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 News: April 1, 2017  $2 Tobacco Tax Increase 

The $2 tobacco tax increase begins April 1, 2017.  Let your colleagues know more smokers and vapers may be asking for help.read more here 

The Sacramento Bee also has a great 1 minute video of 3 people talking about the $2 tax increase tomorrow.  Two are smokers saying it's motivating them to quit, and one is a shopkeeper saying his sales will go down, view video here . 

The cigarette tax rate on Saturday spikes from the current 87 cents to $2.87 per pack of 20 cigarettes.

For most smokers, that will put the cost of a standard pack of cigarettes in the $8 to $9 ballpark.

In addition, also effective Saturday, the distribution of “nicotine delivery devices” – a segment that includes electronic cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, and e-hookahs – sold in combination with substances containing nicotine will be subject to a tax rate of 27.3 percent of the wholesale cost of the product. Those devices have not been subject to the tobacco products tax.

California’s Board of Equalization noted that nicotine delivery devices sold independently and not in combination with any liquid or substance containing nicotine are not subject to excise tax. That includes batteries, battery chargers, carrying cases or “any other accessory used in the operation of a nicotine delivery device.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved products designed to help consumers reduce or quit smoking, such as nicotine patches, are not subject to the tax. 

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News: January 2017 California Pharmacist Association presents On-Demand Training Program:

 Furnishing Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Smoking Cessation Training for Pharmacists.  

 Click here to learn more about this new two-hour online study course. 


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News: CEASE- Clinical Effort against Second Hand Smoke Exposure- has new website- January 2017

CEASE, or the Clinical Effort against Secondhand Smoke Exposure, trains pediatric providers to help parents quit smoking to reduce the burden of second and third hand smoke on children. The website includes a link to the FREE CEASE training- with free CME/CEUs-which prepares providers to implement CEASE in their own clinical settings.

For more information, please email jyothi.marbin@ucsf.edu

Please visit www.ceasecalifornia.org for more information

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News: Sacramento Bee Article October 10, 2016

More than 3 million Californians still smoke, and a staggering 40,000 Californians will die this year from tobacco-related diseases. The skyrocketing popularity of e-cigarettes among youths is creating a new generation of addicts. This year, nearly 17,000 California kids will start smoking and one-third of them will eventually die from tobacco-related illnesses.



The leading cause of preventable death  nationwide and in California, tobacco exacts a grave toll on communities, families, health care systems and businesses. Tobacco kills more Californians than car accidents, guns, alcohol, illegal drugs and AIDS combined, and harms the health of nonsmokers through secondhand smoke.This is a public health crisis. 

read more here : http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article107338447.html 


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WEBINAR August 2016: Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Prevention    
and Treatment
Dr.Elisa Tong is the team lead for the Tobacco Stakeholder Advisory Group: California Dialogue on Cancer (CDOC). Comprehensive cancer control programs can play a vital role in facilitating the systemic changes necessary to support tobacco cessation initiatives. Dr. Elisa Tong, and Shauntay Davis, discuss "Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Prevention and Treatment: A Call to Action for California Cancer Centers." This document highlights gaps in cessation services and           
identifies opportunities and resources for improving tobacco treatment
and cessation services in oncology settings with a specific focus on the
context in California.

                                  
                                   
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 Shauntay Davis is the current Program Director for California's Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCCP) housed under the California Department of Public Health

The UC Quits Network's collaboration with the California Smokers' Helpline is featured in this webinar.
An archive of this webinar will be posted to the Research to Reality website within the next week.
Please visit  https://researchtoreality.cancer.gov/home for more information.



 
Please visit the link below to view the "Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Prevention and Treatment: A Call to Action for California Cancer Centers" document. click here to view the Call to Action document.

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NEWS: UC Quits Press Release wins CTCP Award of Excellence 
Summer 2016
                                                                                  
A contest among local tobacco control programs and community tobacco control advocates in California was held during May of 2016. The contest provided an opportunity for local projects to share their efforts in promoting the California Smokers' Helpline. Twenty-two entries were submitted by projects throughout California to showcase the creative and thoughtful ways that tobacco control advocates are promoting the Helpline in local communities.
While all entries were excellent, and the competition was tough, the California Tobacco Control Program was pleased to announce the winner of the Best Media Relations Project: UC Quits, Press Release. 
The goal was to educate the general public about how the 5 UC medical centers were connecting to the California Smokers’ Helpline through electronic health records system. The press release resulted in approximately 500 online hits per GoogleAlert, and was picked up by several publications including the Sacramento Bee.

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NEWS: UC Davis Cancer Center's "Synthesis" Magazine
Spring/Summer 2016

Dr. Scott MacDonald, UC Davis EMR Medical Director (left), and others involved with the UC Quits project are featured in the UC Davis Cancer Center's "Synthesis" Magazine.  

The article lists many of the UC Quits health professional champions across UC Davis, UC San Francisco, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, and UC San Diego.  This multidisciplinary team reflects inpatient and outpatient physicians, nursing, pharmacy, and health education.  Key partners include the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UC San Francisco and the California Smokers' Helpline at UC San Diego.

Read it here.


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PIC:  UCDMC Dean’s Team Award for Inclusion Excellence in Clinical Care
March 16, 2016

The UCDMC Smoking Cessation Team was selected as a recipient of the 2015 Dean’s Team Award for Inclusion Excellence.  Dean Julie Freischlag is on the left.  Many thanks to the team members recognized below:

Thomas Ami
Hien Nguyen, M.D.
Mark Avdalovic, M.D.
Jennifer Phan
Willy Bansi
Tiffany Pon, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S.
Brian Chan, M.S.
Mauricio Rodriguez, M.P.H.
Carolyn Coleman
Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Tim Cutler, Pharm.D., C.G.P.
Cari Shulkin, R.N.
Angie Hood-Medlund, M.D.
Clyve Soriano
Scott MacDonald, M.D.
Susan L. Stewart, Ph.D.
Toby Marsh, R.N., M.S.A., M.S.N.,
Glee Van Loon, R.N., C.D.E. F.A.C.H.E., N.E.A.-BC


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PIC:  UC Quits team meeting at California Smokers Helpline in San Diego February 9, 2016.

(L to R) Eric Kessel (UC CHQI), Victor Duval (UCLA), Juan Chaparro (UCSD), Alpesh Amin (UCI), Michael Ong (UCLA), Elisa Tong (UCD), 
Brian Clay (UCSD), Roxana Said (Smoking Cessation Leadership Council), Carrie Kirby (California Smokers Helpline), Rob El-Kareh (UCSD), Laura Giambattista (UCSD), Patricia Pepa (UCSD), Jamie Anand (UCI), Mauricio Rodriguez (UCD) and Anthony Mayoral (California Smokers Helpline).











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NEWS:  UC Davis' "The California Aggie"
January 14, 2016


In 2013, Dr. Elisa Tong, an assistant professor at the UC Davis Medical Center, created UC Quits, a program to combat the ongoing battle against tobacco within the UC Health System. What started as a pilot program in 2013 through the UC Davis Medical Center, UC Quits has grown to include five UC medical centers and has reached almost 2,500 patients struggling with tobacco and nicotine addiction.






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http://ucsdguardian.org/2016/01/06/uc-quits-program-offers-smoking-cessation-resources/
               
  NEWS:  UC San Diego's "The Guardian"
  January 6, 2016


 The UC healthcare system will play a larger role in helping students kick their      smoking habits through the new initiative, UC Quits. The program aims to        bring care providers into the smoking-cessation process by creating a shared    network between UC healthcare centers and a UCSD-based anti-smoking    helpline, according to a Dec. 29 press release.







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NEWS:  "Sacramento Bee" feature article
December 28, 2015


UC Quits, which connects patients to a statewide smoking-cessation program, employs 50 trained staffers who handle about 40,000 calls a year. 
December 28, 2015 3:00 PM 
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article51936870.html#storylink=cpy



















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NEWS:  UC Office of the President press release
December 22, 2015


University-wide program links health records with 1-800-NOBUTTS helpline

Buster Halcomb with daughter Samantha Halcomb and her boyfriend (the baby’s father), Phillip Sequeira, and granddaughter Serenity. (Credit: UC Davis) 






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NEWS:  UC Los Angeles Newsroom
November 19, 2015


November 19, 2015, was the 40th Anniversary of the Great American Smokeout. Linda Sarna, interim dean of the UCLA School of Nursing, and Russell Johnson, curator at the biomedical library, hold an old advertisement showing a nurse smoking Camels and touting the cigarette's freshness. Sarna donated the ad and other materials to the library's collection.




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PRESENTATION
June 25, 2015

The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) hosted a symposium for Dean Julie Freischlag  from 1PM-4PM. C






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PRESENTATION
June 25, 2015

Mai Bui-Duy, M.D. presented her "Tobacco Cessation in General Medicine: a Multidisciplinary Effort to Improve Counseling on Smoking Cessation" poster at UCSF's Quality and Safety challenge.






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PRESENTATION: April 1, 2015 


Angie Hood-Medland, M.D. presented her EMR-based E-Referral System       Connecting Patients to Tobacco Quitline poster at UC Davis Healthcare Forum 















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UC Quits Referrals through May 2017






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