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Recent Announcements

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  • SAVE THE DATE!  Thursday, January 22, 2015 -- MDQuit's 9th Annual Best Practices Conference at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.  Stay tuned for registration information in late November!

  • A recent report by Dr. Brian King and colleagues appeared in the October 10, 2014 edition of Nicotine & Tobacco Research highlighting trends in awareness and use of electronic cigarettes.  Awareness and use has increased considerably among U.S. adults between 2010 and 2013.  For more information check out our e-cigarette page here.  

  • 2016 “Tips From Former Smokers” Recruitment:  Are you an ex-smoker and want to tell your story?  The CDC is currently recruiting ad participants for its 2016 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign.  Past stories have inspired hundreds of thousands of people to quit smoking for good.  Go to www.joincdctips.com to find out more.   

  • 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 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 here.

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

Beginning in August 2014, the Anne Arundel Medical Center implemented a screening process for new applicants. Applicants would undergo a urine test to check for nicotine levels in their system. The urine test would give the hospital the authority to not hire tobacco users. The center’s vice president, Julie McGovern, stated that the screening was implemented to help promote a healthy lifestyle to the community and their workers.

The town council for Ocean City, Maryland proposed legislation at the end of August 2014 to regulate smoking on the beach and boardwalk.  By including designated areas that will allow smoking, the beach and boardwalk will not be completely smoke-free. The regulations are specific to tobacco products, not to increasingly popular e-cigarettes. The push for the law comes from the desire to make the beach more appealing to tourists while also addressing the negative ramifications of second hand smoke.  Planned implementation is set for May 1, 2015 and support is gaining from the local and tourist populations as well as some lawmakers.  The legislation will require $17,000 to $20,000 to set up metal receptacles at beach entry points, where smoking is restricted to a 50-foot radius around these large metal cans.  Violations of the new restrictions include a fine ranging from $25 to $1,000. While there is strong support for this legislation, there are also those that believe the law does not go far enough and may be a lost cause when it comes to improving attraction to the beach itself.

“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 .

National Tobacco News

Safeway, a supermarket and pharmacy chain, has taken an initiative to utilize routine smoking cessation interventions for people who want to quit smoking.  Using the Ask-Advise-Refer model, pharmacists will advocate smoking cessation by assessing tobacco status and advising treatment and referrals for follow up care among identified tobacco users.  In order to optimize quitting efforts, the pharmacists will encourage combining behavioral therapies with pharmacological therapies. Safeway will be broadening their services to diabetics, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and patients with psychological conditions. Beginning January 2015, Safeway will contribute to public health by taking action for promoting smoking cessation.

A recent study of consumer behavior conducted by Kantar Media found that 57% of adults who reported use of any product to quit smoking reported using e-cigarettes to quit smoking. This is 18% higher than the use of NRT and prescription cessation drugs. The study also found that about 6 million adults use e-cigarettes compared to 44 million who use other tobacco products. However, it remains unclear whether or not e-cigarettes represent a safe and effective smoking cessation tool.  

The second largest pharmacy chain in the United States, CVS, enhances its contribution to the well-being of its customers by discontinuing tobacco sales, despite an expected $2 billion loss in sales each year. In lieu of tobacco products, the space behind the counter displays nicotine gum and signs encouraging tobacco consumers to quit. CVS has taken a major step to encourage healthier living of customers by offering vaccinations, having walk-in clinics and adding beneficial products, focusing especially on the aging population as well as several uninsured people. The change in name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health represents the company’s sincerity in promoting better health. Tobacco sales have been stopped in all CVS pharmacies nationwide, an entire month earlier than anticipated.