Communiqué #31

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SAMHSA/SCLC Announces Leadership Academies


academiesSAMHSA/SCLC Announces Leadership Academies


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and SCLC are pleased to announce that Texas and Arkansas will be the next two states to hold National Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation in 2012. Planning is already underway and excitement is running high about the work in these states. Stay tuned for more information about the academies.


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For information on previous academies, visit


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CDCRecent CDC Survey Data on Smoking and Quitting in the U. S.


Two new CDC surveys are out. According the first report, (MMWR 60:1207-1211, Sept 9, 2011) in 2010, 16% of daily smokers smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day. 


The second survey (MMWR 60:1513, Nov 11, 2011) reported that despite 10 years of media, taxes, smoke-free policies, and the social isolation of smokers, the incidence of quit attempts has not increased.  In addition, 62% of 18-24 year olds have tried to quit in last year, and smokers living below poverty level, if anything, had a higher rate of quit attempts (55% vs. 51%).  The survey also reported that although 30% of smokers who try to quit use medication only 6% use counseling.


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OthernewsOther Tobacco News


The September issue of the New England Journal of Medicine includes an article by Mike Fiore, MD, titled "Treating Smokers in the Health Care Setting." Follow this link to the full text:
For more information on the Performance Partnership model, its history and how it's been used in tobacco control and prevention by the SCLC, check out this November article by Connie Revell in Health Promotion Practice. Follow this link to the full text:
The most recent issue of Bipolar Disorder includes the article, "An online survey of tobacco use, intentions to quit, and cessation strategies among people living with bipolar disorder."


The complete citation is: Prochaska, J.J., Reyes, R.S., Schroeder, S.A., Doederlein, A., Daniels, A.S., Bergeson, B. (2011). An online survey of tobacco use, intentions to quit, and cessation strategies among people living with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorder, 13, 466-473.


This is a special thanks to Dr. Jodi Prochaska for helping publish and disseminate the groundbreaking study initiated by Dr. Bergeson. Click for a PDF of the full text:




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Resource Highlightsquite now 


1-800-QUIT-NOW wallet card

Available through the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, the card is similar in size and feel to a credit card and offers motivational language urging smokers to call the nation's free, effective, tobacco cessation counseling lines.


A New Way to Think About Quitting
About re-learning life without cigarettes, the free
Become an EX plan is based on personal experiences from ex-smokers, as well as the latest scientific research from the experts at Mayo Clinic.

RWJF Tobacco Map

For the first time, policymakers and advocates have access to a nationwide picture of continuing state efforts on key tobacco control policies. The RWJF Tobacco Map uses data from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights and is updated as new information becomes available.


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