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News: May 25, 2018 UC Quits Reaches 10,000 e-Referral Milestone


Over 10,000 Referrals to the Quitline and Counting California’s “UC Quits” is a health system change initiative with electronic medical records (EMR) modifications for tobacco assessment and treatment. Led by principal investigator, Dr. Elisa Tong, UC Davis established the first bi-directional eReferral with the California Smokers’ Helpline (CSH) at UC San Diego.

This EMR modification allowed providers to effortlessly refer their patients to CSH and receive patient updates. UC Quits was designed to empower nurse and physician champions through a learning collaborative approach to scale-up across 5 UC Medical Centers (UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, and UC San Francisco). Since its inception in 2012, UC Quits has generated over 10,000 referrals to the quitline.

Read the full article here.

SCLC Webinar - May 17, 2018 “The Building and Scaling of UC Quits: Health Systems Change for Tobacco Cessation with Electronic Medical Records”. To view the webinar slides and listen to the recording use the link below.

Check out our latest webinar with Dr. Elisa Tong here.


News: November 15, 2017 Celebrating the Great American Smokeout

News: November 1, 2017 A Public Health Framework for Legalized Retail Marijuana: Avoiding a New Tobacco Industry.”

“A Public Health Framework for Legalized Retail Marijuana: Avoiding a New Tobacco Industry.”

UC Sacramento Center on November 1, 2017

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Professor Stanton Glantz is the Truth Initiative Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control at the Center for Tobacco Contrl Research and Education at UCSF. He conducts research on a variety of topics, including the health effectos of secondhand smoke, the efficacy of tobacco control policies, and th effects of e-cigarettes and health policy issues surrounding marijuana legalization.

Below is the link to UCOP's policy and research guidance memo.

News: October 12, 2017 UC Appoints new class of Smoke-and Tobacco Free Student Fellows

News: April 1, 2017 $2 California State Tobacco Tax Increase

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


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.


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

Please visit for more information

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.


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.

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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.

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 for more information.

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


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.

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:


PIC: UCDMC Dean’s Team Award for Inclusion Excellence in Clinical Care

March 16, 2016

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.

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

UC Quits, which connects patients to a statewide smoking-cessation program, employs 50 trained staffers who handle about 40,000 calls a year.


NEWS: "Sacramento Bee" feature article

December 28, 2015

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.


NEWS: UC San Diego's "The Guardian"

January 6, 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.


NEWS: UC Davis' "The California Aggie"

January 14, 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).


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

December 28, 2015 3:00 PM

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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)


NEWS: UC Office of the President press release

December 22, 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.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________NEWS: UC Los Angeles Newsroom

November 19, 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.



June 25, 2015

click to see the UC Quits: A UC-wide Systems Change Project for Tobacco Interventions poster.

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


June 25, 2015



UC Quits Helpline Referrals through September 30, 2018

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

PRESENTATION: April 1, 2015