in the quitline (10% vs. 0%); provision of medications (12% vs. 0%), and counseling for smoking cessation (24% vs. 2%). The authors conclude that a system-level intervention led to 12-fold higher rates of delivering tobacco control assistance to parents within the context of a pediatric office visit.
Promoting a Smokers' Quitline in Ontario, Canada: An Evaluation of an Academic Detailing Approach.
Kirst M, Schwartz R. Health Promot Int. 2013 Jun 13. [Epub ahead of print]
This study evaluated the impact of an academic detailing program to promote the quitline in Ontario, Canada. Trend analysis of quitline administrative data were analyzed, as well as qualitative interviews with quitline stakeholders (e.g., academic detailing program staff, regional tobacco control stakeholders, and quitline program experts). Outcomes included number of fax referral partners and referrals received, and quitlien reach. Results showed that fax referrals increased since program inception. However, there were barriers to engagement of program partners. In addition, overall reach of the quitline has not increased over time. The authors conclude that while an academic detailing approach can have some success in increasing fax referral program integration in healthcare settings, a more effective strategy may involve a comprehensive promotional approach, incorporating academic detailing, media, and the provision of free medications.
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Program Highlights - 7th National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit!
The 7th National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit is the ONLY national conference dedicated to addressing the health and social issues attributed to smokeless and spit tobacco use. It will take place on August 6-8, 2013 in Montana. 
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NALBOH Annual Conference: Reserve Your Spot Today!
Throughout the country, boards of health are responsible for governing health departments, approving budgets, and making decisions on major department expenditures. The NALBOH Annual Conference is the only national conference that focuses solely on board of health issues and concerns and it is taking place on August 14-16 in Utah.
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Legacy for Health Seeking Nominees for 2013 Community Activist Award!
Legacy is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 Community Activist Award.
The award will honor an influential community leader for spearheading impactful tobacco control efforts, especially those that reflect Legacy's mission to build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. The award winner will be recognized by Legacy and receive a $2,500 honorarium. 
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS - Tuesday, September 17, 2013!
To submit a nomination and for more information, please visit 

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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