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!


Tomorrow! Gathering Symposium for Faith, Health & Community

When: 9/12/20

Come Attend the UCSF’s Annual “Gathering” Health Ministries Symposium!

Dr. Valerie Yerger is one of the speakers (on tobacco end game) and Carol McGruder is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the event. 

Gathering Registration detailsREGISTRATION: register in order to receive zoom link to join the online “Gathering”)

New Webinar: Riding the Vape Train: Pairing Comprehensive TRL with Flavored Tobacco Bans

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PHLC in collaboration with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program. Santa Barbara County passed two local ordinances on comprehensive TRL. This webinar talks about advocacy and legal work that happened  to pass two local ordinances in Santa Barbara County, and the lessons learned about the implementation phase of comprehensive new sales restrictions.




Upcoming Webinars

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Tobacco Product Waste Prevention and Mitigation Registration

Cigarette butts, packaging, and electronic cigarette materials/pods are the single most collected items on beach and urban cleanups worldwide. This waste has implications for environmental degradation due to the chemicals leached from the waste products and for human and animal health. Recent research suggests that cleanup, prevention, and mitigation of such waste has significant negative economic externalities, which are costs borne by others than the users of these products, including communities, taxpayers, and voluntary organizations.

Raquel Fernandez Megina of in Spain will discuss cigarette butt pollution and her smoke-free beaches initiative. Dr. Thomas Novotny of San Diego State University & Cigarette Butt Project will discuss the policy implications of tobacco product waste prevention and mitigation with a focus on how such policies fit within the end game on tobacco and how to shift accountability for tobacco waste upstream to the tobacco industry. Hudson Kingston of the Public Health Law Center will describe how tobacco control can learn from the Environmental Justice movement and use available tools to protect the environment to promote health equity.


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Did You Know – Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults


Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults

[From Stanford Medicine] – Data collected in May shows that teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape, Stanford researchers found.

The study, which was published online Aug. 11 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, is the first to examine connections between youth vaping and COVID-19 using U.S. population-based data collected during the pandemic.

Among young people who were tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, the research found that those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who did not use e-cigarettes.