Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Webinars!

Watch Along: Viewing Party to Prep for December 7th Webinar

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Time: 1pm-2pm

Hosts: Dr. Valerie Yerger and Dr. Robynn Battle

Description: Join The LOOP for an online viewing party as we watch short videos and have discussions to prepare for our December 7th webinar: Working with New & Non-Traditional Partners: Tips & Strategies for Success. Hot cocoa, popcorn, and kettle corn is recommended.

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Working with New & Non-Traditional Partners: Tips & Strategies for Success

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Presenters: Dr. Valerie Yerger and Dr. Robynn Battle

Description: The LOOP is pleased to offer a webinar that addresses how to engage new and non-traditional partners to support your tobacco control efforts. Join the LOOP’s very own Dr. Valerie Yerger, ND, to learn how to use the Collaboration and Training Tracking form from your biannual OTIS Progress Report to help you identify organizations that could be collaborative partners in your communities.  Learn how building relationships with these groups can support a number of your workplan activities, including: conducting Communities of Excellence (CX) Needs Assessments, building and/or strengthening a local coalition or advisory group, conducting policy campaign implementation and evaluation, or participating in other end-commercial-tobacco activities, including educating community members and policymakers.

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Abstinence from Tobacco and Healthy Thinking Linked to Greater Life Satisfaction

In order to develop a strategy to promote life satisfaction with equity for a diverse insured population, researchers conducted a survey of a stratified random sample of adult health plan members. The survey asks about adequacy of physical activity, healthy eating, abstinence from tobacco, limited alcohol consumption, adequate sleep, and whether the respondent takes time to think about the good things that happen to them (hereafter referred to as “healthy thinking”).The association of demographic characteristics and the 6 behaviors with life satisfaction was assessed. All 6 behaviors were positively associated with life satisfaction, but healthy thinkingwas the behavior associated with the greatest difference in life satisfaction between individuals who did and those who did not practice the behavior. Members insured through Medicaid or who had a psychosocial diagnosis tended to report significantly lower levels of life satisfaction, two-thirds of the opportunity to improve life satisfaction across the member population was among individuals with neither of these attributes. The researchers concluded that the most effective strategy to promote both overall life satisfaction and equity will address social determinants for members with unmet social needs, provide the behavioral and mental health services that benefit members with these needs, and promote healthy lifestyles with an emphasis on healthy thinking for the entire population.Source: Kottke et al. (2020). A strategy to promote population-wide life satisfaction while advancing equity. American Journal of Managed Care, Oct 1, 26(10), e305-e311.

Read the abstract here.

Community Engagement Activity Application Due 11/18; New Study on Life Satisfaction

Community Engagement Activity Application for African American Youth Due Tomorrow, 11/18!

Heluna Health on behalf of Saving Our Legacy, African American for Smoke Free Safe Places – The SOL Project will award up to three organizations who want to advance policy or system change and increase awareness on the issue of tobacco-related disparities or address social determinants of health in the African American community. This round of funding is open to African American youth-focused organizations based in the cities of Elk Grove, Rocklin, Roseville, Tracy, Modesto, Turlock, Sonora, Winters, Woodland, Davis or Yuba.


ASH and several partners are hosting hour-long webinars at 9:00am ET / 1:00pm GMT Monday through Friday the week of November 9 – 13, 2020. If the time of day is hard for you, please still register and we will send you the recording and powerpoint slides after the webinar finishes. 

November 9 – 13th was originally the date for the biannual negotiation (COP) for the global tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Many parts of the FCTC are relevant to our everyday work, so the webinars will focus on the different parts (i.e. Articles) of the treaty as they relate to our shared work today. 

We hope you leave each webinar with an idea of how you can get involved or use the Treaty in your own work. 

Below are the descriptions, speaker announcements, and registration links for each webinar. If you haven’t already, please register! This same information can be found on our website at:; Youth & Online Pro-Tobacco Marketing

Check Out the Youth-Focused Resources Available at

A part of, is a great resource that includes research on youth and vaping, the impact of SB 793, addiction support, and a parent guide & toolkits.


59.0% of Middle & High School Students are Exposed to Pro-Tobacco Online Marketing

A recently published study examined the effect of pro-tobacco marketing on electronic cigarette and combustible cigarette dual use among US middle and high school students under 18 years of age. Data from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey were analyzed.
Findings included:

  • Descriptive analyses show that 59.0% of respondents were exposed to pro-tobacco online marketing, and 2.9% were dual users.
  • Dual users and high school students were more likely to report exposure to online pro-tobacco marketing.

Findings indicate that a gap in electronic cigarette pro-tobacco marketing regulatory oversight may exist. Further policy action may be warranted to protect the public health of minors and other vulnerable populations who are most susceptible to pro-tobacco marketing.

Source: Marion, et al. (2020).  Online Pro-Tobacco Marketing Exposure Is Associated With Dual Tobacco Product Use Among Underage US Students. American Journal of Health Promotion, 34(6), 648-651.

California Tobacco Endgame Center for Organizing and Engagement – Fall 2020 Community Organizing and Engagement Training Series

Community Organizing & Engagement Training Series – Fall 2020

About the Series

The California Tobacco Endgame Center for Organizing and Engagement training series will cover topics such as the importance of community organizing, coalition building, and outreach and recruitment of new/non-traditional stakeholders and priority populations. These webinars will train to the organizing tools and strategies necessary to build community support and wage effective tobacco control and endgame campaigns in your community. During these training webinars, The Center will provide in-depth training of community organizing tools such as the Midwest Academy Strategy Chart, the Decision Maker Matrix, Circles of Influence, and others. Join in to learn and expand your knowledge about the ever-evolving world of tobacco control and endgame organizing. 

Subsequent webinars in this series require additional registration. Please see schedule and registration below. 

Topic: Building and Maintaining Effective Coalitions

When: 10/22/2020 @ 1:00 PM


Topic: Midwest Academy Strategy Chart 

When: 11/19/2020 @ 1:00 PM


Topic: Key Tools: Decision Maker Matrix and Circles of Influence

When: 12/03/2020 @ 1:00 PM


CA Endgame Affinity Calls – Series Dates and Registration Update

About CA Endgame Affinity Calls

The purpose of these Affinity Calls is to provide an environment for tobacco control leaders to share their stories and experiences along the tobacco campaign journey. During these calls the CA Tobacco Endgame Center will facilitate peer to peer conversations on how community engagement coordinators and community organizers are, and can continue, adapting with their community engagement strategies through virtual means. Come join in and have a seat at the table to participate in conversations of how to advance the tobacco control movement, especially to evolve strategies to remain relevant and effective in the current environment.

When: Endgame Affinity Calls will be held on the second (2nd) Thursday of each month through January 2021 at 1:00 PM. Specific topics will be announced and social media, as well as here on Partners, two weeks prior to each meeting.

September 10, 2020 | October 8, 2020 | November 12, 2020 | December 10, 2020 | January 14, 2021

Registration: Registration is only required once! Please register here:

For more information, contact our team at

LOOP TAT Receives an Honor; New Research on Adolescents & Tobacco Dependence

LOOP Tailored Assistance Trainer Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III Selected as a Fellow by the National Academy of Public Administration

[From] SAN FRANCISCO (September 24, 2020) – The University of San Francisco announced that Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) for inclusion in its 2020 Class of Academy Fellows, in recognition of his years of public administration service and expertise. Induction of the45 new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place virtually November 5-10.


New Adolescent Smokers Who Are African American Are More Likely To Manifest Tobacco Dependence

Time to first cigarette (TTFC) after waking is a highly regarded and readily measured manifestation of a tobacco dependence process. A study examined TTFC in a sample of 12-21-year-old new smokers. Researchers studied 8,188 newly incident smokers, all assessed within six months after the first puff. A ‘short’ TTFC was defined as smoking thefirst cigarette after waking up within 30 min vs. ‘long’ TTFC or smoking more than 30 min.
Findings included:

  • Among underage newly incident smokers (12-17 years old), an estimated 5.2% experienced short TTFC within 6 months after CS onset versus 3.7% for older new smokers.
  • Underage smokers are 1.5 times more likely to develop short TTFC compared to older initiates.
  • No male-female variations are seen.
  • Non-Hispanic African American initiates are twice as likely to develop short TTFC, and Hispanic initiates are less likely to develop short TTFC, as compared with non-Hispanic White smokers.

Source: Xue et al. (2020).  ‘Time to first tobacco cigarette soon after waking’ occurs more often among underage newly incident smokers in the United States, 2004-2017. Addictive Behaviors, Jul 1;111:106535.

TECC Webinar: Aiming For SUCCESS

Make your educational materials memorable, meaningful, and actionable! In this webinar, The Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California will share tools and resources that will help your materials stand out from the rest and make people want to read them.  Finally, we will provide suggestions on how consumer testing can help capture your success.

Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Time: 10:00 am PST

Register Here

For more information, please contact Claudia Medina, (916) 883-0116

Did You Know: Middle-Class Black and Hispanic Individuals at Higher Risk of Smoking Hookah

A newly published study examined whether racial and ethnic differences exist in the effects of educational attainment and poverty status on hookah smoking among American adults. This cross-sectional study analyzed data from 28,329 adult participants of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health.Findings included:

  • Overall, individuals with higher educational attainment were more likely to smoke a hookah.
  • Individuals who lived out of poverty had lower odds of current hookah smoking.
  • Race and ethnicity both showed statistical interactions with both socioeconomic indicators suggesting that Blacks and Hispanics with high educational attainment and those who live out of poverty have disproportionately high odds of hookah smoking, compared to non-Hispanic Whites with high socioeconomic status.

The researchers concluded that in the United States, middle-class racial and ethnic minority people remain at higher risk of smoking hookah, and that policymakers should not take an over-simplistic way and reduce the problem of race/ethnic inequalities in tobacco use to gaps in socioeconomic status between groups. Middle-class racial and ethnic minority people need extra support to stay healthy.

Source: Assari et al. (2020). Social Determinants of Hookah Smoking in the United States. Journal of Mental Health and Clinical Psychology, 4(1), 21-27.

Join APPEAL and ADEPT Equity Collaborative for our virtual conference: Power in Unity: Achieving Racial and Health Equity in a COVID Era

Join us September 29-30, 2020 for the Power in Unity: Achieving Racial and Health Equity in the COVID Era Conference. We’ll discuss critical racial and health equity issues in commercial tobacco control and other areas of public health. In addition, we’ll celebrate the collaboration of priority populations in combating tobacco, cancer, and other health disparities.For over 25 years, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL) has led this effort through their work in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. This conference will be held in partnership with the ADEPT Equity Collaborative based in California. Both ADEPT and APPEAL are featuring critical presentations and opportunities to dialogue on the dismantlement of racism and working toward health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

To learn more visit our Power in Unity Conference website 
Keynote Presenters:
Dr. Ninez Ponce, Director of UCLA Center for Health Policy Research 
Andrea Jenkins , Vice Chair of Minneapolis City Council  
Registration closes on September 23rd
We look forward to seeing you!