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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Addresses National Conference on Tobacco During Opening Session in Phoenix
Date:6/11/2009

PHOENIX, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer addressed 2,800 attendees during the opening session of the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) at the Phoenix Convention Center on Wed., June 10.

NCTOH is the premier conference in the U.S. drawing national researchers and educators, and is designed to help improve and sustain the effectiveness and reach of tobacco control programs and activities throughout the country. Attendees learn the latest evidence on what works in tobacco control and how to apply current research findings, as well as practical ways to improve tobacco control programs and activities.

During her address Gov. Brewer focused on the great strides Arizona has made regarding tobacco prevention and the need for the state to keep moving forward with prevention and cessation programs.

Highlights of Governor Brewer's remarks:

  • "Last month, we received the very encouraging news that our tobacco control efforts in Arizona are working. New data shows that smoking prevalence dropped more than 20 percent in Arizona since 2007. High taxes, a tough indoor air law, cessation services and a collaborative statewide effort to educate people about tobacco use are all part of the reason we've seen the significant drop from 19.8 to 15.7 percent in smoking prevalence.
  • "As soon as I took office, I viewed the youth tobacco prevention campaign that ADHS had prepared but had been put 'on-hold' by the previous administration. I was adamant that we could not wait another minute to get the important message of ADHS' "Brought to You By Addiction" campaign in front of youth. The campaign has been very successful in its first few months. More than 200,000 youths have visited the website to learn about addiction. If we can stop young people from ever getting addicted to tobacco, we are hopeful that the downward trend in Arizona's smoking prevalence will continue."
  • "As many of you who have been working in tobacco control for years know, early in the movement nationwide Arizona was a leader. I believe now we have returned to a place of prominence within the national tobacco control community with our progressive community development approach to partnerships, our policy and implementation work, our marketing efforts - especially our prioritization of youth prevention marketing - and our cessation services."

As part of state outreach efforts, the Arizona Smokers' Helpline (ASHLine) supports NCTOH in calling attention to tobacco's impact on public health, and is a partner of the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease. ASHLine offers free telephone and web-based services to all Arizonans who want to quit tobacco at 1 800 55-66-222 or www.ashline.org.

About Governor Jan Brewer

Janice Brewer became the 22nd person to take the oath of office as Governor of Arizona on January 21, 2009. She is Arizona's fifth Secretary of State to succeed to Governor in mid-term. Jan Brewer has lived in Arizona for 38 years and spent the past 26 of them serving the people and upholding the public trust. There are few, if any, elected officials in Arizona with a broader range of productive experience in public service. Prior to her succession to Governor, she served as Arizona Secretary of State, as Maricopa County Supervisor, and as a highly respected member of both houses of the Arizona Legislature, where she rose to leadership of the State Senate.

About National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH)

The National Conference on Tobacco or Health is June 10-12 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, Ariz. Presentations include:

  • Latest evidence on what works in tobacco control and how to apply current findings;
  • Practical ways to improve tobacco control programs and activities;
  • Renewing energy and commitment to tobacco control.


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SOURCE Tobacco Revenue Use Spending and Tracking Commission
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