Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – April, 2019

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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 Flynn at Jenna.Flynn@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

*SAVE THE DATE: Next CWTFC Meeting will be on Friday, June 7 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Portage County Health & Human Services

Public Hearings for Joint Committee on Finance Have Been Scheduled

To view this schedule click HERE. Locally, Representative Pat Snyder is holding a budget listening session with Representative Amy Loudenbeck, who is the Assembly vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance. This will be at the Marathon County Public Library from 11:00AM – 1:00PM in the Wausau Community Room.

Coalition Highlights & News 

Schools Taking Action

On March 4th, D.C. Everest hosted a presentation for parents on the issues around vaping in their district. Channel 9 completed a story, which can be viewed HERE.

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Addresses Vaping in their School

Recently, the Lincoln High School FACT group hosted a vaping and smoking awareness youth to spread the truth about these products and how youth are being targeted. To view the media story that was published by the Wisconsin Rapids City Times click HERE.

Top row, from left: Brock Erdman, Mayor Zach Vruwink, Adrienne Dickey, and Aurora Abley; bottom row: Mr. Bondioli, Madelyn Dickey, Jacqueline Sii, and Halle Health

Wisconsin Tobacco News

Tobacco Companies Target Low-Income Areas of Milwaukee County, Study Proves – VIEW STORY 

The Wisconsin Tobacco is Changing Campaign Relaunches – VIEW STORY 


National Tobacco News

Some E-Cigarette Users Are Having Seizures, Most Reports Involving Youth and Young Adults – VIEW STORY

FDA Warns Companies to Stop Making E-Liquids Marketed to Resemble Prescription Cough Syrups – VIEW STORY 

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San Franscisco Weighing Ban on E-cigarettes

The California city already prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco and flavored e-liquid, but they’re considering further action. VIEW STORY

Colorado Repeals Preemption 

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The state of Colorado has taken a long-overdue step to protect public health and boost the fight against tobacco by repealing a state law that made it much harder for cities and counties to enact their own tobacco prevention measures – including raising the tobacco sale age to 21, increasing cigarette taxes and requiring licensure of cigarette retailers. This harmful language preempting local laws has been in state statute since the early 1970s, and the tobacco industry has fought for decades to prevent its removal.

We applaud and thank the lawmakers who have taken this landmark step forward to ensure Colorado localities can take action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives. The new law – HB 19-1033 – lets cities (once again) and counties (for the first time) include cigarettes in many tobacco control regulatory policies. Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law today.

The new law allows localities to raise the age of sale for tobacco products to 21 and to tax and regulate tobacco products. It removes many of the financial penalties that Colorado communities previously faced when they tried to tax or regulate tobacco products.

Preemption measures have long been a favored tobacco industry tactic for blocking effective local action to reduce tobacco use, which is the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death. By repealing preemption, Colorado is setting a great example for other states to repeal similar laws and oppose the enactment of new ones.

Did You Know? 

Earth Day is Approaching 

Did you know that Earth Day is April 22nd? According to the Truth Initiative, cigarettes have historically been the most littered item on earth, with 4.5 trillion cigarettes discarded each year worldwide. Littered cigarette butts stick around for a long time and release toxic chemicals such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and lead into the environment, leading to land, water and air pollution. Lets do our part this year by properly disposing cigarette butts or consider organizing a clean-up effort!

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – March, 2019

If you are having trouble viewing visit http://centralwitobaccofree.org/

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 Flynn at Jenna.Flynn@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Next CWTFC is Friday, March 1 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Portage County Health and Human Services, *NEW: Call-In Option Available: Dial-in Number: 605-313-4441, Access Code: 604868  AGENDA 12/7/18 Meeting Minutes

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) | March 18th, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Marshfield)

Western Marathon County Healthy Communities | March 20th, 2019 | 8:30AM-10:30AM | Abbotsford High School

Coalition Highlights & News


If you have not already, please take 5 minutes to fill out our annual partner satisfaction survey for the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition. Even if you do not regularly attend meetings, your input is valued! Please fill out the survey by Tuesday, February 26th. See survey link below:

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition Partner Survey


On February 8th, coalition members met with Senator Patrick Testin to discuss current tobacco trends and what we are seeing locally with youth use. Senator Testin was appreciative of the meeting and noted that he would be in contact with our coalition in the future.

Pictured Left to Right: Liz Gosse (Youth for Christ-Portage County Juvenile Justice Ministry Affiliate Coordinator), Laura Zelenak (Community Benefits Coordinator for Marshfield Clinic Health System), Emily Heil (Public Health Intern for Portage County Health & Human Services), Elizabeth Beck (Community Health Planner for Portage County Health & Human Services, Senator Patrick Testin (SD 24), Jenna Flynn (Public Health Educator for Marathon County Health Department & CWTFC Coordinator), Ashley Normington (Health Promotion & Communication Specialist for Wood County Health Department).


New Resource for Teens | Access Electronic PDF HERE

National Tobacco News

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011-2018. Click HERE for the full press release.

New Resource for Youth Advocates

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has developed a comprehensive guide about vaping and what youth advocates need to know and how to talk to kids about it. To access this 12-page guide click HERE.

Other Local Happenings

Did You Know?

Did you know that March 17-24 is National Poison Prevention Week? As of January 31, 2019, poison control centers have managed 340 exposure cases about e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine in 2019. To read more about this click HERE.

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – February, 2019

If you are having trouble viewing visit http://centralwitobaccofree.org/

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 Flynn at Jenna.Flynn@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.


 Friday, March 1 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Portage County Health and Human Services

Northwoods Coalition | February 4, 2019 | 10:00AM-3:00PM | North Ridge Church, 1021 W. McMillan St. Marshfield

Marathon County AOD Partnership | February 5, 2019 | 11:30AM-1:00PM | North Central Technical College | To Follow: 1:30PM-4:30PM Part 1 of 4-Part Series | Marijuana & Youth

To Register Click HERE | Additional Details Below

Safe Kids Wood County | February 7, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Marshfield Clinic 2nd Laird Building, Room ML2B

Portage County Alliance for Youth (PCAY) | February 8, 2019 | 8:00AM-9:00AM

2018 Coalition Highlights & News

WSAW Channel 7 completed a story on the state of tobacco in Wisconsin. To view this story click HERE.


Underage Tobacco Sales Down in Wisconsin, Wood County Sales Increase. To view this story click HERE. Read how Wisconsin WINS works to reduce these rates.

Wisconsin Wins


CWTFC is partnering with Marathon County Adverse Childhood Experiences Collaborative on March 4 to present on disparate populations affected by tobacco. No registration required. Details below.

Wisconsin News

American Lung Association Releases Its State of Tobacco Control Report

To read the full press release click HERE.

2018 Youth Tobacco Survey Data is Released


Wisconsin Department of Health Services Issues Public Health Advisory on Youth E-Cigarette Use

According to the 2018 Youth Tobacco Survey data, 1 in 9 middle school students have tried e-cigarettes, and 1 in 5 high school students currently use them. 20.1% of Wisconsin high school students and 4.1% of middle school students currently use e-cigarettes. Read the full advisory HERE.

National News

FDA Says Juul and Altria Not Sticking to Pledge to Stop Teen Vaping

The FDA says the e-cigarette maker Juul and tobacco company Altria are backing down on their pledge to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teens. Read the full story HERE.

FDA Inaction on E-Cigarette Use Puts Teens’ Lives at Risk

The FDA inaction on e-cigarettes is putting teens’ health and lives at risk, according to a new report by the American Lung Association. Read the full story HERE.

Did You Know?

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Heart disease can happen to anyone. Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages including obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, and smoking. Smoking can lead to heart disease by damaging blood vessels. Learn how to quit smoking.

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – January, 2019

Coalition Business

Happy New Year from the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition! As we dive in to 2019 there is plenty of work to be done to create a community that encourages tobacco and nicotine free living in Marathon, Wood, and Portage counties!

Thank you to those who support this work and continue to take steps that focus on identifying and eliminating tobacco related disparities. As we look forward to another great year, it’s important to reflect on the great things that happened in 2018!

2018 Coalition Highlights

  • 20 meetings with local and state leaders
  • 15 community presentations including 5 school districts
  • Over 20 media stories published
  • 60 new website subscribers
  • Education on best practice given to the City of Wausau when smoke-free parks was considered
  • North Central Health Care implemented nicotine treatment in outpatient department
  • FACT earned 3 published media stories, 10 FACTivisms, & met with 1 state representative
  • Underage tobacco sales decreased in Portage County
  • City of Stevens Point addressed possession of e-cigarettes among minors
  • Countless relationships built, maintained, and expanded in all of our counties

If you know of community members that are interested in this work or simply want to stay in the loop of what is happening locally send them to our website to subscribe to monthly updates or contact Jenna Flynn at jenna.flynn@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Mark your calendars for the first coalition meeting of 2019 that will be held on Friday, March 1 from 10:00AM-12:00PM at the Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481). There will be a new call-in option available. Details will be posted at a later date. 

Other meetings that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below.

Portage County Alliance for Youth (PCAY) | January 11, 2018 | 8:00AM-9:00AM | Boys & Girls Club of Portage County

Coalition News

Vaping Event is a Success

On December 13th, the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition hosted a free community event on the facts about vaping and resources available. There were 65 attendees including representation from law enforcement, health care, schools, and the state legislature. Thanks to our partner presenters from Marshfield Clinic and UW-Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention, North Central Health Care for the meeting space, and the Marathon County AOD Partnership for recording one of the sessions. If you missed this event, you can view the recording HERE. See the media coverage. Other materials from this event can be found below:

Tip Sheet for Parents – Surgeon General

E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives: Info for Parents, Educators, & Health Care Providers – Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Addresses Vaping in their School 

Stevens Point Addresses Vape Product Use & Possession by Minors

On Monday, December 17th, the Stevens Point City Council voted to disallow minors from possessing all vaping products. To read the full story click HERE.

Wisconsin Tobacco News

Underage Tobacco Sales Down 18% in Wisconsin

Underage tobacco sales in Wisconsin fell from 7.1% in 2017 to 5.8% in 2018, according to the Federal Synar Survey, which measures how frequently tobacco retailers sell to minors. To read the full press release click HERE.

National Tobacco News

Read the Story: More Teens Vape, But Binge Drinking and Opiod Use Are Down 

Did You Know?

Some studies show that quitting smoking is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. If there is someone you know that is contemplating quitting refer them to the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. This is a free resource for adults. View: Information About the WI Tobacco Quit Line.



2018 Year-End Wrap Up

Special Thank You

Happy holidays from the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition! As 2018 comes to an end and we look ahead to 2019, it is an important time to thank all of our coalition members, supporters, and partners who have been involved in educational advocacy work to reach our vision of becoming tobacco and nicotine free in Marathon, Wood, and Portage counties. Addressing this burden takes teamwork. Know that your efforts are appreciated!

Coalition Business 

*The final 2018 Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on Friday, December 7 from 10:00AM-11:30AM at the Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481). The agenda can be found HERE.

*Please watch for a partner feedback survey to be sent out at the beginning of the year. Your feedback is extremely valuable as we determine coalition structure and effectiveness. Information on future meetings will be sent out in early 2019.

*Don’t forget to register for our FREE community event happening on December 13! Get the facts about vaping and resources available to address this teen epidemic. An electronic version of the event flyer can be found HERE . Register HERE.

Coalition News

Teen Vaping Epidemic Continues to be a Burden 

Following the FDA announcement to restrict flavored e-cigarettes, there was a story aired by WSAW News Channel 7. The story highlighted the concerns of the FDA and why vaping products are attractive to youth. Click HERE to view.


Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition Highlights the Great American Smokeout 

In honor of the Great American Smokeout held on November 15, WI Central Time News featured a personal story of how nicotine addiction affected one family. To read the full article click HERE. Click SUBSCRIBE if you would like to receive the Marathon County Newsletter monthly. While smoking rates are at an all time low, it is still the #1 cause of preventable death and disease.

Wisconsin Tobacco News

Adult Tobacco Use in Wisconsin is Down, But There is Still Work to Do  

The Department of Health Services released a press release detailing adult tobacco use in Wisconsin. The state’s overall prevalence is down to 16% in 2017 (from 17% in 2016). However, despite the good news, disparities persist in the state and a number of tobacco users are using more than one product. Read the DHS release.

National Tobacco News 

The Food and Drug Administration Begins the Process to Ban Menthol in Cigarettes and Limit Sales of Flavored E-cigarettes to Youth 

The FDA’s moves are driven by new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing a 78 percent increase in vaping by high school students, with 3.6 million high school and middle school students now using e-cigarettes. Additionally, more than half of youth smokers ages 12-17 use menthol cigarettes. To read the full story click HERE. To read how this will affect JUUL, click HERE. Video below.

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Master Settlement Agreement 

This month (November 23, 2018) marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark 1998 legal settlement between the states and the tobacco companies (the Master Settlement Agreement or MSA), which required the companies to pay more than $200 billion over time as compensation for tobacco-related health care costs, restricted some forms of tobacco marketing and provided funding for a national public education campaign to prevent youth tobacco use. While there has been great progress made, there are still big challenges to face. To read the full press release submitted by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids click HERE.



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