Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – February, 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.


 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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Tobacco News – November, 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 Flynn at Jenna.Flynn@co.marathon.wi.us  or 715-261-1931.

Wood County AOD Partnership | November 1, 2018 | 10:00PM-12:00PM | Wood County Health Department

Northwoods Coalition | November 5, 2018 | 10:00AM-3:00PM | Clark County Courthouse (RM 101)

Portage County AODA | November 8, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Portage County Annex

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

Wisconsin Rapids FACT | November 13, 2018 | 8:50AM-9:20AM | Lincoln High School – all partners are invited to attend to get an overview of FACT and CWTFC 2018 initiatives and future projects, meet in the main office at 8:40AM

Marathon County Safe Kids | November 13, 2018 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Aspirus Wausau Hospital (Nursing Room B) – a presentation on vaping trends will be given at 10:30AM

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth | November 19, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – CWTFC will be featured through an IGNITE style presentation to highlight coalition initiatives 

Coalition News

Vaping Epidemic Hits Home

The coalition has recently received many requests for presentations covering topics related to the teen vaping epidemic that has affected schools in Marathon, Wood, and Portage counties. If there is a school or organization that works with youth that would like training and technical assistance for parents or staff on this topic, contact Jenna Flynn.

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Doing Great Work

On Saturday, October 20th, members of Wisconsin Rapids FACT participated in a cigarette butt cleanup event. In just one small area, the group was able to gather more than a gallon of cigarette butts. In addition, they found other products like chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. This activity highlights how smoking can affect the environment and acknowledges the prevalence of tobacco use in this community. The work of the FACT group emphasizes educational advocacy about the dangers of tobacco use.




Wisconsin Tobacco News

You’re Invited to a Meeting for the Partnership for a Tobacco Free Wisconsin!

Thursday, December 6th | Noon-12:45 p.m. via Skype

Tobacco prevention staff from across Wisconsin will be assembled at the Pyle Center in Madison during this meeting. If interested, plan to join us via Skype to focus on statewide coalition business. There will be a separate calendar invitation with directions to join via Skype, and an agenda will follow closer to the meeting date. If interested, hold the noon hour on December 6th on your calendar. Feel free to invite any partners who may be interested in joining the statewide tobacco prevention coalition, as well.

National Tobacco News

The Great American Smokeout | Thursday, November 15th 

Most of us know someone or maybe you are the person who has been affected by the devastating impact that a smoking addiction can have. For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November.  It is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit. The event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.



Tobacco News – October 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 Flynn at Jenna.Flynn@co.marathon.wi.us  or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County AOD Partnership | October 2, 2018 | 11:30PM-1:00PM | Northcentral Technical College

Portage County Alliance for Youth (PCAY) | October 12, 2018 | 8:00AM-9:00AM | Boys & Girls Club of Portage County

Coalition News 

North Central Health Care Integrates Nicotine Treatment into its Services 

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition has worked in partnership with UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention and North Central Health Care to offer a free seminar tailored for those that provide mental and behavioral health care and have clients, patients or residents who want to quit smoking.

This is an important effort as 40% of all cigarettes smoked by adults in the United States are smoked by those with mental illness or substance use disorders. In fact, when individuals quit tobacco and other substances at the same time, they are 25% more likely to stay off both.

Wisconsin Tobacco News

Survey Shows Strong Support for a Tobacco-Free UW-Madison

A recent survey of UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff shows that 8 in 10 support UW-Madison going tobacco-free, meaning no use of cigarettes, tobacco products like chew and little cigars, and vaping products on campus. To view the survey and press release click HERE.

To learn more about other tobacco-free Wisconsin Colleges & Universities and initiatives around this visit SPARK and view the video below.

National Tobacco News 

FDA Calls Youth E-Cigarette Use an Epidemic

On September 12, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., released a statement on new steps to address epidemic of youth e-cigarette. To read the full statement click HERE. See NBC News video below.

Nearly 1 in 11 Students Have Used E-cigarettes for Marijuana

A new research letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2016, nearly 1 in every 11 students used cannabis in an e-cigarette. This means that essentially more than 2 million youth have ever used cannabis in an e-cigarette, including nearly 1 in 3 high school (1.7 million) students and nearly 1 in 4 middle school students (425,000). To read the story click HERE.