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Recently Released: Our Summer 2016 Newsletter. Click here to view. 

Maryland Tobacco Quitline Update:  Starting September 8, 2016, participants 18yrs and older will now receive 8 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patch or gum; no combination NRT).

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,1450 South Rolling Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227.

Here is a list of our upcoming BH2 trainings at UMBC's South Campus:

  • November 17th, 8:30am - 4:00pm - REGISTER ONLINE HERE
  • December 9th, 8:30am - 4:00pm - REGISTER ONLINE HERE

 *BH2 is our multiple-session provider training program that includes a 6-hr instructional and hands-on training that can be implemented with behavioral health (BH) clients over a minimum of 4 and up to 8 sessions.  Training options include learning about BH smoking risks, beliefs and treatment culture factors impacting implementation of smoking cessation, assessment techniques, and 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, register for one of the trainings listed above. If you are interested in a training for your organization(s), send an email to trainings@mdquit.org.   (Maximum 20 participants.  CEUs awarded (approx. 6 credit hrs) to attendees who complete the full training.)

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 are 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 a NEW online training to help healthcare providers address tobacco with their patients!  For more information please 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.  Click here for more information.
  • Maryland's DHMH announced a reversal in trends in the sale of tobacco products to minors: noncompliance rates for Maryland retailers decreased from 30% to 14% in just one year.  For details 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.    

  • In March 2015 the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) revised its black box warning label for Chantix (Varenicline) to include potential negative interactions with alcohol and possibility of seizure.  Read the official FDA warning 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

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. 

New research suggests that switching to cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may support quitting among smokers. In a recent study funded by the NIH, 840 smokers at 10 different locations either smoked “regular” cigarettes or 1 of 6 types of cigarettes with various levels of lower nicotine content. Importantly, participants in this study had no intention of quitting smoking anytime soon. After six weeks, participants who smoked cigarettes with very low nicotine content smoked about 30% fewer cigarettes per day than those who smoked regular cigarettes. While these results are promising, additional research is needed to support these findings. 

In a recent survey examining youth tobacco use, 70% of those who had used tobacco in the past month reported current (past month) use of at least one flavored product. Currently, over 7,000 flavors exist in various tobacco products, and serve to entice youth to try these harmful products. Evidence suggests that while youth are aware that cigarette smoking is harmful, attractive flavors in products like hookahs, e-cigarettes and cigars may make these products seem less harmful. Thus, banning use of flavoring in tobacco products may limit initiation and continued use among middle and high school youth.