Our coalition recently submitted a letter to the editor on Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air Law anniversary. This Wednesday, July 5th, marks the seventh anniversary of Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air Law, a great public health victory in Wisconsin. We can go to a restaurant and enjoy dinner in a healthy environment without the smell of tobacco smoke following us home! Take time on July 5th to reflect on all of the hard work that went into this huge accomplishment and to celebrate our clean air.
In other news, the FACT group recently celebrated their hard work with an end of the year celebration and recognized Adileen for her dedication and accomplishments in the Wisconsin Rapids FACT group. FACT also held an informational meeting on June 9th and now has 24 new members!
Click to watch Adileen’s video!
Youth tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, drop during 2015-2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the national number of middle and high school students who say they have used tobacco during the last 30 days has now dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016.
A contributor to the decline of tobacco products was because of a national drop in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students – 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016. While Wisconsin did see youth decreases for combustible cigarettes in 2016, e-cigarette rates for Wisconsin middle and high school students actually went up. You can view the 2016 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey fact sheets at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tobacco.
Although the downtrend of tobacco use is a step in the right direction, tobacco use by adolescents is still a major priority in the United States. Nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. What steps are being taken to help aide the reduction in youth tobacco users?
“The Real Cost” campaign by the FDA, which uses science-based education, and has prevented nearly 350,000 adolescents from smoking cigarettes, and continues to reinforce the importance of youth access restrictions. Another change that has played a role the decline of tobacco use was the FDA enforcing new federal regulations which has made it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, and pipe tobacco to anyone under 18 in person or online, this was enforced on August 8th, 2016.
Other strategies to reduce the number of youth tobacco users also include increasing prices of tobacco products, hard-hitting media campaigns that raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, and regulating the marketing of tobacco products.
To learn more about quitting and preventing youth from using tobacco products, visit www.BeTobaccoFree.gov