Meeting Minutes 

June meeting minutes for the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting can be viewed HERE. Our next meeting will be Friday, September 6th from 10:00AM-12:00PM at Portage County Health & Human Services.

Special Notes 

  • CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) developed this presentation to educate youth on e-cigarettes, including the health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. This resource is intended for adults who educate or serve youth ages 11 – 18 (teachers, youth ministers, coaches, scout leaders, etc.). Utilizing the talking points and information for users document, the presenter does not require additional information, nor permission to deliver the presentation. This presentation can be found HERE.
  • APPPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 21st | Marshfield Clinic Health System is offering $500 stipends to community organizations and schools to mobilize discussion and efforts on e-cigarette initiatives (total program up to $20,000). Organizations may use funding for the planning or implementation of a variety of initiatives, including trainings, education and awareness, policy alignment with state and federal initiatives, treatment or enforcement. For more information (including application details), go to: LINK
  • SAVE THE DATE: Partnership for Tobacco Free Wisconsin is hosting a regional meeting in Wausau at the Marathon County Health Department on October 29th, time TBD, this is open to all partners and will be a free event

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – June, 2019

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

Coalition Business 

The next CWTFC Meeting will be on Friday, June 7 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Portage County Health & Human Services | View Minutes, Agenda (including call-in info), & Other Materials HERE.

Coalition Highlights & News 

Marshfield Clinic Taking Action 

Marshfield Clinic recently sponsored an event in Wausau, E-Cigarettes and Our Youth: Partners in Prevention. The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition and Lincoln High School FACT had members attend and present. There were various media coverage including stories by Wisconsin Eye, Channel 7, & Channel 9. Pictures from the event are below. In addition, the coalition recognized D.C. Everest Area School District for exemplary contributions to youth substance abuse prevention efforts.


Pictured: FACT members Jacqueline Sii, Savada Kasun, and Madisyn Hasenohrl present on their efforts from the youth perspective

Pictured: FACT members Jacqueline Sii, Savada Kasun, and Madisyn Hasenohrl present on their efforts from the youth perspective


Pictured: FACT President Jacqueline Sii completes her first television interview with Brian Will from WSAW Channel 7


Pictured from Left to Right: Jenna Flynn | Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition Coordinator, Spencer Straub | Media & Communications Coordinator for Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Control Program, Carleigh Olson | Policy Coordinator for Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Control Program, & Alex Peeters | Northwestern Regional Outreach Specialist for UW Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention


Pictured: School Resource Officer Frank Wierzbanowski presents on current trends at the local level


Pictured: School Resource Officer Frank Wierzbanowski presents on current trends at the local level, attendees take a look at the most popular e-cigarette brands and products


Pictured: Members of the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition present certificate of recognition to Officer Frank – D.C. Everest Area School District, from left to right: Joe Rohling, Elizabeth Beck, School Resource Officer for D.C. Everest Frank Wierzbanowski, Jenna Flynn, Ashley Normington

*SPECIAL UPDATE* 
Marshfield Clinic Health System is offering $500 stipends to community organizations and schools to mobilize discussion and efforts on e-cigarette initiatives (total program up to $20,000). Organizations may use funding for the planning or implementation of a variety of initiatives, including trainings, education and awareness, policy alignment with state and federal initiatives, treatment or enforcement. For more information, go to: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/health-system/community-investments

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Addresses Tobacco Prevention Efforts Locally 

FACT members and representation from the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition had a follow up meeting with local leadership in Wisconsin Rapids to discuss the issue of teen e-cigarette use and what prevention efforts they should focus on. The group emphasized the point that everyone has a right to breath clean air. In addition, the group completed a butts clean-up day where they found tons of cigarette litter near their school!


From Left to Right: Ashley Normington (Wood County AOD Partnership), Kayelyn Schulze, Jacqueline Sii, Mayor Vruwink, Madelyn Dickey, Adrienne Dickey, Savada Kasun, Madisyn Hasenohrl, FACT Advisor Chris Bondioli, SRO German Olivares, SRO Eric Daven


Pictured from Left to Right: Aurora Abley, Halle Heath, Jacqueline Sii, Kayelyn Schulze

National Tobacco News

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Raise the Federal Smoking Age to 21 

Senators Mitch McConnell and Tim Kaine introduced a bill Monday that would raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 in hopes of curbing what regulators are calling an “epidemic” of teen vaping.

The bill covers all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. It does not prevent local governments from passing stricter laws nor does it exempt military personnel, two policies public health groups had feared. Both McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, and Kaine, D-Va., hail from tobacco-producing states. To read the full story click HERE.

Walmart Will Stop Selling Tobacco to Anyone Under 21 

Starting July 1, the retailer (and its corporate cousin Sam’s Club) will institute the new policy as well as discontinue the sale of fruit- and desert-flavored nicotine products. The company made the announcement in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration. To read the full story click HERE.

The FDA Permits Sale of IQOS Tobacco Heating System 

To read the full press release click HERE. The Public Health Law Center offers a comprehensive fact sheet that provides an overview of the heated cigarettes category of products, describes products currently available on the the U.S. market, and explains how heated cigarettes fit into a comprehensive scheme. This sheet can be viewed HERE.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities 

There is a webinar taking place on Monday, June 10th from 1:30PM-3:00PM titled: Talking About Tobacco-Related Disparities: New Communications Research, hosted by ChangeLab Solutions and FrameWorks Institute. To register for this event click HERE.

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – May, 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.

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

Coalition Highlights & News

Stevens Point News recently featured a story on the re-launch of the Tobacco is Changing campaign. Members and partners of the coalition collaborated to release this. View the press release HERE.

The same topic was covered during a radio interview with 95.5 WIFC. Jenna Flynn, Coordinator for Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition joined Nikki to talk about the dangers of vaping for teens and resources available. Listen HERE.

Wisconsin Tobacco News

The Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network are Working with Retailers in Milwaukee to Prevent the Illegal Sales of “Loosies” 

View the Op-Ed written by Senator Lena C. Taylor HERE.

National Tobacco News 

JUUL launches TV Commercials

JUUL is marketing their products as a cessation tool for adults. View the commercial below and take notice how similar it is to the Tips From Former Smokers video (also below). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is promoting FDA approved cessation options and JUUL is promoting their product. One JUUL pod contains at least the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.

Congress Considers Legislation | Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 

SOURCE: Public Health Law Center 

2 weeks ago, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep. Donna Shalala of Florida introduced the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019, to ban menthol, restrict other flavors, and map out a sensible and appropriate response to the current youth e-cigarette epidemic. The bill would:

  • Require the FDA to establish graphic warning labels on cigarette packages
  • Require the FDA to apply current marketing restrictions for cigarettes to all commercial tobacco products (e.g. prohibiting brand named merchandise, prohibiting sporting and cultural event sponsorship)
  • Codify the deeming rule into statute, preventing the FDA from rolling back regulations on premium cigars or other commercial tobacco products
  • Increase the federal minimum age of sale to 21 and compel age verification
  • Prohibit the sale of all flavors in all commercial tobacco products, including menthol in cigarettes (allowing the FDA to issue a rule determining that specific flavors of e-cigarettes decrease smoking)
  • Require the FDA to prohibit online sales and other remote sales practices
  • Increase the budget of the Center for Tobacco Products from $712,000,000 to $812,000,000 and allow the FDA to collect user fees to e-cigarette manufacturers
  • Require the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine products
  • Allow the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to crack down on e-cigarette marketing to youth and to issue annual reports to Congress.

FDA Voices Concern of Safety Issues Related to Seizures Reported Following E-cigarette Use

Read the statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottleib, M.D., and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. HERE.

Other Local Happenings

To Register for the Free E-Cigarettes and our Youth: Partners in Prevention Forum Click HERE

To Register for Part 4 of 4 of the Marijuana & Youth Series Click HERE 

To Register for the Overcoming Addiction Together Workshop Series Click HERE 

Did You Know? 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Month?

Only 1 out of 4 mental health centers in the United States offer services. Research has shown that 40% of all cigarettes are smoked by individuals with behavioral health issues.

Despite common misconceptions, research shows that when individuals quit tobacco and other substances at the same time, they are 25% more likely to stay off both. With a large amount of the behavioral health community smoking, it’s important that tailored cessation assistance is available (TOBWIS).

Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line - 800-QUIT-NOW

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – April, 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.

*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 

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tobaccoischanging/index.htm

National Tobacco News

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

LAST CHANCE TO TAKE PARTNER SURVEY!

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.