Tobacco News – July 1, 2018

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 Otterholt at  or 715-261-1931.

Wood County Mental Health Matters Coalition | July, 26th 2018 | 1:00PM-3:00PM | Wood County Health Department (111 W Jackson St Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 3rd Floor)

  • There will be a special presentation given on behalf of Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention on the relationship between tobacco dependence, mental health and substance abuse. This will be a great learning opportunity if this is a topic of interest to you or are looking to learn something new. To read more about the Mental Health Matters Coalition, click HERE.

Coalition News

The Statewide Initiatives Meeting recently took pack on June 28th where all 15 coalitions in the state including CWTFC met to discuss collaborative efforts regarding tobacco prevention. There were some key takeaways:

  • While the current adult smoking rate in the United states is 13.9%, 17% of Wisconsin adults smoke
  • Even though these numbers are lower than ever before, the rates can be misleading as some populations have much higher use far above the state average such as Native Americans (37%) and those ever diagnosed with depression (29%)
  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids provided an update on national efforts being done to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world
  • Jenna Otterholt was able to meet Marie Justice, the spokesperson for the Tobacco is Changing campaign, where Marie shared her passion for these messages and preventing early nicotine addiction among youth

Tobacco News


A powerful video was recently shared on YouTube where youth discuss their struggle with nicotine addiction and e-cigarettes including JUUL. View this video below.

A handout with information on e-cigarettes shaped like USB flash drives can be found HERE. This resource could be extremely helpful for parents, educators and health care providers.

Other Tobacco News 

National Youth Tobacco Survey Data is Released 

Earlier this week, the CDC released data from the National Youth Tobacco Suvey from 2011-2017. The key findings are listed below:

  • In 2017, about 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 18 middle school students reported currently using a tobacco product (down from 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 13 middle school students in 2011)
  • Half of high school students who used a tobacco product and 2 in 5 middle school students who used a tobacco product reported using two or more tobacco products
  • For the fourth year in a row, the study found e-cigarettes to be the most commonly used tobacco product