Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition News – May, 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

Coalition Highlights & News

Stevens Point News recently featured a story on the re-launch of the Tobacco is Changing campaign. Members and partners of the coalition collaborated to release this. View the press release HERE.

The same topic was covered during a radio interview with 95.5 WIFC. Jenna Flynn, Coordinator for Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition joined Nikki to talk about the dangers of vaping for teens and resources available. Listen HERE.

Wisconsin Tobacco News

The Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network are Working with Retailers in Milwaukee to Prevent the Illegal Sales of “Loosies” 

View the Op-Ed written by Senator Lena C. Taylor HERE.

National Tobacco News 

JUUL launches TV Commercials

JUUL is marketing their products as a cessation tool for adults. View the commercial below and take notice how similar it is to the Tips From Former Smokers video (also below). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is promoting FDA approved cessation options and JUUL is promoting their product. One JUUL pod contains at least the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.

Congress Considers Legislation | Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 

SOURCE: Public Health Law Center 

2 weeks ago, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep. Donna Shalala of Florida introduced the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019, to ban menthol, restrict other flavors, and map out a sensible and appropriate response to the current youth e-cigarette epidemic. The bill would:

  • Require the FDA to establish graphic warning labels on cigarette packages
  • Require the FDA to apply current marketing restrictions for cigarettes to all commercial tobacco products (e.g. prohibiting brand named merchandise, prohibiting sporting and cultural event sponsorship)
  • Codify the deeming rule into statute, preventing the FDA from rolling back regulations on premium cigars or other commercial tobacco products
  • Increase the federal minimum age of sale to 21 and compel age verification
  • Prohibit the sale of all flavors in all commercial tobacco products, including menthol in cigarettes (allowing the FDA to issue a rule determining that specific flavors of e-cigarettes decrease smoking)
  • Require the FDA to prohibit online sales and other remote sales practices
  • Increase the budget of the Center for Tobacco Products from $712,000,000 to $812,000,000 and allow the FDA to collect user fees to e-cigarette manufacturers
  • Require the FDA to regulate synthetic nicotine products
  • Allow the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to crack down on e-cigarette marketing to youth and to issue annual reports to Congress.

FDA Voices Concern of Safety Issues Related to Seizures Reported Following E-cigarette Use

Read the statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottleib, M.D., and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. HERE.

Other Local Happenings

To Register for the Free E-Cigarettes and our Youth: Partners in Prevention Forum Click HERE

To Register for Part 4 of 4 of the Marijuana & Youth Series Click HERE 

To Register for the Overcoming Addiction Together Workshop Series Click HERE 

Did You Know? 

Did you know that May is Mental Health Month?

Only 1 out of 4 mental health centers in the United States offer services. Research has shown that 40% of all cigarettes are smoked by individuals with behavioral health issues.

Despite common misconceptions, research shows that when individuals quit tobacco and other substances at the same time, they are 25% more likely to stay off both. With a large amount of the behavioral health community smoking, it’s important that tailored cessation assistance is available (TOBWIS).

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