FDA Bites the E-cigarette Regulation Bullet

By |April 24th, 2014|

It’s no public health secret that tobacco use continues to be a dominant cause of preventable disease and death in the US.  While the trend has been encouraging (Arizona’s smoking rate is down to 17%), there’s still much work to be done- and continued efforts to provide creative and effective ways to help adult smokers […]

Heroin: The Sleepy Killer

By |February 4th, 2014|

I’ve written several posts about how prescription painkillers kill more Arizonans than heroin and cocaine combined- but heroin is still the No. 1 killer among the illegal drugs.   One hundred people died from a heroin overdose in AZ in 2013 (vs. about 1,000 from prescription drugs). 

Heroin is very addictive.  According to NIDA, about 23% of people that try heroin will become addicts.   […]

Smoking & Stillbirth

By |December 23rd, 2013|

It’s been almost 50 years since the 1st Surgeon General’s report on the health dangers of smoking and we’re still fighting the battle.  About 43 million Americans smoke despite decades of warnings.  Science continues to uncover dangerous aspects of tobacco use.  A new report highlights the threat to unborn children.  

The study published in Obstetrics and […]

Arizonans Continue to Kick the Habit

By |December 6th, 2013|

We continue to make strides to get Arizonans to Kick the Habit.  We got the good news this week that Arizona’s adult smoking rate dropped 2 more percentage points in the last year…  going from 19% 2011 to 17% today.  The data come from this year’s CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System…  and it translates […]

E-cigarettes and Teens

By |September 27th, 2013|

E-cigarettes have been a huge topic of discussion in the tobacco control industry and in public health over the past few years. While containing no actual tobacco, they do contain nicotine, are flavored and require the user to emulate the act of smoking.   The CDC recently released a study showing that e-cigarette use has doubled […]

CDC’s Smoking Cessation Campaign

By |September 24th, 2013|

The CDC just released a report for their national smoking cessation campaign launched in March 2012 called “Tips from former smokers.” Nationally, the ‘Tips’ campaign led to an estimated 1.6 million smokers attempting to quit with 100,000 likely quitting for good.  The campaign directed callers to 1-800-QUIT-NOW. If you call from an Arizona zip code you […]

Leveraging Medicaid to Help Arizonans “Kick the Habit”

By |September 19th, 2013|

Many of the health disparities in the US are linked to income.  In general… the lower a family’s income the greater the prevalence of health disparities.  Health impacts from smoking cigarettes are no exception.  Arizonans below the poverty line (100% of FPL) are 40% more likely to smoke than those with more money… and about 34% of […]

Youth Smoking Cessation Campaign Launches

By |September 13th, 2013|

Our focus groups with young tobacco users across Arizona has found that teen and young adult smokers are different from adult smokers. Young smokers may not smoke daily and don’t see themselves as smokers. They also aren’t receptive to the idea of needing help to quit. Many teen and young adult smokers believe that they can quit at […]

CDC Sortable Stats

By |September 2nd, 2013|

There’s a new CDC Sortable Stats web application that went live a couple of weeks ago that provides an interactive tool to analyze behavioral risk factors and health indicators compiled from various published CDC and federal sources.  You can search by state for things like death rates (e.g.  infant mortality, heart disease, motor vehicle death rates, […]

New AZ Cancer Report

By |August 22nd, 2013|

Surveillance is a cornerstone of public health practice because it gives us the tools we need to identify priorities and craft effective interventions to improve outcomes.  Cancer surveillance is no exception.  Our Arizona Cancer Registry tracks and monitors the number and types of cancer cases in the state and publishes reports periodically.  Our new report […]