Communiqué #56  

In This Issue:

5. Resources 

behavioralBehavioral Health Leaders Emphasize Treating Tobacco Dependence

Why it is important to proactively treat tobacco dependence among the behavioral health population?

  • The rate of tobacco use among people with a substance use disorder or mental illness is 94% higher than among adults without these disorders.
  • Approximately 50% of people with mental illnesses and addictions smoke, compared to 23% of the general population.
  • People with mental illnesses and addictions smoke half of all cigarettes produced, yet are only half as likely as other smokers to quit.

assessingNeuropsychiatric Safety Concerns of the Smoking Cessation Medications Varenicline and Bupropion
The prescription medications varenicline and bupropionhave been shown to effectively increase the long term quit rate of people who smoke. Concerns of safety regarding these drugs and their potential causes of neuropsychiatric adverse events are discussed in this article by comparing the relative neuropsychiatric safety risk and efficacy of varenicline and bupropion with nicotine patch and placebo.

new-studyNew Study Suggests E-Cigarettes Yields Generally Positive Public Health Outcomes
The void of public health data regarding the health implications and environmental impact of vaporized nicotine products (VNPs) such as e-cigarettes has created a divide in healthcare. To date, research has indicated the progression of VNP use into categories including a gateway drug for first-time users, dual usage, and being an effective cessation method.  This article highlights the public health impact of VNP use in terms of the variations in smoking patterns of those who would have otherwise smoked cigarettes, and among those who would not have otherwise smoked cigarettes in the absence of VNPs. Under most plausible scenarios, VNP use generally has a positive public health impact. However, very high VNP use rates could result in net harms. More accurate projections of VNP impacts will require better longitudinal measures of transitions into and out of VNP, cigarette and dual use. Read the full article here. 

Not All Puffs Are Created Equal 
A study out of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) discovered two previously unreported carcinogens in e-cigarette vapor. Previous studies have found that electronic cigarettes produce toxic compounds, however the source of these emissions and factors including type, temperature, and age of the device play a pivotal role in emission and exposure levels. This study yielded valuable information to both manufacturers and regulators seeking to monitor the market and variations of VNPs that are available to the public.  

Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) is facing a lawsuit for depiction of characters smoking in movies rated G, PG and PG-13.  MPAA is arguing that it is an infringement of the first amendment right to ban smoking in movies. Last year, the University of California, San Francisco developed a website that analyzes the prevalence of smoking in PG-13 movies and suggested that rating those movies, if given an "R" rating, would prevent kids and teens from smoking. The CDC has also long-suggested that on-screen smoking leads to teen smoking. Read the full article.


Upcoming Conferences

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Annual Meeting
Creating the Future of Public Health 
September 21-22, 2016 // Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Register Here

American Public Health Association
Annual Meeting and Expo
October 29-Nov. 2, 2016 // Denver, Colorado

National Conference on Tobacco or Health
March 22-24th, 2017 // Austin, Texas

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
The Call for Abstracts for the 2017 SRNT Annual Meeting is approaching quickly!

The Annual Meeting will be held March 8-11, 2017, at the Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center in Florence, Italy.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2016


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 

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. Order here

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