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What’s a GASO?

By | November 17th, 2011|General|

Today is the Great American Smoke Out – started by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to quit, even if it is just for one day.  Arizona is doing very well compared to the rest of the country when you talk about stopping smoking.  Our state is down to 16% of the adult population [...]

Free CME program for behavioral health providers on tobacco cessation

By | October 10th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General, Prevention|

Arizona Smokers' Helpline, the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman, and the College of Public Health will present a free CME conference "Evidence-based Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Populations with Mental Illness Challenges," Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to behavioral health providers. The conference will take place at the [...]

Behavioral Health Kicking the Habit

By | September 13th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

For the past 16 months, our folks in the Division of Behavioral health and our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease and ASHline have been working to train clinical behavioral health staff in Maricopa and Pima Counties on how to get folks into smoking cessation (quit) services.  The overall goal of this collaboration was to establish [...]

Encouraging Trends in New Bi-annual Tobacco Prevention Report

By | July 12th, 2011|Prevention|

Part of the authorizing statute for our tobacco prevention programs includes a requirement that we develop a bi-annual report of our progress and activities.  Just two years ago, we reported that we were shifting to an “evidence-based” approach to our prevention activities.  In other words, we shifted our intervention strategies to focus on approaches that have [...]

Encouraging Trends in New Bi-annual Tobacco Prevention Report

By | July 11th, 2011|General, Prevention|

Part of the authorizing statute for our tobacco prevention programs includes a requirement that we develop a bi-annual report of our progress and activities.  Just two years ago, we reported that we were shifting to an “evidence-based” approach to our prevention activities.  In other words- we shifted our intervention strategies to focus on approaches that have [...]

New Cigarette Warning Labels launched today

By | June 21st, 2011|Prevention|

Today the FDA released the new, graphic warning labels that will be on cigarette packs.  The labels educate smokers and others, including kids, about the dangers of tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.  Using this proven techique, the U.S. joins 43 other countries that already require pictures or images on cigarette packs. The warning [...]

Maricopa Integrated Health System Goes Smoke Free

By | June 10th, 2011|General, Prevention|

The Maricopa Integrated Health System has been recognized as a QUITZone for going smoke-free.  Our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease and the UA Healthcare Partnership honored them this week for their efforts to “walk-the-talk” in promoting healthy lifestyles and combating the health and cost burdens of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. To help achieve a [...]

Arizonans are Kicking the Habit / World No Tobacco Day

By | May 31st, 2011|Prevention|

Over 166,000 Arizonans kicked their tobacco habit in 2010.  Our smoking rate now stands at only 13.5%.  This news is exciting when you consider that many states have seen increases in tobacco use over the last couple of years.  This brand-new data isn’t published yet, but our team thinks that this will put is neck-and-neck [...]

The President reportedly quit smoking, are you ready?

By | February 9th, 2011|Prevention|

Reports from Washington today say the President hasn't smoked in almost a year.  He said last summer he's spent his adult life trying to give up cigarettes.  Research shows that quitting is easier if you have help - Arizona Smokers' Helpline can help you.  We have resources on the phone, online and even medication to [...]