Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Fall 2007

From the Chair

Welcome to the September 2007 ATOD Section Newsletter!  Can you believe it’s already fall and that the 2007 Annual Meeting is only a few short weeks away — or less — by the time you receive this edition of our newsletter?  Are we having fun yet?  You know that summer’s over and fall is just around the corner by a few key signs:  the calendar says it’s September even if the thermometer still reads over 90 degrees; it’s getting dark too early to get in all your favorite outdoor activities after work; you’re still shaking the sand from your shoes from your last trek to the beach; students are back in school, whether they’re excited about it or not; your schedule is over-booked, even more than it was before, with too many meetings and conferences; traffic is back to its chaotic and unpredictable mess; baseball season is drawing to a close, for most of your favorite teams (But not the Red Sox — Let’s Go Red Sox Nation!); Congress is back in D.C., but they still haven’t passed the appropriations bills; you’re starting to think about who you want to meet or reconnect with at the APHA Annual meeting …and you’re thinking about the hottest SMOKE-FREE restaurant  (remember, all the restaurants and bars in D.C. are now completely smoke-free since your last visit to the nation’s capital!) to host the annual alcohol policy dinner, or your next intimate gathering of friends.  Anyway, sorry to remind you that summer’s over, and you’re back to the usual routine.  I just hope you’re enjoying that, whatever it is for you!


First things first!  Some of you already know that Diana Conti, our former ATOD Section Chair, is a candidate for APHA treasurer.  Diana is the most-deserving recipient of the Section Leadership Award this year and has been serving as the Chair of the APHA Intersectional Council (ISC).  She’s worked tirelessly on behalf of the ATOD Section for many years and all APHA members through her critical role in the ISC.  Diana is an exceptionally effective financial manager with more than 25 years experience as an executive director of non-profit organizations, a proven track record of fund raising ability and managing non-profit businesses, and extensive leadership experience on numerous non-profit boards.  The ATOD Section is proudly and whole-heartedly supporting Diana in her bid for election as the new APHA treasurer.  Now we need all of our Section members to help Diana with her campaign efforts.  If you know anyone who has a vote in the Governing Council elections for Association officers, please take the time to contact those people -- whether they are Governing Councilors in other Sections, Affiliate Members from their respective State Affiliates, Executive Board members, or anyone who holds sway over these people -- and express your unreserved support for Diana’s candidacy.  Please join me in expressing our unqualified support for Diana in this position, and if you’d like additional info to be able to make the case more persuasively with our APHA colleagues, please contact her directly at  I know Diana will be glad to have your support and your assistance with her campaign efforts!


If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard that Congress is in the process of approving the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) renewal legislation with strong bi-partisan support and that the current version includes a 61 cent per pack hike in the federal tobacco excise tax (see this Washington Post article).  President Bush has threatened a veto, and by the time you read this, you’ll probably know the outcome of that.


Please see the APHA statement by Dr. Benjamin on SCHIP urging President Bush to reconsider his veto of this important legislation.


For more information regarding the benefits to each State resulting from Congress partially funding SCHIP through a 61-cent federal cigarette tax increase, please see the following fact sheet from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.


Promoting Healthy Lifestyles:  Policy, Program, and Personal Recommendations for Reducing Cancer Risk, the 2006-2007 Annual Report of the President’s Cancer Panel, was released in August.  This is a ground-breaking report from this esteemed group that has focused their meetings for the last year on behavioral health issues, including two meetings on tobacco use and the risks from environmental tobacco smoke.  The group made numerous very important recommendations about vital steps that could be taken to reduce the death and disease causes by tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.  If you’re at all interested in tobacco control and related policy issues, I strongly urge you to read the panel’s report, which can be found on the web at:


CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health convened a panel of experts in comprehensive statewide tobacco control programs on Dec. 6, 2006 to update CDC’s Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs (1999) by reviewing funding models and approaches to estimating state-specific budget recommendations.  The Expert Panel provided technical consultation on the best evidence available to determine updated cost parameters (and metrics to calculate them) for major components of a comprehensive tobacco control program and reviewed data relevant to potential changes in the 1999 funding recommendations, including state experience and findings on program effectiveness.  Information on the meeting, in which I participated, can be found at: 

CDC expects to release the updated Best Practices report at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health to be held in Minneapolis on Oct. 24-26.  (Please see a related article in this edition of the ATOD Newsletter for more information on this exciting conference — one of the main events in our field!)


As a teaser, please stay tuned for a future announcement about our new ATOD Section Web site.  We were recently notified that APHA has finally begun to give sections access to the new Web sites that have been in the works for a very long time.  Although content has not yet been shifted over to our new site, I wanted everyone to have access to the new URL.  We really are excited about the possibilities for our new Section Web site and hope you’ll be willing to share ideas for content that will make this site as useful as possible for all of you.  Feel free to check back at this site in a few weeks as we begin to add content.  If you have questions about the Web site or want to offer suggestions for useful content, please contact Mark Parascandola, one of our Section Councilors who is championing this effort, at or (301) 496-8584.  Thanks, Mark!


As always, I’m happy to invite you to get more involved in our Section!  Feel free to contact any of our Section leaders listed toward the end of the newsletter, depending on your particular interests or expertise, or any of the individuals listed in the following articles—we’d all be glad to hear from you and get your help on our respective initiatives.  If you have a topic that’s particularly important to you and that you think should be on the radar screen of the ATOD Section but isn’t yet, feel free to call me at (301) 496-0275.  I’ll be glad to hear from you and discuss how we can advance the issues by working together.


Finally, I want to personally invite you to participate in our many ATOD events at the Annual Meeting.  We’re planning important Section Council meetings on Saturday and Sunday November 3 and 4 so feel free to check back and get details so you can drop in on these meetings if you have ideas or input to share with your Section Leaders or if you’re ready to become more involved.  We’d be glad to have you join us!  And be sure you block time now on your busy calendars to attend our two great social events this year — and please bring along a friend or two or three who’d like to join the ATOD Section.  We’ll have our Meet the ATOD Section Leadership Reception on Monday, Nov. 5 with a couple of exciting special guests and our regular, outstanding Section Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 6, coordinated by the incomparable Andre Stanley.  Both events will be held in the Renaissance Hotel across the street from the Washington Convention Center so be sure to check our ATOD Section Program for all the details including times and room numbers.  We hope to post this info, and the Section Program on our new Web site prior to the Annual Meeting so be sure to check back often to get the latest details.


I promise if you join us at the Meet the Leadership Reception and the Awards Ceremony, you’ll be very glad you did!  We have great festivities, outstanding speakers and award recipients, the latest ATOD news and highlights, scintillating company and networking opportunities with important colleagues, AND outstanding food and beverages all planned just for your entertainment, edification and enjoyment!  Let me start the thank you’s now rather than waiting until I see you—to all of the Section Leaders who’ve helped plan these events and raise the funds needed to make sure that all our Section activities are a big success this year, to all the numerous organizations who have provided much needed support for which we are most deeply grateful, and a special thank you to Cynthia Hallett and Deborah McLellan who have been instrumental in making these events the success that I know they will be.  And to Linda Bosma, our new Program Committee Chair, who has already done an outstanding job this year!  Please check for yourself, and let me know what you think, then offer your gratitude to all your colleagues who’ve done so much work already, before the meeting even starts.


I can’t wait to personally welcome all of you here to Washington, D.C. between Nov. 3 and 7, so let’s make sure we make this an APHA meeting to remember for many years to come — it won’t be complete without YOU!


Take it Easy & Enjoy Life!

Bob Vollinger

Conti for APHA Treasurer

ContiDiana Conti, former chair of the ATOD Section, recipient of the 2007 ATOD Section Leadership Award, and chair of the APHA Intersectional Council, is a candidate for APHA treasurer. Diana has volunteered extensively within ATOD and has a deep understand of its operations.  She has worked diligently on the Intersectional Council to improve APHA for its members.  The ATOD Section is actively supporting Diana’s candidacy. For more information, check out this flier: Conti_for_APHA_Treasurer.pdf.


If you would like to help work on her campaign, please e-mail her at

ATOD Section Announces 2007 Award Winners

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section announces the recipients of its 2007 ATOD Section awards.


This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Dr. Norman Giesbrecht, a professor at the University of Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


The Section Leadership Award, which recognizes a Section member who makes significant contributions to the ATOD Section and field, goes to Diana Conti, executive director of Parca, a private, nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities and their families based in Burlingame, Calif.


The Community-Based Advocacy Award acknowledges leadership in community-based ATOD programs that affect the community environment.  This award goes to Leonard Lamkin, executive director of the Chicago Patient Safety Forum.


Dr. Dan Beauchamp, a Professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Public Health, is the winner of the Slade Memorial Advocacy Award.  The award is named for one of the pioneers in the ATOD field, the late Dr. John D. Slade.


The Best Student Abstract Award goes to Nabarun Dasgupta, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Public Health.


The awards will be presented at the ATOD Awards Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 at the Renaissance Hotel across the street from the Washington Convention Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Please join us in honoring these distinguished members of our field!

ATOD Section Meetings and Socials at November’s Annual Meeting

The ATOD Section has planned an exciting Scientific Program for this year’s Annual Meeting.  In addition to the poster sessions, presentations and round tables, we also have several opportunities for networking and learning more about your Section.  We will have the ATOD Section Business Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  All are welcome to come, learn more about the Section and contribute your ideas.


This year, we have two excellent social events planned.  The Social Hour and Networking Reception will be held on Monday, November 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  At this event, you will have the opportunity to meet the Section Leadership and network with colleagues.  The ATOD Awards Ceremony, Business Meeting and Social Hour will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This event will highlight the winners of the ATOD Section Awards and update members on ATOD business.  Locations for these events are noted below. APHA is a large member organization.  In the ATOD Section, we are trying to personalize your experience and meet your needs.  Please join us at these exciting events.


As November draws closer, look for the ATOD Program on our new ATOD Section Web site.


ATOD Section Business Meetings and Social Events





Nov. 3

1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

ATOD Section Business Meeting

Washington Convention Center – Room 304

Nov. 4

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

ATOD Section Business Meeting

Washington Convention Center – Room 302

Nov. 4

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

ATOD Section Business Meeting

Washington Convention Center – Room 207B

Nov. 5

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Social Hour and Networking Reception

Renaissance Hotel – Ballroom West B

Nov. 6

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

ATOD Awards Ceremony, Business Meeting and Social Hour

Renaissance Hotel – Grand Ballroom South Salon


Membership Notes

Membership Update:   After a decrease in membership during 2005 and 2006, ATOD numbers are rising again.  Our peak membership years were 2001-2004, when we had over 1,000 members.  Last November we recorded only 932 members.  However, as of August 31, 2007, we had 980 members.  This is great news because the number of sessions we are allotted at the Annual Meeting is determined by our membership size.   We hope that the upcoming meeting in Washington, D.C. pushes this number above 1,000 once again. 


ATOD Section Booth:  Once again our Section is sponsoring a booth in the Exhibition Hall of the Annual Meeting.  Last year we distributed the ATOD Schedule of Sessions and featured member work at our booth.  We will distribute the ATOD Schedule of Sessions at the booth again this year!  Please visit our booth and pick up the schedule, meet some of our leadership and members, and volunteer to participate in Section activities. 


To Our New Members:  Welcome to our Section!  I will try to personally welcome you by e-mail prior to the Annual Meeting in November.  I encourage you to become more active in our Section by attending our business meetings, and I extend a warm invitation to our Social Hour (Monday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8 p.m.) and to our Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting (Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8 p.m.).  Details about these meetings and events are available online at APHA.


Carol Schmitt

Membership Chair

National Conference on Tobacco or Health: Reaching Our Goal in Tobacco Control

National Conference on Tobacco or Health


Oct. 24 - 26, 2007 – Minneapolis


Reaching Our Goal in Tobacco Control


WHAT: The National Conference on Tobacco or Health is dedicated to collaboration on tobacco control and synergy for a collective movement with a national scope and local impact. The conference will highlight local success stories, cutting-edge issues in research, policy development and advocacy, and how evidence-based strategies are being replicated in tobacco control and cessation. Many concurrent sessions and small group meetings will be held.


WHERE: Smoke-free Minneapolis will welcome more than 3,500 participants! The Minneapolis Convention Center will host all meetings, and its large exhibit hall and skywalk connections to the Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Marriott and many other hotels make it easy for participants to learn, network and have fun.


WHO: Join smoking cessation experts and public health officials from local, state and national agencies; researchers, advocates and lobbyists; public health policy advisors; legislative representatives and tobacco control leaders from across the United States.


For registration information and conference updates, visit

Latest NCI Tobacco Control Monograph Now Available!

 NCI’s Latest Tobacco Control Monograph, Monograph 18: Greater Than the Sum: Systems Thinking in Tobacco Control, is now available.  To order a copy click here.

Medical Schools, Physicians and Medical Students Address College High-Risk Drinking

American Medical Association presents:


Medical Schools, Physicians and Medical Students Address College High-Risk Drinking: A National Web Cast and Expert Panel.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, 12:00-1:00 CT



  • Richard Yoast, PhD, Director AMA Office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Prevention; Director A Matter of Degree - moderator;
  • Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, CDC Alcohol Team;
  • Richard Scribner, MD, MPH, Professor, LSU School of Public Health;
  • Rick Dobyns, MD, MSPH, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa;
  • David Lewis, MD, Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP), Professor Emeritus, Medicine and Community Health, Brown University; and
  • Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH, Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine. School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison

To register: Click on or copy and paste the following registration page URL into your browser:


Donald W. Zeigler, PhD

Governing Councilor

Senate HELP Committee Acts to Protect Kids and Save Lives By Approving Bill to Regulate Tobacco Products

Statement of William V. Corr

Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids


WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 1, 2007) - We applaud the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving legislation to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with authority to regulate tobacco products.  The Senate HELP Committee has approved a strong bill that will provide the FDA with ample resources and effective authority to bring about fundamental change that will promote public health.  Today's committee vote moves Congress a critical step closer to enacting truly historic legislation that can protect our children from tobacco addiction and save countless lives.  There are few actions Congress can take that would make a bigger difference for our nation's health.


We urge both the Senate and the House to quickly enact this long-overdue legislation into law and to reject all efforts to weaken it.  It is clear from the strong support for this legislation in both political parties and both chambers of Congress that Congress has the votes to pass this bipartisan legislation now.  A Senate majority of 53 senators are sponsoring this legislation, as are 195 members of the House.


This legislation has the support of every major national public health organization and more than 440 public health, faith and other organizations across the country (see list at:, as well as the strong support of the American people.  According to a recent national poll, 70 percent of voters support Congress passing the legislation and 72 percent believe passage of the legislation would be an important accomplishment for Congress.  The poll also shows FDA regulation of tobacco is supported across political lines, geographic regions and even by a majority of smokers (click here for detailed poll results).


The need for this legislation couldn't be clearer.  As the Institute of Medicine concluded in a groundbreaking report issued in May, the United States cannot eliminate tobacco use as a serious public health problem unless Congress grants the FDA broad regulatory authority over tobacco products.  Tobacco use is the nation's leading preventable cause of death, killing more than 400,000 people and costing more than $96 billion in health care bills each year.  Every day Congress fails to act, another 1,200 Americans die from tobacco use and more than 1,000 children become new regular smokers.


Despite all the death and disease they cause, tobacco products are virtually unregulated to protect consumers' health.  This continuing lack of regulation allows the tobacco companies to market their deadly products to our children, deceive consumers about the harm their products cause and resist even the most minimal steps to make their products less harmful.


Among other things, the legislation would grant the FDA authority to crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids; require that tobacco companies disclose the contents of tobacco products and reduce or remove harmful ingredients; stop tobacco companies from misleading the public about the health risks of their products; and require larger, more effective health warnings on tobacco products.  By enacting this legislation into law this year, Congress can finally end the special protection the tobacco industry has enjoyed for far too long and instead protect our children and the nation's health.

Politics, Policy & Public Health, APHA’s 135th Annual Meeting

Join us in discussing Politics, Policy & Public Health at the 135th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 3-7, 2007 in Washington, D.C.  Discounts are available for students!  Please check the APHA Web site at for more information.

Keep Your E-mail Address Up to Date

E-mail has become a primary means of communication within our Section and APHA. Please notify APHA of any changes in your e-mail address or other contact information at If you are part of the ATOD Listserv, please notify Marilyn Daley at of any changes in your e-mail address.

ATOD Listserv Available

The ATOD Section has set up a listserv to help members communicate with each other on matters relating to policy, practice and research in the areas our Section covers. The listserv is a way to quickly inform others of developments, solicit assistance on matters of ATOD policy and its implementation and alert our members to opportunities and events of interest.


Control of the listserv will remain exclusively with the ATOD Section and all listings will be kept strictly confidential. Messages will be disseminated only after the sender and message content have been "vetted" as appropriate for our Section.


To join the listserv, e-mail your name and e-mail address to the Listserv Coordinator, Marilyn Daley, at


To provide a message for posting (after vetting), e-mail the material to the Listserv Coordinator, Marilyn Daley, at You do not have to be a member of the Listserv to post messages.


Tell your colleagues about upcoming events, conferences, programs, research, opportunities or anything you are interested in. If your e-mail address changes, or you wish to unsubscribe, e-mail Marilyn as well.

Newsletter Articles Requested

This is your newsletter, so please send us information you would like to share with your colleagues. We're interested in summaries of conferences, commentaries on articles, research or policies and announcements about conferences. If you have important news, we'd like to hear about it and publish it in the APHA-ATOD Section Newsletter. Please e-mail your news to The deadline for our winter issue will be mid-January 2008.

ATOD Section Leadership



Bob Vollinger

Chair Elect

Ann Mahony

Immediate Past Chair

Fran Stillman


Mary Brolin

Section Councilors

Jamie Chriqui


Shereen Khatapoush


Leonard Lamkin


Gary Najarian


Mark Parascandola


Jennifer Wierewille Norton

Governing Councilors

Linda Bosma


Johnetta Davis-Joyce


Cynthia Hallet


Donald Zeigler

Annual Program Chair

Linda Bosma

Social Event Coordinator

Open Position

Booth Coordinator

Marilyn Daley

Moderator Coordinator

Shereen Khatapoush

Poster Monitor

Open Position


Review Completion Monitor

Linda Bosma

Awards Chair

Andre Stanley

Newsletter Editor

Mary Brolin

Listserv Coordinator

Marilyn Daley

Program Handout Coordinator

Vinitha Meyyur

Web Site Coordinator

Mark Parascandola

Membership Chair

Carol Schmitt

Nominations Chair

Fran Stillman

Action Board Representative

Lenny Lamkin

Fundraising Committee

Ruth Malone

Inter-Sectional Council Member

Diana Conti

Publications Board Representative

Norman Giesbrecht