Tobacco News – June 1, 2018

Coalition Business

Meetings and events that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information about those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us  or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County AOD Partnership | June 5, 2018 | 11:30PM-1:00PM | Northcentral Technical College

Coalition News

The City of Wausau Adopts Smoke-Free Parks 

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 22 to prohibit smoking in certain areas of city parks and outdoor areas on city property. To read more about this story and the ordinance being implemented click HERE.

WAOW Releases a Special Report on JUULing 

Many people are becoming familiar with JUUL products and the growing popularity among youth. WAOW recently released a special report discussing JUUL, local and state data on teen vaping trends, and resources available for parents and youth advocates. To view this story, click HERE.

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Group Meets With Representative Katrina Shankland 

On May 15th, 8 of the Wisconsin Rapids FACT members met with Representative Katrina Shankland at Lincoln High School to discuss current initiatives and tobacco trends in their school. The youth conducted the Scratch Off Cards FACTivism with Representative Shankland. Through this activity, they were able to show the potential fate of tobacco users.

FACT Youth President Earns Media During Mental Health Month

FACT President, Madelyn Dickey, submitted a letter to the editor on May 11 discussing concerns around tobacco use among those with mental illnesses. To read the full story, click HERE.

Tobacco News 

E-Liquids Misleadingly Labeled or Advertised as Food Products Receive Warnings 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to companies that misleadingly labeled or advertised nicotine-containing e-liquids as kid friendly food products such as juice boxes, candies, and cookies. To read more and view the products click HERE.

Other Tobacco News 

Milwaukee Increases Fines for Retailers Who Sell Tobacco to Minors

The City’s Attorney Office, along with Milwaukee Municipal Judges took steps to help restrict youth access to tobacco products recently by increasing the fine retailers face for selling tobacco products to minors from $260 to $691. To read the full story, click HERE.

Tobacco News – May 1, 2018

Coalition Business 

Meetings and events that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership | May 3rd, 2018 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | Wood County Health Department

  • There will be a presentation on youth tobacco trends and the Wisconsin Rapids FACT group will give an update on their 2018 work

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) | May 21st, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Sheperd Lutheran Church (Marshfield)

  • There will be a presentation on youth tobacco trends and 2018 initiatives regarding health equity efforts to reduce tobacco related disparities

Coalition News 

CWTFC continues to provide support and information to parents and youth advocates regarding JUUL, the new e-cigarette that has increased in popularity among youth recently. Products are being sold in local retail outlets. A one-pager handout on JUUL can be located HERE.

Tobacco News

JUUL Causes Concern 

At the national level, the steep rise of JUUL use among teens has caused worry. Recently, 6 leading public health and medical organizations urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take strong and immediate action to address this issue. To read the full story, click HERE.

More Stories Covering JUUL

More Stories Covering JUUL

More Stories Covering JUUL

May is Mental Health Month

What We Know:

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States have some form of mental health issue
  • 1 in 3 with mental illness smoke
  • Nearly a third of all cigarettes are smoked by adults with mental illness
  • There is a strong correlation between smoking and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • The smoking rate for adults who have experienced 4 or more ACEs is 32% compared to the average adult rate of 17%

The Truth Initiative released an important story regarding Big Tobacco’s tactics to market to people with mental health issues. See video below.

New Tips From Former Smokers Ads Launch 

The ads are very powerful and feature returning participants that illustrate the pain and struggle that comes with living with tobacco-related illness. See videos below.



Tobacco News – April 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on April 20 from 10:00AM-11:30AM at the Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481). Anyone is welcome to attend. Discussion will focus on local updates and other related topics.

Other meetings that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County AOD Partnership | April 3, 2018 | 11:30PM-1:00PM | Northcentral Technical College

Other Coalition Business

A statewide tobacco prevention coalition is an important part of a strong tobacco prevention and control movement. Wisconsin has a growing statewide coalition called Partnership for a Tobacco Free Wisconsin. You can learn more about the statewide coalition here: https://www.tobaccofreewisconsin.org/.

This coalition shares the overall goals of Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition. In an effort to bring networks together a sharing of contacts will be completed. This list sharing will include emails of current subscribers to this page. Just like our organization, the Partnership for Tobacco Free Wisconsin will never sell your contact information, and they will only contract you regarding pertinent tobacco control-related information.

If you choose to opt-out of this list sharing, please contact Jenna Otterholt by April 13. If you would like more information about the type or frequency of contacts you may receive from the statewide coalition, please contact Darcie Warren at 262-703-4848 or Darcie.Warren@lung.org

Coalition News 

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to levels that would no longer cause or sustain addiction. Jenna Otterholt was recently interviewed by WSAW News Channel 7 regarding the proposal. You can view that story HERE. To read more about the proposal click HERE.

Tobacco News 

Youth Exposure to E-cigarette Advertising | A Recent Report Released by the  CDC

Other Tobacco News 

E-cigarette Use Exposes Teenagers to Toxic Chemicals, New Study Says 

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are exposed to significant levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in regular cigarettes, even when they do not contain nicotine, according to a new study. To read more click HERE.

Tobacco News – March 1, 2018

Coalition Business

Meetings and events that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at jenna.otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Healthy Marathon County Ignite | March 16th, 2018 | 7:30AM-9:30AM | Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth | March 19th, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Sheperd Lutheran Church (Marshfield)

Coalition News

The City of Wausau Parks and Recreation Commission have brought back the discussion on the possibility of a smoking ordinance at or near specific park and recreation facilities.  The next meeting is March 5th at City Hall at 4:30PM where it will likely be discussed.  This meeting is open to the public.

Tobacco News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Release a New Report on the Reasons Middle and High School Students Report Using E-cigarettes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Released a New Report on the Reasons Middle and High School Students Report Using E-cigarettes

Overall, the top three reasons given by youth were:

  1. Because a friend or family member used them (39%)
  2. Because they are available in flavors like mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate (31%)
  3. Because they are less harmful than other forms of tobacco, such as cigarettes (17.1%)

To read the full report and highlights from the report click HERE.

As ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system) use remains a growing trend, concerns over health effects of vaping continue to emerge. To gain more information on this issue, view a video shared by CBS News HERE.

Other Tobacco News

World Oral Health Day is Celebrated on March 20th

This is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene for all populations. Tobacco use can lead to many dental problems such as bad breath, tooth discoloration, and inflammation.  In addition, an increased risk of plaque and tarter build up, cancer, and gum disease can occur.

To read more about smoking, gum disease, and tooth loss visit HERE.

View powerful videos from the Tips From Former Smokers campaign HERE.

Tobacco News – February 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition had a steering committee meeting on January 5th to discuss 2018 initiatives. The next meeting will be April 20th at the Portage County Health Department at 10:00AM. A majority of activities this year will focus on identifying and eliminating tobacco related disparities in order to achieve health equity. For more information on health equity and social and economic factors that affect health click HERE. Some new initiatives for 2018 will focus on tobacco-free outdoor spaces and tobacco use in behavioral health systems.

Other meetings that CWTFC will have representation at this month and early March are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at jenna.otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County Behavioral Health |February 16th, 2018|12:00PM-1:30PM|Marathon County Health Department

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership |March 1st, 2018|10:30AM-12:00PM|Wood County Health Department

Coalition News

WINS Update

Wisconsin Wins data has been compiled and reported for 2017. Wisconsin Wins is a state-mandated initiative that aims to reduce youth access to tobacco and nicotine-containing products to protect our youth from becoming addicted to these products. Thank you to the retailers who do not sell tobacco and nicotine products to our area youth! For more information, please visit www.wiwins.org. Retailers can provide employees free training on how to check IDs at www.witobaccocheck.org.

  • Sales to Marathon County minors decreased from 13% in 2016 to 8% in 2017
  • Sales to Portage County minors increased from 13% in 2016 to 18% in 2017
  • Sales to Wood County minors remained at 11% in 2016 and 2017

Wisconsin Wins

Survey Update

The 2017 Marathon County Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been released.  To read about youth tobacco use trends in the area visit http://healthymarathoncounty.org/supporting-initiatives/youth-risk-behavior-survey/.

Tobacco News

National Academies Report on E-Cigarettes Shows Need for FDA Regulation

Based on the findings, long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not yet clear. Among youth, who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do, there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the risk of transitioning to smoking conventional cigarettes.

While e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, the report says. Using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking. However, their long-term health effects are not yet clear.

To read the full article click HERE.

Other Tobacco News

Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wats to Quit Cigarettes But It’s Just Blowing Smoke

To read the full article click HERE.