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Connections September 2009
Update from the CEO

Call for Comments from the U.S. Joint Commission
Now that NAQC has submitted its final comments to FDA (see News & Updates, below) we are turning our attention to an important call for comments from the U.S. Joint Commission.
 
The Joint Commission, which sets accreditation standards for all hospitals, has just made public four new measures related to tobacco use and dependence.  If adopted, these measures will require all hospitals to assess all patients age 12-years and older regarding tobacco use and to offer current tobacco users counseling, medications and limited follow-up. These proposed new measures offer an opportunity for quitlines to partner with hospitals on follow-up treatment.
 
The Joint Commission is soliciting public comments on the proposed draft tobacco use measures.  The results of the public comments will be used to develop detailed measure specifications and to determine which measures move forward for pilot testing. 
 
I encourage you to express support for the proposed four tobacco cessation measures. A strong public health response, particularly at the state and local levels, is critical to ensure that these measures are approved.
 
The public comment period opened September 1, 2009 and will close at midnight on September 30, 2009.  If you would like to comment on the measures, please click here to complete a survey and then add your own comments.
 
To make your submission as easy as possible, our colleagues at Partnership for Prevention have developed excellent sample messages to convey to the Joint Commission. Click here for sample messages.
 
Many thanks for all of your support.
 
Linda Bailey, JD, MHS
NAQC President & CEO
 
News & Updates
 
NAQC News
Stimulus Funding for U.S. Quitlines – Update
On September 17, HHS announced details of $373 million in competitive stimulus funding for community projects on tobacco control and/or obesity. The RFP is available at www.grants.gov. NAQC encourages its members to reach out to community partners in cities and metropolitan areas about inclusion of quitline services as part of their proposals to CDC.
 
Distribution of the remaining $200 million in Prevention and Wellness funds will be announced in the next few weeks. NAQC expects that quitlines will be included in a later announcement. We will keep members updated.
On September 2, 2009, NAQC convened a conference call with its members to discuss the likelihood of  stimulus funding being allocated to state quitlines and preparations that should be undertaken to prepare for the funding. If you were unable to attend this call, you may access the call summary to learn more about the call and available resources. 

Update on NAQC’s Comments to FDA
Thank you to all members who provided feedback on NAQC’s draft comments to FDA on the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. The deadline for comments to FDA is September 29, and we encourage all NAQC members to submit comments. Below please find a link to NAQC’s final comments to FDA, NAQC’s preliminary oral testimony to FDA and other important links related to the comment process.
NAQC’s final comments to FDA
NAQC’s preliminary oral testimony to FDA 
Federal Register notice
More information about the FDA and tobacco regulation
 
NAQC 2009 Seminar Series Update
Sustaining Quitlines Now and in the Future: Topics to Build the Case
It is hard to believe only three months remain in 2009. Be sure to get the last remaining seminars on your calendar. If you have ideas for topics to be addressed in the 2010 series, please send an email to Tamatha Thomas-Haase at tthomas-haase@naquitline.org
 
Important Dates!
October 7th: 3:30 – 5 PM ET and October 9th: 12:30 – 2 PM ET
Ensuring Quality Quitline Services to Priority Populations: Challenges and Opportunities
 
November 4: 3:30 – 5 PM ET and November 6: 12:30 – 2 PM ET
TOPIC TO BE DETERMINED
 
December 9: 3:30 – 5 PM ET and December 11: 12:30 – 2 PM ET, WEBINAR
2009 Quitline and Cessation Research: Implications for our Practice?
 
Important Reminder to Service Providers: 1-800-QUIT-NOW Take Back & Transfer Feature
If your quitline mistakenly receives a call from a person who lives in another state, please be sure to use the Take Back & Transfer feature. One state has recently reported callers mistakenly being given the general department of health number by quitline counselors in other states – likely the result of a quick Internet search by the counselor who is working hard to get the caller to the appropriate service as soon as possible.
 
The Take Back & Transfer feature allows quitlines to transfer callers to other lines using state-specific codes. These codes are not full numbers and route back to each state’s QUIT NOW “termination number.” If you have questions related to the feature or termination codes, please email Tamatha Thomas-Haase at tthomas-haase@naquitline.org.
 
NAQC Annual Survey of Quitlines – Wave One Launches Today
Starting September 21 through October 12, each state and province will be asked to complete Wave One of the NAQC Annual Survey. The survey form and instructions will be sent by email to the primary responder for each state or province. Please remember that the primary responder should submit ONE completed survey to NAQC by October 12, 2009. Please send completed surveys to annualsurvey@naquitline.org. If you have questions about completing the survey, please contact us by email at annualsurvey@naquitline.org or phone at 602.279.2719.

Reminder: NAQC’s Minimal Data Set Update Released – Final Feedback Requested by October 15
NAQC’s Minimal Data Set (MDS) Update workgroup has completed its work on the MDS Update recommendations and technical assistance materials. Many thanks to the workgroup members for an amazing and thorough job. An Implementation Guide has been developed to assist quitlines with the implementation process. The Guide includes an Introduction, the Intake and Follow-up questions, a comparison document highlighting changes from the original MDS, an annotated table with detailed notes and tips for each question and a two-page FAQs document on the MDS itself. Final feedback is encouraged from quitlines prior to October 15. Materials will be finalized in November, when implementation will begin. 
 
The Update and related materials were presented during the August 5 and 7 conference calls. For additional information about the MDS Update or the implementation process, please contact Dr. Jessie Saul, NAQC’s Director of Research, at jsaul@naquitline.org.
 
Board of Directors Poll on Pharmaceutical Industry Membership and Funding
As announced in last month’s Connections, the NAQC Board of Directors will be polling members in October about NAQC’s relationship to the pharmaceutical industry. The poll will explore pharmaceutical membership in NAQC and NAQC acceptance of funding from pharmaceutical companies. The poll will help inform the development of a NAQC policy on this issue. The link to the poll will be sent to all members via email the week of October 19.  If you have any questions, please email board@naquitline.org.
 
Break Free Alliance: Coordinating Council Update
NAQC is a member of the Break Free Alliance Coordinating Council. The goal of the Break Free Alliance is to engage key organizations serving low SES populations in tobacco control efforts and to assist them with resource development and assessments, technical assistance, capacity building and evaluation to prevent and reduce tobacco use in low-income communities. The Alliance’s Coordinating Council represents national and state organizations committed to serving low SES populations.
 
Earlier this month Tamatha Thomas-Haase, NAQC’s Manger of Training and Program Services, attended a council meeting in Sacramento, California. During the meeting Tamatha had an opportunity to:
  • Share more about NAQC and its mission.
  • Provide feedback on two important draft documents (“The Use of Snus as a “Tobacco Harm Reduction” Product: A Position Statement Demonstrating the Harmful Impact of Snus on Low SES Populations” and “Tobacco Taxes and Their Impact on Populations of Low Socioeconomic Status (SES)”).
  • Provide input and guidance on projects related to tobacco use in homeless populations and tobacco policy and cessation in Louisiana prisons. Review progress and develop future action items for each of the council’s working committees (communications; sustainability and network development).
If you have questions about the Alliance or NAQC’s involvement, please email Tamatha Thomas-Haase at tthomas-haase@naquitline.org.
 
Quitline, Cessation & Other Tobacco Cessation News
FDA Appoints Director for Newly Created Center for Tobacco Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it is establishing the Center for Tobacco Products and has selected Lawrence Deyton, MSPH, MD, a highly respected and experienced public health leader, as the Center Director. Dr. Deyton is a respected public health leader, an experienced administrator and a long-standing appreciation of the importance of tobacco.
 
FDA Letter to Industry on Cigarettes Containing Certain Characterizing Flavors
The Food and Drug Administration recently submitted a letter to the tobacco industry on cigarettes containing certain characterizing flavors. View the letter on the FDA’s Web site
 
Research
 
Articles
Building Research Capacity for Evidence-Informed Tobacco Control in Canada: A Case Description
McDonald P, Viehbeck S, Robinson S, LEatherdale S, Nykiforuk C, Jolin MA. Tobacco Induced Diseases 2009;5(1):12.
This paper outlines a Canadian project to build research capacity to address tobacco control issues in a way that adequately informs practice, policy and future research in a timely, practical manner. The actions described in the paper are intended to facilitate better alignment between research and the priorities of policy developers and service providers, and ultimately reduce the time required to translate research findings into policy and practice.
 
A Cognitive-Behavioral Weight Control Program Improves Eating and Smoking Behaviors in Weight-Concerned Female Smokers
Sallit J, Ciccazzo M, Dixon Z. Journal of the American Dietary Association. 2009 Aug;109(8):1398-405.
This study examines the effects of a weight control program on eating and smoking behaviors of women smokers who were concerned about weight, especially weight gain associated with quitting smoking. Smoker who were not yet ready to quit smoking, but who were concerned about their weight, were randomized into a weight control program or a control group. Those in the weight control program were more confident in their ability to control their weight, had a higher quality diet, smoked fewer cigarettes and progressed more along the stages of change than those in the control condition. The authors conclude that changes in eating behavior for this group of weight-concerned smokers may be correlated with a positive change in smoking behavior.

Use of Non-Assigned Smoking Cessation Programs Among Participants of a Web-based Randomized Controlled Trial
Danaher BG, Lichtenstein E, McKay HG, Seeley JR. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2009 Jun 25;11(2):e26.
This study examined the phenomenon of use of external (non-assigned) treatment programs by participants of a Web-based tobacco cessation intervention. Results showed that 24.1 percent of participants reported using one or more treatment programs that were not explicitly assigned as part of the Web-based program, including individual counseling, group counseling, hypnotherapy/acupuncture, pamphlets/books and other Web-based programs. The authors conclude that additional research is needed to explore this cross-utilization of treatment methods which may occur in all types of research, but which may be especially widespread in minimal contact, Web-based intervention trials.
 
Frequency of Nurses' Smoking Cessation Interventions: Report From a National Survey
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Wells M, Kotlerman J, Wewers ME, Froelicher ES. Journal  of Clinical Nursing. 2009 Jul;18(14):2066-77.
This study describes the frequency of nurses’ delivery of the 5A’s tobacco cessation interventions and to determine their relationship to nurses’ awareness of the Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative, which was designed to provide nurses easy access to Web-based resources about tobacco control. While most (73 percent) asked and assisted with cessation, only 24 percent recommended medications for help with quitting. In addition, only 22 percent referred to community resources and only 10 percent recommended use of the quitline. Nurses who were familiar with the Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative were significantly more likely to report delivery of all of the 5A’s.
 
Special Issue
NCI Monograph: Phenotypes and Endophenotypes: Foundations for Genetic Studies of Nicotine Use and Dependence
Tobacco use behavior is dependent on complex genetic and environmental influences and interactions that are currently not well understood. Identifying phenotypes (observable traits determined by groups of genes) and endophenotypes (measurable components along the pathway between genes and the condition of interest) for smoking behavior may help guide future research, tailor treatments for individual smokers more effectively and enhance existing public health policy in tobacco prevention and control. National Cancer Institute's Tobacco Control Monograph 20, Phenotypes and Endophenotypes: Foundations for Genetic Studies of Nicotine Use and Dependence reviews the scientific foundation for genetic studies of nicotine use and dependence. The authors and editors reviewed and analyzed the growing body of research findings in the field to develop a scientific plan for incorporating genetic research into crossdisciplinary studies of nicotine dependence.
 
Order a free monograph copy by going to http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/20/index.html or calling the NCI Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Ask for NIH Publication No. 09-6366.
 
Resources & Information

Request for Proposals
RFP – Tobacco Free Guam Quitline
The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program – Division of Public Health, is requesting proposals from qualified organizations to operate the Tobacco Free Guam Cessation Quitline. View the RFP at http://www.guampdn.com, classified, bargains.  For more information contact Gil Suguitan by email at gil.suguitan@dphss.guam.gov or phone at 671.735.7289. 
 
Resources
1-800 QUIT NOW Monthly Volume Report: Now Posted
The 1-800 QUIT NOW monthly call volume report for the period November 9, 2004 through July 31, 2009 is now posted on NAQC’s Web site.
   
Latest Issue of Legal Update Now Available
The latest issue of the Legal Update, the newsletter of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, is now available. Three new publications from the Consortium are featured – two of which address questions you may have about the landmark Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Obama signed into law June 22, 2009; the third new publication is an expansion and update of Legal Authority to Regulate Smoking and Common Threats and Challenges: 2009.

Bringing Everyone Along Resource Guide Supplement
The new BEA Resource Guide Supplement is now available to download at www.tcln.org. The Resource Guide Supplement contains practical advice and implementation strategies for integrating tobacco dependence treatment in mental health and substance use settings.
 
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic – MPOWER Six Policies to Reverse the Tobacco Epidemic
This 2008 WHO report serves as a useful global policy document and supports the availability of quitlines services.

New AHRQ Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit for Minimal Risk Research
AHRQ has published new toolkit to help researchers obtain potential research participants' informed consent and authorization to use their health data in accordance with the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA). It provides information on how to ensure that people of all health literacy levels understand what studies entail and to what they are consenting when they agree to participate.  The Toolkit is available at http://www.ahrq.gov/fund/informedconsent/.
 
IARC’s Evaluating the Effectiveness of Smoke-Free Policies
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Smoke-free Policies, the latest volume (Volume 3) in the series of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Handbooks of Cancer Prevention on Tobacco Control, can now be ordered through the WHO catalogue of publications by accessing http://www.who.int/bookorders. Cost is US$/CHF50.00, US$/CHF35.00 for developing countries. Order number is 17600029. This volume presents the work of an international group of experts who met in April 2008 to review the published evidence, assess the strength of the evidence on different domains of smoke-free legislation and summarize the findings. Individual chapters of the volume can be downloaded at http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/prev/handbook13/index.php.
 
Australia's Preventative Health Taskforce Recommends Plain Packaging and Other Measures
The Australian Government's Preventative Health Taskforce's National Preventative Health Strategy was released this month. It contains recommendations on tobacco, alcohol and obesity. Highlights of the tobacco section include: Increasing the price of cigarettes to $20AUS a pack by 2013; introducing plain packaging for tobacco products; continuing social marketing campaigns; further restrictions on promotion of tobacco products such as point of sale bans and use of new media; expanding quitline services; expanding health professional training; and expanding programs for those with mental illness, Indigenous peoples and low SES groups. View the summary and full report.

Conferences, Meetings & Trainings
5th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco - New Products, New Users and a New Generation of Advocacy September 21-23, 2009, Madison, WI
For more information. http://www.uwosh.edu/smokeless
SRNT IAHF Latin American Conference on Tobacco Control
October 14-16, 2009, Mexico City, Mexico
For more information. http://www.interamericanheart.org/srnt/eng/index.htm

TEACH Francophone Trainings
The followings trainings will take place at the TEACH Learning Centre in Toronto:
 1) A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies –  Three-day core course held October 19-21. This course is designed to enable healthcare professionals to gain access to evidence-based knowledge about tobacco use and develop practical skills in cessation counseling.
2) Motivational Interviewing and Tobacco Cessation – Two-day specialty course held October 22-23. This course is designed to facilitate and enhance practitioners’ application of motivational interviewing skills within the context of intensive tobacco cessation interventions.
Participants who fulfill all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion in Continuing Education in Intensive Tobacco Cessation Interventions from the University of Toronto. The application period is August 17 through September 8. Applications will be submitted electronically via the TEACH Web site at www.teachproject.ca/francophone.
 
15th Annual Rural Multiracial & Multicultural Health Conference: Blueprints for Success: Ideas for Change
December 9-11, 2009, Memphis, TN
For more information: www.ruralhealthweb.org.
 
Second Conference on Menthol Cigarettes
On October 19 and 20, 2009, Washington, DC
For information, contact Alex Parks at iparks@americanlegacy.org.
 
The Ninth National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse International Conference: Advances in Etiologic and Intervention Models in Hispanic Addiction Research
October 29-31, 2009, Miami, FL 
For more information: http://www.nbsn.med.miami.edu/x46.xml.

National Conference to End Health Disparities II
November 3-6, 2009, Winston-Salem, NC
For more information: http://www.ceehd.com/.

6th National Conference on Tobacco or Health – Canada
November 1-4, 2009, Montréal, Canada
Early Bird Registration Now Open
For more information: http://www.ncth.ca/registration.html.
 
Society for Behavioral Medicine 2010 Conference
April 7-10, 2010 in Seattle, WA
Deadline for abstract submissions has yet to be announced.
For more information: http://www.sbm.org/meetings/.

Promising Practices: Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control – Call for Abstracts Now Open
April 27-28, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hotel Monteleone
For more information: http://healthedcouncil.org/promisingpractices_2010.html.

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Feb. 24-27, 2010, Baltimore, MD
Deadlines for abstract submission have not yet been announced.
For more information: http://www.srnt.org/meeting/future/future.html.

National Break Free Alliance Conference
April 27-28, 2010, New Orleans, LA
For more information: http://healthedcouncil.org/breakfreealliance/2008_conference.html.
 
Position Announcements
ACS Seeks Managing Director for Global Tobacco Control
The American Cancer Society is searching for an individual to lead its international tobacco control program. The Managing Director for Global Tobacco Control oversees major components of ACS's international tobacco control efforts, including building public support for tobacco control, advocating for smokefree public places and supporting efforts to increase tobacco taxes. The position will be based in Atlanta at ACS's national headquarters and will report to the National Vice President for International Affairs. Learn more.

National LGBT Tobacco Control Network Now Hiring for Program Manager
The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Tobacco Control Network is seeking a Program Manager. The Project Manager will work with offsite Network Director, in-house support staff and wide variety of stakeholders across the country to execute all core Network activities and recommend and enable strategic enhancements. Typical duties include: assuming responsibility for successful compliance with and completion of multiple project action plans and funder guidelines and goals; successfully managing multiple project budgets; supervising team activities; managing day-to-day network operations; responding to diverse requests from Network stakeholders; and monitoring Web and social networking activities. Learn more.

Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites applications for the currently vacant position of Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Candidates should submit their applications not later than August 31, 2009. Learn more. 

Funding Opportunities
Economic Studies of Health Insurance Coverage on Drug Abuse Treatment Availability, Access, Costs and Quality (R01)

This FOA, issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, solicits research project grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct rigorous, theory-driven research on the effects of recent legislative and regulatory changes affecting insurance coverage for drug abuse treatment services. Learn more.  
 
Exploratory Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), invites the submission of applications in developmental and formative behavioral research in cancer prevention and control. Learn more.  
 
Connect with NAQC Members!
NAQC’s Listserv offers an opportunity for NAQC members to connect with one another. Through the Listserv, you can ask questions, post comments and share resources. To post a question or comment to the NAQC Listserv, email NAQC@listserv.naquitline.org. You must be a member of the Listserv to post a question or comment. If you are not on the Listserv and wish to participate, please email naqc@naquitline.org to join.
 
 
 
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