Directors Corner

Staying Focused During Times of Uncertainty

April 7, 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…

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

January 6, 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…

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 1, 2016

Margaret (Peggy) Walsh, a renowned dental hygienist, tobacco control expert, and professor at the UCSF Dental…

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…

Is Smoking Yesterday’s News?

September 9, 2015

When I tell people what I do, they often ask, “isn’t smoking on its way out”? That attitude may be reinforced by the September, 2015 report from the CDC showing that for the…

Smoking and Behavioral Health: Is there a national strategy?

April 9, 2015


During a recent phone call, the leader of one of our partner organizations asked Catherine Saucedo and me if there exists a national strategy to reduce smoking rates within the behavioral health population. It was a great question, and the short answer was “not yet…


Smoking Rates Continue to Decline

December 15, 2014

The CDC recently updated its statistics about current cigarette smoking among adults. In its MMWR article of November 28, 2014, it tracked changes in smoking between 2005 and…

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CVS Leads: Will Other Pharmacies Follow?

September 24, 2013

CVS Caremark stunned the business community on February 5, 2014 when it announced that as of October 1, 2014 it would no longer sell tobacco products in its 7600 pharmacies. In explaining its decision to forgo up to $2 billion in annual revenue, CVS highlighted the growing…