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.

TOBWIS

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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