Tobacco News – July 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  or 715-261-1931.

Wood County Mental Health Matters Coalition | July, 26th 2018 | 1:00PM-3:00PM | Wood County Health Department (111 W Jackson St Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 3rd Floor)

  • There will be a special presentation given on behalf of Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention on the relationship between tobacco dependence, mental health and substance abuse. This will be a great learning opportunity if this is a topic of interest to you or are looking to learn something new. To read more about the Mental Health Matters Coalition, click HERE.

Coalition News

The Statewide Initiatives Meeting recently took pack on June 28th where all 15 coalitions in the state including CWTFC met to discuss collaborative efforts regarding tobacco prevention. There were some key takeaways:

  • While the current adult smoking rate in the United states is 13.9%, 17% of Wisconsin adults smoke
  • Even though these numbers are lower than ever before, the rates can be misleading as some populations have much higher use far above the state average such as Native Americans (37%) and those ever diagnosed with depression (29%)
  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids provided an update on national efforts being done to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world
  • Jenna Otterholt was able to meet Marie Justice, the spokesperson for the Tobacco is Changing campaign, where Marie shared her passion for these messages and preventing early nicotine addiction among youth

Tobacco News


A powerful video was recently shared on YouTube where youth discuss their struggle with nicotine addiction and e-cigarettes including JUUL. View this video below.

A handout with information on e-cigarettes shaped like USB flash drives can be found HERE. This resource could be extremely helpful for parents, educators and health care providers.

Other Tobacco News 

National Youth Tobacco Survey Data is Released 

Earlier this week, the CDC released data from the National Youth Tobacco Suvey from 2011-2017. The key findings are listed below:

  • In 2017, about 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 18 middle school students reported currently using a tobacco product (down from 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 13 middle school students in 2011)
  • Half of high school students who used a tobacco product and 2 in 5 middle school students who used a tobacco product reported using two or more tobacco products
  • For the fourth year in a row, the study found e-cigarettes to be the most commonly used tobacco product

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  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.

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 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 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:

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

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- September 1, 2017

Coalition Business

The fall Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is TBD. When a new hire is made, the coalition coordinator will schedule the next meeting.

Interim coordinator will be out on maternity leave within the next few weeks. Any gap between the interim coordinator and new hire will be covered by Melissa Moore, Drug Free Communities Coordinator at the Marathon County Health Department. She can be reached at

Tobacco News

The Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank released a video titled Tobacco: Honoring our Traditions and our Health. This video highlights tobacco prevention efforts in Wisconsin Tribal Communities. The video discusses the importance of reclaiming traditional tobacco and highlights successful smoke-free initiatives in Wisconsin tribal communities, including an outdoor Ojibwe cultural event center and a Ho-Chunk gaming casino that have implemented smoke-free policies.

Local Data Release

A new report available from the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population and Health provides county-level data for lives lost to smoking from 2011-2015. This report shows tobacco’s local impact on Wisconsin. You can read the report here.

Other Tobacco News

Maine Becomes Fourth State to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Maine provides another significant boost for the growing, nationwide movement to increase the tobacco age to 21. Tobacco 21 laws have also been enacted by California, Hawaii, New Jersey and at least 255 cities and counties, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis and both Kansas Cities. The Oregon Legislature approved a Tobacco 21 bill last month, and Gov. Kate Brown has indicated she will sign it into law. Massachusetts lawmakers should quickly approve similar legislation pending there.

Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all tobacco use begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry. We know that about 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21. Increasing the tobacco age will help counter the industry’s efforts to target young people at a critical time when many move from experimenting with tobacco to regular smoking. In Maine alone, tobacco companies spend over $42 million a year to market their deadly and addictive products. This legislation will also help keep tobacco out of high schools, where younger teens often obtain tobacco products from older students.  

A 2015 report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) concluded that increasing the tobacco age to 21 will significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking, with immediate and long-term benefits for the nation’s health.