Tobacco News – February 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition had a steering committee meeting on January 5th to discuss 2018 initiatives. The next meeting will be April 20th at the Portage County Health Department at 10:00AM. A majority of activities this year will focus on identifying and eliminating tobacco related disparities in order to achieve health equity. For more information on health equity and social and economic factors that affect health click HERE. Some new initiatives for 2018 will focus on tobacco-free outdoor spaces and tobacco use in behavioral health systems.

Other meetings that CWTFC will have representation at this month and early March 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 Behavioral Health |February 16th, 2018|12:00PM-1:30PM|Marathon County Health Department

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership |March 1st, 2018|10:30AM-12:00PM|Wood County Health Department

Coalition News

WINS Update

Wisconsin Wins data has been compiled and reported for 2017. Wisconsin Wins is a state-mandated initiative that aims to reduce youth access to tobacco and nicotine-containing products to protect our youth from becoming addicted to these products. Thank you to the retailers who do not sell tobacco and nicotine products to our area youth! For more information, please visit Retailers can provide employees free training on how to check IDs at

  • Sales to Marathon County minors decreased from 13% in 2016 to 8% in 2017
  • Sales to Portage County minors increased from 13% in 2016 to 18% in 2017
  • Sales to Wood County minors remained at 11% in 2016 and 2017

Wisconsin Wins

Survey Update

The 2017 Marathon County Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been released.  To read about youth tobacco use trends in the area visit

Tobacco News

National Academies Report on E-Cigarettes Shows Need for FDA Regulation

Based on the findings, long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not yet clear. Among youth, who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do, there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the risk of transitioning to smoking conventional cigarettes.

While e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, the report says. Using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking. However, their long-term health effects are not yet clear.

To read the full article click HERE.

Other Tobacco News

Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wats to Quit Cigarettes But It’s Just Blowing Smoke

To read the full article click HERE.

Tobacco News- January 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition has a new coordinator! Jenna Otterholt began in October and has been getting oriented to the program and preparing for 2018 initiatives. We give Jenna a warm welcome! The steering committee will be meeting in early January to outline next steps for the coalition. A date for the next coalition meeting will be announced soon. Jenna can be reached at or 715-261-1931. We thank you for your patience as we transitioned coordinators in 2017.

Coalition News

The City of Wausau Parks and Recreation Commission voted in November to move a Smoke-Free Parks ordinance forward to City Council. The Wausau City Council opposed the policy on a 5-6 vote. For general information on smoke-free parks, visit View a clip from the City of Wausau Parks and Recreation Commission meeting HERE.

Tobacco News

There is a new tobacco product that is gaining popularity among teens called JUUL. The e-cigarette device looks like a USB flash drive and is charged in a computer or laptop. They also come in kid-friendly flavors like mango, cool mint, fruit medley and crème brulee.

Check out the store locator on JUUL’s website to see if there are any stores in your area that carry the product. Here’s an article from NPR that talks about how teenagers are embracing JUUL and saying it’s discreet enough to vape in class. There is a growing concern in schools about the use of this product right here in Wisconsin.

Other Tobacco News

New Survey Shows Youth Cigarette Smoking Continues to Fall, But Raises Fresh Concerns about E-Cigarettes and Cigars

The 2017 Monitoring the Future survey released today shows that youth cigarette smoking continues to fall, but raises fresh concerns about the popularity of electronic cigarettes and cigars among youth. The survey found that far more 12th graders vaped e-cigarettes than smoked regular cigarettes in the previous 30 days – 16.6 percent reported any vaping, including 11 percent who reported vaping nicotine, versus 9.7 percent who smoked cigarettes. In addition, more 12th graders reported smoking flavored little cigars than cigarettes – 10.1 percent to 9.7 percent.

CDC Report on Tobacco Use among American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN)

During 2010–2015, current (past 30-day) tobacco-product use was significantly higher among AI/ANs than non-AI/ANs for any tobacco product (43.3 percent vs. 27.7 percent); for cigarettes (37.3 percent vs. 23.0 percent); for roll-your-own tobacco (7.1 percent vs. 3.5 percent); for pipes (1.9 percent vs. 0.9 percent); and for smokeless tobacco (6.6 percent vs. 3.5 percent). Read more HERE.