Communiqué #43

cvsCVS Caremark to Stop Selling Tobacco at all CVS/pharmacy Locations


On February 5, 2014, CVS Caremark announced that it will begin to phase out tobacco products from its stores nationwide. SCLC director, Dr. Steve Schroeder said, "The decision by CVS Caremark to phase out selling tobacco products in its nationwide pharmacy stores sends an important message about the incompatibility of health and tobacco. We at SCLC salute CVS for this important move and hope that other similar retail chains will follow through.  It is the right thing to do, and in the long run will also make good business sense."


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Pfizer IGLC grantee spotlight: AAFP
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) trained Office Champions in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to implement systems changes and integrate tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines. The Office Champions Tobacco Cessation quality improvement project is based on the framework of AAFP's successful Ask and Act campaign, an SCLC funded initiative. The goals of the Champions initiative were to recruit and train champions within the clinic setting to provide a leadership role in implementing systems changes and encourage a tobacco-free culture in their FQHCs. The Office Champions 2013 project's successes are:
  • All twenty-two practices finished the project, which gave a 100% completion rate
  • Pre- and post- project review revealed a 5% increase over baseline for tobacco status documentation and 48% increase over baseline for cessation assistance documentation
  • Results demonstrated that the Office Champions model is critical in assisting practices in making system changes to integrate tobacco cessation activities into office routines
  • Over 91% of practices were confident in the sustainability of their system changes.

Office Champions Project staff at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham, NC
The AAFP seeks to expand to Office Champions to other areas by translating it to chronic conditions amenable to family medicine team interventions, such as obesity, diabetes, and alcohol/drug dependence. For Ask and Act resources, online catalog, and final report go to:

Office Champions is one of 39 projects funded by Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change in collaboration with SCLC.
cadcaSave the Date: CADCA's Ask the Experts: e-Cigarettes, Hookah and Other Smokeless Tobacco Products


On Thursday, April 17, 2014, 2:30-3:30 pm ET, Dr. Steve Schroeder, SCLC director, will participate in a panel discussion in which questions submitted by webcast participants about emerging tobacco products will be answered. Registration will open soon.


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bestpracticesBest Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs-2014


CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs-2014 is an evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. This updated edition describes an integrated programmatic structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective and provides levels of state investment to prevent and reduce tobacco use in each state.


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sgr50SGR50 Resources


2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress was released in early January; here are a few other resources in addition to those listed in the Surgeon General's Partner Resources page:


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upcomingUpcoming Conferences


Reduce Tobacco Use (April 10-11, 2014 in Arlington, VA) The National Reduce Tobacco Use Conference will showcase the latest in tobacco use prevention, reduction, and cessation with youth and young adults. Register 
Promising Practices (April 28-29, 2014 in Washington, DC) Promising Practices will promote tobacco-free active living and health eating. SCLC will present a session on the SAMHSA-SCLC State Academies. We hope to see you there! Register 
National Council Conference '14 (May 5-7, 2014 in Washington, DC) The National Council Conference features the latest innovations, science, and business and clinical best practices for professionals of community mental health and substance abuse treatment organizations. Register 
 National Conference on Tobacco and Behavioral Health (May 19-20, 2014 in Bethesda, MD) Participants will hear from and exchange ideas with national leaders, public health cessation experts, policy makers, researchers, and behavioral health prevention and treatment experts on current cessation activities. Register 


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ORHOther Resource Highlights 







American Lung Association's State of Tobacco Control Report  

This report grades states and the federal government on key policies that can help prevent the death and disease caused by tobacco use.  




Available now! Recording of February 25th SCLC/CADCA webinar, "Smoke Free Movies: Averting a Million Premature Deaths" featuring UCSF's Dr. Stan Glantz. 


Stay tuned for the "save the date" and full announcement of our next webinar, on the topic of


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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