Communiqué #36

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Pfizer/MEG Grant Opportunity


CASA Addiction Treatment Report


Other Tobacco News


PfizerPfizer/MEG Grant Opportunity


Pfizer logoThe Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) at the University of California in San Francisco and the Pfizer Medical Education Group (MEG) are collaborating to offer a new grant opportunity focused on smoking cessation. The SCLC, which is volunteering its assistance to this grants program and receives no financial remuneration from Pfizer, is a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and also receives significant support from the American Legacy Foundation.  


This Request for Proposals is being issued by both organizations. The SCLC is the lead organization for review and evaluation of applications. A review committee, led by the SCLC will make decisions on which proposals will receive funding. Grant funding will be provided by Pfizer. Collectively, up to $2 million is available for award and letters of intent (LOI) are due by August 1, 2012.


The RFP will also be posted on the website at Please refer to the full text of the RFP for various key dates. Also, please note, you must be registered in the system to submit an LOI.


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CASACASA Addiction Treatment ReportCASA logo


The American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation (ABAM Foundation) recognized the findings about access to addiction treatment and provider training in the report published by CASA Columbia, Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice.


ABAM Foundation President Jeffrey H. Samet, MD, MA, MPH, asserted, "this country suffers from an inexcusable lack of access to treatment for patients in our healthcare system who suffer from addictive diseases." Samet continued: "The report pointedly highlights the inadequacy of education for physicians and other healthcare professionals about addiction."


Physician training in addiction medicine is sorely lacking, despite the fact that unhealthy substance use and addiction are the largest preventable and most costly public health and medical problems in the U.S.


The CASA Columbia report ( offers a comprehensive set of recommendations to overhaul current intervention and treatment approaches.


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OthernewsOther Tobacco News


Save the date: Thursday September 20th from 10 am-12:30 pm PT for the live webcast of "Varenicline: Where are we Today?".  Featured panelists include; Neal Benowitz, MD, University of California San Francisco, Eden Evins, MD, MPH, Harvard University, Judith Prochaska, PhD, MPH, Stanford University and Sonal Singh, MD, MPH, John Hopkins University. This free webinar is hosted by the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), University of California Office of the President.


SCLC is pleased to invite you to its next free webinar, "Recovery, Social Rehabilitation, and Living Tobacco Free," on Tuesday July 31, 2012 from 1-2:30 pm ET/10 am PT that features Dori S. Hutchinson, Sc.D., Director of Services, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, and Associate Clinical Professor at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University.


Register now! Space is limited. Visit the SCLC website to register, 


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians and allied health professionals.UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Participants who join the LIVE session, on July 31, 2012, are eligible to earn up to 1.5 CME/CEU credits for $25 per CME/CEU certificate. Physicians and allied health professionals should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the webinar activity.


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Resource Highlights 


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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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