Coalition members interested in planning our Community Event are invited to attend a 1 hour meeting on Tuesday, August 25th at Emy J’s in Stevens Point from 9:30-10:30am. At this meeting we will discuss our recognizing UWSP for going tobacco-free one year ago. Please contact Destinee if you are planning on attending, 715-261-1931 or Destinee.Coenen@co.marathon.wi.us.
FACT member Adileen Sii was featured in an article highlighting her efforts of establishing a FACT group at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. This summer Adileen was selected to represent Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. at a Tobacco-Free Kids symposium. While in Washington, D.C. Adileen met with staff of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative Ron Kind, and Senator Chuck Schumer about the importance of tobacco prevention and to educate on e-cigarettes. Adileen will also serve her second term as a FACT board member for Wisconsin. Way to go Adileen!!
RJ Reynolds announced that they’re ending the testing of Revo cigarettes in Wisconsin. The Revo cigarette was recently released in Wisconsin to be test marketed. The cigarette is a heat-not-burn cigarette that heats the tobacco rather than burns the tobacco. A spokesperson for RJ Reynolds indicated that while there was high interest, the actual adoption of the product didn’t meet their expectations.
Northcentral Technical College Goes Tobacco Free
As of August 1st Northcentral Technical College campuses will be tobacco-free, including electronic cigarettes. This change will get rid of the designated smoking zones on NTC campuses and staff say that student feedback has been positive so far.
Hmong Smoking Down
According to a state survey, the number of Hmong adults who smoke as decreased. Leaders say that it’s due in part to a cultural effort to spread an anti-tobacco message. The latest Hmong Annual Tobacco Surveillance Project showed that 6% Hmong adults smoke. In 2002, the survey showed that 20% of Hmong adults smoked.