Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
Section Newsletter
Winter 2006

From the Chair

I am happy to report that again this year, the ATOD Section had an extremely successful showing at the Annual Meeting. Even though the move to Philadelphia did not allow some of our ATOD Section members to attend, APHA and our Section must be congratulated for all the effort that was taken to make the meeting such an overwhelming success. It did seem to me that the horrendous aftermath of Hurricane Katrina would eliminate any possibility of a meeting, and sometimes in the weeks following the disaster it was difficult to think of anything else but the victims and their needs, as well as the incompetence of our government in providing disaster relief and even basic public health requirements. However, it was an amazing feat that APHA was able to first postpone and then relocate a major convention from New Orleans to Philadelphia in a few months' time. Not only did they move the meeting, but everything worked smoothly. APHA leadership and staff work equally hard to keep the sections in the loop. Dr Linda Deguits, the chairperson and ATOD’s representative to the Executive Board, kept all the Section chairs apprised of the changes, while the Association staff worked around the clock to make everything run so smoothly. Fran Atkinson also deserves much credit. She is in charge of Section Affairs and always is helpful and responsive to our Section's requests.

We did lose some sessions, but it was only a small percentage of our overall program. In the end we had about 48 oral sessions and 29 poster sessions: still one of the largest programs offered by any section. Attendance was high, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive concerning the quality and diversity of our program. Again, I need to thank everyone who participated in the review progress, the program planning and organization. We did have one unfortunate poster presentation, and we are still unsure how Phillip Morris was accepted to present their quit smoking program. We are now determining additional review procedures to overcome this unfortunate slip-up.

This year we expanded our Federal Priority Breakfast, which included additional federal agencies. We attracted many more attendees, and a lot of information was shared. And for the first time this year, we held a Meet the Leadership Reception, which attracted over 150 attendees. Everyone had a great time, and we were able to have fun but also talk with new members, as well as old friends.

The Awards ceremony and reception was another outstanding event. We gave two lifetime achievement awards this year, and the acceptance speeches were emotional and uplifting. First, we honored Charyn Sutton, posthumously. We gave Charyn this award as “a testament to Charyn’s good work throughout her life as a staunch tobacco control advocate, as well as for her commitment to eliminate health disparities in minority communities.” Her work on developing the Pathways smoking cessation program for African Americans and her efforts to stop Uptown cigarettes were both important endeavors and only a small part of her legacy. It was wonderful that her family was able to attend and that Rev. Jessie Brown spoke on her behalf.

We were also fortunate that Judy Wilkenfeld, though gravely ill, was able to attend to receive her lifetime achievement award. Judy directs the International Programs at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and is one of the moving forces in the Framework Convention Alliance, a global network of nongovernmental organizations formed to support the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control. She was a special advisor for Tobacco Policy in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of the Commissioner and was assistant director of the Division of Advertising Practices in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In both these positions, she formulated and initiated major policies regarding the tobacco industry’s marketing and advertising practices, low tar policy, health warnings for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, and the assertion of jurisdiction and the regulation of tobacco products by the FDA. We have much to learn from both of these incredible women.

Finally, I wanted to acknowledge the ongoing efforts that Diana Conti, our past chair, continues to do on behalf of ATOD. Diana was just elected the Chair of the Intersectional Council. In this position, she will be part of the Executive Board. This is a major step forward for ATOD, which is now making inroads into the governing structure of APHA. This will help move ATOD issues and concerns into more prominence within the organization.

Fran Stillman
ATOD Chair

NCI Tobacco Control Monograph 16

ASSIST: Shaping the Future of Tobacco Prevention and Control

What is ASSIST?

The American Stop Smoking Intervention Study for Cancer Prevention (ASSIST) was an eight-year, non-randomized demonstration project for tobacco prevention and control conducted by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and 17 state health departments. The ASSIST monograph provides the conceptual model, technical assistance and training information, lessons learned and numerous practical case studies of a comprehensive national, evidence-based program that was implemented at the state and community level.

What is the goal of ASSIST?

The goal of ASSIST was to change the social, cultural, economic and environmental factors that promote smoking by utilizing policy, mass media and program services interventions. The four policy strategies are: 

  • Raising excise taxes to increase the price of tobacco products
  • Eliminating exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
  • Limiting tobacco advertising and promotion
  • Reducing minors’ access to tobacco products

 How was ASSIST achieved?

HIGXYZ38HIGZYXThe strategies for ASSIST were developed and implemented by state and local tobacco control coalitions using population-based research, public health practices, policy development and media advocacy. The concepts of: building on a strong evidence base; designing interventions that will have broad population impacts; changing social norms in pursuit of greater justice; developing strong partnerships based on common goals and mutual respect; maintaining a determination not to be swayed or pushed off target by one’s adversaries; and ensuring a serious commitment to evaluation, self-reflection, and midcourse correction were crucial components of ASSIST.

What can the monograph tell me about ASSIST?

Models, insights, lessons learned and case studies about ASSIST interventions are documented throughout the monograph. The editors and authors intend it to be used by program planners, public health advocates and practitioners, researchers, as well as state and local health department staffs to promote positive behavioral changes and advance the following disciplines:  tobacco prevention and control, physical activity, obesity prevention and nutrition, cardiovascular disease, and injury and violence prevention. A forthcoming monograph in this series is Evaluating ASSIST: A Blueprint for Understanding State-Level Tobacco Control.

Submitted by Co-Senior Scientific Editor Robert E. Vollinger, Jr., with Brenda McAdams Motsinger.

Join Us in Boston!

Join us in discussing Public Health and Human Rights at the APHA 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 4-8, 2006 in Boston.  Discounts are available for students!  Please check the APHA Web site at for more information.

ATOD Section Announces Award Winners

Philadelphia, PA – The winners of the 2005 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section awards were announced at the ATOD Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony last December in Philadelphia. These individuals were chosen because of their noteworthy contributions to the ATOD field and their commitment to reducing overall alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. In each category, the winners exhibited outstanding leadership or produced an outstanding effort to reduce alcohol, tobacco or other drug use, which resulted in significant change within a targeted community. These individuals constituted a slate of overachievers who have addressed a wide range of ATOD issues. The following is a summary of the 2005 ATOD Section award winners.

André G. Stanley, MPH, Section Leadership Award

André G. Stanley, MPH
André G. Stanley, MPH, Winner 2006 ATOD Section Leadership Award
André Stanley is currently the cultural competence/special projects coordinator of the Office of Minority Health at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Columbia. In this capacity, he coordinates cultural competence planning and training, makes policy recommendations and provides assessment and evaluation for minority health initiatives in South Carolina. For the past five years, Stanley has been chair of the ATOD Awards Committee. He is responsible for leading ATOD's efforts to seek out, recognize and honor outstanding contributors to the ATOD field with awards fitting their achievements. Stanley also has 10 years of experience working in the tobacco control movement serving as project manager for the South Carolina – American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (Project ASSIST) for Cancer Prevention and as a grants liaison officer with the SmokeLess States National Tobacco Policy Initiative funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and headquartered at the American Medical Association in Chicago. Stanley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in microbiology and a Master of Public Health degree from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Penny Norton, MA, Slade Memorial Advocacy Award

Penny Norton, MA
Penny Norton, MA, Winner 2006 ATOD Slade Memorial Advocacy Award
Penny Norton is executive director of F. A. C. E. and a national spokesperson on alcohol policy and alcohol-related issues. She is highly respected for the development of compelling public information resources on alcohol and consults with a variety of state and national organizations, health and medical groups and community coalitions. Norton has established a prominent national speaking reputation by being honest, frank and direct about community actions that are needed to successfully reduce alcohol-related problems. She has served as a part-time college instructor at several Michigan colleges and universities and has been a guest lecturer at a number of college campuses throughout the country.

Tracie Barnett, PhD, Best Student Abstract

Tracie Barnett, PhD
Tracie Barnett, PhD, Winner 2006 ATOD Best Student Abstract
Tracie Barnett is currently pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Promotion in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Montreal. Her fellowship is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Barnett obtained both her master’s and doctoral degrees from McGill University in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research interests have always focused on the etiology and determinants of behavioral cardiovascular risk factors in children, particularly in the areas of physical inactivity, obesity and tobacco use. More recently, she has incorporated a socio-ecological perspective to her analyses, investigating how environmental influences from schools and neighborhoods influence children’s behaviors. Barnett’s winning abstract was entitled: Do school smoking policies influence student tobacco use?

Judith P. Wilkenfeld, JD, Lifetime Achievement Award

Judith P. Wilkenfeld, JD
Judith P. Wilkenfeld, JD, Winner 2005 ATOD Lifetime Achievement Award
Judith Wilkenfeld began working on tobacco control in the early 1980s as the individual responsible for the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Tobacco Control Program. Virtually everything the FTC accomplished with regard to tobacco from the early 1980s until 1994 was the direct result of her efforts. She continually battled a bureaucracy that did not see tobacco as a priority and internal economists who sought to restrict government involvement in the tobacco issue. From the FTC, Wilkenfeld became a special advisor for tobacco policy in the Office of the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. She was part of the top policy group that formulated the agency’s assertion of jurisdiction over tobacco products and played a leading role in the development of the FDA's far-ranging tobacco control regulation. Wilkenfeld became vice chair of the World Health Organization’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Regulation in 2002, the only non-scientist appointed to the committee. After retiring from federal service, Wilkenfeld joined the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, leading the Campaign’s efforts to secure the first-ever global tobacco-control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Charyn D. Sutton, BS, Lifetime Achievement Award

Charyn D. Sutton, BS
Charyn D. Sutton, BS, Winner 2005 ATOD Lifetime Achievement Award
Charyn Sutton departed life on Dec. 30, 2004. During her extraordinary life, Sutton was a communications consultant concentrating in health care, disease control and prevention, youth services, criminal justice, community-based economic development and consumer services. She focused on reaching racially and economically diverse audiences and constituencies. Sutton was executive director of the Onyx Group, a consulting firm specializing in tobacco prevention for African Americans. Under her direction, Onyx staff and consultants worked extensively in the area of tobacco prevention and control – facilitating focus groups, providing technical assistance in the development of local coalitions, organizing conferences, providing skills training, writing and editing manuals and developing mass media campaigns. HIGXYZ39HIGZYXSutton served as the media coordinator for the successful community-based effort in 1990 that prevented the introduction of "Uptown," a cigarette brand designed specifically for African Americans. She was a founding member of the Uptown Coalition for Tobacco Control and Public Health and of the National Association of African Americans for Positive Imagery (NAAAPI). She coordinated the Quit Today! media project that focused on smoking cessation for African Americans using radio and was one of the authors of Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight against Tobacco, an African American quit smoking and community mobilization guide. She was a contributing author to the 1998 Surgeon General’s Report that looked at smoking and racial/ethnic minorities. Sutton was also the architect and primary author of Breathe Free, a booklet designed to help families and communities deal with the issue of secondhand tobacco smoke – especially in African American households. Sutton was a magna cum laude graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and attended the Temple University Graduate School of Communications and Theater, with a major in journalism.

The ATOD Section congratulates all of its award winners and we hope the selection of these individuals inspires you in your pursuit of excellence in all things ATOD. Now is the time to start thinking about nominations for the 2006 ATOD Section awards. If you would like to nominate someone you think is worthy of any of our awards or for more information, please contact André Stanley at or visit us online at and click “awards.”

André G. Stanley, MPH
Awards Committee Chair
ATOD Section, APHA

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We Need Your E-Mail Address!

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.

APHA Working Group on Trade & Health

The ATOD Section is actively involved in the multi-section APHA Working Group on Trade and Health. The Working Group had a high profile at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting in December 2005, and several dozen more APHA members have signed up with the ad-hoc formation to broaden its work and impact.

The Working Group, formed at the November 2004 Annual Meeting in Washington, held an open business meeting, a four-section scientific session and a conference-wide special session on the public impact of international trade agreements. More than 70 APHA members signed up to join the Working Group’s efforts to further organize APHA members and to play an ever-expanding role as health professionals in legislative debates and public education campaigns.

More than 1,000 conference participants attended the Tuesday morning “special session,” one of only four sessions at that time period, which was devoted to the impact of trade and trade agreements on public health globally. Two members of the Working Group – Ellen Shaffer of the Medical Care Section and Marty Makinen of the International Health Section – spoke with a third speaker, Nils Daulaire. The special session reflected the debate within and outside of APHA about whether “free trade,” and the international agreements that set its rules, advance or are a threat to public health.

Makinen and Daulaire were generally in favor of corporate-led globalization and free trade agreements as a means of generating wealth in poor countries, while Shaffer was highly critical of the adverse impact on key public health parameters – access to care and medicines, enforcement of health-protective regulations, and national sovereignty to establish laws and policies to protect public health. Over the last decade, APHA has passed several policy positions on trade that express the Association’s deep concerns about the detrimental impact of trade pacts on public health around the world.

At a separate scientific session on trade, speakers from four APHA Sections – Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; Environment; Medical Care; and Occupational Health and Safety – presented case studies of how trade agreements have adversely affected public health. Garrett Brown represented the OHS Section, which also sponsored the session.  Brown spoke about how the North American Free Trade Agreement has completely failed to protect workplace health in Mexico, Canada or the United States. Don Zeigler of the American Medical Association represents the ATOD Section on the Trade Working Group and spoke at the scientific session on “International trade agreements could undermine alcohol & tobacco control policies.”

Plans for 2006 were discussed at the Working Group business meeting, including further outreach within APHA to involve more sections, state affiliates and individual members. At present seven sections and three state affiliates are represented in the Working Group, which should expand as the 70 APHA members who signed up for more information become integrated in Working Group activities. The planned activities include an APHA Web site to display key information and conference presentations, section newsletter articles and business meeting presentations, presentations at state affiliate meetings, and additional articles in the Association’s journal and newspaper.

In addition, the Working Group plans to channel members’ interest and time into the ongoing public education and legislative lobbying campaigns around specific trade agreements and trade impacts in general. APHA is already working to include public health professionals in the critical “advisory committees” to the U.S. government’s trade negotiating arm. Currently the more than 20 advisory committees are filled with corporate lobbyists while public health is represented by no more than three professionals among the dozens of lobbyists and lawyers.

The exact structure of the Working Group may change over the next several months, as the APHA Task Force on reorganization clarifies its recommendations adopted in Philadelphia. Following the December meeting, the Chair of the Working Group passed from the OHS Section (Garrett Brown) to the Medical Care Section (Kirsten Smith), but Brown will remain as coordinator of the monthly conference calls.

There is a lot of work to be done, both within APHA and reaching out to the general public, so any ATOD Section member interested in the trade issue is heartily encouraged to sign up with the Working Group. Please contact either Working Group chair Kirsten Smith at or Garrett Brown at For further information on the ATOD issues, contact Don Zeigler at

Don Zeigler

ATOD Member

Call for Moderators

The ATOD Section needs moderators for the 134th Annual Meeting in Boston,  Nov. 4-8, 2006.  If you are interested, please fill out and submit the attached pdf form.  You can also download the form from the ATOD Web site at:  If preferred, you can e-mail Barry Bleidt, Program Chair with your interest at: Please put APHA Moderator in the subject heading.

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ATOD Section Web Site

The ATOD Section Web site is available at Please check the site out and bookmark it for updated information relevant to our Section.

All Academics! Tell Your Students! Student Registration Has Huge Discount!

Join APHA and the ATOD Section

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To join the Section if you are already an APHA member and would like to change SPIG or Section, send an e-mail to Note that you should include your membership ID # (you can find it on the mailing label on your American Journal of Public Health or The Nation's Health; it's the first 7-digit number)!

ATOD Section Listserv

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 list serv, e-mail your name and e-mail address to the List Serv 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.

Program and Abstracts Available

The program and abstracts from the 133rd APHA Annual Meeting, Evidence Based Policy and Practice, are still available online at:

If you want to focus on the ATOD presentations, the ATOD Section program for the 133rd Annual Meeting is still available at

Conference Announcements

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s 12th Annual Meeting Feb.15-18, 2006
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Orlando, Fla.

The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting Scientific Sessions Behavioral Medicine Across the Lifespan March 22-25, 2006
San Francisco Marriott
San Francisco

Canadian Evaluation Society National Conference Improving the Human Condition: Critiquing the Past, Confronting the Future
June 4-7, 2006
Delta Prince Edward
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

NIH State-of-the-Science Conference on Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation and Control
June 12-14, 2006
Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 45, 45 Center Drive
Bethesda, Md. 20892

Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism
June 24-28, 2006
Marriott Waterfront Hotel

2006 Child Health Services Research Meeting June 24, 2006
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Accomodations at Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers and The Westin Seattle Seattle

AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting
June 25-27, 2006
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Accomodations at Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers and The Westin Seattle Seattle

Health Disparities Research Methods Training Symposium
July 12, 2006
Registration information TBA
This NCI training is designed to increase the competency of researchers to conduct health disparities research by enhancing skills training in measurement, sampling, methods, and statistical techniques relevant to health disparities research.  This meeting is co-funded by the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities and coordinated through the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities.
For more information, contact Vickie Shavers, PhD, National Cancer Institute by phone at (301) 594-1725 or by e-mail at

2nd Biennial Workshop to Increase Diversity in Research Funding
Sept. 6-8, 2006
Registration information TBA
This NCI workshop is designed to increase successful competition for NIH grants among underrepresented minority investigators. For more information, contact Vickie Shavers, PhD, National Cancer Institute by phone at (301) 594-1725 or by e-mail at

2006 Addictions Health Services Research Conference
October 23-25, 2006
Little Rock Peabody Hotel
Little Rock, Ark.
This year’s conference will be hosted by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The theme will be Substance Abuse Health Services Research:  Understanding the Community Perspective. More information will be available on the Web in late February.

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ATOD Section Leadership

To become more involved in the ATOD Section or to get more information, contact the appropriate person below.


Fran Stillman

Chair Elect

Bob Vollinger

Immediate Past Chair

Diana Conti


Jamie Chriqui

Section Councilors

Linda Bosma


Tom Greenfield


Shereen Khatapoush


Ruth Malone


John Noble


Jennifer Wierewille Norton

Governing Councilors

Kris Bosworth


Johnetta Davis-Joyce


Ann Mahony


Traci Toomey


Bob Vollinger

Annual Program Chair

Barry Bleidt

Social Event Coordinator


Booth Coordinator

Marilyn Daley

Moderator Coordinator

Shereen Khatapoush

Poster Monitor



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


Issues and Advocacy Chair

Ruth Malone

Membership Involvement Chair

Carol Schmitt

Nominations Chair

Diana Conti

Action Board Representative

Lenny Lamkin

Publications Board Representative

Norman Giesbrecht