Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – April, 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.

*SAVE THE DATE: Next CWTFC Meeting will be on Friday, June 7 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Portage County Health & Human Services

Public Hearings for Joint Committee on Finance Have Been Scheduled

To view this schedule click HERE. Locally, Representative Pat Snyder is holding a budget listening session with Representative Amy Loudenbeck, who is the Assembly vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance. This will be at the Marathon County Public Library from 11:00AM – 1:00PM in the Wausau Community Room.

Coalition Highlights & News 

Schools Taking Action

On March 4th, D.C. Everest hosted a presentation for parents on the issues around vaping in their district. Channel 9 completed a story, which can be viewed HERE.

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Addresses Vaping in their School

Recently, the Lincoln High School FACT group hosted a vaping and smoking awareness youth to spread the truth about these products and how youth are being targeted. To view the media story that was published by the Wisconsin Rapids City Times click HERE.

Top row, from left: Brock Erdman, Mayor Zach Vruwink, Adrienne Dickey, and Aurora Abley; bottom row: Mr. Bondioli, Madelyn Dickey, Jacqueline Sii, and Halle Health

Wisconsin Tobacco News

Tobacco Companies Target Low-Income Areas of Milwaukee County, Study Proves – VIEW STORY 

The Wisconsin Tobacco is Changing Campaign Relaunches – VIEW STORY 

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tobaccoischanging/index.htm

National Tobacco News

Some E-Cigarette Users Are Having Seizures, Most Reports Involving Youth and Young Adults – VIEW STORY

FDA Warns Companies to Stop Making E-Liquids Marketed to Resemble Prescription Cough Syrups – VIEW STORY 

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San Franscisco Weighing Ban on E-cigarettes

The California city already prohibits the sale of flavored tobacco and flavored e-liquid, but they’re considering further action. VIEW STORY

Colorado Repeals Preemption 

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The state of Colorado has taken a long-overdue step to protect public health and boost the fight against tobacco by repealing a state law that made it much harder for cities and counties to enact their own tobacco prevention measures – including raising the tobacco sale age to 21, increasing cigarette taxes and requiring licensure of cigarette retailers. This harmful language preempting local laws has been in state statute since the early 1970s, and the tobacco industry has fought for decades to prevent its removal.

We applaud and thank the lawmakers who have taken this landmark step forward to ensure Colorado localities can take action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives. The new law – HB 19-1033 – lets cities (once again) and counties (for the first time) include cigarettes in many tobacco control regulatory policies. Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law today.

The new law allows localities to raise the age of sale for tobacco products to 21 and to tax and regulate tobacco products. It removes many of the financial penalties that Colorado communities previously faced when they tried to tax or regulate tobacco products.

Preemption measures have long been a favored tobacco industry tactic for blocking effective local action to reduce tobacco use, which is the nation’s No. 1 cause of preventable death. By repealing preemption, Colorado is setting a great example for other states to repeal similar laws and oppose the enactment of new ones.

Did You Know? 

Earth Day is Approaching 

Did you know that Earth Day is April 22nd? According to the Truth Initiative, cigarettes have historically been the most littered item on earth, with 4.5 trillion cigarettes discarded each year worldwide. Littered cigarette butts stick around for a long time and release toxic chemicals such as arsenic (used to kill rats) and lead into the environment, leading to land, water and air pollution. Lets do our part this year by properly disposing cigarette butts or consider organizing a clean-up effort!