Tobacco- August 7th, 2015

ASTHO Releases Medicaid Match for State Tobacco Cessation Quitlines Factsheet
On June 24, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state Medicaid directors outlining how the Affordable Care Act could help reduce tobacco use. Quitlines offer information, direct support, and ongoing counseling-all proven strategies for decreasing smoking rates. This factsheet discusses each state’s current status, barriers to implementation, and recommendations, and details how states may claim tobacco cessation quitline expenditures as a Medicaid administrative cost and receive a 50 percent administrative match rate for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. More information on public health and Medicaid partnerships can be found on ASTHO’s website.

Working with Assistors to Promote Tobacco Cessation
The American Lung Association has developed a toolkit to help healthcare and tobacco control professionals reach out to healthcare enrollment assistors to promote tobacco cessation programs to new insurance enrollees. The toolkit includes factsheets about Medicaid expansion and health insurance enrollment, tips on how to reach out to assistors, and information about tobacco cessation.

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) Shares New Fact Sheets Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Key Facts
Provides updated information and references on high-priority topics such as ENDS use patterns, health effects, marketing, and policy implications

Let’s Make The Next Generation Tobacco-Free
For more than fifty years, the Surgeon General has been reporting about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use.
To reflect on all the work that has been done, and remind us of the road ahead, we have developed and released The Next 50 Years.  This video can help you raise awareness and draw attention to the important work that remains to be done in tobacco control.

  • Follow CDC Tobacco Free on social media to see and share CDC/OSH updates on the release of The Next 50 Years.  Please use #Next50 in any social media posts about the video.
  • Share with your grantees, stakeholders and partners; encourage them to use the video in their social media and other communications.

Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community: Preconceptions, Challenges & Experiences
LGBT HealthLink recently partnered with SCLC to present this webinar. In case you missed it, access the recording

Reports and Articles
Residential location affects pregnant women’s likelihood of smoking
Women are more likely to smoke during pregnancy when they live in areas where socio-economic resources are lower but also where smoking is more socially accepted, according to new study from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

“Where There’s Smoke: Cigarette Use, Social Acceptability and Spatial Approaches to Multilevel Modeling” will appear in the September edition of Social Science and Medicine. The study examines how local factors impact health behavior.

Heather O’Connell, a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute, finds contextual factors – such as socio-economic status and the prevalence of smoking in neighboring areas – are clearly related to women’s individual-level odds of smoking during pregnancy, suggesting a role of place in shaping health outcomes

Cessation Outcomes Among Quitline Callers in Three States During a National Tobacco Education Campaign
CDC: Preventing Chronic Disease
Antismoking mass media campaigns, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tips from Former Smokers (Tips) campaign, increase the number of tobacco users calling tobacco quitlines. Few studies have investigated long-term tobacco use cessation for callers during antismoking media campaigns. Studies have suggested that callers during campaigns may be less committed to quitting and have lower quit rates. This study examines tobacco user cessation outcomes 7 months after quitline enrollment during the 2012 Tips campaign (March 19 through June 10, 2012).

New MMWR Article: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Workers in Accommodation and Food Services – United States, 2011-2013
In a recent MMWR article released by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the authors analyzed National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data for 2011–2013 to estimate current cigarette smoking prevalence among adults working in the accommodation and food services sector, and found that these workers had higher cigarette smoking prevalence (25.9%) than all other workers (17.3%).

Smokefree Protection in the South: Is Your Community Smokefree?
Features data from Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) in a new map and graph demonstrating local level comprehensive smokefree laws and the percentage of the population protected by comprehensive laws.

As New Orleans Marks 100 Days of Being Smoke-Free, Study Finds
Air Pollution Levels Have Dropped 96 Percent in Bars and Casino Hospitality Workers, Entertainers and Patrons Clearly Benefiting from Breathing Clean Air
NEW ORLEANS – As New Orleans celebrates 100 days of being smoke-free, a new study finds indoor air pollution levels have fallen dramatically in bars and the city’s casino since the smoke-free law was implemented on April 22, protecting the health of all workers, entertainers and patrons.
The level of fine particle air pollution fell by 96 percent in venues that had previously allowed smoking, and it was virtually eliminated in the casino, where there was a 99 percent reduction.  Read the full study.


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