"The Arizona Community Foundation and
its Affiliates are a statewide philanthropy
and partnership of donors, volunteers, staff,
nonprofit organizations and the community
working together to empower and align
philanthropic interests with community
needs and build a legacy of giving."
Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation, would like to expressour appreciation for partial funding provided
Arizona Community Foundation.
With your generous support, we are able to blaze new trails into areas where others fear to tread.
We can continue our life-saving health educational efforts thanks to you.
"Partial funding provided by the Arizona Community Foundation"

Reservations accepted by:
Phillip Carpenter
Phone 602.751.0190
-- or --
Artist Albert Ortiz
Phone 480.636.1365

Note: No outdoor shows during
summer months.
'Non-Smoking Art'
Paintings help promote a
tobacco-free lifestyle
Available free of charge at Phoenix area venues:
  • Area High Schools
  • Native American Connections
  • Community Health Fairs
  • 'Addiction Incorporated' Workshop
    This sponsored by the Arizona Department
    of Health Services, Bureau of Tobacco and
    Chronic Disease

Would you like to increase interest in your health
event while doubling it's effectiveness? Mr. Ortiz
will display his
over 25 dramatic and unforgettable
at your gathering, free of charge.
Please make your tax deductible donation  to:  Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking, Inc.

Note: All contributions to the work of ACAS, Inc. are fully tax
deductible as ACAS, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Corporation

Please copy, paste and print the following:
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Make checks payable to: Arizonans Concerned About Smoking
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(480) 733-5864 E-mail:
This addition of the Mesothelioma Center  to our "Arizonans Concerned About Smoking" website, sounds very
reasonable and appropriate. It is the multiplier combination of asbestos exposure and tobacco smoke together that
has a tremendous synergistic negative disease multiplier impact. (Asbestos and tobacco smoke has been reported
as having
69 times the additive synergistic damage impact of tobacco exposure alone). The damage together goes
well beyond the individual impacts of either tobacco smoke alone or asbestos exposure by themselves.                  
ACAS President, Dr. Lee Fairbanks  
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You Card" to
25096 to support
ACAS, Inc. This must be done in
person at the store.   ACAS then
receives 1% of your shopping
ACAS Policy Recommendation:
Wherever "No Smoking permitted"
areas apply, it includes
"No e-cigarette emissions
"What are electronic cigarettes? Are they safer than conventional cigarettes?"
    "Until more is known about the potential risks, the safe play is to say no to
    electronic cigarettes."
Please read full article here: Mayo Clinic Health Info
"Electronic Cigarettes Harm The Lungs"
    "Electronic cigarettes, seen by many as a healthy alternative to tobacco
    smoking, do cause damage to the lungs, scientists from the University of
    Athens, Greece, explained at the European Respiratory Society's Annual
    Congress 2012, Vienna..."
Please read full article here: Medical News Today
"What are electronic cigarettes?"
    "Electronic cigarettes or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) are
    devices whose function is to vaporize and deliver to the lungs of the user a
    chemical mixture typically composed of nicotine, propylene glycol and
    other chemicals, although some products claim to contain no nicotine. A
    number of ENDS are offered in flavours that can be particularly attractive
    to adolescents. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) are the most common
    prototype of ENDS."
Please read full article here: World Health Organization
"E-cigarettes are evolving rapidly and being marketed like
cigarettes were in the 1950s and 1960s"
    "Marketing is back on television and radio,
    aggressive placement in convenience stores (next to
    candy) and in other stores, and youth are rapidly
    adopting e-cigarettes"
Please read full article here:  Background Paper on e-
CVS to End Sales of Tobacco Products in Oct.
Please click here for full story!
...Note that the CVS Pharmacies new policy of: "No Tobacco Product Sales" after October
2014 includes "No e-cigarettes until FDA regulation."

There  are quite a number of commendations for this policy and its total package policy to
include "No e-cigarettes until FDA regulation" being expressed.

While some others disagree, I and my "Arizonans Concerned About Smoking" colleagues think
this total package inclusion of "No e-cigarettes" is wise at this stage in the history...

Take home message from all this:  (CVS pharmacy policy is wise and to be commended).
Heated e-cigarette emissions contain chemical reaction toxic contaminants not found in FDA
research approved Nicotine replacement products at room  temperature.  They have no place in
legitimate designated clean air "No Smoking" areas in Arizona, at this time. Research to
determine if they have a possible harm reduction role for addicted smokers should be done, but
not in Non-Smoking areas to contaminate shared clean air breathing space of others.
From an email dated 02/05/14 by ACAS President Lee Fairbanks:
American Lung Association's Position on Marijuana Smoke: HERE
Annual ACAS Health
Leadership Award
Ceremony Photographs
5th Annual *  **        (02/15/2014)
4th Annual               (02/09/2013)
3rd Annual               (02/12/2012)
2nd Annual              (02/12/2011)
* 5th Annual ACAS Health Leadership Award
50 Years Fighting Smoking Addiction By
CAPT Ron West, CDR Thomas Addison, and CDR
Karen Kilman, read it
** 2014 Health Leadership Inductees Presentation
by ACAS Executive Director
Philip Carpenter, read it
Download the AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION'S Marijuana Pamphlet, "Interested in Marijuana?" HERE.
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ACAS 5th Annual Health Leadership
Award Ceremony Video
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CVS Caremark Quits for Good: Our Decision to Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Published Online: May 15, 2014
Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark
The statistics related to the negative health and financial impacts of tobacco use
have been cited numerous times, but they remain staggering each time you see

• 42 million people in the United States continue to smoke and 16 million current
and former smokers have smoking-related illnesses1;

• More than 480,000 deaths occur each year in the United States as a result of

• Tobacco use costs $132 billion in direct medical costs and $157 billion in lost

What these numbers make abundantly clear is that, despite 4 decades of
concerted tobacco control efforts, finding ways to reduce the morbidity and
mortality associated with tobacco use is

one of the most important public health challenges we face as a nation.

On February 5, 2014, CVS Caremark announced that our company will stop selling
cigarettes and other tobacco products at all CVS/pharmacy stores across the
country—that’s more than

7600 stores—by October of this year.

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"It's the best decision we ever
made. Not only was going
smokefree the best for health but it
has also been good for business."

-Gary Hayward, General Manager of the
Win-River Resort and Casino
Redding Rancheria Recognized for 100% Smokefree Policy at
Win-River Resort and Casino

May 14, 2014 - Last week Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) presented
Redding Rancheria Tribal leadership and Win-River Resort and Casino
management with Smokefree Business Awards for their newly remodeled 100%
smokefree indoor air facility. The awards were presented during the annual National
Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) expo held at the San Diego Convention Center
this week.

Please read the entire article l►here.
ACAS Advisory: If you are looking at apartments to rent in Arizona, ask about their smoking policy!
"Is smoking allowed? If so and you move in, realize that you, your family
and pets may be negatively impacted by harmful 2nd-hand smoke!"
If you want more information about non-smoking multi-units, contact Arizona
Smoke-Free Living
at 602.258.7505 or
Photos from June 10, 2014
Anchor and Caduceus  award
event in Raleigh NC
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Why is nicotine
When someone says a substance is
addictive, they can mean two separate
things. Physically addictive, more
accurately physically dependent, is
when your body begins to depend on
the presence of a particular substance
for its physical well being. It’s begun
compensating its normal processes to
adjust for the new artificial normal. The
sudden absence of that substance
won’t allow enough time for the body
to compensate without the substance.
The result will be withdrawal
symptoms like nausea, vomiting,
chest pains, head and body aches,
seizures, uncontrolled body sweats,
and shortness of breath.

Alcohol is a great example. If you don’t
normally consume it, and then all of a
sudden decide to drink like a college
student on spring break, your body
would be unable to compensate for
the sudden influx of booze and you
will get nauseated, most likely puke,
could have seizures
What is Nicotine Addiction?

Nicotine is the tobacco plant's natural protection
from being eaten by insects. Its widespread use as
a farm crop insecticide is now being blamed for
killing honey bees. A toxin, although a dispute has
developed over just how toxic nicotine is, many
authorities continue to assert that drop for drop it's
as lethal as strychnine and three times deadlier than
arsenic. Yet amazingly, by chance, this natural
insecticide's chemical signature is so similar to the
neurotransmitter acetylcholine in size and polarity
that once inside the brain it fits a host of chemical
locks permitting it direct and indirect control over
the flow of more than 200 neuro-chemicals, most
importantly dopamine.
What Are Dopamine Pathways?

Brain dopamine pathways
What is dopamine? It's hard to understand nicotine
addiction, or any form of drug addiction for that
matter, without a basic understanding of the brain's
primary motivation neurotransmitter, dopamine. The
brain's dopamine pathways serve as a built-in
teacher. It uses a desire, yearning or wanting
sensation to get our attention when it wants to
pound home a survival lesson necessary to keep us
humans alive and thriving.
Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to go
without eating, to actually starve yourself to death,
or for that matter, to die of thirst? Why do we seek
acceptance by our peers, want companionship, and
desire a mate or sexual relations? Why do we feel
anxiety when bored and an "aaah" sense of relief
when we complete a task?
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Military's tobacco discount:
WASHINGTON (AP July 15, 2014) - The familiar image of a
battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may
become a little less common.
The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee on Tuesday
approved a $549.3 billion defense spending bill that would eliminate
the 25 percent discount that members of the armed services enjoy
when buying tobacco products at commissaries and elsewhere,
including cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the subcommittee, said studies
show that tobacco use is higher in the military. He said that
translates into more illnesses and health care costs of $1.6 billion a
"There is no reason these deadly products are subsidized," Durbin
said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was surprised that the
subsidy was so high.
The defense bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 would do away
with the discount.
The move is controversial and certain to generate disagreements in
Congress. The House version of the defense policy bill would thwart
any Navy efforts to restrict access to tobacco. In May, Rep. Duncan
Hunter, R-Calif., described smoking as one of the few pleasures for a
member of the military, and he easily convinced his colleagues on
the House Armed Services Committee to back his measure.
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