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Connections December 2009
Update from the CEO

NAQC Joins National Organizations in Support of the Durbin Sanders Amendment to Expand Cessation Coverage to all Medicaid Recipients
On December 14, NAQC joined 32 other national organizations in sending letters of support for an amendment to expand cessation coverage to all Medicaid recipients to key U.S. Senators. Senators Sanders, Baucus, Dodd, Durbin, Harkin and Reid received letters urging them to ensure these critical cessation benefits apply to the entire Medicaid population. Here is an excerpt from the letter:

"Over 70 percent of people who currently use tobacco products want to quit, but they often must make multiple quit attempts before they successfully break their addiction to nicotine. Use of cessation drugs (over-the-counter or prescription drugs) and counseling can triple or quadruple cessation rates. The Medicaid population has the greatest need for access to these services. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 33 percent of adult Medicaid recipients smoke, compared to 20 percent of the general population. Currently, few states provide the full range of services needed to help Medicaid smokers quit and some states provide no assistance at all. Not helping these smokers quit is extremely costly to taxpayer-funded Medicaid programs – tobacco-related healthcare costs for Medicaid programs averaged $607 million per state in 2004.”

The letter also sites a recent study from Massachusetts demonstrating the success of their program in reducing both smoking rates and utilization of costly health care services. You may view the entire letter and list of supporting organizations to learn more about this important effort.

Linda Bailey, JD, MHS
NAQC President & CEO

News & Updates

NAQC Board of Director’s Call for Nominations – January 8 Deadline
The Board of Directors official "Call for Nominations” was distributed to members in an e-Bulletin on December 2, 2009. NAQC members are encouraged to recommend candidates to fill four open Board positions. For each person you would like to recommend, please provide the following information to Becky Roberson, Chair of the NAQC Board Nomination Committee, c/o by January 8, 2010:
1. Full name, contact information and brief resume for the person;
2. Your rationale for recommending this person to the Nominating Committee; and
3. Confirmation that you have spoken to the person and know that if nominated and elected, he/she would serve. If you have ideas for new Board members, please send them to

Please review the e-Bulletin for more information about the process and requirements.

2009 NAQC Seminar Series Wraps Up
The 2009 Seminar Series has wrapped up, but please remember that NAQC members may access materials and call summaries from the 2009 series on the event calendar.

The archive for the 2005 through 2008 series is also available on NAQC’s Web site. Please watch for an e-Bulletin about the 2010 Webinar Series in early January. We are excited to continue offering this series to NAQC members!

Quitline Forum Addresses Mental Health and Chronic Disease Screening Issues for Quitlines
As quitlines begin to more actively seek ways to serve tobacco users with co-morbid conditions and behavioral health issues, such as mental health and other chronic conditions, there is a growing interest in identifying ways to screen for, and treat these conditions in the course of tobacco use cessation treatment. The Quitline Behavioral Health Advisory Forum was formed to serve as an ongoing forum for expert advice, emerging practices and research ideas/collaborations. As a first step, they are actively cataloging what quitlines are currently doing regarding screening for behavioral health issues and what resources are available. Future efforts may involve developing an optional MDS question or questions to screen for behavioral health issues. NAQC members interested in joining these discussions are encouraged to contact Chad Morris at or Jessie Saul at

NEW: Reach and Quit Rate Implementation Guides Now Available!

To assist members with beginning to use and apply the new NAQC standard measures of reach and quit rates, NAQC has developed implementation guides for the reach and quit rate quality standard calculations. These documents are final, and are designed to provide easy-to-use references for implementing and using the NAQC standard calculations for reach and quit rates. Materials include key definitions, critical recommendations from each issue paper and calculation worksheets. All materials are available on the NAQC Web site, scroll over "Quality Improvement” then "Improvement Initiative” then "Technical Assistance” or go directly to the page.

To request technical assistance, suggest support materials or with questions about the quality standards or associated materials, email NAQC’s Director of Research, Jessie Saul, at

Quality Improvement Initiative Update

An update on NAQC’s Quality Improvement Initiative was sent to members on December 17, 2009. Please review the complete update to learn more about the initiative’s Issue Papers, technical assistance resources and next steps for this ongoing process to improve quitline quality. 

Quitline, Cessation & Other Tobacco News

CBS Show, The Doctors, to Mention 1-800-QUIT-NOW on January 4 Episode
On January 4, 2010, the CBS Show, The Doctors, will include two segments about quitting smoking as part of their show about New Year’s Resolutions. Weight loss and stress reduction will also be addressed. Through two segments, The Doctors will detail the medical effects related to smoking and will provide the audience with tips on how to plan a successful quit attempt.

During the taping of this episode on December 10, the doctors mentioned 1-800-QUIT-NOW and on-air as resources for people who are looking to quit. They also plan to list 1-800-QUIT-NOW on The Doctors Web site as a resource for the show. Throughout the show, the doctors mentioned their Web site which will list additional resources for viewers who are looking to quit.

After the show, two of the 60 quitters from the in-studio audience will tape their quit attempts using FLIP cameras. A follow-up episode is scheduled to tape in February/March and will invite the studio audience back to discuss their quit attempts. As NAQC learns more about these follow-up episodes, we will share that information with members.

This daytime show airs five days a week. For local listings and air times, visit The Doctors Web site. The Web site also includes promotional videos, show synopses, message boards, resources and more for each episode. For more information about the show, visit The Doctors Web site.

A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 11 Years Later

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and its public health partners, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this annual report ranking the states on their funding of tobacco prevention and cessation programs. A Broken Promise to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 11 Years Later reveals that funding for programs to reduce tobacco use have been cut by more than 15 percent in the past year at the same time the adult smoking rate has stalled in the U.S.

Key Findings of the Report
  • The states this year (Fiscal Year 2010) will collect $25.1 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but are spending just 2.3 percent of it – $567.5 million – on tobacco prevention and cessation programs (the states also receive $62 million in federal grants for tobacco prevention, for total funding of $629.5 million).
  • In the past year, states have cut funding for tobacco prevention by $103.4 million, or 15.4 percent.
  • Only one state – North Dakota – currently funds a tobacco prevention program at the level recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Only nine other states fund tobacco prevention at even half the CDC-recommended level, while 31 states and DC provided less than a quarter of the recommended funding.
  • Tobacco companies spend $20 to market tobacco products for every one dollar the states spend to fight tobacco use. According to the latest data from the Federal Trade Commission, tobacco companies spend $12.8 billion a year on marketing.

    Learn more, access the complete report and view state rankings on the CTFK Web site.

Massachusetts Medicaid Cessation Benefits Reap Outstanding Results
Initiated in July 2006, Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth) benefits added all FDA-approved medications to quit smoking and behavioral counseling. As a result, those accessing this comprehensive cessation benefit have experienced dramatic reductions in hospitalizations for heart attacks, declines in emergency and clinic visits for asthma and a significant decrease in acute birth complications. In the first two and a half years of the benefit, over 75,000 MassHealth members have tried to quit smoking representing 40 percent of MassHealth smokers. These findings provide further evidence that health insurance coverage for smoking cessation is essential to improve health, saves lives and reduce health care costs.

Michigan Going Smokefree in May 2010
Congratulations to the state of Michigan for being the 27th state to pass smoke-free legislation that includes all restaurants and bars smoke-free. Michigan’s new law does exempt the gaming floors of existing casinos. This legislation will take effect May 1, 2010 and will provide an opportunity to promote cessation to assist Michigan’s tobacco users with their quit attempts.

Become An Ex Advertising
As mentioned in last month’s Connections, The EX paid media campaign is ongoing. Ads are being run through mid-January on national Television and radio, in movie theaters, and will be in-flight on Delta. EX will also be featured on ESPN2’s Bassmasters. New ads, in conjunction with the Ad Council, will begin in February.

Deadline to Submit Public Comments about Proposed Healthy People 2020 Objectives – December 31
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has posted the proposed Healthy People 2020 objectives online and is accepting public comments until December 31. 2009. Objectives for all focus areas can be accessed at or you can directly access the proposed Tobacco Objectives. More information about the public comment process. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or contact Allison MacNeil at 770-488-5529 or Gabbi Promoff at 770-488-6491.

ALA Annual State of Tobacco Control Report
ALA will be releasing its annual State of Tobacco Control report on January 12, 2010. We will report on its findings in the January issue of Connections.

Translating the Public Health Service Guidelines for Consumers
The National Tobacco Cessation Collaborative (NTCC) has received a small grant from RWJF to create a consumer reports type card that translates the Guideline recommendations in a form that is accessible for consumers.  NTCC has been working with the Guideline panel to approve and endorse the content of this post-card. Several versions of a post-card sized product have been developed that rates various evidence-based and non-evidence based cessation methods and provides information on where to find the resources. NTCC is looking for partners to help with testing. The card can be added to other research approaches, such as focus groups, interviews, or usability testing.  If you know of any opportunities to add onto an existing project, please let us know at and we can put you in contact with NTCC staff.

FDA Comment Period Ends December 28
The FDA has extended the period for submitting comments on the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  Comments are now due December 28, 2009. Members are encouraged to submit electronic comments to or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
- For more information, view the extension notice 
- NAQC’s comments to FDA
- FDA Resources on legal, regulatory, and policy issues related to tobacco products

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Finds Nonsmokers Exceed Smokers in Well-Being Across All Incomes
In November, Gallup and Healthways released findings from telephone interviews conducted with more than 650,000 adults from Jan. 2, 2008 through October 31, 2009. This index measures the daily pulse of U.S. well-being. In every income group, smokers are less likely than nonsmokers to be "thriving” by at least 12 percentage points. These findings suggest that the link between smoking and well-being goes beyond simple economics. To review the complete results and learn more about how well-being is defined, visit the Gallup Web site.

Kick Butts Day (KBD) 2010 Web Site and Materials Now Available

KBD is scheduled for March 24, 2010. The 2010 Kick Butts Day (KBD) Web site is now live and an activity guide is available. To request your free Kick Butts Day activity guide, please visit Also available are new printable templates, including a poster and bookmark.

2009 Research Papers of Interest
Nine research articles were highlighted during NAQC’s December Seminar Series titled 2009 Quitline and Cessation Research: Implications for our Practice. The PowerPoint presentations and other seminar materials are available on the member section of the NAQC Web site. Select either December seminar date on the event calendar to access the materials. A brief summary of all nine articles is included here.


Topic: Pregnancy and Smoking
NRT During Pregnancy: Recommended or Not Recommended
Osahchy, Kazmin and Koren. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Canada. 2009 Aug; 31(8):744-7.
This article concludes that in pregnant women who smoke >10 cigarettes a day, NRT is safe and increases the potential for attaining smoking cessation. Use of NRT by pregnant women should be done under physician guidance and monitoring.

Smoking and Pregnancy and Lactation: A Review of Risks and Cessation Strategies

Einarson and Riordan. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2009 Apr; 65(4):325-30. Epub 2009 Jan 24.
This article concludes that NRT is safe and increases the potential for attaining smoking cessation. Use of NRT by pregnant or lactating women should be done under physician guidance and monitoring.

Topic: Smoking and Weight Gain
Behavioral Intervention to Promote Smoking Cessation and Prevent Weight Gain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Spring B, Howe D, Berendsen M, McFadden HG, Hitchcock K, Rademaker AW, Hitsman B. Addiction. 2009 Sep; 104(9):1472-86. Epub 2009 Jun 22.
This article demonstrates that there is no harm in providing both smoking cessation and weight reduction programs at the same time; one does not interfere with the other. In addition, there is significant short-term benefit for both smoking cessation and weight control in a combined approach. However, there is limited added benefit for weight control in the long term. The authors conclude that because of the short term nature of the weight control intervention, there are limited sustained behavioral changes to support long term weight loss. Therefore it may not be cost effective to provide both programs as short-term interventions at the same time.

Self-Reported Weight Gain Following Smoking Cessation: A Function of Binge Eating Behavior
White MA, Masheb RM, Grilo CM. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2009 Aug 28. [Epub ahead of print]
This study showed that smokers who are also binge eaters are likely to gain significant weight with smoking cessation and have a higher relapse rate. The authors concluded that in individuals who have had significant difficulty in previous smoking cessation efforts due to weight gain, it may be important to identify if these are binge eaters to be able to address this situation early in the cessation process.

Topic: Identification of Why People Smoke
Self-Perceived Smoking Motives and Their Correlates in a General Population Sample
Fidler JA, West R. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2009 Oct; 11(10):1182-8. Epub 2009 Jul 28.
This study showed that reasons for smoking differed in men and women and by age. The authors concluded that while stress relief and weight control are common reasons for smoking, especially among women, many people, especially men and older smokers, enjoy the act of smoking and being a smoker.

Hostility and Smoking Cessation Treatment Outcome in Heavy Social Drinkers
Kahler CW, Spillane NS, Leventhal AM, Strong DR, Brown RA, Monti PM. Psychology of Addictive Behavior. 2009 Mar; 23(1):67-76.
This study examined 92 heavy social drinkers exhibiting traits of hostility. It found that those with a cognitive component of hostility, bitterness about their lives and a sense they have received a "raw deal” out of life have poor smoking cessation outcomes. The authors conclude that identifying individuals who are both smokers and heavy social drinkers may identify those who are embittered about their lives. Addressing these feelings may be necessary to improve any likelihood of a successful smoking cessation effort.

Topic: 2009 Most Influential Web-Assisted Tobacco Intervention Publications

Effects of Web- and Computer-Based Smoking Cessation Programs (Meta-analysis)
Myung SK, McDonnell DD, Kazinets G, Seo HG, Moskowitz JM.
Archives of Internal Medicine. 2009 May 25; 169(10):929-37. Review. Erratum in: Arch Intern Med. 2009 Jul 13; 169(13):1194.
This study examined 22 randomized clinical trials of web- or computer-based smoking cessation programs. It found that web- or computer-based programs had an abstinence rate 1.5 times higher than control groups at both 6 and 12 months. The difference was significant for adults but not for adolescents (although more trials are needed for adolescent smokers).

Global Reach of an Internet Smoking Cessation Intervention Among Spanish- and English-Speaking Smokers from 157 Countries
Barrera AZ, Pérez-Stable EJ, Delucchi KL, Muñoz RF. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009 Mar; 6(3):927-40. Epub 2009 Feb 26.
This study enrolled more than 17,500 participants in a smoking cessation Internet-based program. Participants represented 157 countries including many people who resided in countries where languages other than English and Spanish are the official languages. Over half (57%) were Spanish-speakers. Smoking patterns were very similar across regions of the world among English- and Spanish speakers leading authors to raise the possibility that smoking cessation programs may work similarly in different regions of the world. The study also found that individuals who are depressed are less likely to quit smoking and more likely to start and continue smoking.

Mobile Phone-Based Interventions for Smoking Cessation

Whittaker R, Borland R, Bullen C, Lin RB, McRobbie H, Rodgers A. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Oct 7;(4):CD006611.
This meta-analysis concluded that while more evidence is needed for mobile-phone interventions alone over the long term, in the short term (6 weeks), mobile phone delivery for smoking cessation is effective, and a combined internet-mobile phone program is effective up to 12 months.

[Recruitment of smokers in the Rio de Janeiro subway, Brazil, as a strategy to increase access to quitline services: the impact of novelty]

[Article in Portuguese] This article was not part of the NAQC Seminar Series
Szklo AS, Coutinho Eda S, Barros HM, Perez C, Moreira Tde C, Figueiró LR, Pinho M, Carvalho VF. Cad Saude Publica. 2009 Nov;25(11):2524-8.
This study tested a new strategy for reactive recruitment to the telephone quitline that focused on the theme "smoking causes shortness of breath” adapted for the subway setting in Rio de Janeiro and compared to two existing reactive strategies. All age brackets of smokers responded at higher rates to the new campaign. The authors conclude that new communication formats containing personally relevant themes can increase the reach of telephone quitlines.

Exploring the Relationship Between Race/Ethnicity, Menthol Smoking, and Cessation, in a Nationally Representative Sample of Adults
Gundersen DA, Delnevo CD, Wackowski O. Preventive Medicine. 2009 Oct 19. [Epub ahead of print]
This study analyzed data from the 2005 U.S. National Health Interview Survey to test the relationship of menthol smoking and cessation. Findings suggested that the association between menthol smoking and cessation varies between whites and blacks and between whites and Hispanics. Non-white (blacks and Hispanics combined) menthol smokers were significantly less likely to have quit smoking compared to non-menthol non-white smokers. Among whites, menthol smokers were more likely to have quit than nonmenthol smokers. The authors conclude that this provides some support for the hypothesis that menthol smoking can lead to poorer cessation outcomes but only for non-white smokers.
QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged = 18 Years Who Are Current Smokers, by Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1997--2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. December 18, 2009; 58(49):1385.
During 1997--2008, the percentage adults who were current smokers decreased among non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics. Each year, the percentage of Hispanics who were current smokers was considerably less than the percentage of non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks who were current smokers. Review the full article.

Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings
Office of Applied Studies. 2009. DHHS Publication No. SMA 09-4434, NSDUH Series H-36. Also available online:
The November 19, 2009 issue of the NSDUH Report examines prevalence of use of menthol cigarettes among past-month smokers. Highlights include that the rate of smoking menthol cigarettes increased from 31.0% in 2004 to 33.9% in 2008 among past-month smokers. Smoking menthol cigarettes was more likely among those who started smoking in the past year than among those who started smoking more than a year ago.

Resources & Information

Requests for Proposals
North Dakota Request for Proposals
The North Dakota Department of Health has released its request for proposals for Telephone Based Tobacco Use Cessation Quitline and Support Services. Proposals are due January 8, 2010 with questions due by December 24, 2009. More information and the complete RFP is available on the state’s procurement Web site. The procurement officer is Lonny Mertz, Community Health Section – Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control at

1-800 QUIT NOW Monthly Volume Reports: October and November Reports Now Available
The 1-800 QUIT NOW monthly call volume report for the period November 9, 2004 through November 30, 2009 is now posted on NAQC’s Web site.

Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC) Update
The MCRC has provided a list of MCRC TV and radio ads currently in cycle, which includes the ISCI codes of the ads, the type of fees already paid and the date on which each fee cycle ends.  These ads are available for purchase at a reduced cost while in cycle. On this list, there are 10 ads for internet use that are paid for through 2010 or 2011, and are available for free to use through the dates given.

In addition, California has submitted 37 new ads to the MCRC collection. The themes covered include cessation, quitline, impotence, secondhand smoke, youth access, sacred use and tobacco industry manipulation. The ads are in print and billboard formats; some are available in English, Spanish, Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese; all are available at no-cost.

The ad summary is available to all visitors to the MCRC but a login account is required to view the ads online. Access the MCRC login page.

New Peer-Reviewed Online Journal, The Journal of International Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Research
As part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract awarded by NIDA, Danya International is launching a peer-reviewed online journal. The Journal of International Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Research aims to provide a quarterly publication platform for new international drug, alcohol, and tobacco researchers trying to publish their work in the United States and will debut early 2010.

The journal is currently recruiting reviewers with expertise in the area of tobacco prevention, treatment and control. The time commitment will vary according to availability and interest, but a minimum commitment of reviewing at least three submitted articles per year is required. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact Rachel Gross, Managing Editor, at or (240) 645-1094. You can view the online journal site at

Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Legal Update Now Available

The most current issue of Legal Update, the newsletter of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, is now available. This issue features the Legal Consortium's most recent publication, Infiltration of Secondhand Smoke into Condominiums, Apartments and Other Multi-Unit Dwellings: 2009. The Legal Update also includes overviews of recent important tobacco cases, the Profiles in Public Health Law section and "Ask a Lawyer” column which addresses tobacco-free policies on college campuses. Be sure to review the newsletter for useful links and more information about U.S. and Canadian bans on the sale, distribution and manufacture of flavored cigarettes and the World Health Organization’s tobacco control campaign in Africa.

5th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Presentations Available Online
Conference organizers have posted the presentations from the 5th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco held in September 2009 in Madison, WI to extend the knowledge shared and gained with other professionals and youth across the country and around the world. 

New Products and Training Opportunities from the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC)
In addition to the ongoing training and technical assistance to states and communities, TTAC is developing new products to improve tobacco control practices around the country. These new resources include:

Communities of Excellence Plus for Policy Change
TTAC applied lessons learned from several years of providing technical assistance to states and communities to create a package of services that includes onsite facilitated trainings, webinars, and tailored technical assistance. This package is designed to jump-start collaborative policy and program initiatives that are focused on a state’s or community’s individual experiences and perspectives.  For more information about this training, contact the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium at

Logic Model Web-Based Training
This new four-week web-based distance learning program begins with a basic introduction to logic models, and includes activities that provide practical experience with developing and using logic models. Participants will learn the purpose and characteristics of logic models, how to develop a logic model, and how to use logic models for planning, evaluation, and education. Registration information for the upcoming Logic Model course, starting in January, will be sent in the coming weeks.  Request additional information about participating in this web-based training program.

Tobacco 101
In March, 2010, TTAC is releasing a newly revised Tobacco 101 curriculum on-line.  This two-day workshop is designed to educate professionals new to tobacco control on the fundamentals of tobacco and tobacco prevention and control. The workshop will help participants be able to communicate persuasive arguments for tobacco control, understand the elements of comprehensive programming, locate resources and data, and identify and implement effective interventions. TTAC also conducts trainings on Tobacco 101 in its entirety or adapted to a program’s needs.

To learn more about TTAC’s ongoing training opportunities, visit the TTAC Web site

TEACH Project Offers Courses in March 2010

The Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) Project is geared toward training health care professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors who provide counselling services to people who use tobacco. The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills in the delivery of intensive tobacco cessation interventions. More information is available on the TEACH Web site.

TEACH courses being offered in March 2010 include:
A Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation Counselling: Essential Skills and Strategies (core course and pre-requisite for specialty course)
Monday March 1 - Wednesday March 3, 2010

Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Health and/or Addictive Disorders (specialty course)
Thursday March 4 - Friday March 5, 2010

Community-based Integrated Health Promotion Interventions: Diabetes, Physical Activity, Obesity and Tobacco Use (specialty course)
Thursday March 4 - Friday March 5, 2010

Advanced Motivational Interviewing: One Day Community of Practice (*There is a $150.00 surcharge for this course as it is not subsidized by the Ministry of Health Promotion. Travel and accommodation is NOT covered by the TEACH Project. This course is not part of the University of Toronto certificate program*)
Wednesday March 3, 2010

Applications must be submitted between 10am on Monday December 21st, 2009 and 4pm on January 15th, 2010. Both past participants and new applicants can submit an application to attend the March 2010 courses online at Simply click on the link "Apply Online" and you will be directed to the online application. 

Tobacco Control Network (TCN) Strategies for Smoke-Free Air Policy Implementation
Health Benefits of Smoke-Free Air Policies: Taking the Institute of Medicine Report to Heart
Registration is now open for this January 7 call scheduled from 3:00 – 4:30 EST. Please register by December 30.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
• Increase awareness of the causal relationship between SHS exposure and acute coronary events, including heart attacks.
• Recognize the causal relationship between smoke-free laws and decreases in acute coronary events
• Identify ways that state and local tobacco control program managers and advocates can collabora¬tively use this information to strengthen smoke-free air policies and their implementation
• Better understand the relationship between comprehensive smoke-free laws and their impact on im¬proving health outcomes as evidenced by experiences in New York State and Pueblo, Colorado.
• Neal L. Benowitz, MD, Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, University of California San Francisco
• Harlan R. Juster, PhD, Director, Tobacco Surveillance, Evaluation and Research, Bureau of Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Surveillance, New York State Department of Health
• Christine Nevin-Woods, DO, MPH, Executive Director, Pueblo City-County Health Department

Local Smoking Cessation Workshops Sponsored by Pfizer Coming to Your Communities
Smoking cessation workshops, led by Tobacco Treatment Specialists trained by Mayo Clinic, are coming to communities across the country for people who want to learn about quitting smoking. The free, hour-long workshops can accommodate as many as 20 people at a time and include presentations from a former smoker who quit with a prescription treatment option and support. These workshops provide attendees with a non-judgmental environment where they can learn about tools (i.e., plans, treatment options) to help them make a quit attempt.
Please see the below listing of locations holding January workshops near you. The smoking cessation workshops are being offered by Pfizer Inc. To register, log on to or call 1-888-866-0843.

Smoking cessation workshops in January
Week of January 4, 2010
California and Kentucky

Week of January 11, 2010
Alabama, California. Florida, Maine, Minnesota, New Orleans, Texas, West Virginia

Week of January 18, 2010
Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas

Week of January 26, 2010
Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia

Conferences & Meetings

The Second Annual Ottawa Conference: State of the Art Approaches to Smoking Cessation
January 22-23, 2010, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario
Hear from smoking cessation experts, network with other health professionals and learn of current and emerging concepts. More information

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)
Feb. 24-27, 2010, Baltimore, MD
The Rapid Response Abstract Submission is now open. Submission deadline is January 8, 2010.
For more information

Opportunity for Travel Scholarship to Increase SRNT Membership Diversity 
The Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Committee of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has established as one of its goals to increase the diversity of its membership. Therefore, SRNT is committed to increasing the diversity of researchers who help to stimulate and generate new knowledge concerning nicotine in all its manifestations -- from the molecular to the societal level. The scholarship program is a partnership between the American Legacy Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and is administered by the Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Committee of SRNT.
For more information including eligibility criteria and a scholarship application.
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

Promising Practices: Achieving Health and Social Equity in Tobacco Control
April 27-28, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hotel Monteleone
For more information

11th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine Conference and Call for Abstracts
Translational Behavioral Research: A Global Challenge
August 4 -7, 2010, Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C.
For more information on the conference and call for abstracts due January 15, 2010.

National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) 18th Annual Conference
August 5-7, 2010, Omaha, Nebraska
More information

Seventh National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations
October 18-21, 2010, Baltimore
The objective of the 2010 conference is to bring together leading voices engaged in the major changes occurring in policy, standards, and accreditation with health care professionals at the local, state and national levels committed to improving cultural competence, reducing language barriers, and eliminating disparities. Learn more about the conference at

Position Announcements
Director of Cessation Programs at ClearWay Minnesota
ClearWay Minnesota is searching for a Director of Cessation Programs. The Director leads and administers all aspects of ClearWay Minnesota's smoking cessation initiatives. Primary responsibilities include active engagement of multi-sector partners and stakeholders in policy and program initiatives that advance and expand cessation benefits coverage for Minnesotans; oversight and evaluation of tobacco cessation (QUITPLAN) services; and management of all cessation-related
administrative functions.  Applicants should submit a letter of introduction and resume by January 22, 2010, to Pamela Johnson, Search Consultant, at View the complete job description
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowships in Disparities and Addiction Research
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowships in Disparities and Addiction Research (2- year appointment). The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in several NIH- and CDC-funded smoking and alcohol intervention, mechanism, health communication, and dissemination and implementation studies. Treatment approaches include using motivational enhancement therapies, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavioral approaches. Postdoctoral fellows will be mentored by David W. Wetter, Ph.D. or Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D., depending on research interests. Opportunities for co-mentoring by both Drs. Wetter and Vidrine also exist. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Application procedures: Email cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names and contact information for at least three professional/academic references to

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