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Recent Announcements

Be sure to check out our Tobacco News Feed -- scroll down to lower right of homepage for current tobacco-related news from various news sources on the World Wide Web! 

  • On April 9th, MDQuit participated in the Tuerk Conference on Addiction Treatment supported by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). MDQuit Resource Center Director, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, presented two afternoon workshops on the impact of tobacco use in behavioral health populations, recommended interventions for treating tobacco use, and factors to consider when integrating those interventions into behavioral health settings.  Click here to see his presentation. 
  • In the first issue of Innovation Update, an e-newsletter aiming to further the momentum started at the Beyond the 5A’s training last fall, our MDQuit Tobacco Resource Center Director Dr. Carlo DiClemente is featured in the Shining a Spotlight on Practice feature, highlighting the initiatives of our center’s two Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change grants.  Dr. DiClemente discusses MDQuit’s work training MCO organizations and behavioral health providers on the importance of implementing smoking cessation work within their practices.  Click here to read this article in Innovation Update.
  • DHMH has recently released new Cigar Trap advertisements: CigarTrap. Several ads varying in length are available in English and Spanish. These ads detail how tobacco companies target youth with cigar flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and grape. Further details about cigars including health risks, prevelance rates among youth, ethnic disparities in terms of use, and other facts are available as well: TheCigarTrap.
  • Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2):  New Hope for Clients Who Smoke” is our multiple-session provider training program that includes a 6-hour instructional and hands-on training addressing a variety of smoking cessation interventions that can be implemented with behavioral health clients over a minimum of four (4) and up to eight (8) sessions.  Training options include learning information 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 would like to know how to work with your 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.   The BH2 training will allow for a maximum of 20 participants.  CEUs will be awarded (approx. 6 credit hours) to attendees who complete the full training.
  • Be sure to visit the Surgeon General's 50th Anniversary website to read The Health Consequences of Smoking--50 Years of Progress:  A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014.  Both the Executive Summary and Full Report are available on the site, along with other resources including 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 began its 2014 "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign on February 3rd.  This year's campaign features more individual stories about the suffering caused by cigarettes: asthma, cancer, heart attack, and amputations.  As with previous campaigns, the CDC's website provides a host of resources in addition to the stories of former smokers and others who know the suffering and health consequences caused by  smoking.
  • The National Cancer Institute is currently conducting the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to learn more about how cancer patients, cancer survivors, smokers, and former smokers get their health information.  Individuals selected for participation in a focus group will be paid $50.  For more information, and to take the screener survey, go to http://bit.ly/1c3Cu9R.  
  • 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.
  • Wicomico County's Health Department is sharing success stories from its Smoking Cessation Program, and we have posted the video. Upcoming Events

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/.