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On April 18, 2013 MDQuit and the Institute for a Healthiest Maryland hosted guest speaker, Dr. Lorien Abroms, as a part of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG). Dr. Abroms’ presentation provided an overview of the evidence base for using mobile phones as an aid in quitting smoking and an in-depth look at Text2Quit, a text messaging program for smoking cessation that has been integrated into quitline services in selected states. For more information about Dr. Abroms’ research and to view her presentation titled, “Smoking Cessation: Do we have an app for that?” please visit our CTG page.
The CDC began its 2013 "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign on April 1st. This year's campaign includes additional smoking-related health conditions, and will build upon those presented in the highly successful 2012 campaign. This new campaign will also feature the effects of smoking on specific population groups. As with last year's campaign, the CDC's website provides a host of resources in addition to the stories of former smokers and others who suffer the health consequences of smoking.
The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) has made the webinar, “Social Marketing and Tobacco Campaigns” (with Les Pappas, MPA, President & Creative Director, Better World Advertising, and Kristin Harms, Communications Manager, California Smokers’ Helpline) available as an online CME/CEU course. (Other online CME/CEU webinars can be accessed from the SCLC's website: http://
smokingcessationleadership.) Accreditation: The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians and allied health professionals. UCSF designates each online webinar activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for a fee of $25 per CME/CEU certificate. Don’t need to claim CME/CEUs? SCLC issues free certificates of attendance for those who want contact hours only. Feel free to view the recording direct from this webpage: http:// ucsf.edu/Webinarscme.htm For more information, contact Reason Reyes, SCLC Director of Technical Assistance, at email@example.com or call toll-free (877) 509-3786. smokingcessationleadership. ucsf.edu/Webinars.htm
MDQuit's 7th Annual Best Practices Conference
Thursday, January 24, 2013 - Turf Valley, Ellicott City, MD
Thank you to all presenters and attendees who made MDQuit's 7th Annual Best Practices Conference a success! Please click here to view and download presentations and materials from the day.
Just Released: CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for February 5th, 2013 "Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥ 18 Years with Mental Illness -- United States, 2009-2011"
Just Released: CDC Press Release for February 5, 2013 "Smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness 70 percent higher than for adults with no mental illness"
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched BeTobaccoFree.gov, a comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies (CDC/OSH, FDA, NIH/NCI, the Office of the Assistant Secretary, and the Office of the Surgeon General). This resource provides information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. Visit BeTobaccoFree.gov for information on helping tobacco users quit and helping young people to avoid or end tobacco use.DHMH was awarded a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from CDC to expand Maryland’s efforts in tobacco-free living, healthy eating, and clinical and other preventive services (i.e., control of hypertension and high cholesterol) in 17 smaller counties. Also visit our new CTG Regional Tobacco Meetings page.