January 29, 2020

In This Issue
U.S. Now Has Five Confirmed Cases of Wuhan Coronavirus with More Suspected Cases Under Investigation
Maine CDC Resources on Coronavirus
Vaccine Referendum Update
Maine's Weekly Influenza Report
U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Greater Use of Smoking Cessation Tools That Have Been Proven Effective
10 Terms Every Doctor Should Know About BP
Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Tuesday, February 4th
State House Highlights of the Week
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
Understanding Social Security - Webinar on Thursday, February 13 at 6pm
10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

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U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Greater Use of Smoking Cessation Tools That Have Been Proven Effective

[From AMA Morning Rounds 01/24/20]

The New York Times (1/23, Kaplan) says that on Thursday, the U.S. Surgeon General’s office released a report (PDF) on smoking cessation highlighting the variety of proven smoking cessation tools available to smokers. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams “urged smokers to use a range of cessation methods that have been proven effective – and cautioned that e-cigarettes have not.” In an interview, Dr. Adams said, 40% “of smokers don’t get advised to quit. That was a shocking statistic to me, and it’s a little embarrassing as a health professional.” The report also “recommended that doctors and public health officials devote more attention to offering smoking cessation assistance to gay and transgender people, Native Americans, people with mental illness diagnoses and several other groups with high smoking rates.”

CNN (1/23, Howard) reports Dr. Adams said that physicians need to encourage their patients to quit smoking and that the number of smokers who do not receive such counsel from their physicians “jumped out” at him. The article says that “behavioral counseling has been found to increase chances of quitting smoking and seven medications have been approved for helping adults quit smoking: five forms of nicotine replacement therapy and two non-nicotine medications, varenicline and bupropion, according to advice from the surgeon general.”

MedPage Today (1/23, Frieden) reports that “the percentage of Americans who smoke – 14%, or 34 million people – is at an all-time low, but smoking still remains the number one cause of preventable disease, death, and disability” in the U.S., according to the report from the Surgeon General.

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