Tobacco – May 12, 2016

FDA Acts To Regulate E-Cigarettes And Cigars

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations and impose restrictions including:

  • A prohibition on distribution of free samples
  • A ban on selling e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in secure places that never admit young people
  • A requirement that e-cigarettes carry warnings that they contain nicotine, which is addictive.

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CDC Tips Campaign Resources

In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign—Tips From Former Smokers (Tips). The Tips campaign profiles real people who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

Visit the Tips Web site that includes the new ads, new information and many new resources – including new participant bios, stories, images, photos, buttons, badges, fact sheets, matte articles, and new resources for partners, public health professionals, faith-based organizations, health care providers, and so much more!

Healthy Communities – May 12, 2016

Support National Stroke Awareness Month

strokeMay is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Stroke can happen to anyone at any age, but many people do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke or the importance of calling 9-1-1 right away if someone might be having a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability. On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes. Support American Stroke Month and promote its prevention messages: Act F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9–1–1) if someone is having a stroke.

Community Guide Website Offers Recommendations on Health Equity

The Community Guide’s Promoting Health Equity web page discusses the Community Preventive Services Task Force’s findings in three categories of health equity-related interventions: education programs and policies, culturally competent health care, and housing programs and policies. The Community Guide also published “Promoting Health Equity,” a resource that summarizes the task force’s language on health equity and its findings on systematic reviews in all three categories of health equity interventions. Find more health equity resources on ASTHO’s 2016 President’s Challenge web page.

Making the Business Case for Prevention through Video

CDC Division of Community Health released new videos in DCH’s award-wining video series to help public health advocates demonstrate the positive intersection of public health and business. New topics include: community health impact, corner stores, economic development, grocery stores (English and Spanish), school/community health, and worksite wellness. These roughly 3-minute videos encourage local action by showing that positive changes in community health are achievable and can benefit everyone. They also can help you build support for prevention among audiences across multiple sectors in your own community.

Job Opportunities – May 12, 2016

Health Director position available in Jefferson County

Jefferson County is looking for a leader who can strategically lead the County’s Health Department while focusing on results and accountability. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced public health professional to make a difference in a region that takes pride in its spectacular natural beauty and way of life. Please see the attachment about the recruitment for this position.



Training Opportunities – May 12, 2016

Place Matters 2016 Conference: Save the Date Now and Watch for Website Registration Soon!

Date: Noon, Tuesday, October 4, 2016 through noon, Thursday, October 6, 2016

Location: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

We are looking forward to seeing you at the conference! Through inspirational speakers and workshops, the biannual Place Matters Conference allows people from diverse fields to gain new skills, tools and connections to help address the leading preventable causes of death: tobacco, obesity, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. Sustained effort on these issues will be critical to reducing Oregon’s large human and financial burden of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Together, we can create more places where the default choices are healthy, where unhealthy choices are rare, and where all Oregonians can take charge of their health. The goal is: “All people in Oregon live, work, play and learn in communities that support health and optimal quality of life.”

For more information: 971-673-0984 or

Webinar: Examining Education Disparities in Tobacco Use

May 25, 2016, 12:00-1:00                  Registration here.                

Tobacco Control Network (TCN) is hosting a webinar on disparities in tobacco use. Persons with low educational attainment are disproportionally impacted by tobacco use, and continue to be a priority population in tobacco control efforts. Join this webinar in the TCN Spring Webinar Series to explore the magnitude of disparities in tobacco use by educational attainment and socioeconomic status. During the webinar, presenters will share how to reach out to non-traditional partners to address this disparity and present case studies examples demonstrating previous work with this population. This webinar will feature presentations from Dwana Calhoun, Director of the Self-Made Health Network, and Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director of Health Equity at ASTHO.

Webinar: Youth Marijuana Use Prevention in Oregon

There will be two opportunities to participate in this webinar:

May 19, 2016 at 9:30 am                              Register here.

May 25,2016 at 2:00pm                                 Register here.

This webinar presented by the Oregon Health Authority and Public Health Division will discuss ways to prevent or delay the initiation of marijuana use among Oregon’s 12-20 year old population. Join this webinar to learn about how to: educate the public about the health issues related to marijuana use; prevent youth marijuana use; monitor marijuana use, attitudes, and health effects.

Webinar: The Triangulum: Tobacco, Marijuana. And E-Cigarettes

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:00 – 12:00pm            Register here

Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) at the University of California Office of the President is planning a Live Webcast on a new and emerging paradigm of substance use and abuse that they are calling the Triangulum. Triangulum, Latin for triangle, reflects the intersection of tobacco, marijuana, and electronic cigarettes; the latter being the delivery device for both these and other substances. This changing landscape includes not only e-cigarettes, but also hookah pens delivering flavored nicotine liquids; heat-not-burn products that produce fumes, no fire-no smoke; flavored little cigars, both regular and electronic; synthetic marijuana (spice) that can be dabbed; and liquid THC, which can be aerosolized. To capture the science behind these new developments, the TRDRP is bringing together an outstanding group of scientists to explain these and comment on this new terrain.

Webinar: Are We Ready to Meet Today’s Challenges with Diabetes Education: Plight or Promise? 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11:00 – 12:00pm         Register here.

Ongoing diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) helps people with diabetes make and sustain behavioral changes needed for successful disease management and prevention of diabetes-related complications. Despite proven benefits, many adults with diabetes are not receiving diabetes education and support. During this webinar, Linda Siminerio, PhD, RN, CDE; Maggie Powers, PhD, RD, CDE; and Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE will use the 2015 Joint Position Statement on Diabetes Self-management Education and Support published by the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help diabetes educators make the case for providing DSME/S services and shift paradigms of care to increase provider referrals and enhance patient engagement.

Webinar:  CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds: Mind Your Risks and Act FAST to Prevent and Treat Strokes

May 17, 2016 at 10:00 – 11:00pm

A live external webcast will be available via the Webcast Links section of CDC’s website. For individuals who are unable to view the session during the scheduled time, a video of the session will be posted to our archives 2-3 days after the presentation.

Webinar: Tobacco and Nicotine: What is Out There and Why You Should Care

May 19, 2016 at 3:00 – 4:00pm                                  Register here.

The use of tobacco and nicotine products continues to create serious health compromises to those addicted to their use.  In addition to the harmful effects to the lungs and heart, cigarette and smokeless tobacco use are causing significant compromises to the oral cavity as well; the most dangerous being oral cancer.  This webinar will help wade through the various types of tobacco products on the market, including electronic cigarettes and how each has very specific effects on oral and systemic health.

Webinar: Tobacco Policy, Pharmacotherapy, and Dentistry

June 16. 2016 at 3:00 – 4:00pm                                  Register here.

The webinar will discuss past, current and possible future policies that deal with tobacco. The course will also explore current over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine delivery systems and compare OTC and Rx pharmacotherapies used with tobacco cessation, including indication, utilization and any precautions.

Webinar: Parish Nurses: Partners in Tobacco Prevention & Control – Experience from Texas

Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00am – 12:00pm                Register here.

Attendees will be provided with: a review of prevalence of tobacco use in Texas and the associated health risks; a description of free smoking cessation resources, such as the Texas Tobacco Quit Line; and an overview of Ask, Advise, Refer and quitline referral methods.

Tobacco – April 28, 2016

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Updates Smokefree Lists, Maps, and Data

The organization Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights has updated a comprehensive online collection of state and local tobacco control laws. The website includes lists, maps, and data spanning laws related to clean air, e-cigarettes, restrictions on youth tobacco access, restrictions on tobacco sales and distribution, restrictions on tobacco advertising and promotion, tobacco excise taxes, and conditional use permits. States can use these tools as references for progress and opportunities in tobacco control laws.

National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control (NBHN)

Check out this infographic from NBHN that can help clinicians with their patients who suffer from physical, emotional, or substance use problems & click here to gain free access to cancer and tobacco control and prevention resources including toolkits, e-newsletters, webinars and training opportunities, virtual communities, and social media resources.

Black Lives Black Lungs: How tobacco companies led a devastating 50-year infiltration into black communities

A digital project investigating the tobacco industry’s successful targeting of the black community with menthol products. Full documentary coming out this summer.  Click here to see the 5 minute trailer.menthol


Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2015

e-cig_young peopleCDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed data from the 2011–2015 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) to determine the prevalence and trends of current (past 30-day) use of seven tobacco product types (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, hookahs, pipe tobacco, and bidis among U.S. middle (grades 6–8) and high (grades 9–12) school students. According to the analysis, during 2011–2015, substantial increases in current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students were reported, resulting in an estimated total of 3.0 million middle school and high school e-cigarette users in 2015.

Training Opportunities – April 28, 2016

Webinar – Food and Beverage Marketing in Schools

Thursday, May 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM.  Click here to register. Topics will include:

  • What is food marketing in schools and how common is it?
  • Why is it important to address food marketing in schools?
  • What tools and resources are available to help assess food marketing in schools?
  • How can you change the food marketing environment in your school or district?

Webinar – Call to Action: Paths to Walkable Communities

Thursday May 12th at 11am. Click here to register.

Join this webinar to learn about local organizations and governments who are taking action to Step It Up! in creating walkable communities. The release of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in September 2015 was a watershed moment for the walking movement. Its release provided leadership and motivation for governments, businesses and organizations to address the numerous barriers to safe, active mobility and promoted the multiple health benefits of walking. You will hear from two recipients of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grants followed by a city with one of the top Complete Streets policies in the US. Participants will have a chance to ask questions of the panel to learn how they might make their own communities great places to walk.

Healthy Communities – April 28, 2016

Leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics or Latinos in U.S

This MMWR issue includes CDC’s first national study of leading causes of death, disease prevalence, risk factors, and access to health services among Hispanics or Latinos living in the U.S. The report showed that similar in non-Hispanic whites, the two leading causes of death in Hispanics are heart disease and cancer. “Four out of 10 Hispanics die of heart disease or cancer. By not smoking and staying physically active, such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, Hispanics can reduce their risk for these chronic diseases and others such as diabetes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Health professionals can help Hispanics protect their health by learning about their specific risk factors and addressing barriers to care.”

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ASTHO Releases Health in All Policies Framework Document

ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) has released the document “Health in All Policies: A Framework For State Health Leadership,” which outlines the domestic and international history of Health in All Policies (HiAP), showcases state and local HiAP successes, and provides implementation strategies. It also includes key elements of HiAP practice and potential short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes of HiAP initiatives.

What does it cost to make a school safe for walking and bicycling

There are many questions about the cost for Safe Routes to School improvements, and it’s difficult to answer them. Conducting a school assessment or developing an action plan can be a helpful start.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the YMCA Making Strides report cards

 Making Strides is a set of report cards assessing each state on 24 indicators specific to walking, biking and active kids. The report cards primarily look at state policy focusing on four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. Check out how Oregon is doing in support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities.

New Prevalence Projections for Arthritis

According to a new CDC study, the number of U.S. adults with arthritis is projected to reach more than 78 million in 2040, an increase of almost 49%. Of those with arthritis, about 34 million adults will have arthritis-attributable activity limitations (AAAL) in 2040, an increase of 52%.  Currently, about 53 million U.S. adults have arthritis, of whom 22.7 million have AAAL.

State Fundraiser Exemptions and new Food Service Key Informant Briefs from Institute for Health Research and Policy

While many states are applying the Smart Snacks standards to all on-campus fundraisers, a number of states allow exemptions, with some states allowing many junk food fundraisers.  The Institute for Health Research and Policy releases quarterly updates of state fundraiser exemptions. To see the latest, please click here.

MyPlate for Older Adults

my plate_The Tufts Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) partnered with AARP Foundation in conjunction with the updated 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to revamp MyPlate for Older Adults. The new plate gives special attention, with the expertise of AARP Foundation, to fully target various demographics and food access issues relevant to the 50+ population.  Here is the link to the website that allows you to download the MyPlate icon and features tips, recipes and more:

New Report: 2016 Shape of the Nation

Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators, released the 2016 update to the Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education and physical activity in the American education system.  While effective physical education and physical activity programs are essential in the formative growth of children and adolescents, there is a large disparity in state requirements and implementation.  Research shows that active kids learn better, yet few states have policies in place requiring schools to offer effective physical education programs to all students.  Read the report here.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps – Building a Culture of Health, County by County

The What Works for Health resource now has evidence ratings for more than 360 policies and programs! For each entry, you can see what the evidence says, examples of implementation, likely impact on disparities, and more information.