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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. The scheduled trainings will take place at UMBC South Campus Research & Technology Park,1450 South Rolling Road, Suite 3011, Halethorpe, MD 21227.

Registration is currently underway for these trainings. Please notify us of your interest in attending one of these sessions by sending an email to trainings@mdquit.org.  Our upcoming training schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, August 28th— Multiple Session Training (8:30am-4:00pm)
  • Friday, September 25th—Single Session Training (9:30am-12:00 noon)
  • Friday, October 9th — Multiple Session Training (8:30am – 4:00pm)
  • Friday, December 11th — Multiple Session Training (8:30am – 4:00pm)

*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.)

  • Free Training Webinars from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center:  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 about the training and how to access, 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

Items of Interest and Upcoming Events

  • The City of Baltimore 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
  • 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.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Links to Materials

  • Clear Horizons:  A Quit-Smoking Guide for People 50 and Older, developed by the National Cancer Institute, is a useful resource addressing smoking among middle-aged and older adults.  As the baby boomer generation ages, providers will need to address smoking with an increasing number of adults who will experience concurrent medical complications.
  • 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.  Click to 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 (Executive Summary and Full Report), 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, and we have posted the video here.

Research Updates

  • 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, showing that 8th and 10th graders are more than twice as likely to report e-cigarette use in the past 30 days compared to tobacco cigarettes (9% versus 4%, 16% versus 7%, respectively).   

  • 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 school and high school students between 2011 and 2014.  However, e-cigarette use tripled, and hookah use nearly doubled over the last year.  Although cigarette and cigar use declined among high school youth and remained unchanged for middle school students, the increases in e-cigarette and hookah use offset these encouraging declines in traditional nicotine use.  CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. commented that parents should know that nicotine consumption is dangerous for kids at any age in any form.  Adolescence is a critical time for brain development, and nicotine exposure can cause lasting harm, promote addiction, and lead to sustained tobacco use.  For more information please refer to the CDC's full MMWR Report
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released new data in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) which showed smoking rates have dropped in the United States.  According to the 2013 National Health Interview Survey, smoking prevalence has dropped from 20.9% of adults in 2005 to 17.8%—this is the lowest prevalence seen since this data was first recorded in 1965.  Read the full report here.
  • A 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.  

  • 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 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.

 

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

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a study to examine the potential public health effects of increasing the minimum legal age (MLA) for purchasing tobacco. Findings suggest that raising the MLA may serve to significantly reduce tobacco use initiation among teens and subsequent adult use. Specifically, raising the MLA to 25 is predicted to result in a 16% decrease in adult tobacco use prevalence among current teens. Raising the MLA to 19 or 21 is projected to result in 3% and 12% decline, respectively. The potential public health implications are notable—raising the MLA to 21 across the U.S. is projected to result in roughly 223,000 fewer premature deaths among individuals born between 2000 and 2019, including 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer. 

According to the CDC, there has been a significant increase in e-cigarette use among the middle and high school population. Among high school students, use increased from 4.5% to 13.4% between 2013 and 2014. Similarly, use has nearly tripled among middle school students, increasing from 1.1% in 2013 to 3.9% in 2014. Given the increase in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students, it is crucial for future tobacco control and prevention strategies (e.g., regulation of marketing practices, price increases, etc.) to target all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

The American Lung Association (ALA) released a report which outlines the coverage for smoking cessation medications for the health insurance exchanges in each state.  The report determined that the majority of plans do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements for smoking cessation aid coverage.  Only 17% of plans cover all 7 of the smoking cessation medications without cost-sharing or prior authorization.  Read ALA's report here or read the appendix which outlines coverage by state.