Tobacco Prevention & Control Update

In This Issue
Free Tailored Cessation Tools for Local Health Departments
Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout on November 15
Webinar: "Those Look Like Candy!": Emerging and Alternative Tobacco Products
Webinar: Pressing the FDA on Menthol
HHS Launches New Website
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Free Tailored Cessation Tools for Local Health Departments
The Monday Campaigns in New York City, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, is offering LHDs an opportunity to participate in a pilot to test a new strategy in tobacco cessation: using Monday as a weekly rally point to quit and recommit to quitting each week. Data supporting the campaign shows that people are more likely to take action to change health behaviors on Mondays than any other day of the week. Participating LHDs will receive free tailored materials to use in promoting their existing local cessation programs, including web and social media content and print materials. For more information. click here to fill out a brief survey.

Webinar: "Meaningful Use and Tobacco Cessation: What You Need to Know" 

Join the Partnership for Prevention/ActionToQuit on an educational webinar about Meaningful Use, electronic health records, and tobacco cessation on December 14 from 12-1:15 PM ET. Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin's Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention and the Multi-State Collaborative for Health System Change, the webinar will explain what Meaningful Use is, how tobacco use assessment and cessation treatment relate to it, and how the public comment process can make a difference. Register for the webinar here.

Deadline for NACCHO Annual 2013 Call for Session Proposals- December 19
The NACCHO Annual Conference Workgroup seeks sharing session proposals for the NACCHO Annual 2013 Conference, July 10-12 in Dallas, TX. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 19. This year's theme "Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future." will help attendees discover how to address preventing the leading causes of death, including tobacco use, examine the effective use of data across all operational aspects of a public health agency, and discover how to maximize organization performance, influence policy, and maintain fiscal sustainability. Click here for more information on how to take advantage of this opportunity and share your knowledge and expertise at 2013's largest gathering of local health officials in the United States.
Indoor Air Quality at Large-Hub Airports With and Without Designated Smoking Areas
Results of a study, released in the November 20 issue of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show that ventilated rooms and designated smoking areas in airports are not effective in fully eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke. Five of the 29 largest airports in the United States allow smoking in designated indoor smoking areas that are accessible to the public. Average air pollution levels from secondhand smoke directly outside the designated smoking areas were five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports, and air pollution levels inside designated smoking areas were 23 times higher than levels in smoke-free airports. Read the full report here.
HHS Launches New Website
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of, a comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the most up-to-date tobacco-related information. This consolidated resource includes information on federal and state laws, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. The website's unique social media dashboard provides real-time updates from HHS on tobacco-related social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, infographics, and podcasts. Visit for information on helping tobacco users quit and providing young people with information on avoiding or ending tobacco use.



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