Thursday, June 2, 2016

Smoking Cessation & Substance Use Disorders Webinar and CEUs

FREE Recorded Webinar and CE Credits: Smoking Cessation &  Substance Use Disorders

FREE Recorded Webinar and CE Credits: Smoking Cessation &  Substance Use Disorders

If you missed the California Smokers' Helpline webinar on November 18, 2015, How to Talk with Your Patients about Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders, you can view the recorded webinar and download the materials related to the course.

Resource for Tobacco Control Program Evaluation

The Power of Proof: An Evaluation Primer is a series of online educational tools produced by the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC). These tools are designed to help tobacco control professionals demonstrate the success of their programs through evaluation. This series will give those who are new to evaluation, and those who want to brush up on their skills, access to a collection of introductory information, tools, and resources from experts in the field. The Power of Proof series includes these parts:

Resource for Tobacco Coalitions

Reaching Higher Ground: A guide for preventing, preparing for, and transforming conflict for tobacco control coalitions.

FOA for mHealth technology and interventions for LMICs

Please see below for a new NIH funding opportunity that may be of interest - the focus is on mHealth technology and interventions for LMICs, which could include tobacco control and cessation.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to conduct research to develop or adapt innovative mobile health (mHealth) technology specifically suited for low and middle income countries (LMICs) and determine the health-related outcomes associated with implementation of the technology. Of highest interest are innovative, well-designed multidisciplinary projects that aim to generate generalizable knowledge for the field.
The overall goal of the FOA is to contribute to the evidence base for the use of mobile technology to improve clinical outcomes and public health while building research capacity in LMICs and establishing research networks in this area. Applicants are required to propose partnerships between at least one U.S. institution and one LMIC institution and the proposed research plan should strengthen the mHealth research capabilities at the LMIC institution.

Webinar-Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke: A Persistent Environmental Contaminant

The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is pleased to invite you to its next free webinar, “Thirdhand Cigarette Smoke: A Persistent Environmental Contaminanton Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 2:00pm EDT (90 minutes).
We are honored to have Suzaynn Schick, PhD, Assistant Professor, in the School of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco, presenting on this topic for us.

Webinar Objectives
  • Explain what thirdhand cigarette smoke is
  • Describe the exposure routes and potential health effects of thirdhand smoke
  • Identify basic smoke chemistry and how data from cigarette smoke can apply to marijuana smoke
  • Explain how environmental pollutants generated by cigarettes and e-cigarettes compare.

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.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the webinar activity.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that the AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.

California Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA category 1 CreditTM. If you are a pharmacist in another state, you should check with your state board for approval of this credit.

Social Workers: This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you a social worker in another state, you should check with your state board for approval of this credit.

CME/CEUs will be available for participants who join the LIVE session, on June 23, 2016. You will receive instructions on how to claim credit via the post webinar email.

Don’t need to claim CME/CEUs?  SCLC issues free certificates of attendance for those who want contact hours only.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues.  For questions, contact Jennifer Matekuare, SCLC Operations Manager, at, or call toll-free (877) 509-3786.  This webinar will be recorded and may be viewed online on the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center’s website after the presentation. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Walt Disney Co. Becomes First Studio to Limit Smoking Depictions to R-Rated Films Only

The Walt Disney Company has become the first major Hollywood studio to prohibit cigarette smoking depictions in films they produce with youth ratings. The company's new policy will limit smoking depictions to films with an R rating, a move the U.S. Surgeon General has said could save the lives of over 1,000,000 children if the entire industry followed suit. The new policy covers all films that Disney produces, but disappointingly does not extend to films the company distributes.
"Disney is showing their leadership by taking action on the Surgeon General and CDC report, implementing a policy with direct impact on this public health crisis," said Andrew Behar, CEO of environmental health advocacy non-profit As You Sow. "The next step should be to publicly endorse an MPAA policy to require an R rating for all films depicting smoking."

"We are extending our policy to prohibit smoking in movies across the board, [to] Marvel, Lucas, Pixar, [and] Disney films," said Disney CEO Robert Iger, responding to shareholders at Disney's annual meeting on March 12. "In terms of any new characters that are created under any of those labels we would absolutely prohibit smoking in any of those films," Iger added later.

In 2012, the US Surgeon General concluded, "There is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people." In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded, "Giving an R rating to movies with smoking would be expected to reduce the number of teen smokers by nearly one in five (18%) and prevent one million deaths from smoking among children alive today."

"Consistent with health authorities, Disney's policy exempts smoking for depictions of historical figures, and for negative portrayal of smoking," said Tom McCaney, Associate Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. "But, seemingly contrary to Mr. Iger's commitment, Disney's policy does not extend to movies Disney distributes under its Touchstone brand; we hope the company closes this loophole and also extends the policy to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which is important as youth tobacco use changes."
A coalition of investors, including As You Sow and faith-based shareholders Trinity Health and Sisters of St. Francis (part of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility) have engaged with Disney and other studios on the issue of tobacco impressions in films for over a decade.

"We commend Disney for this historic move," said Rev. Michael Crosby, Tobacco Issue Coordinator for ICCR. "However, this is still an industry-wide problem that has not been resolved by the MPAA. The CDC demonstrated that the R rating for kid-rated movies could save 1,000,000 lives. Disney is part of the solution, but 88% of youth-rated films are not made by Disney."

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The Next Fifty Years


Dear Colleagues:

For more than fifty years, the Surgeon General has been reporting about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use.  The findings have spurred many of us to help smokers quit, clear the air of secondhand smoke, and keep young people from starting in the first place.

We know the strategies that work and now we have an historic opportunity to end the tobacco epidemicIf we work together, we can save millions of lives.

To reflect on all the work that has been done, and remind us of the road ahead, we have developed and released The Next 50 Years.  This video can help you raise awareness and draw attention to the important work that remains to be done in tobacco control.  Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of this video:
·         Follow CDC Tobacco Free on social media to see and share CDC/OSH updates on the release of The Next 50 Years.  Please use #Next50 in any social media posts about the video.  (See below for sample social media posts.)
·         Share with your grantees, stakeholders and partners; encourage them to use the video in their social media and other communications.  
·         Use to recruit new partners – show at meetings, include in presentations.
·         Use in outreach to media and bloggers; the video is a great resource to accompany a story about tobacco issues in your community or state.

Smoking has been the number-one cause of preventable death and disease in this country for decades. If we could eliminate tobacco use entirely, the results would be staggering:

  • We would prevent nearly half a million premature deaths each year.
  • We would save the lives of 5.6 million children alive today who would die prematurely because of smoking.
  • 58 million Americans still exposed to secondhand smoke would breathe more freely.
  • We would prevent one out of three cancer deaths in this country.

Sample Twitter Post: Who’s ready to work together to build a tobacco-free future? Retweet to show your support for the #Next50

Sample Facebook Post:  Just released! We celebrate the progress made in the past 50 years and look forward to a tobacco-free future. #Next50

Web Banner: Embed this web banner on your website or in emails to connect visitors to the video.