Tobacco Cessation Medications Toolkit
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has launched a new online toolkit for the Affordable Care Act, including guidance on coverage of tobacco cessation medications and counseling released by the federal government in May 2014. The toolkit may be accessed at www.lung.org/cessationguidance.
State Parks and Recreation Commission drops into Astoria
The Daily Astorian: 11.11.14
Parks and Recreation comes to Astoria later this month.
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission holds its final meeting of the year Nov. 18 and 19 in Astoria. It address a proposed beach smoking rule and other topics.
Starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 18, commissioners tour area state parks and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Then they attend workshops starting at 2 p.m. at the Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St., Suite F, in Astoria.
At 8 a.m. Nov. 19, commissioners convene an executive session at the Loft at the Red Building to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes requests for action on state park contracts, grants to Oregon communities for recreation trails, a proposed beach smoking restriction, and state scenic waterway candidates.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff will ask the commission to sideline a proposed rule restricting smoking on Oregon’s 362 mile public ocean shore. Instead, staff will ask the commission to direct the department to spend two years focusing on education and a broader campaign to reduce beach litter. The public comment period for the proposed rule closed in August, and a summary is online at http://tinyurl.com/oregonbeachsmoke
Which state workers are using the wellness plan? Not those who need it most
Portland Business Journal: 11.7.14
A wellness plan for Oregon state workers does not seem to be reaching the employees who need it most, according to a new study sponsored by the Oregon Public Employees’ Benefit Board. Employees who smoke or have poor health are less likely to participate in PEBB’s Health Engagement Model, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Outcomes Research & Education at Providence Health & Services
Yamhill CCO will be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus, starting January 1
The Lund Report
McMinnville—Yamhill Community Care Organization (Yamhill CCO) will transition to 100 percent tobacco-free and smoke-free facility and grounds, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
“We will also encourage medical, dental and behavioral health agencies contracted with Yamhill CCO to adopt a similar policy,” said Jim Carlough, CEO of the health care organization.
When the policy goes into effect, the use of tobacco in any form, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes, will be prohibited in all interior and exterior spaces owned or wholly leased by Yamhill CCO. The same prohibition will be in effect for any contracted providers or agencies that choose to adopt the same or similar policy. Nicotine replacement therapy products approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be permitted.
Raucous hearing on tobacco sales in Westminster halted
The Boston Globe
WESTMINSTER — An unruly public hearing on a proposal to prohibit the sale of tobacco products came to a sudden and rowdy halt Wednesday evening after shouting and clapping opponents of the ban repeatedly refused the chairwoman’s request to come to order.
The ban, proposed by the Board of Health in this Central Massachusetts town, would be the first of its kind in the state. It has led to angry reactions from residents who worry that it will hurt the local economy and allow government too much discretion in controlling private conduct.
“This is about freedom; it’s my body and it’s my choice to smoke,” said Nate Johnson, 32, a Westminster farmer and auto body worker. He was puffing on a cigarette at a rally before the hearing where opponents held signs saying “It’s not about tobacco — it’s about control” and “Smoke ’em if you got them.”
Emotions flared at the hearing, where about 500 people crowded into an elementary school gym. When one resident loudly pronounced himself “disgusted” that the board would make a proposal that infringed on personal choice, the crowd roared with approval.
Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers Making CT scans more accessible for people at high risk
The New York Times: 11.11.14
Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer for older Americans with long histories of heavy smoking, the federal government said Monday in a proposal that would cover an estimated four million people, many of whom are at greatest risk for the disease
National and State Cost Savings Associated With Prohibiting Smoking in Subsidized and Public Housing in the United States
Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:140222.
Despite progress in implementing smoke-free laws in indoor public places and workplaces, millions of Americans remain exposed to secondhand smoke at home. The nation’s 80 million multiunit housing residents, including the nearly 7 million who live in subsidized or public housing, are especially susceptible to secondhand smoke infiltration between units. Prohibiting smoking in subsidized housing would yield annual cost savings of $496.82 million, including $310.48 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $133.77 million in renovation expenses, and $52.57 million in smoking-attributable fire losses.
Safeway Pharmacies to Incorporate Ask-Advise-Refer in over 1,000 pharmacies by January 2015
Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
Safeway will be the first community pharmacy chain to incorporate an organization-wide initiative to include brief smoking cessation interventions as a routine component of patient care. As of January 2015, all Safeway Pharmacies will be engaging in the Ask-Advise-Refer model to identify and assist individuals who want to stop smoking on their journey to becoming tobacco-free.
Great American Smokeout 2014
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancer. Visit the GASO website to find resources to promote this campaign and help smokers quit.