The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 13th from 1:30-3:30 pm at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 whiting Avenue, Stevens Point).
Local E-Cigarette Policy
On Tuesday, June 28th the Marshfield Common Council voted to approve an amendment including e-cigarettes into their local clean indoor air ordinance. The new ordinance does not allow the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces with the exception of e-cigarette retailers.
An e-cigarette retailer is defined in the ordinance as a ‘retail establishment that does not have a “Class B” or “Class A” intoxicating liquor license or a Class “B” or Class “A” fermented malt beverage licenses and that generates seventy-five percent (75%) or more of its gross annual income from the retail of electronic delivery devices and accessories.”
News from CDC: Youth Smoking Plunges to All-Time Low, But E-Cigarette Use Rises
The CDC released new information on youth tobacco use showing that current youth cigarette use in the U.S. fell to 11% in 2015. However, the data, from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, also shows that 24% of high school students reported using e-cigarettes during the past 30 days.
Read more here.
American Lung Association Releases Report Promoting Tobacco Cessation Benefits
The American Lung Association released a new report, “Approaches to Promoting Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned.” This report looks at 5 states’ approaches to promoting their tobacco cessation benefit for Medicaid enrollees. Wisconsin is highlighted in the report and Wisconsin’s experience shows the dual need for coverage and promotion.
Read the full report here.
Tips from Former Smokers
The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program will be running the Tips from Former Smokers “Rebecca” TV ad in the Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee media markets for a three-week test run. The ad will run through the week of July 11th. The ad features Rebecca, who talks about dealing with depression and her tobacco addiction.
View the full ad here.
Wisconsin Tobacco Equity Resolution Accepted by SCAODA
The Governors’ State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) approved a Tobacco Equity Resolution (TER) submitted by its Treatment and Intervention Committee (ITC) at its June quarterly meeting. The council voted to approve the ITC motion asking that language excluding nicotine dependence be removed from the state’s ruling defining which substance use disorders are eligible for treatment in Wisconsin’s AODA treatment services.
CDC Report Analyzing Smoke-Free Air Laws
Ten years after the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report concluding that there is no scientific doubt about the health risks of secondhand smoke, the CDC released a report analyzing state and local smoke-free air laws. Since 2000, 27 states have adopted statewide smoke-free air laws, with 14 other states adopting some local comprehensive laws. As of June 2016, nearly 60% of the U.S. population is covered by a comprehensive state or local law. But, disparities still exist.