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North American Quitline Consortium


New Initiatives Expected Soon!
  • FDA will announce new regulations on health warning labels for cigarettes on or before June 22. NAQC expects that 1-800-QUIT-NOW will be included on the new warning labels. Additional background is available on the Warning Label Page of the NAQC website.
  • New health warning labels for tobacco products also are expected in Canada. Regulations made under the federal Tobacco Act must first be laid before the House of Commons where the Standing Committee on Health has up to 30 sitting days to consider the proposed regulations. Canada has just had a federal election and the various Standing Committees have yet to be reconstituted. NAQC will keep you updated on progress.
  • CMS has been assessing the feasibility of a national solution for reimbursing quitlines for services to Medicaid beneficiaries. NAQC is hopeful that a solution will be found soon. Background on the Medicaid issue is available on NAQC’s Medicaid Toolbox page.
The KIQNIC Survey Is Now Open!
The Knowledge Integration for Quitlines: Networks that Improve Cessation (KIQNIC) project is a 5-year NIH-funded research study run through the University of Arizona. Scott Leischow is the Principal Investigator. The third survey of quitlines for the project launched on Wednesday, June 8. Training webinars were held on June 8 and June 10; a recording of the webinar is available on the KIQNIC survey page of the NAQC website.  

Survey participants received their username and password in an email dated June 8. If you are a participant and did not receive such an email, please send a message to kiqnicsurvey@naquitline.org. To log in to the survey, go to https://kiqnic.fcm.arizona.edu/. Survey instructions, and a link to the login page are available on the KIQNIC survey page of the NAQC website. Thanks in advance to all survey respondents for your participation!

For more information about the KIQNIC research study, see the KIQNIC page of the NAQC website or e-mail Gregg Moore, project coordinator, at gregg.moore@in-source.ca.  

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“Research "Coffee Break" Call Series Continues!
The second monthly research "coffee break" call took place on May 12. Lija Greenseid and Anne Betzner (Professional Data Analysts) gave a presentation titled “Practical Challenges and Promising Strategies for Adapting MDS Intake Questions for In-Person Cessation Programs."The presentation slides and call recording are available here
The next call will be Thursday, June 9thfrom 2:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Dr. Art Peterson (FredHutchinson Cancer Research Center)  will present on Using Telephone Quitlines to Treat Youth Smokers. For more information about the speakers or topic, click here. Call-in information and presentation slides are also available on that webpage. It is strongly recommended that you test your system in advance of the call time to ensure you can access the webinar features.
Future call topics will include An update on the Asian Language Quitline Study; and African American use of quitlines. For more on upcoming call topics and speakers, click here.

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Call for Quitline Evaluation Reports!
NAQC members have asked whether NAQC could create a space on its website for quitlines to share their evaluation reports. To assess the level of interest for such a feature on our website, please send us an email to naqc@naquitline.org  indicating a) whether you would be interested in viewing other quitlines' evaluation reports, and b) whether you would be interested in sharing your own quitline's evaluation reports on the NAQC website. Thanks in advance for your responses!
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Save the Date: Presentation of FY 2010 Annual Survey Results, Wednesday, July 13, 3:30-5 p.m. Eastern Time!
The findings from the FY2010 NAQC Annual Survey of Quitlines will be presented via webinar on Wednesday, July 13, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Registration is not required. The presentation will include information about the state of quitlines, trends over time for quitline budgets and reach, and progress towards NAQC’s strategic goals. We hope you will join us for this exciting webinar!
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Membership Drive FY12!
Thanks to all NAQC members who have already renewed their membership dues for FY12 and who took advantage of the early bird renewal special! We are happy to announce that Jan Beauchamp with Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program  is the winner of free registration to the NAQC Conference in 2012!
To avoid lapse in your membership benefits, please submit payment for your dues by July 1, 2011 (payments are accepted in a form of a check, credit card payment, and online renewal). Please refer to the membership page for more information.

For questions regarding membership, please contact Natalia Gromov at 800-398-5489 ext 701 or membership@naquitline.org.
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Tobacco Control

Help Knock Tobacco Out of the Park!
NAQC is a supporter of Tobacco Free Baseball, a public health campaign that is attempting to convince major league baseball and the players association to ban the use of smokeless tobacco in major league baseball. We encourage members to consider supporting this campaign. Information from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids about the campaign and how to join is provided at the link below.
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Request for CMS Clarification-Meaningful Use and Quitlines!
NAQC signed on to a letter from the Multi-State Collaborative for Health Systems Change to Address Tobacco Use to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting clarification on four meaningful use measures. In particular, we have asked for CMS to clarify whether referrals made by eligible providers and hospitals to state-based quitlines meet several meaningful use core and menu set measures. NAQC will keep you updated on CMS’ response.
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Webinar on FDA Implementation of Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act!
On May 26, leadership from FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products provided an update on the Center’s progress to implement the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. To view the powerpoint, click here.
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Report Finds Smokers Consider Quitting Due to Graphic Health Warnings on Packages!
Health warnings on cigarette packages prompt smokers to think about quitting, according to a 14-nation study. Effective warning labels as a component of comprehensive tobacco control can help save lives by reducing tobacco use, said a report released by CDC.

Prominent, pictorial warnings are most effective in communicating the harms of smoking, and use of such warnings is strongly encouraged by CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). At the time the surveys were conducted, five of the 14 countries participating in the survey had adopted pictorial warnings already. Since that time, four additional countries have passed legislation requiring pictorial warnings.

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Smoking Reduction for Persons with Mental Illnesses: 6-Month Results from Community-Based Interventions. 
Morris CD, Waxmonsky JA, May MG, Tinkelman DG, Dickinson M, Giese AA. Community Ment Health J. 2011 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]
This study compared two tobacco cessation interventions for persons with mental illnesses: a telephone quitline (with NRT) and a community-based group counseling intervention. Six months after enrollment in services, both groups had reduced their tobacco use significantly, and the overall intent-to-treat quit rate was 7%. However, participants who received both quitline services and the group counseling intervention were significantly more likely to have reduced their tobacco use by 50%. Treatment also had other positive impacts: tobacco dependence, depressive symptoms, and psychotic symptoms decreased significantly for all treatment groups. At the same time, health and mental health functioning improved. The authors conclude that commonly available tobacco cessation services are effective for people with mental illnesses.

Smoking Cessation in Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses: The Experience of Successful Quitters.
Dickerson F, Bennett M, Dixon L, Burke E, Vaughan C, Delahanty J, Diclemente C. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2011 Spring;34(4):311-6. 
This study examined the experiences of people with serious mental illnesses who have quit smoking. After being quit for at least four months, former smokers with serious mental illnesses took part in a structured interview about their experiences. Most participants reported health concerns as the primary reason for quitting. Additional reasons included the price of cigarettes, a doctor’s advice to quit, and other people’s advice to quit. The most often reported methods for quitting included social support from friends or family (58%), instruction from a doctor (46%), use of NRT (31%), and advice of friends who had quit (23%). Very few had received any cessation treatment other than NRT. Authors note that this study emphasizes that people with serious mental illness are successful in quitting, and suggest that smoking cessation programming should be easily accessible to people with serious mental illness. They also report that former smokers living with mental illness are interested in helping others quit, and suggest that they should be involved in formal peer-to-peer smoking cessation interventions.
Cigarette Package Health Warnings and Interest in Quitting Smoking --- 14 Countries, 2008--2010. 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Weekly. May 27, 2011 / 60(20);645-651.

This report was the first to include all 14 countries that participated in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey between 2008 and 2010. These countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, the Russian Federation, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vietnam. All GATS countries had warning labels describing harmful effects of smoking on cigarette packages at the time of the survey. Findings indicated that health warnings on cigarette packages prompt smokers to think about quitting. Authors noted that effective warning labels as a component of comprehensive tobacco control can help save lives by reducing tobacco use.  More than 90% of men who smoke manufactured cigarettes in 12 of the 14 countries reported noticing a package warning. The other two countries are India (78.4%) and Mexico (83.5%). More than 90% of women cigarette smokers in seven of the 14 countries reported noticing a package warning, and at least 75 percent in 12 of the 14 countries reported noticing a package warning. The other two countries are China (60.1%) and India (18.9). Among smokers who noticed a warning, the percentage of those who thought of quitting because of the warning was greater than 50% in six of the 14 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam; and was greater than 25% in most other countries.

Smoking Cessation Quitlines in Europe: Matching Services to Callers' Characteristics.
Willemsen MC, van der Meer RM, Schippers GM. BMC Public Health. 2010 Dec 18;10:770.

This study examined how seven European quitlines match services to callers’ level of addiction, educational level, stage-of-change, and referral source. Data on caller characteristics, and services they used, were collected on over 3500 callers between February 2005 and April 2006. Logistic regression analyses were performed to investigate the relationship between quitline services and the four caller characteristics. Heavy smokers were more likely to be given information on quitting medications. While education was related to the length of the call (the lower the educational level, the shorter the call), education was not associated with any other type of service. Associations with the services provided based on stage of change and referral source were mixed between quitlines. Based on the findings, the authors recommend that European quitlines extend and tailor their services to include less-educated smokers. 

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Job Announcement: Branch Chief, Program Services Branch, CDC'sOffice on Smoking and Health ! 
Below is a link to the job announcement for CDC’s Branch Chief, Program Services Branch, Office on Smoking and Health. The Program Services Branch Chief serves as senior member of the division management team playing a key role in setting objectives and in the formulation of broad division policies. The open period for this announcement: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to Monday, June 13, 2011.
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Webinar on Cigarette Smoking Interventions Among Diverse Populations! 
This webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 28 from 1 PM to 2 PM EDT. Make sure to reserve your seat today. Space is limited! This webinar will feature three presenters whose work was recently published in a special issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.  Dr. Anita Fernander,  Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky, will host the event.  
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Training Opportunities in Tobacco and Mental Health! 
A two-day CME Training Conference for Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses and Other Mental Health Professionals will take place on November 15 &16, 2011 at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Liberty Plaza. 

Upon completion of this conference, attendees should be able to:
  • Define the knowledge and skills necessary for assessment and treatment of smokers with mental illness.
  • Identify the behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for smokers with mental illness, including medication interactions associated with smoking.
  • Discuss motivational techniques for working with lower motivated smokers.
  • Recognize broader clinical and systems issues for addressing tobacco dependence in mental health settings.
  • Attain a heightened awareness of the importance of cultural diversity and cultural competence in mental health settings.
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