Tobacco News – February 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition had a steering committee meeting on January 5th to discuss 2018 initiatives. The next meeting will be April 20th at the Portage County Health Department at 10:00AM. A majority of activities this year will focus on identifying and eliminating tobacco related disparities in order to achieve health equity. For more information on health equity and social and economic factors that affect health click HERE. Some new initiatives for 2018 will focus on tobacco-free outdoor spaces and tobacco use in behavioral health systems.

Other meetings that CWTFC will have representation at this month and early March are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at jenna.otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County Behavioral Health |February 16th, 2018|12:00PM-1:30PM|Marathon County Health Department

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership |March 1st, 2018|10:30AM-12:00PM|Wood County Health Department

Coalition News

WINS Update

Wisconsin Wins data has been compiled and reported for 2017. Wisconsin Wins is a state-mandated initiative that aims to reduce youth access to tobacco and nicotine-containing products to protect our youth from becoming addicted to these products. Thank you to the retailers who do not sell tobacco and nicotine products to our area youth! For more information, please visit www.wiwins.org. Retailers can provide employees free training on how to check IDs at www.witobaccocheck.org.

  • Sales to Marathon County minors decreased from 13% in 2016 to 8% in 2017
  • Sales to Portage County minors increased from 13% in 2016 to 18% in 2017
  • Sales to Wood County minors remained at 11% in 2016 and 2017

Wisconsin Wins

Survey Update

The 2017 Marathon County Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been released.  To read about youth tobacco use trends in the area visit http://healthymarathoncounty.org/supporting-initiatives/youth-risk-behavior-survey/.

Tobacco News

National Academies Report on E-Cigarettes Shows Need for FDA Regulation

Based on the findings, long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not yet clear. Among youth, who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do, there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the risk of transitioning to smoking conventional cigarettes.

While e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, the report says. Using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking. However, their long-term health effects are not yet clear.

To read the full article click HERE.

Other Tobacco News

Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wats to Quit Cigarettes But It’s Just Blowing Smoke

To read the full article click HERE.