Communiqué #55  


mayoThe CONNECT Tobacco Dependence Treatment Grantee Meeting
& the Global Tobacco Dependence Treatment Summit 

What? The Tobacco Dependence Treatment Grantee Meeting and The Global Tobacco Dependence Treatment Summit held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The 2012 and 2015 U.S. and international Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) tobacco dependence treatment grantees were invited for a full day of collaboration aimed to share and learn from one another's projects.  The meeting exemplified a rare and dynamic opportunity for grantees to continue their exploration of other evidence based tobacco dependence treatment strategies, and foster old and new relationships.

The 2012 and 2015 U.S. Pfizer IGLC Grantees:

The Global Tobacco Dependence Treatment Summit was a two day conference, following the one day grantee meeting. The curriculum addressed issues and trends in the international treatment field, delivered through keynote presentations from tobacco control leaders representing World Health Organization (WHO) member countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa, along with plenary sessions, interactive workshops, consumer panelists, and poster sessions illuminating the grantees' projects. Many of the topics covered included e-cigarettes and hookah use, digital health and EHR integration, curriculum development and training, HCP advocacy for Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and pharmacotherapy.

Access the conference program, other resources including poster sessions and presentations. Save the date for 2017! May 22-23 in Rochester, MN.


Join us on Thursday, June 23, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT, when Suzaynn Schick, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco will explain thirdhand cigarette smoke, describe the exposure routes and potential health effects of thirdhand smoke, identify basic smoke chemistry and how data from cigarette smoke can apply to marijuana smoke, and explain how environmental pollutants generated by cigarettes and e-cigarettes compare.

will be available for participants who join the LIVE session, on June 23, 2016. You will receive instructions on how to claim credit via the post webinar email.

*NEW CE for Respiratory Therapists!*
This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.50 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care. 

quite now
1-800-QUIT-NOW Wallet Card
Special offer for free cards!
Available through SCLC, 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. 

As the fiscal year comes to an end, we are matching orders with free cards! With a purchase of 250 cards for $62.50, we will include an additional 250 cards for free!
Submit this form by 6/30/16 and our card vendor, A4 Promotions, will contact you to complete your order. If you have already purchased cards in 2016, please let us know and we will send you 250 free cards.

Gateway vs. Harm Reduction - How do you approach e-cigarette use with your clients? Check out this read in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

ALA Medicaid Report
Did you know that people enrolled in Medicaid are twice as likely to smoke as those who have private insurance? Check out this new report  by the American Lung Association which highlights approaches in promoting Medicaid tobacco cessation coverage.

A Behavioral Health Resource from SAMHSA
"Enhance Your State's Tobacco Cessation Efforts Among the Behavioral Health Population" highlights the impact of using science driven data and the Performance Partnership Model to address cessation efforts effectively within your state.

CDC News Room   
Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, among students poses new challenges according to the 2015 survey results released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more about the study and download the infographic. 

tools-resourcesTools & Resources

Justice Involved Toolkit
 The DIMENSIONS: Well Body Toolkit for Healthcare Providers Supplement Priority Populations: Justice Involved was developed by the University of Colorado and focuses on the justice involved population, physical health, contributing factors, assessment and planning, treatment and maintain a well body. For further information on the toolkit, please email
The Tobacco Atlas
Created by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, The Tobacco Atlas is a hinge for all of your tobacco related questions--covering the stats you need to know about smoking prevalence in the United States and other countries, along with other related topics, guides, resources, and tools. 

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI)
CDC released the updated CHSI online tool that produces public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describes the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment. To access CHSI, visit 
National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control (NBHN)
Gain free access to cancer and tobacco control and prevention resources including toolkits, e-newsletters, webinars and training opportunities, virtual communities, and social media resources. Share what your organization is doing to reduce tobacco use and increase cancer screenings for people with mental illness and addictions on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #BHtheChange. 

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