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Recent Announcements

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  • NEW BH2 TRAINING DATE ANNOUNCED:  Friday, Sept. 19th 8:30-4:00pm - Multiple Session    AT UMBC'S South Campus Research & Technology Park, 1450 S. Rolling Road, Suite 3011, Arbutus, MD  21227.  TO REGISTER, EMAIL trainings@mdquit.org

  • 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!

  • THANK YOU CVS for implementing your bold move to stop selling tobacco products a month early!  And we love your new social media campaign #OneGoodReason and all the valuable information on the website!

  • LEGACY has recently launched “FINISH IT” -- a campaign empowering today’s teenagers to enlist and end youth smoking for good.   This is the same group responsible for “TRUTH,” the successful youth anti-smoking campaign that in part helped lower teen smoking from 23% in 2000 to 9% in 2014.  To learn more please visit thetruth.com and read this featured article in the New York Times.

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

  • Materials from our  "Home Policy and Partner Interventions for Smoke-Free Families" and "New Trends in Tobacco Use and Policies on College Campuses" meetings are now available on our Conferences - Event Archives page.  Thanks to all who participated in the events!

  • FDA proposes to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco

  • Recently MDQuit Resource Center Director Dr. DiClemente 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.

  • Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2):  New Hope for Clients Who Smoke” -- 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 the 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.)

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


  • 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.

  • The CDC's 2014 "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign features more individual stories about the suffering caused by cigarettes. The CDC's website provides a host of resources in addition to the stories of former smokers and others who have been affected by the health consequences of smoking.

  • 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, and we have posted the video.


    Upcoming Events

  • The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is pleased to offer FREE continuing education credits for two Summer Online Webinar Series offerings: 1) “Smoke Free Movies: Averting a Million Premature Deaths” and 2) “E-cigarettes: Challenges for Clinicians”. Each online course, six available in all, is designated with 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, with a few exceptions. Please note: In order to claim credit for FREE, use the discount code:SCLC10 on the payment screen.
    Register here

Maryland Tobacco News

“Vaping” describes the use of a battery-powered electronic cigarette that heats flavored nicotine into vapor that users can inhale. Vaping and electronic cigarette use has increased nationally and statewide, as more users report perceiving e-cigarettes to be safer than traditional smoking. The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association estimates that the number of vaping stores has quadrupled to 3,000 nationally. In Ellicott City, MD, 3 vaping stores have opened and report a fast-growing customer base. Preliminary research findings on the use of e-cigarettes are mixed; for instance, a University of Maryland study has yet to find health risks with associated use, while a University of California, San Francisco study found increased difficulty with complete tobacco cessation. More conclusive findings as well as more FDA oversight are expected in the coming years, but for now, vaping enthusiasts will continue to enjoy a growing market .

Prince George’s County council member Ingrid Turner recently proposed legislation that would ban electronic cigarette use, which is currently unregulated, in restaurants and bars. However, Dr. Pamela Clark, a researcher at the University of Maryland, is currently conducting a $19 million study on the health effects of electronic cigarette use, and states that her research has not yet showed major health risks associated with e-cigarette use. The Prince George’s County Council has delayed voting on the legislation until the results of the study are released. 

Health Care for All! is a Maryland health care consumer coalition established in 1999 that emphasizes guidance for state and local lawmakers as well as the education of Marylanders on effective ways to expand access to affordable health care. Since its inception, the coalition has supported multiple state tax increases on cigarettes and their efforts have contributed to a total per-pack tax increase of $1.64 since 1999. From 1998 to 2010, Maryland adult smoking rates decreased by 32 percent. Vincent DeMarco, president of Health Care for All!, is now supporting a $1 per-pack tax increase in the face of increasing cigar and tobacco use by Maryland children.

National Tobacco News

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report detailing global tobacco control (p. 277) and a study on calls to poison centers for exposures to electronic cigarettes (p. 292). The first article describes the annual increase in global consumption of cigarettes. Key highlights indicate that globally, men outweigh women in terms of tobacco use. It is projected that by 2030, 8 million people will die worldwide from tobacco use. The second article describes a sharp increase in calls to poison centers for acute nicotine toxicity by e-cigarettes.

A new study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found a sharp increase in poisoning due to e-cigarettes containing nicotine. The increase was from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014. More than half of these cases involve children. This disturbing fact puts forth the need for child proofing of nicotine cartridges.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be launching its first youth tobacco prevention campaign “The Real Cost” on February 11th, 2014.  The $115 million education campaign will target at-risk youth from ages 12 to 17 who express interest in smoking or are already experimenting with cigarettes.  The FDA’s goal is to reduce the number of youth initiating tobacco use and experimenting with cigarettes.  To achieve this goal, “The Real Cost” will feature two types of messages that focus on how teens view the long-term consequences of tobacco use and how they can be affected.   A “Health Consequences” message will address cosmetic consequences of tobacco use such as tooth loss and skin damage.  A “Loss of Control Leading to Addiction” message will focus on how cigarettes take control from teens’ lives.  For additional information, see http://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/.