Tobacco-August 9, 2013


The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program is proud to announce the publication of the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free and Well Body Toolkits for Healthcare Providers. Through partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the toolkits are designed for direct healthcare providers as well as administrators and healthcare organizations. We identified you as a partner who will benefit from the instruction and resources provided in these toolkits.

Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
Healthcare providers are on the front lines of tobacco cessation, and it is vital that providers understand why people use tobacco and how to assist in healthy lifestyle changes for those they serve. This toolkit contains education on skills for engaging individuals in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing people’s readiness to quit, and information and research on treatments.
Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
Supplement for Priority Populations: Behavioral Health

Well Body Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
This toolkit addresses growing concerns about the state of nutrition and weight in the U.S. and provides education on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight as a part of good health. The toolkit contains information on developing skills for engaging individuals in weight management conversations, low burden means of assessing readiness to change related to increasing healthy behaviors, and evidence-based treatment options.
Well Body Toolkit for Healthcare Providers
Supplement for Priority Populations: Behavioral Health

Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative
Cliff Douglas, JD, Director of the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network, leads the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative. He recently created a new page on the TFCCI site called “Emerging Issues in Campus Tobacco Policies”, available HERE. Check it out.


Page dedicated to college tobacco control. It spotlights web resources, policy publications and case studies. Wake Forest School of Medicine developed Creating a Healthier College Campus – A Comprehensive Manual for Implementing Tobacco-Free Policies. At 100-plus pages, it is comprehensive! Note in particular all the helpful tools in the appendices.

Video: Charley Yeager of Choteau, Montana Promotes Healthy, Tobacco-Free Rodeos
Published on Jul 12, 2013
Charley Yeager of Choteau, Montana promotes healthy, tobacco free rodeos. reAct is Montana’s teen-led movement dedicated to empowering teens to fight back against tobacco.

Data: Smoking Rate among Adults with Serious Psychological Distress Remains High – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Key takeaway: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data indicate that current smoking among adults without serious psychological distress (SPD) decreased steadily between 1997 and 2011 (from 24.1 to 18.2 percent). In contrast, current smoking among adults with SPD did not decline during this period (43.6 percent in 1997 and 42.1 percent in 2011).

How to Keep Pharmacies Tobacco Free
ChangeLab Solutions. A new fact sheet outlines the health concerns associated with allowing tobacco sales at pharmacies and discusses options local policymakers can consider for their communities. A  tobacco-retailer-licensing model ordinance includes a “plug-in” provision that can be added to the model ordinance language when policy considerations include an option that pharmacies will not sell tobacco.How to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Smoking Devices – ChangeLab Solutions. New materials include a Model Ordinance Regulating Electronic Smoking Devices and a flow chart to help communities determine what strategy best fits their needs. ChangeLab Solutions also developed an accompanying checklist to highlight key policy options available when an ordinance is among the options under consideration. All tools are available on ChangeLab Solutions’ website.

Smokers With Behavioral Health Comorbidity Should Be Designated a Tobacco Use Disparity Group. American Journal of Public Health. The authors make the case that smokers with co-occurring mental illness or substance use disorders are not, but should be, designated a disparity group or priority population by national public health and tobacco control groups.

 Reports and Articles

smoking is not right
Smoking Is Not a Right
Policymic: August 6, 2013 People have a right to be who they are. They have a right to access safe and affordable health care. People have the right to practice their religion, vote for the candidates they choose, marry the person they love, live in a safe place, and get an education. But I call b.s. on people thinking that smoking is a right. No one has a right to make other people sick. You don’t have a right to become a burden on the health care system, or a right to ruin peoples’ meals, make others cough, or drive people away from public spaces. No one has a right to make the parking deck impassable or finding a seat in an outdoor café impossible. No one has a right to take break after break throughout the workday while everyone else stays on task. No one has a right to give their children cancer.

Portland smokers who light up on oxygen therapy spark alarming trend
The Oregonian, 7/17/13
A rash of fires in Portland caused by people smoking while receiving oxygen therapy–9 in the past 18 months–brought together Portland fire officials and a burn surgeon from the Oregon Burn Center Wednesday.

Tobacco Firm Pursues ‘Safer’ Cigarette
August 2, 2013
A major tobacco company appears to be serious about developing a lower-risk cigarette, sponsoring clinical tests with prototypes containing reduced levels of toxic components.

More Self-Aware People Quit Smoking Easier
August 2, 2013
How your brain responds to anti-smoking messages may be useful in helping to kick the habit, a new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience reports.

FDA Backs Low-Nicotine Cigarette Research As It Weighs New Regulatory Power
August 1, 2013
Beverly Anusionwu, a smoker for three decades who favors Maverick menthols, was enticed to the small lab inside the University of Pittsburgh’s psychology department by an ad promising free cigarettes and a few bucks for her time.

Youth are Still Exposed and Influenced by Tobacco Advertising
August 1, 2013
Dr. Shanta Dube, lead health scientist for surveillance in the Epidemiology Branch, Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed the amount of adolescents exposed to pro-tobacco advertising and evaluated the association between this exposure and susceptibility to smoking.

Smoking: The Menthol Debate Misses The Point
July 29, 2013
In 2009, a new law authorized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate cigarettes and reduce their terrible toll on the nation’s health.

Why Are So Many Smokers Still Smoking?
July 29, 2013
Tobacco use remains ubiquitous in society, despite its well-publicized vices. Kicking the habit can be a painful ordeal –– however, many smokers don’t even try to give it up.

Parental Smoking Tied to Kids’ Risk of Lighting Up
Reuters,  8/05/2013
Children born to parents with a history of cigarette smoking are more likely to light up than kids of people who never smoked, according to a new U.S. study.

A blog by Dr. Martin Raw:   Tobacco Dependence Treatment Around the World

Remember to protect your furry and feathery friends.

The Economic Impact of Smoke-Free Laws on Restaurants and Bars in 9 States  
A new study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease entitled was released recently. It concluded that local smoke-free laws did not have an adverse economic impact on restaurants or bars in any of the states studied. This is consistent with the results of other studies, providing new ammunition for advocates to negate the efforts of the tobacco industry in engendering fear of economic catastrophe. Here are the press statements from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the CDC Foundation.

Changes in Ambulance Calls Following Implementation of a Smokefree Law and its Extension to Casinos.
Yesterday, American’s for Nonsmokers Rights announced the results of this study.
The research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation,
found a significant decrease (20%) in the number of ambulance calls post implementation of Colorado’s smokefree casino provisions. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, this University of California, San Francisco study is the first of its kind to link the occurrence of medical emergencies to the implementation of smokefree air laws in casinos. ANR’s press statement and other smokefree casino resources can be found HERE.

Confounding a Smoking Ban, and Bouncers
New York Times: 8/7/13
Maybe it was the thumping music, the alcohol or the beating sun, or some hallucinatory combination, but for a moment in early July, it appeared as if a waterfront state park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, had turned into a smoker’s paradise.

How to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Devices in Your Community
ChangeLab Solutions released a set of tools including a model ordinance.

The seventh National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Summit is being held this week at the University of Nevada. Cowboys get cancer too.

Where there’s vapor, there’s profit. Seems everyone is getting into the e-cigs market these days.


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