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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).


 

Free Webinar & CE Credits: Smoking Cessation and Anxiety

Posted by Kristin Harms

Mar 14, 2016 12:39:37 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 Anxiety, on Wednesday, March 23rd from noon to 1pm PST.

The relationship between anxiety and smoking is a significant concern among health professionals. Smokers often use cigarettes to help them manage anxiety. This reliance on cigarettes to reduce anxiety can keep smokers from even trying to quit. And if they do quit, anxiety can trigger relapse. This webinar will address key strategies to help smokers with anxiety to quit.

The following continuing education credits are 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 anxiety.

Objectives

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

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

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Megan Piper, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Associate Director of Research
UW-Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin
Department of Medicine

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).


 

FREE Recorded Webinar and CE Credits: Smoking Cessation &  Substance Use Disorders

Posted by Kristin Harms

Feb 23, 2016 3:11:41 PM

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If you missed the California Smokers' Helpline webinar on November 18, 2015, How to Talk with Your Patients about Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders, you can view the recorded webinar and download the materials related to the course.

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

To download the free course materials, or take the course and get free credits, please click on the link below:

Get Started Now

Course Description with Target Audience

Smoking rates among people with substance use disorders are high. Contrary to popular belief, many smokers with substance use disorders want to quit and can quit successfully. The skills gained through quitting smoking can enhance recovery from other substances. This course is designed for health care providers and behavioral health professionals interested in the most current research surrounding smoking cessation and substance use disorders.

Objectives

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

  • Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among patients enrolled in addiction treatment
  • Discuss patient, program, and policy strategies to reduce tobacco use in addiction treatment populations
  • Identify and implement evidence-based treatment for treating tobacco dependence

Presenters

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Joseph Guydish, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Health Policy
at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy
Studies at the University of California, San Francisco

 

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Valerie Gruber, PhD
Clinical Professor in the Department
of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco

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 enduring 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 Statement
CE Learning Systems designates this enduring activity for a maximum of one credit (1.0), available for members belonging to the American Psychological Association (APA) or 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.

Release Date: February 1, 2016  |  Expiration Date: January 31, 2017

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Through with Chew Week

Posted by Kristin Harms

Feb 10, 2016 12:47:08 PM


The week of February 14-20, 2016 is designated Through With Chew Week, to call attention to the dangers of using smokeless tobacco, which includes chewing tobacco, spit tobacco, dip, snus, and snuff.

The use of smokeless tobacco products remains prevalent in some California communities.1 This is a concern because chew products can contain a higher concentration of nicotine and be more habit-forming than cigarettes. 2,3 

Smokeless tobacco products also contain at least 28 chemicals known to increase the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas. In addition, these products are linked to oral health problems like mouth sores, gum recession, tooth decay, bad breath, and permanent discoloration of teeth.


Cancer Causing Chemicals in Smokeless Tobacco

 Warning signs of possible health problems from chew include:

  • A lump in the neck
  • Change in voice
  • A growth or white spots inside the mouth
  • Swallowing problems
  • Persistent earache
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Changes in the skin
Support Through with Chew Week by talking to your patients and clients about quitting smokeless tobacco and referring them to the California Smokers' Helpline for free telephone counseling and self-help materials to quit. For more information visit http://www.nobutts.org/chew or download our free patient fact sheet.

1.California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). 2013.

2. Centers for Disease and Control. Through with Chew. 2015 http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/calendar/feb/through_with_chew

3. National Cancer Institute. Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer. 2010. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/smokeless-fact-sheet


 

 

New Helpline Caller Demographic Reports

Posted by Cherrie Ng

Jan 28, 2016 3:49:38 PM

California_Smokers_Hotline_46Caller demographic reports are now available from the California Smokers' Helpline for the time period July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

The report includes aggregate data about callers from each county in California including age, gender, ethnicity, language spoken, and referral source.

Starting with the July-December 2015 report, all data is now included in a single Excel file with tabs for each county.

These reports are a good way to gauge your county's success in increasing cessation among tobacco users.

Download Reports Now!

The Helpline call reports page may also be accessed from the bottom of the Community Partners page.

Please feel free to contact me at y2ng@ucsd.edu  or (858) 300-1015 if you have any questions, or would like to know more about Helpline resources for increasing tobacco cessation in your county.


 

Free Webinar: How to Talk with Patients about Smoking Cessation & Depression

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jan 21, 2016 3:31:36 PM

Older-Man_Web.jpgThe California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to host this free webinar, How to Talk with Patients about Smoking Cessation and Depression, on Wednesday, January 27th from noon to 1pm PST.

The relationship between depression and smoking is a significant concern among health professionals.

Smokers often have a cigarette when they feel down. This reliance on cigarettes to manage mood can keep smokers from even trying to quit. And if they do quit, feelings of depression can get them to start smoking again. This webinar will address key strategies to help smokers with depression to quit.

The following continuing education credits are offered for this course: CA BBS, APA, 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 depression.

Objectives

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

  • Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among patients with depression.
  • Discuss program and policy strategies to reduce tobacco use among patients with depression.
  • Identify and implement evidence-based treatment for treating tobacco dependence.

Presenter

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Robert M. Anthenelli, MD
Professor and Executive Vice Chair
Director, Pacific Treatment and Research Center
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

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 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 Statement
CE Learning Systems designates this live webinar for a maximum of one credit (1.0), available for members belonging to the American Psychological Association (APA) or 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.

Link to Win One of Four $25 VISA Gift Cards!

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jan 7, 2016 1:14:40 PM

Everybody wins when your patients and providers can easily find a link on your website to the free, evidence-based tobacco cessation services of the California Smokers' Helpline.

We are providing a little extra motivation to do so by offering a chance to win one of four $25 VISA gift cards simply by providing a link on your organization's website to the California Smokers' Helpline website at http://www.nobutts.org. Please also delete any old links to the former Center for Tobacco Cessation website.

Check out the example below on the resources page of the the Los Angeles County Health Department website at http://www.laquits.com/quitting/resources:

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If you would like to download a free Helpline banner ad like the one below for use on your website, please click here.

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To be eligible for the drawing, your organization must serve patients and clients in California and you must enter by Friday, February 12, 2016. To be entered into the drawing, just click the button below to provide your contact information and web address for the page on your organization website showing a link to the California Smokers' Helpline website at http://www.nobutts.org.

Enter Now!




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