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Archived Newsletters


Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, November/December 2018
Allegheny Quits for Life Wrap-up, PA LGBTQA Health Conference Call for Presenters, and more

Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, September/October 2018
Allegheny Quits for Life, LGBT Health Needs Assessment, 10 Years of Clean Indoor Air, and more

Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, July/August 2018
TFA Coalition Meeting, Allegheny Quits for Life & Training from ALA and FDA


Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, May/June 2018
Day at the Capitol 2018, World No Tobacco Day, and PRIDE Festivities

Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, March/April 2018
TFA Transitions & the 2018 LGBT Health Needs Assessment

Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, January/February 2018
Advocacy Meeting & State of Tobacco Control 2018

Healthy Living with Tobacco Free Allegheny, November/December 2017
Happy Holidays & Allegheny Quits for Life Re-Cap

2019 PA LGBTQA Conference

2019 PA LGBTQA Conference

The Third Annual Pennsylvania LGBTQA Health Conference was held on:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

and was co-sponsored by PA Department of Health, PA Department of Human Services, Adagio Health, Northwest Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Coalition, Health Promotion Council, and Tobacco Free Allegheny.


The 2019 skills-based conference focused on addressing tobacco and behavioral health disparities through the lens of trauma informed care and resiliency.


To view the archived conference agenda, please click here.


Your voice matters, and will help us to shape future events! Please complete the post-event survey here.

Please note: If you are applying to receive CEU’s, is it REQUIRED that you complete this survey.


Although the 2019 Conference is over, there are still plenty of resources to take advantage of! Please click on the below links to download:

2018 Resources

Archived resources from the 2018 Conference may be accessed here.



Why should I call 1-800-Quit-Now?

Nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug.  Some people can quit cold turkey, but most people benefit from some type of support in their quit efforts.  The Pennsylvania Free Quitline offers up to 5 proactive coaching sessions, unlimited inbound calls, and customized quit plans to each participant.  Coaches are available 7 days a week and telephone calls can be scheduled for when it is most convenient for you.  The Quitline will mail you an information packet after you call.

Read more about the effectiveness of tobacco telephone quitlines here.

What is a coaching session?

Quitline coaches are specially trained to help you determine how and when it will be best for you to quit smoking.  Coaches can help you:

  • set a quit date
  • discuss strategies for handling cravings and triggers
  • help prepare you for difficult situation
  • help you limit weight gain while quitting
  • review the approved quit smoking medicine and how to use medicines correctly
  • provide you with support and encouragement
  • help in the event of a slip or relapse

How do I contact the Quitline?

The Quitline is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Most quitlines can arrange for a translator if you or someone you know who wants to quit speaks a different language. Additionally, there are quitlines available for people who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Vietnamese:


Asian Languages:
Mandarin & Cantonese: 1-800-838-8917
Korean: 1-800-556-5564
Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

Five Reasons Why Calling a Quitline can be Key to your Success

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  1. You can get help to stop smoking – free, with no judgment.
  2. Quit coaches help create a plan that can work for you.
  3. You can get helpful tips on dealing with cravings, when to use medication and more.
  4. Quit coaches can help you get quit-smoking medications.
  5. Quitlines increase your chances of quitting and staying quit!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)?

Once you have enrolled with the Quitline and completed the first coaching session, the Quitline will mail the NRT straight to your home.  Your coach will discuss and help you decide which medicine would be appropriate for you.  If you have a health condition that may require a doctor’s approval for medication the Quitline will help you with the appropriate paperwork.  The nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges are over-the-counter drugs that you could purchase yourself at any drugstore, but the Quitline offers some medication for free. If you think you may need a prescription medication (bupropian, varenicline) the coach will advise on questions you can ask your doctor.

How often can I call the Quitline?

You may call the free 1-800-QUIT-NOW number and speak to a coach as many times as you need.  Once enrolled in the program a coach will call you up to 5 times (once a week for five weeks) at a time you choose.  If after the 5 calls, you and the coach determine you need more support you may choose to re-enroll.

Can I use the Quitline if I am under 18 years old?

Yes.  You must be at least 14 years old to enroll in the Quitline program.  You must be 18 years old to receive the NRT.

I’m pregnant.  Can I still call the Quitline?

Yes.  Women who are pregnant can call and enroll in the quitline for services.  You will get up to 8 calls, scheduled for your convenience; with 5 calls before you have the baby and 3 more calls post-partum.  You will also get a dedicated quit coach assigned to you.  The use of NRT will have to be determined with your doctor.

I’ve tried the Quitline before but did not quit smoking.  Can I call again?

Yes.  We know it can take people several tries to quit for good.  Please call the Quitline if you are ready to try again.  Please note: the free supply of NRT is only available once per year per person.

I don’t smoke but I chew.  Can I use the Quitline?

Yes.  Quitting spit tobacco is just as difficult as quitting smoking.  Coaches are trained to help people quit chewing tobacco.

I’d prefer to use texting instead of calling.  Is that possible?

You can sign up for text message that will offer support and motivation.  This is a supplement to the calls and conversations from the quit coach.  You can call and discuss your situation with a coach.

I’m thinking about quitting, but am not reading for coaching.  Should I call the Quitline?

Yes.  The Quitline is able to help people in any stage of quitting.  If you determine you are not ready for coaching calls the Quitline will mail you a packet of information.

The Pennsylvania Free Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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TFA is here to help…

Office Mailing Address:
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Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Phone: 412-322-8321
Fax: 412-322-8323

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TRU Tobacco Resistance Unit PennsylvaniaWhat is TRU?

The Tobacco Resistance Unit is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, ages 12 to 18, stay tobacco- and nicotine- free. It’s time that young Pennsylvanians get serious about exposing BIG TOBACCO and its marketing lies.  TRU aims to prevent and stop youth tobacco use through education. A statewide movement, TRU is managed by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco (PACT) and the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania.

TRU Vision: for all Pennsylvania youth to be tobacco- and nicotine-free.

TRU Mission: to protect Pennsylvania’s youth from all tobacco and nicotine products, through community outreach, education, prevention and cessation.

Who should join TRU?

All youth between the ages of 12-18 who want to see a totally tobacco-free Pennsylvania!
How will you benefit from joining TRU?

  • Meet youth from around the state
  • Help create a statewide movement that will change the way youth think about tobacco
  • Volunteering will benefit you personally and professionally
  • Attain and develop leadership skills you’ll use now and at college
  • Connect with youth who have similar interests and ambitions
  • Learn to develop and utilize your talents and the talents of others
  • Cultivate a positive, purposeful identity
  • Play an important role in keeping Pennsylvania tobacco- and nicotine-free

Wanted – TRU Adult Advisers!

We’re also looking for teachers, counselors, parents, and community leaders who are passionate about keeping our youth tobacco-free. Interested in becoming a TRU adviser? Contact Tiffany Babinsack for more information.

Where can I get more information?

Clean Indoor Air Act

Clean Indoor Air Act

There's a new air about Pennsylvania

About the Clean Indoor Air Act

In June 2008, Pennsylvania became the 28th state to adopt legislation prohibiting smoking in public places and most workplaces.  Exposure to secondhand smoke has been proven to cause premature death in children and adults.  Pennsylvania’s law includes numerous exceptions causing thousands of workers to continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work.

Current exemptions to the law include:
  • Bars with 20% or less revenue from food
  • Casinos (up to 50% of the gaming floor)
  • Hotel/Motels (up to 25% of rooms)
  • Private clubs and private residences
  • Tobacco Shops
  • Cigar Bars
  • Truck stops with shower facilities
  • Outdoor sports, recreational facility, theater or performance establishment
  • Tobacco manufacturer cigar exhibitions
  • Non-profit fundraisers that feature tobacco products
The map below depicts application based exceptions:

map of exceptions to nonsmoking establishments in PA

There is an interactive version of this map located here.

No smoking logoCIAA Resources




Tobacco Free Allegheny’s goal is to ensure that all schools in Allegheny County have developed and implemented a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention. Comprehensive tobacco prevention includes science based prevention curricula in the classroom; tobacco free school policies; help to quit smoking for students, faculty and staff; and providing opportunities to empower students to serve as peer educators and advocates for a tobacco free life.


Quitting smoking is hard because the nicotine found in cigarettes and other tobacco products is addictive. Research shows that it can take as many as 5-7 quit attempts before successfully quitting smoking. Studies also show that smokers who get help, have support from their family and friends, and who use nicotine replacement therapy products are more likely to be successful in their quit attempt.

Education & Advocacy

Tobacco Free Allegheny speaks out on tobacco issues that affect the community at large and advocates to ensure that elected officials, community leaders and the public are aware of the burden tobacco use imposes on society. TFA staff and service providers are available to speak to employer as well as community, school, or civic groups about specific tobacco related topics.

Youth Access Enforcement

Pennsylvania law makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors, to provide tobacco to them, or to sell individual cigarettes. Tobacco Free Allegheny is responsible for ensuring that tobacco retailers comply with the law. These efforts include education for storeowners, managers, and clerks, as well as conducting enforcement stops on all retailers each year. TFA also conducts the federally mandated SYNAR survey each summer.

Tobacco and Minority Populations

Tobacco and Minority Populations

About Tobacco and Minority Populations

Tobacco use disproportionately affects minority populations who have a long and documented history of being targeted by the tobacco industry.

For example:

  • Although African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases.
  • Prevalence of cigarette smoking is higher among Hispanic adults born in the United States than those who were foreign-born.
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of cigarette smoking compared to all other racial/ethnic groups in the United States.
  • In the U.S., people living below the poverty level and people having lower levels of educational attainment have higher rates of cigarette smoking than the general population.

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Does Starbucks Drug Test?

Does Starbucks Drug Test?

Certain organizations run tests when organizing their employment practices and employees need to know that. Understanding this little detail helps in your job application at Starbucks the drug test they do for employees. You need to pass the testing process to be considered for the job but noting what it entails is essential. The same rule also applies to your application at other companies that run drug testing during employee hiring process. So, let’s check out the details and understand them to help you pass Starbucks drug test during your application. If you want to know more about Starbucks drug testing policy, keep reading.

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The Structure Of Drug Testing At Starbucks

Starbucks, on the other hand, doesn’t conduct drug test often unlike Walmart, which specifies it for some departments. You may worry about prescription drugs and drug testing for employment. But it seems, that instant drug testing is not a common procedure. However, you might need to pass Starbucks drug test if they suspect you of drug use or improper behavior. Drug tests at Starbucks are structured to be done based on suspicion and before the employee is hired. You would need to run a urine drug test, and the instruction comes from the manager holding the final say. According to interviews with some employees, there is no real test for drugs or drug testing structure at Starbucks. Despite not having a plain structure, there is a drug testing policy to get confirmation after witnessing an influenced behavior.

Does Starbucks Drug Test Entry Level Positions

According to interviews with various Starbucks workers, many never experienced any Starbucks pre-employment drug screen before getting jobs at the company. That is why the answer for the question “does Starbucks drug test you on the first interview” is negative.

Starbucks rates itself as a drug-free place and believes employees should note that fact before applying for their jobs. However, word on the street states that some workers experience Starbucks random drug tests targeted at suspected workers in the company. Few instances state that employees in entry-level positions were involved, but this situation is rarely witnessed in the company. The probability of experiencing a drug test is slim, answering the question “does Starbucks drug test new employees in 2022?”. So you shouldn’t worry about any detox pills for drug test Starbucks while running your application for a job there.

Drug And Alcohol Tests At Starbucks

It’s obvious that proper work ethic is required of every employee when working, especially in certain big named companies around. However, Starbucks doesn’t include drug tests; this also includes alcohol testing priority that you might be thinking of when job hunting. The policy of maintaining a drug-free work environment doesn’t impose any test on the employees except when at fault. Violating the behavioral conduct leads to suspicion and leads executives to declare a drug test for employees falling under suspicion. Regardless, they might only consider running a drug test and exclude any alcohol-related tests on the employee concerned. Here are some situations that surround testing with Starbucks, including the experiences you might have:

  1. Pre-employment testing
  2. Random testing
  3. Reasonable suspicion testing
  4. Post-accident testing

Pre-Employment Testing

The case of pre-employment testing is considered by the staff or hiring team to confirm the drug-free state of a prospect. Several companies like Walmart include this for specific departments but Starbucks doesn’t impose this operation on the prospects they get. However, you might be requested to provide a drug test result on some rare occasions, which might also not happen. Pre-employment testing is only done during the hiring process or might not come up throughout your work time. It’s rarely done at Starbucks, but it doesn’t mean that you might not encounter it when you are applying.

Random Testing

There are cases or situations which are attached to drug use and might require employees to pass Starbucks drug test. Sometimes it might not be closely attached to the work activities but concern an external case that’s being monitored. These cases lead to a general screen using saliva drug test kits Starbucks, or other tools for instant screening. It also works when considering an employee who shows unethical behavior on the company premises to confirm the influence of drugs. So do not fret if you get news of a Starbucks random drug test while working to complete your daily activities.

Reasonable Suspicion Testing

Suspicions give the executives good reasons to perform a drug test regardless of the initial no drug-test rule at Starbucks. Also, some branches might prioritize performing drug tests if there are frequent issues of drug use among the employees there. They also have the right to request a drug test from an employee when they suspect you of drug use. It might come as a screen with urine test using Starbucks at-home drug test kits but doesn’t include alcohol tests. However, there are also rare occasions where an alcohol test might be requested if the situation is a little severe.

Post-Accident Testing

Unethical behavior can lead to accidents in the workplace, and Starbucks executives work to contain such situations. Accidents caused by unexpected situations do not attract any drug testing operations or requests to employees available on site. However, it’s different when the traces of the accident shows that an employee is responsible due to unethical behavior at work. It leads to suspicions which further attracts a request for a drug test but only depending on the situation. Despite the accident, running drug tests is still a rare activity to the employees of many Starbucks branches worldwide.

What Kind Of Drug Test Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks doesn’t conduct drug test often, but they have a specific drug test that they perform whenever they do. The test is a five-panel urine test, and they only conduct it with the employee that is concerned. The test is responsible for detecting drugs like marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and opiates that are present in the target’s urine. It helps them note if the employee is really under the influence of drugs and only involves urine screening. It doesn’t bring up any triggers with alcohol, so it is safe to believe that no alcohol tests are involved. So, expect urine or rare saliva screening if word comes out about a drug test in your workplace.


You have questions about Starbucks, especially the job application process for entry-level and other related positions in the company. The details above contain information about the drug testing procedure you should expect when putting in your application there. Everything you should know about Starbucks, the drug test, and other questions that surround it are included above. So ensure you take time to understand these details as you work to land the role you are applying for in Starbucks. Also, ensure you obey the drug-free work ethic the workplace includes in their policy regardless of their testing operations.