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California Smokers' Helpline & Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies Partner to Help Smokers Quit

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jul 2, 2018 11:02:00 AM

Pharmacist-Patient-ImageSan Bernardino, California (July 9, 2018) – To help smokers overcome nicotine addiction, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies will provide NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) to qualifying individuals. NRT can be provided without a physician’s prescription due to California law (Senate Bill 493) which includes a protocol that allows pharmacists to prescribe NRT just as physicians do. NRT is covered by most insurance and a prescription can be coordinated at one of the 24 local Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies. For a list of Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy locations, visit staterbros.com.

In collaboration with the California Smokers’ Helpline, Stater Bros. Pharmacists will also assist customers by providing referrals to the free, evidence-based smoking cessation services available from the California Smokers’ Helpline. Upon referral, the California Smokers’ Helpline will call patients to offer free telephone counseling, self-help materials, and referral to local cessation resources. Services are available in multiple languages including English and Spanish.

“We are pleased to work in collaboration with California Smokers Helpline to provide assistance to individuals seeking to overcome nicotine addiction,” stated Pete Van Helden, Stater Bros. CEO.

“The California Smokers’ Helpline applauds the efforts of Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies to increase patient access to nicotine replacement therapy, an evidence-based strategy for helping smokers quit,” stated Shu-Hong Zhu, Ph.D., Director of the Helpline and Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego.

Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacy is committed to offering healthy living programs for its customers, such as FREE prenatal vitamins to expectant mothers during the upcoming month of May which is “Pregnancy Awareness Month”. Recently, Stater Bros. Super Rx Pharmacies improved their $4/$10 generic program by offering additional tiers. These tiers consist of an $8 and $12 offering and bring over 350 commonly prescribed medications to the program in order to add value for their customers.

About California Smokers’ Helpline

The California Smokers’ Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS) is a free statewide quit smoking service, operated by the University of California San Diego and proven in clinical trials to double a smoker’s chance of success. The Helpline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, and one-on-one, telephone counseling in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese. Specialized services are also available for teens, pregnant women, and tobacco chewers as well as for friends and family members of tobacco users. New services include online chat, a texting program, and a mobile app. For more information, visit www.nobutts.org.

About Stater Bros. Markets

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The Company currently operates 171 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Since 2008, Stater Bros. and Stater Bros. Charities have contributed more than $80 million in food and funds to local Southern California communities. For more information, visit staterbros.com.

Contact Information

Marisa Kutansky
Director of Communications
Stater Brothers
P.O. Box 150
San Bernardino, CA 92402
(909) 733-5038

New Provider Toolkit: Special Services for Special People

Posted by Kristin Harms

Jun 25, 2018 3:54:02 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to provide this free Provider Toolkit, Special Services for Special People, which includes a webinar recording presented by Sharon Cummins, PhD, and patient fact sheets.

Download Now!

Overview

First-5-Family-rev-1Pregnant women and parents of young children are very important people with a big responsibility—keeping their children safe and healthy. The California Smokers’ Helpline offers free help to quit smoking to any resident of California, including special services just for pregnant women. With funding from First 5 California, the Helpline also offers free nicotine patches to qualified callers who are pregnant or have children ages 0 to 5.

Sharon Cummins, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation for the California Smokers’ Helpline, will discuss the importance of helping pregnant women and parents of young children quit smoking. She will also talk about the Helpline’s free resources for First 5 audiences including our evidence-based telephone counseling, specialized counseling protocol for pregnant women, nicotine patches, and patient materials for health professionals.

Toolkit Contents

  • Webinar recording and slide deck: Special Services for Special People
  • Patient Fact Sheets: Quitting Smoking While Pregnant & Staying Smoke-Free After Your Baby is Born

Presenter

Sharon Cummins, PhD
Director of Research and Evaluation
California Smokers' Helpline

Sharon_photoSharon Cummins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked in tobacco control for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at the California Smokers’ Helpline and faculty for the Center for Tobacco Cessation, both operated through the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she maintained a clinical practice for 14 years.

Since joining the Helpline in 1996, Dr. Cummins has been highly involved with developing clinical interventions and testing them through large, randomized trials. Her current research interests include interventions for high-risk populations, such as pregnant women, smokers with co-morbid substance abuse and depression or other mental health issues, and the impact of emerging products (e.g., e-cigarettes) on smoking initiation among teens and smoking cessation among adults. 


 

Free Webinar: Special Services for Special People

Posted by Kristin Harms

May 31, 2018 11:43:18 AM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Wednesday, June 13th from noon to 12:30 pm PST, Special Services for Special People.

Webinar Overview

First-5-Family-rev-1Pregnant women and parents of young children are very important people with a big responsibility—keeping their children safe and healthy. The California Smokers’ Helpline offers free help to quit smoking to any resident of California, including special services just for pregnant women. With funding from First 5 California, the Helpline also offers free nicotine patches to qualified callers who are pregnant or have children ages 0 to 5.

Sharon Cummins, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation for the California Smokers’ Helpline, will discuss the importance of helping pregnant women and parents of young children quit smoking. She will also talk about the Helpline’s free resources for First 5 audiences including our evidence-based telephone counseling, specialized counseling protocol for pregnant women, nicotine patches, and patient materials for health professionals.

Register Now!

Presenter

Sharon Cummins, PhD
Director of Research and Evaluation
California Smokers' Helpline

Sharon_photoSharon Cummins, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked in tobacco control for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at the California Smokers’ Helpline and faculty for the Center for Tobacco Cessation, both operated through the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she maintained a clinical practice for 14 years. Since joining the Helpline in 1996, Dr. Cummins has been highly involved with developing clinical interventions and testing them through large, randomized trials. Her current research interests include interventions for high-risk populations, such as pregnant women, smokers with co-morbid substance abuse and depression or other mental health issues, and the impact of emerging products (e.g., e-cigarettes) on smoking initiation among teens and smoking cessation among adults. 


 

New Web-Based Patient Referral Interface

Posted by Kristin Harms

Apr 23, 2018 12:05:06 PM

Easier to Use Referral Interface

Web-Based-Referral-Screen-ShotThe California Smokers' Helpline is pleased to announce it's new interface for our free web-based referral service. Based on feedback we have received from referring providers, the interface has been revised to make it easier to search for your organization, submit multiple referrals, and track referrals by individual health professional.

The service offers busy health professionals a quick and easy method for referring their patients and clients who smoke to the Helpline's free, evidence-based tobacco cessation services, available in multiple languages.

  • Existing Customers: If your organization is already registered with the service, it is just a matter of searching for and finding your organization and then submitting patient referrals as before.
  • New Customers: If your organization is new to the service, you may register by clicking the button below. Organizations wishing to refer Asian language patients only may register here.

Get Started Now

Benefits of Web-Based Referral

  • Quick, easy, and convenient to use
  • Email confirmation issued when referral has been received
  • Once a referral is received, a Helpline representative will make the first attempt to call the patient within 24 hours, and then make five more attempts over the following two weeks
  • Aggregate reports of referral disposition available upon request

Why Refer Patients to the Helpline?

Asking and advising patients to quit is not just good patient care—it can increase the chance that a smoker will make a quit attempt. And studies have shown that smokers who use Helpline counseling are twice as likely to quit as those who don’t.

According to the U.S. Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update, “Telephone quitline counseling is effective with diverse populations and has broad reach. Therefore, both clinicians and health care delivery systems should ensure patient access to quitlines and promote quitline use.”

Thank you for referring your patients and clients to the California Smokers' Helpline. We hope this new interface makes it easier for you to do so!


 

SCLC Celebrates 15 years with FREE Continuing Education

Posted by Kristin Harms

Mar 22, 2018 11:55:20 AM

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In celebration of it's 15th Anniversary, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center is giving away FREE continuing education (CME and CE) for a limited time, for two webinar collections: 2016 & 2017 recorded webinars.

Use the discount code SCLC@15 to waive the $65 fee.

2017 Webinar Collection

This Collection of recorded webinars from SCLC includes all 10 webinars released during 2017, for a total of 13.50 CE credits. Topics include lung cancer screening, engaging health professionals, state and community approaches to tobacco control, quitlines, behavioral health, smoking mothers, cessation efforts in public housing community health centers, smokeless tobacco, behavioral health/public health partnerships, young adult smokers, and tobacco harm reduction. For more information and to register for this collection, click here.

2016 Webinar Collection

This Collection of recorded webinars from SCLC includes all nine webinars released during 2016, for a total of 14.0 CE credits. Topics include social smoking among young adults; social media interventions for cessation; tobacco use among African-Americans; pharmacotherapy; tobacco use among the homeless; smokers with mental health conditions; thirdhand smoke; and example smoking cessation programs from Kaiser Permanente and the Truth Initiative. For more information and to register for this collection, click here.

Note: You are still able to take an individual webinar if you wish, however payment will be due to receive the CE credit. If you register for a Collection, it will be complimentary, and you don’t have to take all of the webinars in the Collection to receive credit.


 

Celebrate the Helpline's 25th Anniversary!

Posted by Kristin Harms

Nov 16, 2017 11:48:52 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Cristina Samiley
213-335-5570

 THE CALIFORNIA SMOKERS’ HELPLINE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF HELPING CLIENTS BREAK FREE FROM TOBACCO

Helpline services have helped more than 800,000 Californians
with method proven to double likelihood of successfully quitting

Anniversary Book Banner 236x288.jpgSAN DIEGO (November 16, 2017) – Today, the California Smokers’ Helpline, the nation’s first statewide smoking quitline, is marking its silver anniversary by announcing plans to support more Californians quit smoking for good.  Over the next few years, the Helpline will add more counselors, expand outreach to healthcare providers, introduce new protocols to better serve those with mental health conditions, and release a new version of its well-received app to help even more people quit smoking in a way that works for them.

These expansions were developed as part of a multifaceted approach to build the Helpline’s capacity and provide additional options to assist even more Californians quit tobacco.  “We planned these expansions so the California Smoker’s Helpline can stay ahead of our clients’ needs, and to ensure we can help more people reach their quit goals in a manner that’s most effective for them,” said Shu-Hong Zhu, PhD, director, California Smokers’ Helpline.  The Helpline’s research-based protocol has been proven to double a person’s likelihood of quitting for good.

The California Helpline was launched in 1992 as an experiment, but by 2002, every state in the nation had adopted similar telephone quitline services.  The Helpline has provided free and confidential telephone counseling services to more than 800,000 Californians, an average of 32,000 clients a year. The typical caller is about 50 years old, but clients have included some as young as 14. Quitting assistance is offered in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Korean, as well as TDD, all from highly trained and caring counselors.  Chat services are also available, as well as a text messaging program.

“The Helpline’s dedicated counselors are clients’ supportive partners in their quit process,” said Dr. Zhu.  “While we use the same research-proven method with each client, conversations and interactions are always shaped to address each person’s specific needs, questions and goals.  Our counselors are a critical part of our success.”

As part of its anniversary, the California Smokers’ Helpline is showing the positive impact of quitting tobacco through the release of a touching video that shares the story of one of its now tobacco-free clients, Antonio. He credits the support of the Helpline with successfully quitting and remaining smoke-free. “I have been smoke-free for five years.  The calls from 1-800-NO-BUTTS were a big part of my recovery from smoking.”  Antonio’s story can be seen at https://www.nobutts.org/25yearsofquitting.

California’s smoking rate is the second lowest in the nation.  However, even with that achievement, tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the state.   Approximately 40,000 Californians die each year from tobacco-related illnesses.  More information about the California Smokers’ Helpline is available at www.nobutts.org or 1-800-NO-BUTTS.

GENERAL FACTS ON THE CALIFORNIA SMOKERS’ HELPINE CLIENTS

Approximately 57% of Helpline clients are female, and 42% are male.  More than half of clients are between the ages of 45 and 64, and more than a quarter are between 25 and 44. 

DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN OF CALIFORNIA SMOKERS’ HELPINE CLIENTS

Community

% of Helpline Clients

% in California that Smoke

American Indian

1.0%

24.2%

Asian American/Pacific Islander

5.5%

8.6%

Black/African American

17%

20.7%

Hispanic Latino

16.3%

11.5%

White/Caucasian

49.8%

13.0%

LBGT

6.8%

18.1%*

*Smoking prevalence is 13.1% for heterosexual California adults.

About the California Smokers’ Helpline

The California Smokers’ Helpline is a free, evidence-based, telephone counseling program for quitting smoking, proven in clinical trials to double a smoker’s chance of successfully quitting. Services are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese and include telephone counseling, self-help materials, chat, text messaging program, and mobile app. Specialized services are available for teens, pregnant smokers, and tobacco chewers. Free nicotine patches are available to smokers who are pregnant, have children ages 0 to 5, or who speak Asian languages. The California Smokers’ Helpline can be reached at 1-800-NO-BUTTS or at www.nobutts.org, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nobutts.org.  All services can be reached at:

English: 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
Chinese: 1-800-838-8917
Korean: 1-800-556-5564
Spanish: 1-800-45-NO-FUME (1-800-456-6386)
Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440
Tobacco Chewers: 1-800-844-CHEW (1-800-844-2439)

Order Top 10 Tips Flyers for the Great American Smokeout

Posted by Kristin Harms

Oct 31, 2017 11:42:37 AM

Top10TipsFlyer_Eng-Span_2017_600px.jpgWith the Great American Smokeout coming up on November 16th, now is a good time to order our popular Top 10 Tips to Quit Smoking flyer, availalble free of charge and shipping from the California Smokers' Helpline.

This 2-sided flyer features qutting tips from Helpline counselors--in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Order Now!

Quit attempts are vitally important to population-based cessation as most tobacco users must try repeatedly to quit before they succeed. Fortunately, 70% of smokers say they want to quit. And, asking and advising a patient to quit can actually double the chance that he or she will try. 

So, encourage your patients and clients to make a quit attempt and provide them with our Top 10 Tips to Help Smokers Quit flyer. For smokers who need additional support, refer them to 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) or to our online registration form for free help and a plan to quit.


 

Free Webinar: Tobacco Use and Oral Health

Posted by Kristin Harms

Oct 6, 2017 12:08:45 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Thursday, October 26th from noon to 1 pm PST, Tobacco Use and Oral Health: The Critical Role of Dental Professionals.

Webinar Overview

Smoker-Dentist2.jpgOral diseases affect more people worldwide than any other chronic health condition of humankind. In addition to being a primary cause of major oral ailments, including oral cancer and gum disease, tobacco use disrupts nearly every facet of oral health: from taste perception, salivary flow, to the success of dental treatment.

Dental professionals are well positioned to deliver effective tobacco cessation support to their patients, yet lag behind their medical colleagues in upholding this professional responsibility.

Register Now!

Webinar Objectives

By the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify oral conditions affected by tobacco use, including periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer.
  2. Discuss the oral health implications of new and alternative tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, hookah, and smokeless tobacco.
  3. Discuss the role of the dental professionals in tobacco prevention and cessation, including recommendations and resources for dental professionals looking to provide effective patient counseling.

Presenters

Elizabeth Couch, RDH, MS | Assistant Adjunct Professor
UCSF School of Dentistry

Couch-photo_160x160.jpgMs. Couch's research focuses on tobacco use in vulnerable populations and the role of dental professionals in tobacco prevention and cessation. Currently, she teaches in the Master of Science Degree Program in dental hygiene at UCSF and is the project coordinator of a longitudinal cohort study of tobacco use among adolescents in rural California. She holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from the Cabrillo College, a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in dental hygiene from UCSF. She currently serves on the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice advisory board and is an active member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). In addition, she practices dental hygiene part-time where she is dedicated to addressing tobacco use among her patients. 

Benjamin W. Chaffee, DDS, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor
UCSF Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health

Chaffee-photo_160x160.jpgDr. Chaffee's research interests include tobacco-related behaviors and decision-making among adolescents, in particular how the marketing and regulation of smokeless tobacco influences tobacco use and health among rural youth. He is currently the lead investigator of cohort study of California rural high school male baseball players funded through the NIH/FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science program. Other research interests include how early life circumstances impact oral health and quality of life in childhood and the implementation of risk-based, prevention-oriented dental caries management in clinical settings. Dr. Chaffee is affiliated with the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education, Global Health Sciences, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health. He serves as Director of the UCSF School of Dentistry Program in Global Oral Health.


 

New Provider Toolkit: Smoking, Nicotine, and the Brain

Posted by Kristin Harms

Sep 29, 2017 2:58:45 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to provide this free Provider Toolkit on Smoking, Nicotine, and the Brain.

Overview

Brain-Image.jpgTobacco and related products exert their addictive potential through nicotine. This webinar will review the mechanisms through which these products deliver nicotine and through which neural pathways nicotine exerts its effects on the brain.

The implications of neuroscience on both the health of active tobacco product users and on tobacco product use cessation treatment strategies will be discussed.

The webinar will conclude with a discussion on the clinical and organizational implications associated with implementing smoking cessations strategies, in light of the research on nicotine and the brain.

Download Now! 

Toolkit Contents

TYP-Toolkit-Image-Smoking-Nicotine-and-the-Brain_600x275.jpgOur free Toolkit includes:

  • Webinar recording and slide deck
  • Handouts:
    • What's in Cigarette Smoke?
    • Top 10 Tips to Quit Smoking
    • Quit Aids: Tools to Quit Smoking

Presenter

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM
Assistant Professor of Addiction Medicine
UCLA Department of Family Medicine

Brian_Hurley.jpgBrian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction psychiatrist and the Medical Director for Substance Use Related Care Integration at the Los Angeles County Health Agency. Brian is currently the Treasurer of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and gives presentations around the world related to addiction medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine.

He serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry examination writing committee. Brian completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was previously a UCLA - Veterans Administration National Quality Scholar at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He completed a fellowship program in addiction psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Brian completed residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Addiction Psychiatry.


 

Funding Opportunity from the California Tobacco Control Program

Posted by Kristin Harms

Sep 25, 2017 4:57:17 PM

Request for Applications (RFA) CTCP 17-10569, “Regional Initiative to Reduce Tobacco-Related Disparities among African American/Black; Asian/Pacific Islander; Hispanic/Latino; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Populations” was released on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  This RFA intends to fund up to 27 projects throughout California to reduce tobacco-related health disparities and achieve health equity among priority populations through regional approaches directed towards policy and systems change focused on tobacco use prevention and reduction. Download the Funding Alert here or visit the TCFOR website for Instructions on applying.

An optional Informational Webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., PDT. Prospective applicants intending to submit an application are strongly encouraged to participate. The purpose of the Informational Webinar is to provide potential applicants with an opportunity to pose written questions about preparing and submitting the application.

Additionally, the California Tobacco Control Program will fund up to four grantees to serve as statewide coordinating centers to foster collaboration and community engagement among the funded regional priority population projects to accelerate the adoption, implementation, and impact of their policy and system change campaigns.  A Funding Opportunity Alert for this RFA will be posted soon.


 




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The California Smokers' Helpline offers free, evidence-based tobacco cessation services in multiple languages to help smokers quit. We also offer free training and resources to health professionals to increase their knowledge and capacity for tobacco cessation.

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