Tobacco Webinars and Podcasts

Recordings, slides, and supporting resources from past ASTHO webinars and podcasts about tobacco control.

How States are Using the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Maps

December 19, 2019

This presentation provides a brief overview for states on how to use the Healthy Brain Initiatives (HBI) Road Maps and demonstrates how the tool intersects with tobacco control and prevention. The narrated presentation highlights state efforts in Oregon, Missouri, and Washington; additional resources are featured in the presentation that states can use to incorporate HBI Road Maps into their work.

Tobacco Exposure and Impacts on Early Brain Development

Oct. 24, 2018

This ASTHOConnects on Tobacco Exposure and Impacts on Early Brain Development aims to educate state health department staff in the areas of tobacco cessation and early brain development. Webinar speakers discussed the science behind prenatal and early tobacco exposure and the impact on early brain development. State speakers also shared experiences implementing successful tobacco cessation and smoking reduction programs within the MCH population. 

Ask the Experts: Smoke-Free Housing Policies on Tribal Lands

Aug. 16, 2018

This virtual panel session brought together panelists from tribes, states, national networks, and federal agencies to share successes and lessons learned in creating and sustaining smoke-free public housing policies in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Panelists shared best practices on how to support smoke-free housing policies, including suggestions for doing this work effectively with tribal entities, and provided examples of successful collaborations.

ASTHO and FDA CTP Discuss the FDA Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking

June 12, 2018

On this ASTHO Connects virtual session, Mitch Zeller, director of FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, joined ASTHO Executive Director Michael Fraser to discuss the agency's tobacco control priorities under the leadership of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Zeller also described the three public comment periods open for Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking and provided insights on how state health departments and other public health stakeholders can submit comments to inform FDA’s decisionmaking on these three tobacco regulatory matters.

Leading Together: Public Health & Mental Health Partners Collaborating to Address Health Disparities

May 8, 2018

In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, ASTHO, NAATPN Inc., and the National Behavioral Health Network hosted a collaborative webinar in which state public health leaders and local community organizers shared how public health and mental health can collaborate to reduce tobacco use, and resulting death and disease burdens, in African American communities. Webinar speakers included ASTHO's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marcus Plescia, Dr. Loren Robinson and Judy Ochs (Pennsylvania Department of Health) and Rev. Jesse Brown (National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery).

Conversation and Cup of Joe: Addressing E-Cigarette Use in Schools

April 10, 2018

This virtual coffee chat provided a platform for discussing how to address the rise of e-cigarette use among youth, and featured examples from public health and pharmacy partners in Rhode Island. Speakers included Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott (SHO-PA), Eileen Howard Boone (CVS Health) and Daniel Fitzgerald (American Lung Association), who shared challenges and successes of addressing e-cigarette use in schools and responded to audience questions.

The Intersection of Tobacco and Opioids - Ask the Experts Virtual Session

April 2, 2018

While tobacco remains the leading cause of death and disease in the United States, nicotine addiction is not the only substance misuse concern among the public health community. The opioid epidemic has become a top priority of public health, healthcare, and policy leaders. How do opioid prevention efforts and tobacco use control intersect? This Ask the Experts webcast featured a virtual panel discussion moderated by ASTHO President John Wiesman, exploring this intersection and the bi-directional relationship between these addictions with behavioral health and chronic disease.

A Smoke-Free Home Stretch: State Health Department Support of HUD Rule Implementation

This podcast addresses the role of state public health agencies in supporting implementation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) final rule requiring all public housing to adopt smoke-free policies.

This podcast features Molly Cotant (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services), Sharon Carlson (Belding Housing Commission), and Randi Frank (CDC Office on Smoking and Health), and is moderated by Talyah Sands (ASTHO).

Molly describes her agency’s role in supporting implementation of the HUD smoke-free rule. Sharon provides the perspective of a public housing leader on the smoke-free transition and support from public health partners. Randi shares information and resources from CDC and HUD that state public health agencies can use to assist public housing authorities in implementing smoke-free policies.

For more information, please also see CDC’s Smoke-Free Public Housing Resources List and ASTHO’s smoke-free housing resources:

Hitting Home Runs with Tobacco Policies

Feb. 28, 2017

This webinar, co-hosted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and ASTHO, featured Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids expert presentations on the national landscape of tobacco 21 and tobacco-free baseball policies, and how building support for one of these policies can increase engagement in other tobacco control policies at the state and municipal level. This webinar also explored a case study on how state and local health departments can support the implementation of policy that restricts tobacco use in baseball stadiums for players and fans alike.

Opportunities for State and Local Health Departments to Address Smokeless Tobacco Control in Rural Populations

Feb. 22, 2017

Despite the expansion of comprehensive tobacco control efforts nationwide, tobacco use disparities in rural areas persist, where adults use combustible and smokeless tobacco products at elevated rates. This webinar co-hosted by ASTHO and NACCHO, in celebration of the Great American Spit-Out and Through with Chew Week, featured examples from Oklahoma and Mississippi of how state health departments can collaborate with local health departments in rural areas to deliver tobacco control resources and messaging to rural populations, highlighting efforts that combat the use of smokeless tobacco.

Health at Home: Adult Smoking and Adverse Childhood Experiences in Multi-Unit Housing - Ask the Experts Virtual Session

Feb. 17, 2017

Eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect nonsmokers from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. For residents of multi-unit housing, secondhand smoke can be a major concern, as it can migrate from other units and common areas and travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems. Secondhand smoke exposure is especially concerning for children, who are in a critical stage of development. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) overall also pose a serious threat on health across the life course. How does adult smoking in multi-unit housing and ACEs intersect and where are the opportunities for public health to collaborate across sectors? ASTHO's Ask the Experts Virtual Session explored perspectives across maternal and child health, tobacco prevention and control, health equity, and injury prevention.

Creating Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities with Inspiration from the Great American Smokeout

Nov. 14, 2016

While more colleges and universities continue to go tobacco-free, some students in the United States are still able to use tobacco products on campus and expose other students to secondhand smoke. This live webinar cohosted by ASTHO and NACCHO featured speakers from the American Cancer Society, the University of Florida, and the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, and explored how health departments and colleges can leverage their own resources and national events such as the upcoming 2016 Great American Smokeout to work towards smoke-free colleges and universities.

Best Practices and Engaging Health Officials in Tobacco Prevention and Control

Feb. 9, 2016

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. State and local health departments play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to protect the public and reduce tobacco use. Join ASTHO and NACCHO for this webinar to learn how to engage health officials in tobacco control and for a review of best practices and available resources. The featured speaker is Dr. Edward Ehlinger, ASTHO’s Board President and Commissioner of Health for the Minnesota Department of Health.

National Media Campaigns and Resources for Tobacco Prevention and Control

Jan. 20, 2016

Media campaigns are part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program. NACCHO and ASTHO co-hosted this webinar to provide an overview of national tobacco media campaigns. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and Truth Initiative shared information about current and upcoming national media campaigns, including which materials can be leveraged by state and local health departments.

Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts

April 13, 2015

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. The use of electronic health records can play an important role in improving health by supporting tobacco cessation efforts. This webinar, co-hosted by ASTHO and NACCHO, explored and identified opportunities for using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve two of the ABCS of Million Hearts: smoking cessation efforts and improving blood pressure control. Furthermore, we provided a state and local example and available resources to support these efforts.

How State and Local Health Departments can Leverage CDC’s 2015 Tips Campaign

March 20, 2015

Media campaigns are part of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program. However, funding to support media efforts is often limited. During this webinar, co-hosted by ASTHO and NACCHO, CDC shared information about the 2015 Tips from Former Smokers Campaign, including a sneak peek of the new advertisements.

Please note: Due to technological complications during the live webinar, the audio component of the advertisements will not be audible in the recording and the introductory portion of the webinar is not included.

E-Cigarette Messages: Exploring Messages on E-Cigarettes Aimed at Women and Youth

Jan. 29, 2015

This webinar, hosted by the ASTHO in collaboration with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Children’s Safety Network, explored messages that have been developed regarding the poisonous threat that e-cigarette liquids pose to young children and the negative effects that nicotine has on brain development in adolescents. Furthermore, we explored public health messages aimed at women before and during pregnancy on the use of e-cigarettes.

Creating and Enforcing Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing

Dec. 16, 2014

Smoke-free multiunit housing benefits residents and property owners alike. With smoke-free policies in place, more residents become non-smokers and they breathe air free of second- and thirdhand smoke. Property owners benefit from lower costs to turn over units, increased demand from prospective residents, and lower insurance premiums due to decreased risk of fire. This webinar, co-hosted by ASTHO and NACCHO, focused on how to prepare, implement, and enforce smoke-free policies for multiunit housing.

Creating and Enforcing Tobacco-Free Environments at Colleges and Universities

Sept. 23, 2014

Early adulthood is a key stage in determining a person's lifelong use of tobacco products. One effective way to prevent the behavior is to establish tobacco-free policies where these adults spend much of their time - at colleges and universities. Such policies also create a healthy environment for the campus workforce and visitors. This webinar, co-hosted by ASTHO and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), focused on the implementation and enforcement of tobacco-free policies by different types of institutions, the legal implications, and how you can be involved in the effort.

Regulating E-Cigarettes in the European Union

April 8, 2014

In February 2014, the European Parliament approved a new set of rules regulating electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). These new rules, slated to take effect in 2016, would ban the advertising of e-cigarettes, limit the nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes, require e-cigarettes to be childproof, and mandate health warning labels on e-cigarettes. On this webinar recording, hear from European leaders about the new e-cigarette regulations, the work at the national and local level that facilitated the movement of these policies, and the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the development and implementation of these new e-cigarette regulations.

Leveraging the CDC Tips Campaign to Support the Recommendations of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General's Report: Experiences from the State and Local Level

April 2, 2014

In this webinar featuring an introduction by Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, representatives from a state and local health department spoke about their efforts to use sustained media efforts, by leveraging the Tips from Former Smokers Campaign to meet the recommendations of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General's Report. NACCHO and ASTHO, who co-hosted the webinar, also provided a brief overview of resources available to assist state and local health departments with end-game strategies.

E-Cigarettes: A Path to Policy, Perspectives from Local and State Health Departments

Jan. 21, 2014

ASTHO and NACCHO co-hosted a webinar describing policy efforts on a local and state level addressing e-cigarettes. The webinar provides an overview of e-cigarette products and describes the current status of the FDA in regards to e-cigarette regulation and its implications. Presenters from Minnesota, Chicago, and Seattle & King County review examples of policies specifically addressing e-cigarettes and describe resources that are available to help state and local efforts.

Building Partnerships and Financing Prevention in Medicaid and CHIP

June 13, 2013

State Health Officials Dr. Mel Kohn (OR) and Dr. Nirav Shah (NY) and their respective State Medicaid Leadership were featured on a webinar in partnership with the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.