Contents tagged with tobacco
By Joey Berlin
The Texas Public Health Coalition and diligent physicians earned significant victories during the 84th Texas Legislature in their drive to reduce tobacco and electronic cigarette use.
Lawmakers also provided the Texas Department of State Health Services with a likely bump in chronic disease prevention funding, and an effort to keep children’s immunization records in the state registry through their early adult years made its way into law.more
By Lamia Kadir, M.D.
Private practice, Austin
For a split second, I just couldn’t believe it when I heard it. CVS Caremark, one of the largest pharmacies in America, stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores. The move took effect October 2013.
The first chain of national pharmacies to take tobacco products off the shelves, their bold public health decision has been touted by the AAFP, AMA, American Cancer Society, and even President Barack Obama.more
By Clare Hawkins, M.D.
With another legislative session underway, our Academy is poised to make great gains for family medicine and recoup budget losses from 2011. We’re building on a decade of work educating legislators and the public about the value of family medicine, but it’s evident that our work particularly since the last session has led to a deeper understanding of the current and coming crisis in the primary care workforce.
This summer TAFP held a legislative training seminar in Austin and attendees of that conference formed the core of a new Key Contacts program. These leaders actively share resources provided by the Academy with their state representative and senator, which include not only our own policy briefs and legislative magazine features, but editorials and news stories from the major daily newspapers. People are “getting it.”more
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youth tobacco use
By Rebecca Hart, M.D.
Happy anniversary, Tar Wars! Did you know that Tar Wars, AAFP’s tobacco-free education program, celebrated 25 years in 2012? To mark this milestone, the National Tar Wars Advisory Group wants to re-energize the program.
Remember Tar Wars? Most of you may have been involved in medical school or residency, giving talks to fifth-grade students at local schools. You went into the classroom with about 30 kids and had a fun interactive session talking about smoking, questioning them about what they knew, educating them, and inviting them to do their own creative thinking about how to stay smoke free. You then invited them to make a smoke-free poster and enter the national poster contest. Kids love the interactive presentation, and really enjoy the contest. It was fun for you and was a great community service.more
Huang wins AAFP Public Health Award
TAFP member Philip Huang, M.D., M.P.H., was awarded the 2012 Public Health Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting in … more
Great American Smokeout presents opportunity for tobacco cessation education
On Thursday, Nov. 15, health care stakeholders from around the country will recognize the Great … more
TAFP selects the 2012 Texas Tar Wars poster contest winner
Academy leaders top advisors panel
Congratulations to the 2012 Texas Tar Wars Poster Contest winner, Juan Elizondo of Houston, … more
Texas Tar Wars
Tar Wars, led in Texas by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, is AAFP’s nationwide education program to prevent tobacco use among children. Tar Wars provides students with the … more
AAFP immunization resources Family physicians play an integral role in influencing patients’ decisions to be vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases. To help facilitate … more
Deadline extended to sign up for AAFP tobacco cessation pilot project
AAFP is recruiting 50 family medicine offices for a pilot project that encourages and teaches Office … more