Second-hand Smoke – Self Learning Module (2 hours)


Learn how to protect children from disease caused by smoke exposure.  Children exposed to second and third-hand smoke are sick more often. Electronic cigarettes and liquid nicotine are hazards for children too. Teach children about the hazards of second-hand smoke and how to avoid these hazards. Use the information and support materials to help smokers quit.  Submit the self-assessment for review by completing the online assessment,  scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, or sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7.1 C1, K7.1 C2, K.4 C3; 2 hours credit. Meets STAR Level 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.)

Source: Early Childhood Education Linkage System, Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania

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WEBINAR: Impact of Air Pollution on Children’s Health

The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans, recognizing that outdoor air pollution is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.

How does air pollution impact children’s health? How are children’s lungs different from adults, and how does this influence their susceptibility to the adverse health effects of air pollution? Learn the major types and sources of air pollution and the health outcomes associated with each, as well as how to control and prevent sources of air pollution.

Health professionals and community organizations play a crucial role in addressing air pollution: they can use their experience and expertise to advocate for strong clean air laws. Learn what federal protections are currently in place under the Clean Air Act, how current and future legislation would change them, and how to get involved in the discussion to improve children’s health.

Date: December 4th, 2013
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Who should participate? Public health professionals, environmental health professionals, clinicians, nurses, community organizations, health care professional organizations, child health advocates, and government agencies.

Speakers: Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health
The George Washington University
Medical Director for National & Global Affairs
Child Health Advocacy Institute
Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment
Children’s National Medical Center

Laura Kate Anderson Bender
Coordinator, Virginia Healthy Air Coalition
American Lung Association 

In her role with the American Lung Association, Laura Kate Bender has built a coalition of public health and healthcare professionals across Virginia to advocate for clean air protections. The Healthy Air Campaign’s goals are to raise the profile of air pollution as a public health issue and to influence Virginia’s members of Congress in the national clean air debate. Previously, Laura Kate worked to further environmental protections in Virginia with the advocacy group Environment America. She studied at American University in Washington, DC.


To Join the Meeting: 

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Phone Option A: To have WebEx call you, select the “Call me at a new number” option and enter your telephone number. 

Phone Option B: To manually dial into the meeting, select the “I will call in” option and follow the instructions listed, making sure to enter in the Meeting Number and your personalized attendee number.

1. Call conference number
Meeting Dial in Number:
US Toll Free 1-877-668-4493
2. Enter the meeting number/access code: 669 925 740 

What is the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE)?

The Mid-Atlantic Center is the PEHSU for Federal Region III; serving all those who live and work in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia.  We are located out of Children’s National Medical Center and affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  We work with a variety of partners, including health care professional organizations, non-profits, community-based organizations and medical centers.  Since 2006, we have conducted over 400 trainings with over 25,000 in attendance. Learn more

Source: The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the Virginia Healthy Air Coalition, a program of the American Lung Association


Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State


President Obama’s plan to expand early childhood education and fund it with an increase in federal tobacco taxes would ensure that two million low- and moderate-income children have access to high-quality preschool and prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming smokers, according to a report released today by nine organizations that focus on early learning and/or public health.

In his fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama proposed expanding federal funding for early education programs, paid for with a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax and a proportional increase in the federal tax on other tobacco products. “Taken together, these two measures would help ensure a future of smart, healthy kids nationwide and in every state,” the report concludes.

The report details the educational and health benefits of the President’s proposal nationwide and in each state. Nationwide, this proposal would:

  • Provide nearly 335,000 additional children from low- and moderate-income families with access to high-quality preschool programs in the first year alone. Two million children in low- and moderate-income families would have access to high-quality preschool in the 10th year.
  • Prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming addicted smokers and save nearly one million Americans from premature, smoking-caused death.

Source: the National Women’s Law Center, Save the Children, MomsRising, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Rising Prevalence and Neighborhood, Social, and Behavioral Determinants of Sleep Problems in US Children and Adolescents, 2003–2012


We examined trends and neighborhood and sociobehavioral determinants of sleep problems in US children aged 6–17 between 2003 and 2012. The 2003, 2007, and 2011-2012 rounds of the National Survey of Children’s Health were used to estimate trends and differentials in sleep problems using logistic regression. Prevalence of sleep problems increased significantly over time. The proportion of children with sleep problems in children. 

Source: Sleep Disorders

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Bring FDA Tobacco Content to Your Website


FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products just launched a new service that allows you to easily add our web content to your site. The content blends into your site’s look and feel, giving your site visitors a seamless experience, while providing high-quality content you don’t have to create, update, or maintain.


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HHS Statement on Cigarette Health Warning Ruling


This Administration is determined to do everything we can to warn young people about the dangers of smoking, which remains the leading cause of preventable death in America.  This public health initiative will be an effective tool in our efforts to stop teenagers from starting in the first place and taking up this deadly habit.  We are confident that efforts to stop these important warnings from going forward will ultimately fail.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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CEASE at Massachusetts General Hospital

Tobacco use is a serious health issue for all family members. Child healthcare clinicians are in a unique and important position to address smoking because of the regular, multiple contacts with families and the harmful health consequences to their patients. The CEASE Module was developed to help child healthcare clinicians tailor their office setting to address family tobacco use in a routine and effective manner.

CEASE was developed after extensive research in the adult and child healthcare settings, based on the current best practices for the adult setting. The CEASE Module is currently being scientifically evaluated by a team of tobacco control experts, pediatricians, public health professionals, and dissemination specialists.

Source: CEASE at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Moms’ smoking tied to psychiatric meds in kids


Children whose mothers smoked while pregnant were more likely to end up on medications such as antidepressants, stimulants and drugs for addiction, according to a study from Finland that hints at smoking’s affect on a baby’s developing brain.

While the findings don’t prove that cigarette smoking during pregnancy causes changes in children’s brains or behavior, they offer one more piece of evidence that should encourage women not to smoke while pregnant, the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Source: Reuters

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Why Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Smoke


It’s not healthy to smoke during pregnancy but an estimated 12% to 24% of pregnant women continue to use tobacco, according to national data [PDF]. So if the existing evidence hasn’t convinced them to quit, perhaps this new study will: a researcher from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine reports that fetal exposure to nicotine may be associated with increased blood pressure among children once they grow up.

Source: TIME Healthland

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