Smoking cessation PSAs win Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

By | October 3rd, 2022|Prevention|

Following up on a recent blog, I'm pleased to share that two public service announcements developed for our Arizona Smokers Helpline (ASHLine) won Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards over the weekend.  “The Run,” produced by True Story Films, won in the Single Spot Commercial category. “Milestones,” produced by Matter Films and OH Partners, won for Health/Medical [...]

Smoking cessation PSAs nominated for Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

By | August 18th, 2022|Prevention|

The greatest reward for our Arizona Smokers Helpline (ASHLine) is when someone decides to live their best life free from dependence on nicotine. But it’s always nice to see recognition for the high-quality messaging that helps power this effort.  Three public services announcements produced for ASHLine campaigns were nominated this week for Rocky Mountain Emmy [...]

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New campaigns and update focus on positives of ending tobacco use

By | May 3rd, 2022|Prevention|

A recent ADHS news release featured our joint effort to reduce tobacco use among members of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) through, the Arizona Smokers’ HelpLine.  It features three campaigns stemming from focus group research with AHCCCS members. Their message was clear: Positive, supportive messages are the most effective way to [...]

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Get to know the Unvape Generation

By | April 19th, 2022|Prevention|

ADHS invites you to meet Xander, Mia, and other young people unafraid of a future without nicotine. They are members of the Unvape Generation.  Built around videos featured on the ADHS YouTube channel and in social media posts, this new campaign encourages young people to share their healthy hobbies and why these don’t mix with [...]

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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 [...]

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Arizona Success in Protecting People from Secondhand Smoke is a Model for the Nation

By | December 8th, 2016|Prevention|

The successful smoke-free programs we have been working on in Arizona for people living in multi-unit housing have been expanded nationwide. Over the last several years, three Arizona organizations, the Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition, American Lung Association in Arizona, and the Arizona Multihousing Association, under the leadership of our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease, [...]

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America’s Health Rankings 2015 Annual Report

By | December 11th, 2015|General|

​Have you ever wondered how Arizona ranks among other states in overall health or specific health issues? For over 25 years, United Health Foundations has been publishing a report looking at four different categories of health determinants: behavioral, community, policy and environment, and clinical care. These reports provide a snap shot of state health. Today, the United Health Foundation released its America's [...]

FDA Bites the E-cigarette Regulation Bullet

By | April 24th, 2014|Prevention|

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|General|

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 [...]

Smoking & Stillbirth

By | December 23rd, 2013|Prevention|

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 [...]