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A Healthy Community Starts with a Healthy You

By | April 4th, 2017|Prevention|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  The Public Health Prevention Team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for an individual, which improves the [...]

Smoking Can Cause More than Lung Cancer

By | February 15th, 2017|Prevention|

Most people associate lung cancer with tobacco use, but using tobacco can cause several other types of cancers. Using tobacco increases the risk for cancers of the mouth, lips, nose and sinuses, larynx (voice box) pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, and ovary (mucinous), as well as acute myeloid [...]

Programs Help Prevent Lung Cancer in Arizona

By | November 17th, 2016|Prevention|

The American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative recently released the findings from its from its third annual Women’s Lung Health Barometer. The Lung Association estimates that almost 4,000 women in Arizona and more than 106,000 in the United States will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016. Our Chronic Disease Office in the Bureau of [...]

New Public Awareness Campaign Seeks to Protect Kids from Nicotine

By | October 31st, 2016|Prevention|

Last week we released our new public awareness campaign, Vape is a Lie, that teaches kids in Arizona about the potential dangers of using e-cigarettes. Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical that can have several negative effects on your health. There is no safe level of nicotine for children. After the release of the campaign, [...]

More than 200,000 Quit Smoking in the Last Five Years in Arizona

By | October 4th, 2016|Prevention|

Last week we announced that the adult smoking rate in Arizona is at an all-time low. New data from the CDC shows the 2015 adult smoking rate in Arizona dropped to a historic low of 14 percent, down from 19.3 percent in 2011. This decrease translates to more than 200,000 Arizonans who quit smoking over [...]

Youth Tobacco Rates Continue to Drop in Arizona

By | June 22nd, 2016|Newborn Screening, Prevention|

We’re seeing a downward trend in Arizona with youth tobacco prevalence that is similar to the national trend , according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey. The percentage of Arizona’s high school youth who have ever tried smoking has decreased from 46.5 percent in 2011 to 37 percent in 2015, a decrease of almost 20 [...]

Reducing Tobacco Use in Arizona: Keeping Our Foot On the Gas

By | June 9th, 2016|General, Prevention|

Arizona has been among the nation’s leaders in helping its residents quit using tobacco, and even better, never start using tobacco. Thanks to our dedicated staff in the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease and countless partners in communities throughout Arizona, I’m pleased to report that our commitment to success has only intensified. In the past two [...]

New Management System Will Help Improve Services

By | March 28th, 2016|General|

One of Governor Doug Ducey’s priorities is to modernize and streamline state government so the services we provide are more effective for the people we serve. One of the ways state government will transform is by deploying an intentional statewide management system . Over the last few weeks we have been working on a department-wide [...]

Our Public Education Campaigns Earn Several Awards

By | March 21st, 2016|General|

Several of our public education and outreach campaigns received awards earlier this month from the American Advertising Federation. Our tobacco prevention program earned several awards for public service announcements promoting the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline, commonly referred to as the ASHLine, which provides coaching and nicotine replacement therapy to anyone who wants to quit using tobacco. [...]

Four Healthy Choices you can Make in 2016, Part 2 of 2

By | December 29th, 2015|General|

Part two of the blog series on healthy New Year’s resolutions focuses on quitting smoking and getting screened for cancer. Be sure to take a look at the blog that can help you eat healthier and be more active. Quit Smoking Quitting smoking can add years to your life, and life to your years! But [...]