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Are you the primary caregiver of a child with asthma and ready to quit smoking? Do you have a friend, family member or co-worker who is also thinking about quitting? Together you could EACH have the chance to earn up to $500 for quitting smoking. Click HERE for details.


MDQuit's 11th Best Practices Conference -- January 26, 2017  
This conference addressed health and social disparities in tobacco use and featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Scout shared strategies to better reach and serve LGBT smokers, and Mr. Delmonte Jefferson focused on the harmful effects of menthol on African American and other targeted populations. For more information on these topics, visit LGBT Health Link and NAATPNThis year's conference materials can be found HERE.  

PRESS RELEASE:   MDQuit's 11th annual Best Practices Conference addresses tobacco use and cessation among the LGBT population.

Webinar: "Policy & Practical Approaches for Addressing Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health Treatment." Aired March 30, 2017 from 1:00-2:15pmTo view the webinar recording, visit this page

From the MD Tobacco Quitline:  A video about Quitline services, designed for waiting rooms or patient portals. And, Lilly Cubano from DHMH shares resources/information about the Spanish Quitline in this interview.

The first Surgeon General's Report focused entirely on use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults can be found hereVisit https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/ for other information and guidance on prevention.

U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD) announced a final smoke-free public housing rule.  Read the final rule here.

The Maryland DHMH produced a Summary Report of the previously released Monitoring Changing Tobacco Use Behaviors: 2000–2014.


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 take place at UMBC's South Campus Research & Technology Park,Halethorpe, MD 21227.

Here is a list of our upcoming BH2 trainings at UMBC's South Campus. Click on the link(s) below to register. 

*There are two formats available for the above trainings:
Single Session (Morning): Trainees are taught how to work with clients who smoke and are given a tailored, multi-component single session protocol (for use in individual or group sessions), as well as a brief intervention protocol, to help prepare behavioral health clients to quit using tobacco.
Training Length: 3 hrs
Multiple Session (Morning and Afternoon): In addition to the single session content, trainees are taught how to work with clients who smoke and are given a flexible and interactive multiple session smoking cessation group protocol, as well as a brief intervention protocol. This tailored, multi-component protocol will assist providers in conducting groups geared to help behavioral health clients to quit using tobacco.
Training Length: 6 hrs


The Maryland Center for Tobacco Prevention & Control announces an Online Training Module for Tobacco Retailers now available at www.NoTobaccoSalesToMinors.com.   Campaign materials available for free download.  If you have questions or want to order materials, contact dhmh.notobaccosalestominors@maryland.gov.

Free Training Webinars
  • The SCLC is offering a new webinarA Team Approach: Integrating Tobacco Dependence Treatment into Routine Clinical Practice,” at http://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/webinars/cme. Eight past webinar trainings also available.  1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits offered for each course, use discount code: SCLC10 on payment screen to claim free credit.
  • The Maryland Tobacco Quitline has an online training to help healthcare providers address tobacco with their patients -- click here
  • ATTENTION MEDICAID PROVIDERS: MDQuit has developed trainings aimed at enhancing healthcare providers' skills at reaching/intervening with Medicaid enrollees who use tobacco. See our SBIRT Training for Medicaid Providers page for details!
  • Healthcare 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.

Items of Interest and Upcoming Events

  • Univ. of MD School of Public Health is enrolling female smokers ages18-75 in a clinical research study to evaluate an investigational medication to stop smoking.  Qualified participants receive study medication, smoking cessation counseling, and are compensated for their time. More info here.
  • Maryland's DHMH announced a reversal in trends in sales of tobacco products to minors: noncompliance rates for Maryland retailers decreased from 30% to 14% in just one year.  Check out this newsbrief.  
  • “Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 17 Years Later" (released 12/2015) is a joint effort among national tobacco prevention and cessation organizations. Access this annual report here.
  • Take a look at this MDQuit resource:  Tobacco 101:  Fact Sheets for a Foundational Knowledge in Tobacco and Cessation, found here.  

  • Check out truthinitiative.orgTruth Initiative (formerly American Legacy Foundation) is known for tobacco control research and policy studies, as well as community and youth activism programs.  Their “FINISH IT” campaign aims to end youth smoking for good -- learn 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 Maryland Tobacco Quitline's PREGNANCY REWARDS PROGRAM ?  Extended services continue to include:  10 pre and post partum sessions, and free NRT with prescription. Pregnant smokers can earn up to $90 in gift cards!  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 Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus.  Click here for details.

Links to Materials

  • DHMH has released the 2016-2020 Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control PlanView a copy HERETobacco Use can be found in the Primary Prevention of Cancer section, pg 24.
  • SAMHSA’s  Behavioral Health Resource is for administrators interested in integrating smoking cessation services at their behavioral health site. 
  • The American Lung Association released 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 appendix for information by state.

  • MDQuit Director Carlo DiClemente presented on the impact of tobacco use in behavioral health populations.  Click here to see his presentation. 

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

  • The Surgeon General's 50th Anniversary website features the 2014 Report of the Surgeon General, as well as Fact Sheets, a Consumer Booklet, and a link to the Video and Podcast Series.

  • BeTobaccoFree.gov is a Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) website that provides tobacco-related information from across its agencies, including federal and state laws/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

  • A large clinical trial found Varenicline to be more effective than placebo, nicotine patch, and Bupropion in helping smokers with and without psychiatric disorders achieve abstinence.  Click here to read more.   

  • A research team investigated underlying causes for premature death among adults with schizophrenia. 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.    

  • UPDATE:  In December 2016 the FDA removed its previous Boxed Warning concerning mental health side effects from both Chantix and Zyban labels.  Patients should still be monitored from their health care prescriber.   FDA reports clearly that taking medication to stop smoking outweighs possible side effects.  For a full FDA report go here.  
  • The recently published National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) shows no decline in overall tobacco use among middle and high school students between 2011-2014.  However, increases in e-cigarette and hookah use in the last year offset declines in traditional nicotine use.  See the CDC's full Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report:  MMWR Report
  • Data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey show a decrease in smoking prevalence in U.S. adults, from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% - the lowest prevalence seen since these data were first recorded in 1965. Read the CDC's full MMWR here.
  • The APA's Division 50 The Addiction Newsletter is highlighting the importance of providing smoking cessation during addiction treatment.  Find out more here -- on page 15.

  • The 2014 Point-of-Sale Report to the Nation gives information on the retail environment:  density and location of tobacco retailers, industry 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

Even though 1 million tobacco-related deaths have been prevented since 1990, tobacco use is still the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths in the United States. Medical advances and improvements in prevention have saved lives; however, not all states are seeing equal benefits. Tobacco smoke is linked to 12 types of cancer and causes 3 in 10 of all cancer deaths. To curb this, states and communities can put greater, longer efforts into prevention and treatment. Healthcare providers can screen all patients for tobacco use and provide cessation resources and secondhand smoke information. Everyone can also encourage others to quit using tobacco, teach children about the health risks, and make the home a tobacco free environment.

Between 2005 and 2015 the proportion of cigarette smoking US adults declined from 20.9% to 15.1%; however, disparities among groups persisted. Some groups with higher rates of cigarette smoking included men, Native American/ Alaska Native, those below the federal poverty level, the uninsured or insured through Medicaid, disabled, members of the LGB community, and those with serious psychological distress.  Among current smokers, the number of daily smoker decreased, while the number of those who smoked some days increased.  Of daily smokers, the mean number of cigarettes smoked daily declined from 16.7 to 14.2. 

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.