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The New Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery

October 03, 2018

As of October 1, 2018, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF has been officially designated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as the Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery. This award, which will fund the new Center of...

15 Years Went By Fast

February 20, 2018

By: Steven A. Schroeder  On January 15, 2003, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF officially began, thanks to a five-year grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and later supplemented by support from the then American Legacy Foundation, now Truth Initiative...

Looking Back at 2017

December 05, 2017

Looking back at 2017 The end of a year provides an opportunity to take stock as well as to look forward. Obviously, the most dramatic events in 2017 revolved around the change of administration in our federal government. Although tobacco was not a major feature in those...

Alcohol and tobacco—Can AA Groups help to break the connection?

August 08, 2017

By Steven A. Schroeder, MD It is well known that smoking and drinking go together. People who consume alcohol are much more likely to smoke, and vice versa. For those who struggle with alcoholism, the connection is even tighter, with smoking rates among alcoholics reaching up...

Staying Focused During Times of Uncertainty

April 07, 2017

We have now entered an era of uncertain federal support for tobacco control programs following 8 years of a federal government that worked to accelerate the decline of tobacco use. As Dr. Mike Fiore summarized in the October 13, 2016 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine...

No Other Health Intervention Could Yield Such Improvements to the Health of the American Public

January 06, 2017

A New Partnership with The American Cancer Society The new year marks the launch of a new partnership between the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) that will focus on smoking cessation among persons with behavioral health...

Election Results and Tobacco Control

November 14, 2016

The recent elections resulted in Republican takeover of the White House and retention of control of both houses of Congress. In addition, several initiatives regarding tobacco taxation and marijuana legalization were featured on state ballots. What do these election results...

New Youth-Focused Rules for Tobacco Products

May 19, 2016

This month two major governmental actions—one by the federal FDA and one by the state of California—were announced that have the potential to change the landscape regarding the use of tobacco products. As most users of our web site know, after long deliberation the FDA just...

In Memoriam: Margaret (Peggy) Walsh

February 01, 2016

Margaret (Peggy) Walsh, a renowned dental hygienist, tobacco control expert, and professor at the UCSF Dental School died January 23, 2016 at the age of 69 after a courageous three year battle against her illness. Peggy was a tireless crusader on behalf of reducing the use of...

Should Public Housing be Smoke-Free?

January 11, 2016

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently issued a proposed rule that would require all public housing agencies (PHAs) to implement smoke-free policies in their developments. This would entail implementing a policy “prohibiting lit tobacco...

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