Tobacco Coalition Coordinator, Destinee Coenen, is no longer employed with the Marathon County Health Department. We wish her family well during their move. Recruitment for this position will begin this summer, with hopes to have a coordinator on board by September 2017. Future Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting dates are to be determined. We plan to have the new coordinator hold a meeting this fall. Thank you Destinee for all of your hard work and contributions in creating a safer, smoke-free environment in Central Wisconsin, you will be missed.
The interim coalition coordinator is Samantha Pinzl from the Marathon County Health Department. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Improving Health Through the Power of Law
Six Canadian Provinces passed legislation to prohibit the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes in 2015. Two years later, more than 80 percent of Canadian population was covered under menthol restrictions.
In this legislation, Canadian government amends the Tobacco Act and prohibits the use of menthol in all cigarettes, blunt wraps, and most cigars sold in Canada. The law was finalized on April 5th, 2017 and will be taking effect on October 2nd, 2017.
What can the United States learn from the global leaders to the north of us in taking on the problem of regulating menthol tobacco? Understanding that the demographics as well as government structure between the United States and Canada are vastly different, there is a common shared concern for the high prevalence of menthol tobacco products.
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Death, Disease, and Tobacco
Throughout history, the world has been effected by many epidemics of communicable diseases. More recently, the fight against non-communicable diseases have been governing health in high-income counties for the past century. The epidemics include lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other disorders caused by tobacco smoking.
The health impact of the global tobacco epidemic shows that more than one in ten deaths worldwide is caused by smoking, killing more than 6 million people.
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