CDC’s #20Million Memorial

#20Million Memorial Just a mere fifty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General released its first report on smoking and health. It’s sad to report that since then, there have been an estimated 20 million deaths in the United States, all from smoking and/or exposure to secondhand smoke. To put 20 million into perspective, there areContinue reading “CDC’s #20Million Memorial”

New Study Looks at Smoking Cessation among People with HIV

  Corey Prachniak is an LGBT rights, HIV policy, and healthcare attorney. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Network for LGBT Health Equity and tweets @LGBTadvocacy.       What makes smoking cessation successful among people living with HIV?  That was the question posed at an event last week at the American Legacy FoundationContinue reading “New Study Looks at Smoking Cessation among People with HIV”


        CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health seeks ex-smokers to be in Tips From Former Smokers campaign!         The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health are recruiting additional candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers (Tips). This campaignContinue reading “CDC SEEKING EX-SMOKERS TO BE IN FUTURE TIPS CAMPAIGN ADS- SPREAD THE WORD!”

Farewell & Godspeed To Our Hero Terrie Hall

Scout, Ph.D. Director, The Network for LGBT Health Equity This sad news came today from the CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health: We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Terrie Hall – a true American hero. Terrie appeared in ads run by CDC for the Tips From Former Smokers media campaign, which encouraged several Continue reading “Farewell & Godspeed To Our Hero Terrie Hall”

Institute 2010: Tobacco Policy & Health Systems Change

by Scout While some of this workshop was deep talk from state viewpoint about changing systems, they did do a great review of best strategies for how to get a health care agency to integrate routine cessation interventions. Considering I bet every community has a few LGBT friendly docs with large natural LGBT patient populations,Continue reading “Institute 2010: Tobacco Policy & Health Systems Change”

New Policy Statement on Comprehensive Cessation Services

Many of us probably know that long ago, the federal best practice protocols for tobacco control started to call for comprehensive coverage of all cessation services by insurance companies. It’s really a no-brainer, right? I’m always a bit confused as to how the actuaries who run insurance risk profiles failed to notice the cost-benefit rewardsContinue reading “New Policy Statement on Comprehensive Cessation Services”