Hello to the Honorable
John McComish, and
fellow AZ legislators,

This is another example of
the positive need to pass
HB-2483, for Self
Extinguishing Cigarettes. I
also remember some
times during past hospital
duty, encountering
patients setting their beds
on fire. One especially
large such fire when I was
on duty at John C. Lincoln
Hospital in Phoenix,
required closing of an
entire section of one floor,
because of the fire
damage.

One of my most
memorable loss of life
experiences in a  house
fire from smoking in bed,
occurred in the 1960's,
when I was a doctor, and
Service Unit Director, at
PHS Indian Hospital on the
Navajo Reservation in
Shiprock. Our Hospital
social worker burned
himself to death smoking
in bed, and all I found left
for his identification after
the destructive house fire,
was the ring, usually worn
on his finger among the
heap of ashes found at
the scene. There was
absolutely no trace of any
part of his body left,
except ashes and a ring.
The "Ashes to Ashes, dust
to dust" ritual at his
Graveside ceremony had
a very special meaning for
his co-workers and family.  
 

Respectfully,
Leland L. Fairbanks, MD,
MPH
Tempe, District 20
President, Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking
Member, Board of
Directors, Native Health
Inc., Phoenix
ACAS Winter
2007/2008 Bulletin
(02/08/08) The Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project (SNTEPP)
held an Advisory Group Work Meeting hosted by The New Mexico Cancer Center
in Gallup, New Mexico .
Major roles played at the meeting included:


*   
Mr. Kelsey Begaye, SNTEPP President

*   
Mr. Robert Carr, SNTEPP Program Specialist

*   
Theresa Galvan, Legislative Analyst for the Navajo Tribal Council

*   
Kandis Martine, Legal Analyst for the Navajo Nation Dept. of Justice

*   
Dr. Lee Fairbanks, President ACAS, Inc.

*   
Jeffrey Long, M.D., Chief Radiation Oncology for the New Mexico Cancer Center, Gallup N.M.

and many more. The meeting, which was attended by over 20 participants, was just one of many
completed and scheduled by the group.
The New Mexico Cancer Center is near the Gallup Indian Medical Center
*NEW 03/13/08* Click here to see Commendation presented to
Richard H Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General
(01/22/08) This photo features 17th U.S. Surgeon General (2002-2006) Dr. Richard H. Carmona
(center) during a Tucson Canyon Ranch visit by ACAS officers.

ACAS President Dr. Leland Fairbanks (left) is holding the 1964 "First Surgeon General's Report
on Smoking and Health" by Dr Luther L. Terry.
ACAS Executive Director Philip J. Carpenter
(right) is holding the 1986 Surgeon General's Report by Dr C. Everett Koop, "The Health
Consequences of Involuntary Smoking".

Dr. Carmona has written a letter of strong endorsement and support for the Navajo Nation
Commercial Tobacco free-Tobacco Control Project to the honorable Joe Shirley, Jr, President of the
Navajo Nation.
Prop 201, The Smoke-Free Arizona Act, prohibits smoking in most indoor public places
(11/07/06) Prop 201, The Smoke-Free Arizona Act, prohibits smoking in most indoor public places
including but not limited to:
Restaurants, bars, gaming facilities such as bingo halls, billiard or pool halls, bowling centers, public
buildings, grocery stores or any food service establishment
Lobbies, elevators, restrooms, reception areas, hallways and any other common-use areas in public
and private buildings, condominiums and other multiple-unit residential facilities
Indoor sports arenas, gymnasiums and auditoriums
Health care facilities, hospitals, health care clinics, doctor’s offices and child day care facilities
Common areas in hotels and motels, and no less than 50% of hotel or motel sleeping quarters
rented to guests
Any place of employment not exempted. (See exemptions)
Tribes are Sovereign Nations, and are exempt from the Smoke-Free Arizona Act.
(11/07/2006) In November of 2006 the citizens of
Arizona made their voices heard by passing
Proposition 201, The Smoke-Free Arizona Act.
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[Excerpt] (3/10/08)
The owners of a cigar and liquor store were dealt a blow when a judge rejected their claim that
Arizona law allows their customers to smoke in a bar built inside their business.

The March 7 ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Richard Trujillo backs Arizona Department of
Health Services' contention that a bar license held by Magnum's Cigar, Wine and Liquor Emporium
nullifies its exception from a smoking ban passed in 2006.

The state argued the retail tobacco and liquor store operated by Amar and Mahendra Kumar Patel
effectively became a bar when the pair opened an alcohol-serving lounge for customers to drink and
smoke.

Complete article available on-line to subscribers:
http://www.azcapitoltimes.com
Judge rules against cigar bar
Arizona Capitol Times, 2008-03-10   Christian Palmer
Thanks to: Karen Zielaski, Project Director, Healthy Policies, E-mail: healthypolicies@earthlink.net Office: 1(520)290-0032
Woman dies after being badly burned while smoking
Zach Fowle, The Arizona Republic Mar. 25, 2008
A Phoenix woman was set on fire by her own cigarette and died Tuesday morning.
Donna Owens, 68, died around 1 a.m. Tuesday after her husband found her fully engulfed in flames
at their home near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road.
According to her husband, Owens was smoking in the garage before the fire started. Firefighters
believe Owens then fell asleep while smoking and her cigarette lit her clothes on fire.
When firefighters arrived at the home around 9 p.m. Monday they found Owens still conscious and
speaking. Her husband had put out the fire, but she had suffered second and 3 degree burns to 98
percent of her body.
She was taken to a hospital, but died from her injuries several hours later.
Owens' put out the flames with his hands and a garden hose, firefighters said. He suffered burns to
his hands, but was treated at the scene and is expected to be OK.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0325abrk-burns0325-ON.html
Thanks to: Karen Zielaski, Project Director, Healthy Policies, E-mail: healthypolicies@earthlink.net Office: 1(520)290-0032
ACAS President Lee
Fairbanks M.D.'s
response letter to
cigarette-related
burning death.
Read the "Executive Summary" of
Tobacco Control in Transition: Public
Support and Governmental Disarray in
Arizona 1997-2007  by Yogi H Hendlin,
M.Sc., Richard Barnes, J.D., and Stanton
A Glantz, Ph.D.
ACAS President Dr Leland Fairbanks' editorial,

"
The Benefits of Smoke-Free Health Care Campuses"

published in American Family Physician

January, 1994
American Family Physician is published by The American Academy of Family Physicians
Read the latest
NEWS!
ACAS Bulletin Spring
2008
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By: Greg Fairbanks, ACAS
Trustee
and Newsletter Editor
State aims to help smokers quit
And, in the process, improving people's health while saving millions
of taxpayer dollars    May. 11, 2008 12:00 AM
Nationwide, about one in five individuals smokes. That rate holds true in our state, where nearly 19
percent of Arizonans use tobacco.

When only 5 percent of smokers who try to quit without medical aid actually succeed, and the
average smoker attempts to quit six to nine times over a lifetime, it is evident that these individuals
need assistance and access to programs and treatments that can help them quit for good.

Fortunately, there are dozens of treatment options for those individuals who can afford them, from
gums and patches to sprays and lozenges. When it comes to smoking cessation, research shows
that counseling and nicotine-replacement therapy delivers the best results. But, unfortunately,
smoking-cessation treatments hadn't been available for many of Arizona's most needy residents until
now.

The Arizona Legislature has passed and the governor has signed Senate Bill 1418, which allows the
state's Medicaid program, the
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, to provide
smoking-cessation medications to eligible members. The measure, which I sponsored, will have no
impact whatsoever on the state's general fund. It will be funded by tobacco taxes, which were
intended to be used to reduce smoking in Arizona. This appropriate use of the tax will render
long-term savings to taxpayers and will improve the health of our state's residents.

Until now, Arizona was one of just seven states that did not cover smoking-cessation programs
through its Medicaid program. Now that it does, AHCCCS will be eligible to collect nearly 67 percent
in federal matching funds to cover the costs of these benefits.

As of right now, AHCCCS spends about $316 million each year on smoking-related illnesses, totaling
about 14 percent of the system's costs. That number could be reduced by $129 million in just five
years if all current Medicaid smokers quit. State expenditures could be reduced by $6 million if 5
percent of Medicaid smokers quit, $13 million if 10 percent of smokers quit and $65 million if half quit.

It is estimated that 36 percent of Medicaid recipients are smokers - significantly higher than the
national average of 21 percent, according to figures from the American Cancer Society and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes encouraging quitting among this population
even more urgent.

With tobacco as the nation's leading cause of preventable death, we can now help all Arizonans kick
the smoking habit - allowing them to lead brighter, more healthful lives and at the same time
ultimately saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.
Barbara Leff is a Republican state senator representing Paradise Valley.