Cancelled | 2018 Candidate Forum

Due to circumstances, the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition unfortunately has to cancel this year’s Candidate Forum that was set to be held Tuesday, October 16th from 4:00PM-5:30PM in Marshfield, WI at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. Please let others know who you might have sent this event to or those who seemed interested in attending.

CWTFC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to notifying subscribers of future events. Our coalition will continue to meet with state and local leaders one-on-one and will send meeting opportunities to those who voiced interest as they are received.

You may continue to find information about future coalition initiatives on this page.


2018 Candidate Forum 

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition is hosting its 2018 Candidate Forum.This event is planned for Tuesday, October 16th from 4:00PM-5:30PM in Marshfield, WI at the Holiday Inn Conference Center (750 S Central Ave). Themes for the forum will focus on tobacco prevention, behavioral health, and youth trends. Candidate invitations will be sent to: AD 69, AD 70, AD 72, AD 86, and SD 23.


Tobacco News – September 1, 22018

Coalition Business 

As the school year approaches and calendars fill up, things begin to get busier for the coalition too. FACT youth out of Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids will begin their tobacco prevention efforts again and coalition outreach will be done for parents and schools that want information on current youth tobacco trends.

For those of you that have not already seen, the new contact information for the Coalition Coordinator (formerly Jenna Otterholt, now Jenna Flynn) is listed below. 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  or 715-261-1931.

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership | September 6th, 2018 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | Wood County Health Department

Portage County Alliance for Youth (PCAY) | September 14th, 2018 | 8:00AM-9:00AM | Boys & Girls Club of Portage County

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) | September 17th, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Sheperd Lutheran Church (Marshfield)

Western Marathon County Healthy Communities | September 19th, 2018 | 8:30AM-10:30AM | TBD

Coalition News

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition was recently featured in a story by WSAW News Channel 7. The story highlighted details of the HUD rule and how it could affect members of the community locally. View this story HERE .

Wisconsin Tobacco News 

Tobacco Marketing in Wisconsin 

There was an interesting study done recently at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that concluded tobacco is marketed more heavily in minority neighborhoods in the City of Milwaukee. To view the press release click HERE.

National Tobacco News 

Back to School Resources Available

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced great new resources timed for back to school on the health risks of youth using e-cigarettes. As kids prepare to return to school this year, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has developed new content for parents and other youth influencers (e.g., teachers, coaches, faith leaders, health care providers) to provide them with accurate and current information about the risks of e-cigarettes among young people. These materials specifically focus on e-cigarettes that are shaped like USB flash drives, including JUUL, which are growing in popularity among school–aged kids. Content for this information can be found HERE.

Back to School with JUUL? 

Tobacco News – August 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on August 3 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 2018 coalition progress and community outreach planning. An agenda will be sent to subscribers this week.


Coalition News

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition was recently featured in stories by the Wausau Daily Herald and WAOW Newsline 9. The stories highlighted the Wisconsin WINS program, current usage trends in the state, resources for those looking to quit tobacco use, what parents can do if they suspect their kids are using e-cigarettes, and the importance of continued efforts in tobacco control and prevention. View these stories at the links below.

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Sales to Teens on Track to Decline, but E-cigarettes a Worry 

Tobacco News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Implements Smoke-Free Public Housing 

Effective July 30th, all public housing has shifted to smoke-free units. This rule allows all residents and staff an opportunity to breath clean air in their homes and work environment. This move not only protects those in the buildings from exposure to secondhand smoke, but also saves properties money on costs to turnover units and reduces fire risk. To read more about smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing, visit the American Lung Association. To learn how this rule will affect our local communities, watch a recent news story that WSAW NewsChannel 7 featured HERE.

Other Tobacco News 

A New Tobacco Product on the Rise in Some Countries | Heat-Not-Burn Technology

Heated tobacco products, sometimes marketed as “heat-not-burn” technology, represent a diverse class of products that heat leaf tobacco to produce an inhaled aerosol. Global sales
of heated tobacco products are increasing, but the extent of current heated tobacco product
awareness and use in the U.S. is largely unknown.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an article on use and awareness of “heat-not-burn” tobacco products. In 2017, a total of 5.2% of U.S. adults were aware of the products, compared to 9.9% of current smokers. 0.7% of U.S. adults reported ever trying them compared to 2.7% of current smokers. Odds of using were higher for current smokers than never smokers, and higher for adults 30 years or younger.

This product is different than e-cigarettes because traditional cigarettes are used and heated versus an e-liquid. This product is not currently available in the United States.


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