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Secondhand Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Among US Youths

Today’s CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is releasing a tobacco-related article in the March 20th edition of JAMA Pediatrics entitled, “Secondhand Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Among US Youths.” Authors analyzed data from the 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) and write that overall exposure to secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes in an indoor […]

Wrangell Senior Apartments go Smoke-Free!

By Tammi Meissner, Health Educator, SEARHC Health Promotion No-smoking policies are rare in public housing.  This is especially troubling because it affects disadvantaged and vulnerable populations who have little choice when it comes to tobacco smoke exposure.  In 2008-2009, 32% of households in public housing included elderly persons.  Wrangell Senior Apartments is leading the way […]

At Michigan State, tobacco prohibition nears

ORIGINAL ARTICLE by RJ Wolcott of Lansing State Journal HERE Three Marlboro black cigarettes. That’s enough to get Nicole Cichon, a second-year veterinary medicine student at Michigan State University, through a day of classes. In previous semesters, Cichon could find 10 minutes between classes to get her nicotine fix. When MSU’s ban of tobacco products […]

CDC says smoking laws, like politics, are local

FOR ORIGINAL ARTICLE by Salynn Boyles of Medpage Today CLICK HERE More than half of Americans live in states with comprehensive laws protecting them from exposure to secondhand smoke, but none of these people live in the southeastern United States, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. A decade after the […]

MSU to be a tobacco-free campus this fall

FOR ORIGINAL ARTICLE from The State News by Sasha Zidar CLICK HERE In August 2016, Michigan State University will officially be a tobacco-free campus. The MSU Board of Trustees approved for a tobacco-free campus in 2015 to help ensure that the Spartan community enjoys a healthy lifestyle on campus. In April 2013, the Office of […]

Restaurants wondering what to do about e-cigarettes

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE by Abby Armbruster from Daily Journal When a downtown Franklin restaurant owner sees a customer pull out an e-cigarette and take a puff, he keeps his eyes on the other diners around. If they don’t have an issue with it, Triple Play BBQ co-owner Ron Dwenger doesn’t, either. But if you go […]

Four years later, Hermosa Beach gets serious about its smoking ban

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE by Sandy Mazza of The Daily Breeze HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – Four years after Hermosa Beach banned smoking at its beach and downtown plaza, the city is finally getting serious about snuffing out cigarettes. Until now, enforcement of the anti-smoking law was considered too expensive in the cash-strapped city with the alcohol-charged […]

Four Things We Can Do To Reduce U.S. Tobacco Consumption

CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL OPINION ARTICLE by Bill Frist, Contributor to Forbes.com Last week, California became the second state to raise the tobacco purchase age of 21.  This move is part of a pivotal trend spreading across the nation to reduce youth tobacco consumption by preventing or delaying young people from picking up tobacco products, […]

California’s smoking age raised from 18 to 21 under bills signed by Gov. Brown

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE by Patrick McGreevy from LATimes.com Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools. However, Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed […]
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EVENT - Cooking for Beginners - Presented by UP4Health - April 20 - May 25, 2017 - Every Thursday 1 - 3 p.m. EDT - Chi Mukwa Arena, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - Join us for FREE cooking classes led by Sault Tribe Registered Dietitians (RDs).  We will explore basic cooking skills, easy healthy dishes, and traditional foods.  Space is limited, register today!  Participants do not need to attend all 6 classes - each class will be different.  To register, contact Heather Hemming at 906-632-5210.  FULL SCHEDULE AND DETAILS HERE

Webinar - May 25, 2017 - Educational Series for Healthcare Professionals:  Taking Time Off - REGISTER

WEBINAR - May 30, 2017, 1:30 p.m. EDT - Presented by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - discussing methods for optimizing the presentation of health data for both providers and patients.  Presenters will discuss methods for presenting meaningful displays of medical test result data to patients for improved understanding and describe two EHR usability studies around navigators and clinical note organization to improve the efficiency of provider documentation.  REGISTER HERE

Truth Initiative Youth Activism Program - Truth Initiative's Youth Activism Fellowship (YAF) is a multi-layered, interdisciplinary approach to equipping emerging tobacco control professionals with the knowledge, tools and resources to support comprehensive tobacco prevention in communities across the country.  Over a 12-month period, a cohort of young adults ages 18-24 is engaged in an array of interactive, skill-building activities that focus on three areas - tobacco control and public health, advocacy and community organizing, and effective communications.  Applications due by May 31, 2017 11:59 p.m. EDT - LEARN MORE

May is Asthma Awareness Month.  The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, coordinated by the NHLBI, encourages clinicians and others to focus on identifying allergens and irritants that can lead to asthma attacks.  Such triggers are unique to each person, but can include tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, dust mites, pet dander and more.  Learn more about asthma and how you can raise awareness in your community.

Register Today!  Upcoming Ask the Expert:  Promoting Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors - Thursday, June 1, 2017, 2 p.m. EDT - The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center invites you to join our upcoming Ask the Expert on Promoting Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors with LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.  Physical activity can help reduce the risk for certain new cancers or cancer recurrence, and reduce the likelihood of premature death and adverse health effects of cancer treatment.  However, in 2009, about one-third of survivors had not participated in any physical activity in the past 30 days.  LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  1.  Discuss LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a program that helps adult cancer survivors improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve their quality of life, and evidence of program effectiveness.  2.  Describe the benefits and outcomes of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA as told by a survivor participant.  3.  Identify methods and resources to promote LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to survivors and stakeholders.  REGISTER HERE

National Cancer Survivors Day - June 4, 2017 - The GW Cancer Center is pleased to announce the latest social media toolkit release for National Cancer Survivors Day on June 4, 2017.  It's a day to celebrate those who have survived, and provide inspiration for those recently diagnosed.  Download the toolkit and spread the word about survivorship.

WEBINAR - Systems Serving Individuals with Mental Illnesses and Additions:  Recognizing Opportunities and Addressing "Pockets of Resistance" - Presented by Tobacco Control Training Collaborative - Thursday, June 8, 2017, 3 - 4:30 p.m. EDT - This webinar is dedicated to an exploration of state and community-level systems essential to developing and implementing successful smokefree behavioral health facilities and cessation interventions targeted to smokers with mental illness and addictions.  Guests will join the discussion to highlight how they have taken advantage of unique opportunities to take action and addressed resistance to change.  - LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

SAVE THE DATE - National Indian Health Board:  8th Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit - June 6-8, 2016 - Anchorage, Alaska - Locally Hosted by Alaska Native Health Board - Summit Highlights:  (1) A New Summit Track:  Environmental Health!  (2) Tribal Public Health Accreditation Readiness (3) Health Impact Assessment Training (4) The First Opportunity to Discuss the New Administration's Public Health Policies - More Information Coming Soon

The American Indian Cancer Foundation and Great Plains Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (GPTCHB) will host a training "Colon Health in Indian Country:  Educate, Screen & Prevent Cancer" - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Best Western Ramkota Hotel, Rapid City, South Dakota.  - Travel scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis, and will include lodging, per diem, and mileage.  The hotel rooms are direct billed, room and tax only, no incidentals.  Per Government/GSA policies, if you live within 90 miles of the meeting site (Rapid City, SD), you Do Not Qualify for a hotel room so plan accordingly.  Deadline to return the travel scholarship is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  FLIER HERE  Fax:  605-721-2876 - Email:  deanna.swan@gptchb.org .

SAVE THE DATE - NNN Webinar - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 3 - 4 p.m. EDT - Presented by Chris Johnson, MA; American Indian Cancer Foundation - LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR) presents Native Patient Navigation Quarterly Trainings | June 14-16, 2017 | Registration Deadline May 14, 2017 | Full details HERE

National Native Network Webinar Series Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country:  American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program Updates - Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 3 p.m. EDT - We will be going over general information on National Jewish Health and the Michigan Tobacco Quit line, along with an update on how the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program is going.  This will also include some preliminary data on utilization and demographics.  For free culturally appropriate commercial tobacco cessation coaching, call 1-855-372-0037.  More details to be announced soon.  MORE INFORMATION HERE

EVENT - 2017 Health Communication Leadership Institute - University of Texas, Moody College of Communication, June 20-23, 2017, Austin, TX.  - Attendance is limited to professionals with at least seven years of work experience in for-profit, non-profit, government, or academic settings.  Draft agenda, confirmed speakers, and hotel information is available on the registration website.  Registration closes May 18.  Questions, contact Michael Mackert - LEARN MORE

Funding Opportunity - The Patient-Centered Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Tier A projects through their Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative.  This program supports the development of research ideas and proposals designed by partnerships of patients, caregivers, and other healthcare stakeholders.  The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is Thursday, April 20.  The purpose of the Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Awards program is to help people form new collaborations with the goal of developing proposals for research with sound scientific rigor and robust patient engagement.  We are interested in research teams that include patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, as well as researchers.  KEY INFORMATION:  1. Letter of Intent deadline: April 20, 2017, 2. Application deadline: June 30, 2017, 3. Funding announcement: Pipeline to Proposal Awards Tier A Pre-Engagement/Community Projects, 4. PCORI provides up to $50,000 over the project term, which can last up to 12 months, 5. More about the Pipeline to Proposal Awards Initiative.

CONFERENCE - 2017 CDC National Cancer Conference, Visualizing the Future through Prevention, Innovation, and Communication - August 14-16, 2017 - Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30346 - The conference theme, "Visualizing the Future Through Prevention, innovation, and Communication," represents the opportunity for translating research into practice to improve public health.  A wide variety of local, state, territorial, federal, academic, national, and community-based cancer prevention and control programs will be represented, creating an excellent opportunity for you to meet partners from around the country.  LEARN MORE

SAVE THE DATE - CDC Conference - August 15-17, 2017 - 2017 National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media - Atlanta, Georgia - FULL DETAILS HERE.

Spirit of EAGLES National Conference "Changing Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities" - September 21 - 24, 2017 - Niagra Falls, NY - For more information regarding the conference, visit www.nativeamericanprograms.net or contact Marcy Averill at averill.marcy@mayo.edu.