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10th Annual ACAS Health
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​​February 24, 2018
10th Annual Arizonans Concerned about Smoking (ACAS) Health Leadership Award Ceremony
where we recognized tobacco control leadership here in Arizona.


Welcome by Philip J. Carpenter, ACAS Executive Director
Color Guard: Tempe Boy Scouts Troop 474 and Assistant Scout Master Gary Heath
My own Quit Date August 16, 1977 Story and Opening Prayer is led by Rev. John Herman
Alex Brock, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator discusses their Tobacco Free Campus Policy challenges and opportunities
Alex Romero, ACAS Vice President and Dr. Eric Ossowski, ACAS Trustee join in presenting ACAS (Tobacco Control) Health Leadership Award to Alex Brock, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator for their property -wide Tobacco Free Campus Policy effective 02.01.17, which includes E-Cigarettes
Tuba City Regional Health Care Now Smoke and Tobacco-Free Site:
http://tchealth.org/healthydirectionsnl/HealthyDirections_17-02Feb.pdf
Allison M. Vaillancourt, PhD, Vice President, Business Affairs and Human Resources, University of Arizona discusses why the University of Arizona President's Office amended their campus-wide including Arizona Stadium Tobacco Control Policy to include E-Cigarettes effective 02.21.17
Smoking and Tobacco Policy: 
http://policy.arizona.edu/ethics-and-conduct/smoking-and-tobacco-policy
Allison M. Vaillancourt, PhD, Vice President, Business Affairs and Human Resources, accepts for the UofA Presidents Office for amending their Tobacco Control Policy to include E-Cigarettes
Allison M. Vaillancourt, PhD, Vice President, Business Affairs and Human Resources, accepts for the University of Arizona E-Cigarette Policy Review Taskforce for their Taskforce Recommendations and Summary:
https://uaatwork.arizona.edu/uannounce/smoking-and-tobacco-policy-revision

Cochise County Youth Health Coalition (DCrew) Leader Alex Duarte discusses how DCrew worked with the Douglas City Council to become Arizona's 2nd Tobacco 21 (T21) Community (effective 08.11.17) where You have to be at least 21 to purchase tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and other alternative nicotine delivery products
Cochise County Youth Health Coalition (DCrew) accepts ACAS Health Leadership Award for working with the Douglas City Council to become Arizona's 2nd Tobacco 21 (T21) Community (effective 08.11.17)
DCrew Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/CochiseCountyYouthHealthCoalition/ 
Pauline Nunez, Resident Coordinator from City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development describes the process and continual challenge to educate residents about the smoke-free policy and the many benefits it affords residents, staff, visitors and vendors at all properties.  Emily Waldron, from American Lung Assocation and Sylvia Estrada, Community Services Manager from City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development look on.
City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development is commended for being the largest Arizona Agency to adopt a Smoke-Free policy.  The smoke-free transition will become effective on July 01, 2018.  This transition covers all 59 public housing properties which encompass 1,505 units to the Arizona Smoke-Free Living Gold standard which is the highest standard.  Learn more about Arizona Smoke-Free Living and Find Smoke-Free Housing in Your Arizona Community:  http://www.azsmokefreeliving.org/ 
City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development Management, Staff and Resident Coordinators pose with their Health Leadership Award.  Resident Coordinators also now offer 'Freedom from Smoking' classes for their Residents in Housing Communities.  Also Sylvia Estrada and Pauline Nunez were quoted in the national HUD Guidebook: Implementing HUD's Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/SMOKEFREE_GUIDEBK.PDF 
ACAS 10th Annual Health Leadership Award Inductees Group Photo
ACAS Trustee Velliyah E. Beauvais, RPh, NCPS (second from left) joins other Commissioned Officers from the United States Public Health Service who work at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.  Commissioned Officers assisted with the presentation of the colors as well as welcoming and supporting this year's Inductees.
ACAS President Leland L. Fairbanks, M.D., poses with Allison M. Vaillancourt, PhD, University of Arizona Vice President, Business Affairs and Human Resources 
Pastor Magdalena Schwartz and ACAS President Leland L. Fairbanks pose at podium
Pastor Magdalena Schwartz and Cochise County Youth Health Coalition - DCrew strategize about bringing Tobacco 21 (T21) to additional Arizona communities throughout the state.
Last but certainly not least ....Pastor Magdalena Schwartz poses with Cyles Gracia, Grandson of ACAS Trustee Monique Villaescusa.  Cyles wowed the Ceremony for a 2nd year with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  Thank You Cyles!!!!