Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – June, 2019

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Coalition Business 

The next CWTFC Meeting will be on Friday, June 7 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | Portage County Health & Human Services | View Minutes, Agenda (including call-in info), & Other Materials HERE.

Coalition Highlights & News 

Marshfield Clinic Taking Action 

Marshfield Clinic recently sponsored an event in Wausau, E-Cigarettes and Our Youth: Partners in Prevention. The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition and Lincoln High School FACT had members attend and present. There were various media coverage including stories by Wisconsin Eye, Channel 7, & Channel 9. Pictures from the event are below. In addition, the coalition recognized D.C. Everest Area School District for exemplary contributions to youth substance abuse prevention efforts.


Pictured: FACT members Jacqueline Sii, Savada Kasun, and Madisyn Hasenohrl present on their efforts from the youth perspective

Pictured: FACT members Jacqueline Sii, Savada Kasun, and Madisyn Hasenohrl present on their efforts from the youth perspective


Pictured: FACT President Jacqueline Sii completes her first television interview with Brian Will from WSAW Channel 7


Pictured from Left to Right: Jenna Flynn | Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition Coordinator, Spencer Straub | Media & Communications Coordinator for Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Control Program, Carleigh Olson | Policy Coordinator for Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Control Program, & Alex Peeters | Northwestern Regional Outreach Specialist for UW Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention


Pictured: School Resource Officer Frank Wierzbanowski presents on current trends at the local level


Pictured: School Resource Officer Frank Wierzbanowski presents on current trends at the local level, attendees take a look at the most popular e-cigarette brands and products


Pictured: Members of the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition present certificate of recognition to Officer Frank – D.C. Everest Area School District, from left to right: Joe Rohling, Elizabeth Beck, School Resource Officer for D.C. Everest Frank Wierzbanowski, Jenna Flynn, Ashley Normington

*SPECIAL UPDATE* 
Marshfield Clinic Health System is offering $500 stipends to community organizations and schools to mobilize discussion and efforts on e-cigarette initiatives (total program up to $20,000). Organizations may use funding for the planning or implementation of a variety of initiatives, including trainings, education and awareness, policy alignment with state and federal initiatives, treatment or enforcement. For more information, go to: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/health-system/community-investments

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Addresses Tobacco Prevention Efforts Locally 

FACT members and representation from the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition had a follow up meeting with local leadership in Wisconsin Rapids to discuss the issue of teen e-cigarette use and what prevention efforts they should focus on. The group emphasized the point that everyone has a right to breath clean air. In addition, the group completed a butts clean-up day where they found tons of cigarette litter near their school!


From Left to Right: Ashley Normington (Wood County AOD Partnership), Kayelyn Schulze, Jacqueline Sii, Mayor Vruwink, Madelyn Dickey, Adrienne Dickey, Savada Kasun, Madisyn Hasenohrl, FACT Advisor Chris Bondioli, SRO German Olivares, SRO Eric Daven


Pictured from Left to Right: Aurora Abley, Halle Heath, Jacqueline Sii, Kayelyn Schulze

National Tobacco News

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Raise the Federal Smoking Age to 21 

Senators Mitch McConnell and Tim Kaine introduced a bill Monday that would raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 in hopes of curbing what regulators are calling an “epidemic” of teen vaping.

The bill covers all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. It does not prevent local governments from passing stricter laws nor does it exempt military personnel, two policies public health groups had feared. Both McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, and Kaine, D-Va., hail from tobacco-producing states. To read the full story click HERE.

Walmart Will Stop Selling Tobacco to Anyone Under 21 

Starting July 1, the retailer (and its corporate cousin Sam’s Club) will institute the new policy as well as discontinue the sale of fruit- and desert-flavored nicotine products. The company made the announcement in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration. To read the full story click HERE.

The FDA Permits Sale of IQOS Tobacco Heating System 

To read the full press release click HERE. The Public Health Law Center offers a comprehensive fact sheet that provides an overview of the heated cigarettes category of products, describes products currently available on the the U.S. market, and explains how heated cigarettes fit into a comprehensive scheme. This sheet can be viewed HERE.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities 

There is a webinar taking place on Monday, June 10th from 1:30PM-3:00PM titled: Talking About Tobacco-Related Disparities: New Communications Research, hosted by ChangeLab Solutions and FrameWorks Institute. To register for this event click HERE.