Communiqué #32

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Oregon Tobacco Freedom Update  


tobaccoOregon Tobacco Freedom Update




Tobacco Freedom in Oregon continues to create norm change in behavioral health around tobacco use. In Oregon, three statewide policy changes were enacted at community-based residential mental health and addiction treatment facilities including:


  • Requiring 100% smoke-free campuses
  • Prohibiting staff from distributing tobacco products to resident
  • Mandating integration of smoking cessation into discharge planning


The Tobacco Freedom work in Oregon, initially funded by the SCLC, continues to move towards the July 2012 tobacco-free grounds policy for all funded and licensed addictions and mental health treatment facilities. In December Jodi Prochaska, PhD, from the University of California San Francisco, trained over 40 clinicians on tobacco cessation.  


Reasons for the continuing success of Oregon's Tobacco Freedom initiative include involving all stakeholders early in the process, using community champions, and creating sustainability for training and technical assistance by connecting local, funded tobacco education coordinators with addiction and mental health facilities that are required to implement the policy.


For more information on Oregon's Tobacco Freedom, follow the link to a brief published in Preventing Chronic Disease:,

or contact Cinzia Romoli,


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toolkitTobacco-Free Policy Toolkit

SCLC is now offering the new national toolkit for creating and implementing tobacco-free policies, thanks to Los Angles County Project TRUST and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The toolkit was developed for a broad continuum of public health care organizations and treatment facilities, particularly those organizations serving persons with mental illnesses and addictions. The materials are intended for administrators, direct providers, and support staff of organizations considering or implementing tobacco-free policies.  


Follow this link to the toolkit:


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otherOther Tobacco News


Thanks to the generosity of our colleagues in New York State there are now two excellent, free videos for people with nicotine and co-occurring disorders. Tony Klein, an early pioneers integrating nicotine dependence treatment into addiction services is featured on these videos.


Follow this link to the free videos:


New Tobacco Measure Set Available Now

Beginning this month, hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco cessation standards as part of their performance criteria to meet certification requirements by the Joint Commission. To download a free Joint Commission guide for implementing the new measure set, click here.


These new standards, which are based on scientific evidence from the 2008 United States Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, require acute care hospitals to screen all inpatients for tobacco use, and to offer counseling and medications to patients 18 older who use tobacco.  


Previously, the Joint Commission only required the cessation measures be applied to heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia patients.  Broadening them to all patients will increase identification and treatment of hospitalized tobacco users nationwide.


Although the new measure set is optional, there are many good reasons for hospitals to select it for implementation:

  • The chronic diseases caused by tobacco use lead the list of overall causes of death and disability in the U.S.  
  • Continued tobacco use may interfere with patients' recovery and overall health.
  • Participating hospitals can expect between two and twelve million dollars in incentives annually for adopting Electronic Health Records and demonstrating meaningful use of these systems. Measurement of tobacco use status is one of the core quality measures required for meaningful use of an Electronic Health Record system.
  • Investing in tobacco cessation is one of the most important ways a hospital can contribute to the overall health of its community.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has included the Joint Commission tobacco measure set in their aligned manual with The Joint Commission. CMS is also considering inclusion of this measure set in their Inpatient Prospective Payment System Rule, which determines Medicare payment to hospitals for implementation of designated quality measure.  

For technical assistance contact Kirsten Hansen at or 1-866-610-2482.   


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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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Contact Margaret Meriwether