Communiqué #41


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108 Agencies Go Tobacco Free: An Interview with King County


Resources: Webinars with free CEUs, Articles, Sample Policy, and SCLC Milestones and Emerging Directions


Other Tobacco News: Save the Date

KingCounty108 Agencies Go Tobacco Free: An Interview with King County


King County logoOne of SAMHSA's original "100 Pioneers for Smoking Cessation" grantees, Washington State's King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division (MHCADSD), has a highly successful and sustainable tobacco treatment program, policy, and community engagement strategy. King County MHCADSD is further supported the initial "100 Pioneers" effort by mandating policies that require implementing the 5 A's into outpatient treatment programs and providing services in a smoke-free environment. These policy changes positively affect the health of 58,000 individuals annually.

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All contracted behavioral health agencies and providers in King County, which includes Seattle,  are now tobacco-free. The process started in 2008 when Assistant Division Director, Jim Vollendroff (pictured on right), began approaching providers about the importance of becoming smoke-free.


"A key ingredient in our success has been framing tobacco-free living as a social justice issue," said Sherry McCabe, Program Manager at MHCADSD. Putting quitting in this broader context takes away any implied blame for smoking and encourages people to consider their behavior in terms of larger cultural patterns. This commitment to social justice is reflected in King's County's logo which features Martin Luther King.


In time, the successful tobacco-free policy change led to the more formal recognition of the partnerships formed during the initiative. King County Tobacco Treatment Coalition started with 45 "champions" who met downtown to compare notes over food. Meetings have evolved monthly conference calls that support tobacco education, networking, and policy change. The coalition is all-inclusive and welcomes new members.


For more information on King County's tobacco-free initiative, follow this link to register for the upcoming SCLC webinar featuring King County:


Contact Sherry McCabe at for more information on participating in the King County Tobacco Treatment Coalition or visit the social network site at 


Follow this link to the King County tobacco treatment website:



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Webinars with free CME/CEUs


Everyone is now eligible for free CME/CEUs for SCLC webinars. For more information,

visit Offer expires September 2013.


SCLC invites you to register (click on the links below) for two free webinars in August.




  • For psychiatric nursing and pharmacy faculty-- Needs Assessment: Tobacco Dependence Education in Graduate Psychiatric Nursing and Pharmacy Schools, Space is limited. This webinar is intended to engage psychiatric nursing and pharmacy faculty in a discussion about tobacco dependence treatment and assess the value of the Psychiatry Rx for Change curriculum within academic settings.  




Study on Years of Life Lost in People with Mental Disorders


A relatively recent study involving 80,856 participants in the 1989 National Health Interview Survey who responded to its mental health supplement and whose mortality status was known over a period of 17 years from the National Death Index reveals that individuals "with mental disorders had a mean of 11.3±0.6 years of life lost, compared with 5.9±0.1 years for those without mental disorders, or a difference of 5.4 years". Source: Druss et al., 2011; p. 601,







Tobacco Free at Work Policy Sample tobacco free zone sign


UCSF is in the midst of implementing a tobacco-free at work policy. Follow this link to see the policy as an example of language, responsibilities, and references:





SCLC Milestones and Emerging Directions



To celebrate our 10th anniversary, SCLC will review ten milestones from our work over the last decade and ten emerging directions. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions as we enter the next decade. Click here to view Dr. Schroeder's points.





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OtherTobNewsOther Tobacco News save the date


Save the Date - November 14-15, 2013


"Beyond the 5 A's: Improving Cessation Interventions Through Strengthened Training" is an educational conference presented by National Jewish Health and the North American Quitline

Consortium in collaboration with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center.


For the save the date flyer, click here: 


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Other Resource Highlights 


Webinars and CMEs/CEUs  

The SCLC is also offering free credits for recorded webinars. For a list of recorded webinars with free CME/CEU credit, click here.


Accreditation: 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.


quite now1-800-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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