At age 47, Mariano woke up one morning feeling sick and dizzy. He was sweating a lot. He went to the doctor, who told him his blood pressure was extremely high. He was hospitalized that day.
Three days later, he had open heart surgery to replace blocked blood vessels in his heart.
“I smoked my last cigarette the day I was told I needed heart surgery,” he said. He hasn’t smoked since. “I was given a second chance to live.”
Mariano, who loves to cook and noticed that he has more energy since he quit smoking, is part of a new effort from the CDC and the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN) to raise awareness among Latinos about the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
The campaign, Tips from Smokers, features real-life stories from ex-smokers like Mariano.
The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a new Spanish-language help line, 1-855-DEJELO-YA, to help New Mexicans to quit smoking.
The service, called DejeloYa, is free to all participants and includes coaching to quit; a personalized quit plan; free nicotine patches, lozenges, or gum; and optional text messaging support.
A Spanish-language website augments the phone services.
A new video highlights Latino students and their views on not smoking.
The videos, available in English and Spanish, were done by a Latino group, Manantial de Salud, a federally funded grassroots health network sponsored by the Latino Healthcare Forum in the Dove Springs neighborhood of Austin, Texas.
A new study is testing whether an automated self-help “Stop Smoking” website—available in both English and Spanish with various resources and tools to track quit progress—can help smokers quit at higher rates than trying to quit on their own.
The study, led by Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, is a collaboration between researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Upon enrollment, researchers will randomly assign participants to one of two methods to quit:
- Immediate no-cost access to the UCSF “Stop Smoking” website
- “Quit on Your Own” plus no-cost access to the same website after 6 months
Participants’ smoking status will be evaluated at 1, 3, and 6 months.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org announced the launch of new tools, accessible at HablaConTusHijos, for Hispanic parents and families who are struggling to address drug and alcohol abuse by their children.
New research from the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) shows that Hispanic teens are using drugs at alarmingly higher levels when compared to teens from other ethnic groups.
About 54% of Hispanic teens reported having used an illicit drug in the past year, versus 42% of African-American and 39% of Caucasian teens.
The comprehensive tools at HablaConTusHijos provide effective, yet easy-to-use, resources equipping Hispanic parents and grandparents to take action in preventing teen substance abuse.
Clear, understandable content is brought to life with customized checklists, how-to guides and powerful videos featuring parents and experts discussing various aspects of substance abuse and addiction for those who are at different stages in raising their children.
This new web resource was made possible with major support from MetLife Foundation.
Check out the American Lung Association’s annual Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage report.
The new report documents the coverage of quit smoking programs and treatments available in each state and from the federal government and identifies the most and least quit-friendly states in the country.
Additionally, the report documents significant advances in the ongoing federal health care overhaul and other federal policies that will offer millions help in ending their deadly tobacco addiction. It also recognizes states that are making progress in this life-and-death effort and calls on policymakers at all levels to make quit-smoking services an urgent priority.
Read the full report here.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare 411 audio news source provides practical health care information, research findings, and data in English and Spanish to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues.
Consejos para dejar de fumar: Provides suggestions to help individuals break their smoking habit.
Terapias para niños con trastornos del espectro autista: Discusses treatment options for children with autism
Toma las riendas: Discusses how patients can increase their awareness about common healthcare issues
Disparidades en el uso de medicamentos para el asma: Discusses the disparities of asthma medication usage among the Latino community
To view more Spanish-language programs, go here.
The Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) has announced the release of the special journal issue, Cigarette Smoking Interventions Among Diverse Populations.
This issue, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, includes 15 papers that provide insight into how to effectively reduce tobacco’s impact on populations who are disproportionately affected by tobacco use, including African Americans and Latinos.
In the issue, researchers examine the use and efficacy of evidence-based interventions among diverse populations.
The latest guidelines and info for cancer screening, treatment and prevention are right there when you need them in the form of three new apps for the iPhone and/or iPad.
“HPVsearch” allows users to look up facts, vaccines and patient FAQs. With “CanSearch,” find the recommended screening guidelines for the top 25 cancers, including their risk factors, nutrition and chemoprevention stats, and imaging tests. With “CanQuit,” refer to guidelines, info, and resources to help patients quit smoking.
These free apps, from the Texas Medical Association’s Physician Oncology Education Program, are available here from your iPhone or iPad.