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Wellness News

June 21, 2016

BHWP Published in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal

Drs. Chad Morris and Susan Young will be published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Their article, “Characteristics of American Indian/ Alaskan Native Quitline Callers Across 14 States,” focuses on smoking prevalence among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in relation to the data they examined from National Jewish Health – the provider of telephonic tobacco cessation services for 14 states. The article examines the high prevalence of commercial tobacco use among this group and stresses “the critical need for tailored efforts to better reach AI/AN commercial tobacco users who are considering treatment.”

To read the abstract, click here.

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June 13, 2016

California Becomes Second State to Raise Smoking Age to 21

As of Friday, June 9, California will join Hawaii in setting the legal age to purchase cigarette products to 21 years of age. The legislation included electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.

Listen to NPR’s interview with Senator Ed Hernandez, the lawmaker who wrote the bill.

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Early Foundations for a Lifetime of Health and Wellness

Christine Garver-Apgar, Research Associate

In 1998, a landmark study of over 17,000 adults found a strong association between childhood exposure to abuse or household dysfunction and multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults.1 The more different types of adversity a person experienced during childhood, the higher their risk for heart disease, lung disease, cancer, substance abuse, depression and suicide, obesity, and risky sexual behavior later in life. This study helped pave the way for a paradigmatic shift in the pediatric community’s approach to health and well-being. Reducing the incidence of infectious disease is no longer the sole (or even primary) concern for pediatric healthcare providers. In a recent policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics said, “Protecting young children from adversity is a promising, science-based strategy to address many of the most persistent and costly problems facing contemporary society, including limited educational achievement, diminished economic productivity, criminality, and disparities in health.” Indeed, persistent stress and adversity in early childhood now play an important causal role in the intergenerational transmission of poor health and disease.

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Registration Open for October TTS Training

The RMTTS-C Program has opened registration for the October 3-6, 2016 in Aurora, Colorado. The training will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The fee for all four days of training is $1,200 and includes breakfast, lunch, and certification.

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are becoming an indispensable facet of healthcare organizations’  tobacco cessation services. Join the growing number of tobacco specialists working across the nation. The comprehensive program consists of 3 full days of training and one day of testing. Upon completion, you will be eligible to achieve the advanced certification of Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

Register for the Oct. 3-6, 2016 training

More information on the RMTTS-C Program

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