Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – May, 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

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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE | NEXT CWTFC MEETING

 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.