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Recent Announcements

  Be sure to check out our Tobacco News Feed -- scroll down to lower right of homepage for current tobacco-related news from various news sources on the World Wide Web


May 5, 2016: The FDA announced its final ruling to oversee ALL tobacco products -- including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah and pipe tobacco. To read more about this policy-related effort, visit our "Policy" page. 

DHMH has released the 2016-2020 Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan!
You can view a copy HERETobacco Use can be found in the Primary Prevention of Cancer section, pg 24.

Recently Released: Our Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter. Click here to view. 

MDQuit's 10th annual Best Practices Conference on Jan. 21st focused on progress in tobacco control throughout Maryland over the past 10 years and where to direct future efforts.  All conference materials can now be found HERE.


Training Opportunities

The MDQuit Resource Center developed and is disseminating a training program titled, “Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2): New Hope for Clients Who Smoke”* for behavioral health providers across Maryland. Scheduled trainings will take place at UMBC South Campus Research & Technology Park,1450 South Rolling Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227.

Here is a list of our upcoming BH2 trainings at our UMBC South Campus:

  • September 30th, 8:30-4 pm 
  • November 17th, 8:30-4pm 
  • December 9th, 8:30-4pm

 *BH2 is our multiple-session provider training program that includes a 6-hour instructional and hands-on training that can be implemented with behavioral health clients over a minimum of 4 and up to 8 sessions.  Training options include learning about behavioral health smoking risks, beliefs and treatment culture factors impacting implementation of smoking cessation, assessment techniques, and the use of NRT/Pharmacotherapy.  If providers in your agency want to know how to work with individual clients on their smoking by conducting multiple sessions, or could possibly run a multiple session smoking cessation group, BH2 is the training for you!  If you are interested in this training, please send an email to trainings@mdquit.org.   (Maximum of 20 participants.  CEUs awarded (approx. 6 credit hours) to attendees who complete the full training.)

  • Online Training:  The Maryland Center for Tobacco Prevention & Control announces that an Online Training Module for Tobacco Retailers is now available at www.NoTobaccoSalesToMinors.com.   Campaign materials available on website for free download.  If you have questions or want to order materials, contact dhmh.notobaccosalestominors@maryland.gov.
Free Training Webinars
  • The SCLC is offering its new webinar “A Team Approach: Integrating Tobacco Dependence Treatment into Routine Clinical Practice,” available at http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/webinars/cme. Eight past webinar trainings are also available.  1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits is offered for each course, use discount code: SCLC10 on payment screen to claim free credit.
  • The Maryland Tobacco Quitline has a NEW online training to help healthcare providers address tobacco with their patients!  For more information please click here
  • ATTENTION MEDICAID PROVIDERS: MDQuit has developed trainings aimed at enhancing health care providers' skills at reaching and intervening with Medicaid enrollees who use tobacco. Check out our new SBIRT Training for Medicaid Providers page for more details!
  • Health Care Providers:  Sign up for an online CME activity highlighting critical content from the Beyond the 5 A's conference.  Learn how to strengthen smoking cessation efforts with your patients. Register to earn 1 AMA PRA (Category 1) credit or 1 Nursing Contact Hour by clicking here.

‚ÄčItems of Interest and Upcoming Events

  • The Univ. of MD School of Public Health is currently enrolling female smokers between the ages of 18-75 in a clinical research study to evaluate an investigational medication to stop smoking.  Qualified participants will receive study medication, smoking cessation counseling, and will be compensated for their time.  Click here for more information.
  • Maryland's DHMH announced the good news of a reversal in trends in the sale of tobacco products to minors.  The Maryland retailers' noncompliance rates decreased from 30 percent to 14 percent in just one year.  For more details please check out the following newsbrief.  
  • “Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 17 Years Later" was released on 12/8/2015. This annual report is a joint effort among national tobacco prevention and cessation organizations and can be accessed here.
  • Take a look at the newest MDQUIT resource:  Tobacco 101:  Fact Sheets for a Foundational Knowledge in Tobacco and Cessation, found here.  

  • Check-out truthinitiative.orgTruth Initiative is the new name for the American Legacy Foundation, the non-profit organization known for tobacco control research and policy studies, as well as community and youth activism programs.  The organization continues their “FINISH IT” campaign to end youth smoking for good -- find out more at thetruth.com.

  • Baltimore City's Health Department has launched the “311 for tobacco complaints” program, encouraging city residents to call 311 if they witness stores selling to minors, selling individual cigarettes (“loosies”), or placing nicotine product placements behind counters.  

  • PROVIDERS: Have you heard about the NEW PREGNANCY REWARDS PROGRAM through the Maryland Tobacco Quitline?  Extended services continue to include 1)  10 pre and post partum sessions 2)  Free NRT with prescription. Now pregnant smokers can earn up to $90 in gift cards!  Also, providers can take advantage of DHMH's easy to use, brief intervention toolkit by clicking here
  • Are you 18-55 years of age and ready to quit smoking?  You may be able to join a research study at NIDA, located on the campus of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  Click here for details.

Links to Materials

  • SAMHSA’s  Behavioral Health Resource is a nice, recent resource for administrators who are interested in  integrating  smoking cessation services at their behavioral health site.  Enhance Your State’s Tobacco Cessation Efforts Among the Behavioral Health Population offers clear talking points based on the science.  
  • The American Lung Association released a new report, State Health Insurance Marketplace Plans: New Opportunities to Help Smokers Quit, reporting that only 17% of marketplace issuers cover all ACA requirements.  Download the report and the appendix for state by state information.

  • MDQuit Resource Center Director Dr. DiClemente recently presented at Tuerk Conference on the impact of tobacco use in behavioral health populations.  Click here to see his presentation. 

  • Click here to read Innovation Update --  Dr. DiClemente discusses MDQuit’s work training MCO organizations on the importance of implementing smoking cessation within their practices. 

  • Check out DHMH's captivating Cigar Trap advertisements: CigarTrap, detailing how tobacco companies target youth with cigar flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and grape.

  • The Surgeon General's 50th Anniversary website features The Health Consequences of Smoking--50 Years of Progress:  A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014, as well as Fact Sheets, a Consumer Booklet, and a link to the Video and Podcast Series.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched BeTobaccoFree.gov -- providing the most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies.  Includes information on federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit.

  • Wicomico County's Health Department is sharing success stories from its Smoking Cessation Program -- see the video here.

    Research Updates

  • In a large, multinational clinical trial, including people with and without psychiatric disorders, Anthenelli et al. (2016) found that Varenicline was more effective than placebo, nicotine patch, and Buproprion in helping smokers achieve abstinence.  Buproprion and the nicotine patch were more effective than placebo.  Despite past concerns, neuropsychiatric adverse events (e.g. suicidality risk and aggression) were not significantly higher with either Varenicline or Bupropion treatment relative to nicotine patch or placebo.  This finding was true for those with and without psychiatric disorders. Click here to read more.   

  • In the October 2015 online edition of JAMA Psychiatry, a research team investigated underlying causes for premature death among adults with schizophrenia, who were found to be more than 3.5 times more likely to die compared to the general population. Results point to tobacco use as a mitigating factor.  Read the abstract here.     

  • The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at UM-CP posted their recent issue of CESAR FAX, available here.  They summarize the 2014 Monitoring the Future data on teen nicotine use.    

  • In March 2015 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised its black box warning label for Chantix (Varenicline) to include potential negative interactions with alcohol and the possibility of seizure.  For more information please refer to the official FDA warning found here
  • According to the recently published National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS), there was no decline in overall tobacco use among middle and high school students between 2011 and 2014.  However, e-cigarette use tripled, and hookah use nearly doubled over the last year.  The increases in e-cigarette and hookah use offset declines in traditional nicotine use.  CDC Director Tom Frieden noted that nicotine consumption is dangerous for kids at any age in any form.   See the CDC's full MMWR Report
  • The CDC recently released new data that showed smoking rates have dropped in the U.S.  According to the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, smoking prevalence has dropped from 20.9% of adults in 2005 to 17.8%—the lowest prevalence seen since these data were first recorded in 1965.  Read the full Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report here.
  • The APA's Division 50 The Addiction Newsletter is highlighting the importance of providing smoking cessation during addiction treatment.  Find out much more by linking here and scrolling down to page 15.

  • The 2014 Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation was recently released by researchers at ASPiRE. The report provides information regarding the current retail environment including density and location of tobacco retailers, industry POS marketing tactics, and availability of various types of tobacco products.

Maryland Tobacco News

Health legislators in Baltimore City report that roughly half of city schools are located within 500 feet of a tobacco store. By selling flavored products such as mint and bubble gum, underage children are much more tempted to use tobacco products. With every 1 in 6 children using tobacco products in high school and more than 20% of stores selling tobacco products to minors, the city feels that they need to take another measure to reduce the number of underage tobacco users. 

Serious measures have been taken to limit tobacco use among employees and visitors at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health hospital In Harford County. An expanded tobacco ban took effect in January 2015 at both hospital campuses. Both visitors and employees will not be permitted to use tobacco products in vehicles on hospital grounds either. Also, beginning July 1, 2015, the hospital system will no longer hire tobacco users. Current hospital employees who use tobacco and who are covered under the hospital insurance plan can receive free pharmaceuticals and tobacco cessation classes to help them quit. 

Recently, the Montgomery County Council unanimously voted to approve a 30% excise tax on e-cigarettes. Revenue wise, officials state that the tax could collect between $1.5 million and $2.5 million per year. Prominent groups including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network are supporting this tax to help create a “healthier” Maryland.

National Tobacco News

In the first month of 2016, President Obama signed the Child Nicotine Poising Prevention Act into law increasing the safety standards on liquid nicotine containers. The act will create a national standard for child-proof packaging in order to prevent accidental ingestion of liquid nicotine, commonly used in electronic vaping systems. This act comes after the accidental death of a child exposed to liquid nicotine in 2014 and several other cases of liquid nicotine exposure in young children. The law will be fully enforced within 6 months of its enactment, requiring all liquid nicotine containers to have child-resistant packaging similar to those of poisonous household chemicals. 

New research suggests that switching to cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may support quitting among smokers. In a recent study funded by the NIH, 840 smokers at 10 different locations either smoked “regular” cigarettes or 1 of 6 types of cigarettes with various levels of lower nicotine content. Importantly, participants in this study had no intention of quitting smoking anytime soon. After six weeks, participants who smoked cigarettes with very low nicotine content smoked about 30% fewer cigarettes per day than those who smoked regular cigarettes. While these results are promising, additional research is needed to support these findings. 

In a recent survey examining youth tobacco use, 70% of those who had used tobacco in the past month reported current (past month) use of at least one flavored product. Currently, over 7,000 flavors exist in various tobacco products, and serve to entice youth to try these harmful products. Evidence suggests that while youth are aware that cigarette smoking is harmful, attractive flavors in products like hookahs, e-cigarettes and cigars may make these products seem less harmful. Thus, banning use of flavoring in tobacco products may limit initiation and continued use among middle and high school youth.