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Leveraging Community Partners for Change

By | December 9th, 2011|Prevention|

A few months ago our tobacco & chronic disease prevention team was awarded a CDC grant to increase coordination and collaboration on evidence-based interventions addressing the leading causes of chronic diseases in Arizona (heart disease, cancer, pulmonary disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis).  The Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion grant will look for ways we [...]

Kick the Habit

By | November 23rd, 2011|General|

This month the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline expanded its arsenal of resources to help smokers quit tobacco with the addition of the Call it Quits app which debuted on ASHLine's Facebook page this week and will soon be introduced as an iPhone app. The Call It Quits app on Facebook and iPhone are another free tool brought to you by the ASHLine to help smokers win their battle against tobacco. The [...]

Multiple Chronic Conditions- an Expensive Public Health Threat

By | October 17th, 2011|Prevention|

I’ve written several pieces over the last few weeks highlighting our efforts to better integrate primary healthcare into the treatment plans for folks with mental illnesses- but the issue of providing better coordinated care for folks with multiple chronic medical conditions is really far bigger than this integration issue.  More than 25% of Americans have multiple [...]

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 [...]

State Comparison of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health

By | August 10th, 2011|General|

A new report is out that provides a state-by-state comparison of a wide range of behavioral health issues. Every state has to deal with some significant challenges with mental illness and substance abuse.  For example, among people 12 and older, Alaska’s current illicit drug use rate more than double that in Iowa (13% versus 5%), [...]

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 Year’s Resolutions & Public Health

By | December 31st, 2010|General, Prevention|

Our Tobacco Prevention Program will be hitting targeted audiences (lower income Arizonans) a few days before New Years and during January with smoking cessation messages. There’s no better time to motivate folks to quit smoking than January because that’s the time of year when people generally set health goals for themselves.  The ads (funded by [...]

New Tobacco Warning Labels on the Way

By | December 15th, 2010|Prevention|

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (also known as H.R. 1256) went into effect last summer.  The law basically  gives the FDA  the power to regulate some aspects of the tobacco industry.  A signature element of the law imposes new warnings and labels on tobacco packaging and their advertisements, with the goal of discouraging [...]

Kids and tobacco

By | December 5th, 2010|Prevention|

The Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease sponsored their 2010 Youth Première Event to mobilize Arizona youth in the battle against tobacco. This event marked the first time youth from around the State were brought together to learn about establishing a comprehensive and sustainable statewide youth coalition on issues related to tobacco control and addiction. [...]