Summer Inventory Clearance!

Posted by Cherrie Ng

Jul 7, 2016 4:55:16 PM

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While supplies last, the California Smokers' Helpline is offering a limited number of Helpline materials free of charge and shipping! This is a special event to reduce our inventory of patient materials. There is no maximum order size but each order must total a minimum of 25 pieces.

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California Smokers' Helpline Designated a Specialized Registry

Posted by Carrie Kirby

Jul 1, 2016 12:33:34 PM

Black-Doctor--White-Man_348x220.jpgThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has determined that the California Smokers’ Helpline meets the Specialized Registry Reporting measure. The California Smokers’ Helpline, funded primarily by the CDPH, California Tobacco Control Program, provides free tobacco cessation counseling in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese. It also conducts population research using data collected from participants.

Beginning in 2013, the University of California Davis Health System integrated a proactive, two-way eReferral to the California Smokers’ Helpline into its EHR. The other four University of California health systems followed suit over the next two years. In 2015, the CDPH designated the California Smokers’ Helpline as a Public Health “Specialized” Registry and the University of California Irvine Health System used this designation to demonstrate Meaningful Use (MU) compliance.

The designation of the California Smokers’ Helpline as a Specialized Registry helps link public health and health care systems. It supports efforts to ensure that health systems routinely screen all patients for tobacco use or exposure, advise all tobacco users to quit, and offer evidence based cessation assistance to those who are willing to make a quit attempt. Data in this registry can be used both to help individual tobacco users quit, e.g. by sending them repeated reminders to quit with offers of assistance, and to understand larger trends in the tobacco using population and influence cessation on a population level.

Following successful implementation of eReferrals within the five University of California health systems, the California Smokers’ Helpline is currently expanding its eReferral service to a large outpatient clinic system and two additional hospitals, and hopes to expand the program further in the future. Instructions and criteria for implementation of eReferrals to the California Smokers’ Helpline will be available in September 2016.

Early adopters of Stage 3 will still be able to submit this registry to fulfill the Stage 3 Meaningful Use Public Health Registry Measure. For 2017, please submit under the 2014 Edition CEHRT criteria.

If you have any questions specific to Specialized Registries, please send your inquiries to MeaningfulUse@cdph.ca.gov.


 

Free CE Course: Tobacco Cessation & Special Populations

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jun 6, 2016 2:51:37 PM

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The California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to offer this free online continuing education course, Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Special Populations: What's the Same and What's Different?

A growing body of research indicates that healthcare providers do not systematically intervene with smokers to provide tobacco independence treatment. This is especially true with teens and smokers with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. With pregnant smokers, there is a need to sustain the quit postpartum. There are special considerations to take into account when helping teens, pregnant smokers, and smokers with behavioral health conditions to quit.

Click below to get started. Once you complete the course, you will receive 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. You can also click below if you do not need CE credits but are interested in the course materials.

Get Started Now

Target Audience

The target audience for this course includes nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who care for pregnant smokers, teens and smokers with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Deliver effective and efficient clinical tobacco interventions to patients using systematic approaches to encourage tobacco cessation.
  • Describe population-based trends of tobacco use among smokers with co-occurring mental health and/or substance use disorders, teens and pregnant smokers.
  • Identify the special circumstances for smokers with co-occurring mental health and/or substance use disorders, teens and pregnant women

Presenter List

Gary Tedeschi, PhD

Gary-Tedeschi-200x227_10-15.jpgDr. Tedeschi is a licensed psychologist (#PSY 14241) at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, Moores Cancer Center. He has worked there since 1994 as the Clinical Director of the California Smokers' Helpline and the Center for Tobacco Cessation. At the Helpline he is responsible for clinical supervision, counseling protocol development, counselor training, and continuing education. At the Center he provides technical assistance and training for medical and behavioral health professionals on tobacco cessation interventions. Dr. Tedeschi also has several years of previous clinical experience providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups in settings including community mental health, psychiatric in-patient, and university counseling centers. He teaches graduate courses in counseling part time and maintains a small practice in consulting psychology. Dr. Tedeschi holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College; and a B.A. in psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Accreditation

UC San Diego Accreditation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Medical Credit Designation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

NURSES: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (report up to 1.25 hours of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).


 

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

Posted by Kristin Harms

May 31, 2016 11:56:09 AM

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

For World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Plain packaging of tobacco products refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style.

Guidelines to Articles 11 and 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) recommend that Parties consider adoption of plain packaging.

Plain packaging builds upon other measures as part of a comprehensive multisectoral approach to tobacco control. Policy makers, civil society and the public can take action to ensure that their governments consider adoption of plain packaging.

Facts about plain packaging

Interest in plain packaging is progressing across the globe:

  • In December 2012, Australia became the first country to fully implement plain packaging.
  • In 2015, Ireland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and France all passed laws to implement plain packaging from May 2016.
  • A number of countries are in advanced stages of considering adoption of plain packaging laws.

Goals of WNTD 2016 campaign

World No Tobacco Day 2016 aims to:

  • Highlight the role of plain packaging as part of a comprehensive, multisectoral approach to tobacco control.
  • Facilitate policy development by Member States and the globalization of plain packaging by providing informative, compelling and persuasive information.
  • Encourage Member States to strengthen packaging and labelling measures and restrictions on advertising, promotion and sponsorship as they work towards plain packaging in a step-wise approach.
  • Support Member States and civil society against tobacco industry interference in political processes leading to adoption of plain packaging laws.

For more information, including campaign videos, brochures, and posters, please visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2016/en.


 

New Materials from the California Smokers' Helpline

Posted by Kristin Harms

May 26, 2016 4:50:25 PM

QE40_Smoking_and_the_Body_2016.jpgThe California Smokers' Helpline is pleased to offer two three new resources for consumers and health professionals wanting more information about smoking and health:

Smoking and Asthma Fact Sheet

Smoking and the Body Fact Sheet

How to Talk with Patients About Smoking Cessation and Asthma Webinar Recording


 

Free Webinar & CE Credits: Smoking Cessation and Asthma

Posted by Kristin Harms

May 9, 2016 1:46:10 PM

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The California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to host this free webinar, How to Talk with Patients About Smoking Cessation and Asthma on Wednesday, May 25 from noon to 1 pm PST.

The relationship between asthma and smoking is a significant concern among health professionals. Asthma disproportionately affects smokers. Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers and can increase the severity of attacks. Secondhand smoke is also a risk factor for new cases of asthma, especially among preschool aged children who have not already exhibited asthma symptoms. This webinar will address key strategies to help smokers with asthma to quit.

The following continuing education credits are being offered for this course: CA BBS, APA, CCAPP, CAADE, and CME.

Sign Up Now

Target Audience

This course is designed for primary care providers and behavioral health professionals interested in the most current research surrounding smoking cessation and asthma.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among patients with asthma
  • Talk with patients or clients about the relationship between asthma and tobacco cessation
  • Identify and implement evidence-based treatment for treating tobacco dependence

Presenter List

Lyne Goodlett Scott, MD

Lyne-Scott.jpgDr. Lyne Scott is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (USC Keck School of Medicine), Allergy and Immunology Division Chief, Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program Director, and Director of the Breathmobile Program at LAC+USC Medical Center. Dr. Scott has extensive knowledge regarding the infrastructure of the Breathmobile Program, implementation of disease management principles in asthma disease tracking, and outcomes results for the Breathmobile Program. Dr. Scott has participated in several peer-reviewed publications describing findings of the LAC+USC Breathmobile Program and is the lead author on a collaborative manuscript describing outcomes for Breathmobile Programs across the country. She has received funding from National Institutes of Health for health disparities research. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of CEASE (The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure), a First 5 California Initiative.  Her interests include improving access to and delivery of effective asthma care for children in Los Angeles and abroad.

Accreditation

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Accreditation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Credit Designation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live webinar activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mental Health Credit Designation Statements
CE Learning Systems designates this live webinar for a maximum of one credit (1.0), available for members belonging to:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE)

  • Individuals belonging to California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CA BBS) may earn credit based on the APA approval

The California Smokers' Helpline is a provider approved by California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-EI), Provider # - 1S-16-241-0118 for 1.0 continuing education hours (CEH).


 

FDA Extends Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah

Posted by Kristin Harms

May 5, 2016 10:47:39 AM

2nd_gen_PV,_EGO.jpgTobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. As part of its goal to improve public health and protect future generations from the risks of tobacco use, the FDA has extended its authority to cover all products that meet the definition of a tobacco product.

Previously, the FDA regulated cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, but in 2016, the FDA finalized a rule – Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act – which extends the FDA’s authority to include the regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems (such as e-cigarettes and vape pens), all cigars, hookah (waterpipe) tobacco, pipe tobacco and nicotine gels, among others.

This action is a milestone in consumer protection – going forward, the FDA will be able to:

  • Review new tobacco products not yet on the market;
  • Help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers;
  • Evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made; and
  • Communicate the potential risks of tobacco products.

This final rule goes into effect on August 8, 2016.

For more information, click here.


 

2016 Awards for Excellence in California Helpline Promotion

Posted by Beth Olagues, MPH, CHES

May 2, 2016 10:36:06 AM

CSH_Promotion_Contest_Banner.jpgShow us your best work!  What have you or your organization created to encourage people to call the California Smokers' Helpline for help quitting tobacco? The California Tobacco Control Program wants to see your materials and promotions in Print, Internet & New Media, Audio/Video, and Media Relations & Reports!

The contest is now open to California Tobacco Control Program-funded projects, health systems, health care providers, and other tobacco control advocates who promote the Helpline in local communities.  

Enter Now!

Entries are currently being accepted online, contest closes on May 31, 2016.

A $250 shopping spree for tobacco-related educational materials and Helpline promotional materials from the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC) will be awarded to the winner in each of the four categories.

If you have questions regarding the Contest, please contact Beth Olagues at beth.olagues@cdph.ca.gov or (916) 552-9829.


 

Free Webinar: Treating Patients with Mental Health Conditions Who Use Tobacco

Posted by Kristin Harms

Apr 21, 2016 1:24:27 PM

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The American Psychological Association (APA) Health Disparities program will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11 AM (PST) as part of a series on Treating Patients with Mental Health Conditions Who Use Tobacco. The webinar is co-hosted with the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Center for Primary Care.

Featured speakers for this webinar are:

  • David Satcher, MD, PHD, Founding Director and Senior Advisor, The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, and 16th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Timothy P. Carmody, PhD, Director, Health Psychology, Mental Health Service, SFVAMC

 This live webinar has been reviewed and approved by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) to offer Continuing Education (CE) credit for psychologists. Full attendance is required.  Partial credit is not awarded.  The CEP Office maintains responsibility for the delivery of the program.   1.25 CE credits are offered for full completion of the webinar. The cost of the APA CEs is $25.00.  The Health Disparities Program will provide free CEs to the first 75 participants fulfilling the requirements for the APA CEs.   

Please click here to register.


 

Free Webinar & CE Credits: Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Posted by Kristin Harms

Mar 29, 2016 3:59:32 PM

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The California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to host this free webinar, How to Talk with Patients about Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy, on Wednesday, April 20th from noon to 1pm PST.

The relationship between pregnancy and smoking is a significant concern among health professionals. Smoking during pregnancy can cause low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), learning and behavior problems, and lung problems. Quitting smoking while pregnant can increase the chance of having a healthy baby. This webinar will address key strategies to help pregnant smokers to quit.

The following continuing education credits are being offered for this course: CA BBS, APA, CCAPP, CAADE, and CME.

Sign Up Now

Target Audience

This course is designed for primary care providers and behavioral health professionals interested in the most current research surrounding smoking cessation and pregnancy.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among pregnant women
  • Talk with patients or clients about the relationship between pregnancy and tobacco cessation
  • Identify and implement evidence-based treatment for treating tobacco dependence

Presenters

John McHugh, MD

John-McHugh.jpgDr. McHugh is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist (OB/GYN) at the St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, CA. He serves as Co-Chair of the Preconception Health Care Council of California. In addition, Dr. McHugh is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, Dr. McHugh has worked in the medical field for over 20 years in various positions, such as Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Robert Felix

Robert-Felix-Headshot.jpgRobert is currently President of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) Board of Directors. He is a Senior Teratogen Information Specialist and Community Outreach Coordinator with MotherToBaby California, responsible for increasing awareness about the value of MotherToBaby’s services and cultivating new partnerships with healthcare providers and community‐based organizations.

Accreditation

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Accreditation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Credit Designation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live webinar activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Mental Health Credit Designation Statements
CE Learning Systems designates this live webinar for a maximum of one credit (1.0), available for members belonging to:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE)

  • Individuals belonging to California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CA BBS) may earn credit based on the APA approval

The California Smokers' Helpline is a provider approved by California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-EI), Provider # - 1S-16-241-0118 for 1.0 continuing education hours (CEH).


 




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