Partner Information X-Change

Posted by: | Posted on: May 11, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016
Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel
11925 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, Indiana  46032


The Partner Information X-change is Indiana’s statewide tobacco prevention and cessation training event.  It provides an opportunity for the tobacco control network in Indiana to celebrate recent successes and chart a course for a tobacco free Indiana for the years ahead.  Session topics will include point of sale surveillance and tobacco marketing, addressing tobacco-related disparities, emerging tobacco products, maximizing messages through social media, youth engagement and others.



State and local tobacco control partners including TPC grantees and local coalition members, Tobacco Free Indiana coalition members, state and local health department personnel, individuals working in the area of chronic disease prevention and control, health clinicians, and professionals providing tobacco treatment services.




Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H.
Social & Behavioral Sciences and Neurosciences and Nicotine Dependence Research Administrator for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), University of California Office of the President

Brian King, PhD, MPH
Deputy Director for Research Translation in the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Lisa Isgett, MPH,
Software Architect and Product Manager, Counter Tools

Charla Hodges, MPH, MCRP
Regional Project Director, Counter Tools

Samuel Allen, HCSP
Chief Executive Officer, Allen Ortiz Company

Joe Scarfone, BS
Allen Ortiz Company



8am                       Check-in & On-site Registration Opens
9-11:30am              Welcome, Keynote Speakers
Phillip S. Gardiner, Dr. P.H.
Brian King, PhD, MPH
11:30am-12:30pm    Concurrent Breakouts
12:30-2pm               Luncheon, Plenary
2:15-3:15pm            Concurrent Breakouts
3:15-4:30pm            Closing Plenary


A small block of sleeping rooms are available at the Event Hotel for $89 + tax
Renaissance Indianapolis North
11925 N. Meridian Street
Carmel, Indiana 46032
Reservations must be made by Friday, May 13, 2016 in order to receive the discounted rate, via the following link:

Sleeping Room Reservation Link

We hope to see you on June 10th!

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2016 Partner Xchange

June 10, 2016

California’s smoking age raised from 18 to 21 under bills signed by Gov. Brown

Posted by: | Posted on: May 10, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools.

However, Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed counties to seek voter approval of local tobacco taxes to pay for healthcare expenses for those with tobacco-related illnesses.

“Although California has one of the lowest cigarette tax rates in the nation, I am reluctant to approve this measure in view of all the taxes being proposed for the 2016 ballot,” Brown wrote in his veto message for a bill authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).

Brown did not comment on the other bills that he signed, but state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said approval of his bill raising the smoking age will save lives.

“The governor’s signature on Tobacco 21 is a signal that California presents a united front against Big Tobacco,” Hernandez said in a statement. “Together, we stand to disrupt the chain of adolescent addiction.”

The package of bills was touted as the “most expansive” effort to control tobacco use in the state in more than a decade. The bills were backed by a coalition of medical groups including the American Heart Assn, American Lung Assn., American Cancer Society and the California Medical Assn.

“It is long past due for California to update our approach to tobacco, and with the governor’s signature on these life-saving bills, we have done just that,” said Steven Larson, president of the CMA.

The tobacco industry has threatened to seek a referendum vote to overturn the bills increasing the smoking age and restricting e-cigarettes. That threat led lawmakers to employ procedural tricks to make it harder to qualify a referendum.

The governor’s action was criticized Wednesday by the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Assn., which represents makers of electronic cigarettes and said it would work with voters to educate them about the industry.

“California took a step backwards today by reclassifying vapor products as tobacco,” the group said in a statement. “Stigmatizing vapor products, which contain no tobacco, and treating them the same as combustible tobacco while actively seeking to economically penalize smokers attempting to switch is counterproductive to public health.”

Representatives of tobacco giant Altria did not return calls for comment Wednesday. When the smoking age bill was introduced, spokesman David Sutton said the industry preferred that the issue be handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has been studying the matter through the Institute of Medicine.

“We believe states and localities should defer to this regulatory process and give the FDA, the IOM and others the time to review the science and evidence, before enacting different minimum age laws,” Sutton said at the time.

The bills were approved during a special session on healthcare and will become effective sooner — June 9 — than other bills, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Supporters of the bills noted that tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., with as many as 34,000 Californians dying each year.

Brown’s signature makes California the second state in the nation to raise the tobacco age to 21, following Hawaii. Hernandez authored the bill in an effort to reduce the number of young people who start smoking.

Some 90% of tobacco users start before the age of 21, and about 80% first try tobacco before age 18, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

A 2015 Institute of Medicine study estimated that increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21 will result in 200,000 fewer premature deaths for those born between 2000 and 2019.

After some lawmakers objected that 18-year-olds can join the military but would be banned from smoking, Hernandez changed his bill to exempt people in active military service.

Under other legislation signed by the governor, electronic cigarettes are considered to be tobacco products and cannot be used in restaurants, theaters, bars and other places where smoking has long been banned. They also cannot be marketed to minors.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) authored the e-cigarette law, complaining that the so-called “vaping” devices are aggressively marketed to young people with candy flavors such as bubble gum.

Leno cited a study last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the use of e-cigarettes by high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.

“The e-cigarette is nothing more than a new delivery system for toxic and addictive nicotine,” Leno said Wednesday. “Ensuring that e-cigarettes fall under California’s comprehensive smoke-free laws is critical to protecting public health, especially given the alarming rate at which young people are picking up these devices.”

Vaping devices — which heat a liquid often mixed with nicotine and other chemicals to generate an inhalable vapor — have become the most popular delivery system for tobacco products used by high school and middle school students, government researchers said.

Other measures signed by the governor will:

— Close loopholes in the ban on smoking in workplaces to include warehouses, gambling clubs, motel lobbies, covered parking lots and other public areas left out of the existing law.

— Expand the tobacco-free campus law to include more areas of charter schools and public school facilities and offices.

— Raise the licensing fee for tobacco retailers from a one-time $100 charge per location to $265 annually, and boost the annual fee for distributors and wholesalers from $1,000 to $1,200 to better cover the state’s enforcement costs.


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Great Lakes Regional Summit for Sustainable Funding of In-Home Asthma Interventions

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Implementation and Interpretation of Spirometry in the Primary Care Practice

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Quarterly Meeting!

Posted by: | Posted on: April 18, 2016

Our Quarterly Meeting is
Wednesday, April 20 at 9:00 AM!
Located at 615 N Alabama St Ste 426

We would love to see everybody in person, but if you cannot make it, the call-in information is as follows:

Conference Line: 1-888-394-8197, PIN: 502344#

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Please email Roni Ford at with any questions!



IPL shuts down local coal plant after 85 years

Posted by: | Posted on: March 7, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday marked the first day the city of Indianapolis doesn’t have coal burning. IPL shut down its Harding Street plant Wednesday after 85 years.

Residents and environmental groups fought for the change for years.

“It was just something we had to accept. It was here, we needed the power, so you live with it,” said Henry Ramsey referring to the plant that’s just blocks from his house.

The massive plant overshadows Ramsey’s southwest side neighborhood. It’s plume was synonymous with the neighborhood since 1931.

“All the dust and pollution gets on the cars and everything,” said Ramsey.

Indianapolis officials say the plant was Marion County’s biggest source of air pollution.

“For probably more than 100 years coal has been burned in this city whether by IPL or by people to heat their homes,” said Jodi Perras of the Sierra Club, which fought for the conversion.

IPL first announced its decision to convert the plant to natural gas in August 2014.

Ken Zagzebski, the president of AES United States, IPL’s parent company, issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:

This conversion project is beneficial for our customers and for the community as it will significantly reduce emissions and it is the most reasonable cost way to comply with environmental regulations. We remain focused on our mission to improve lives by providing safe, sustainable, affordable and reliable power to the Indianapolis community and will do so with a balanced approach of upgrading existing plants, converting units from coal to natural gas, replacing retiring units with natural gas and using solar power while also utilizing state-of-the-art battery technologies for grid reliability.

Energy companies across the country are undertaking similar conversions.

“The country is shifting away from coal to cleaner forms of energy and really its a great opportunity to look at whats next,” said Perras.

The conversion is expected to be complete in April. IPL says customers should expect a 3 percent increase in their bills through 2018.

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Asthma Educator Institute

Posted by: | Posted on: February 10, 2016

April 19-20, 2016
IU Health North Conference, Room K130
11700 N Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032

The Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day course to teach healthcare professionals how to help asthma patients manage their illness. The curriculum covers the content outlined in the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) Candidate Handbook for those taking the Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) exam and includes case reviews, hands-on skills demonstration and practice.

Registration Fee: $225 through March 5; $250 after March 5, 2016

Registration fee includes resource materials, continuing education credits and breakfast and lunch both days of the program.

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Full payment must be received with your registration.

Cancellation Policy:  
Registration fee refundable, less a $25 processing fee, prior to March 5, 2016. No refunds after March 5. Substitutions are permitted. Confirmations will be emailed.

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Welcome our new InJAC Coalition Director!

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