The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). We will meet in room 107.
Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor highlighting October as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. It discussed the link between smoking during pregnancy/secondhand smoke and increased risk for SIDS. Safe sleep recommendations and ways to reduce SIDS were included. Read more: sids-awareness-month-lte-2016-10-03
Other Tobacco News
New CDC MMWR on Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Use Patterns
CDC analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess state-specific prevalence estimates of current use of cigarettes and/or smokeless tobacco among U.S. adults. Current cigarette smoking ranged from 9.7% (Utah) to 26.7% (West Virginia); current smokeless tobacco use ranged from 1.4% (Hawaii) to 8.8% (Wyoming). Disparities in tobacco use by sex and race/ethnicity were observed.
Read more HERE.
Teens and Tobacco
SAMHSA released data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in September. Respondents aged 12 and older were asked about their tobacco use in the 30 days before the interview. Tobacco products included cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
- A million smoked cigarettes in the past month; 4.2% were current cigarette smokers
- Past month smokers declined from 12% in 2002 (1 in 8 youth) to 4.2% in 2015 (less than 1 in 20)
- 367,000 teenagers used smokeless tobacco in the past month; this represents 1.5% of youth
Read more HERE.
Tobacco-Free Baseball Cities Go 5-for-5 in Making Post Season
Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco – the five Major League Baseball cities that have eliminated smokeless tobacco completely in their ballparks – all qualified for the 2016 post season, which got underway this week. Of the other 23 cities, all of which currently allow smokeless use, fewer than 22 percent made the playoffs.
We’re not necessarily alleging a causal relationship, BUT …
- 5 of 5 cities (100 percent) that have prohibited smokeless tobacco in their ballparks made the post season.
- All 4 tobacco-free NL teams (100 percent) made the post season.
- 5 of 7 teams (71 percent) representing those cites made the post season.
- 5 of all 10 playoff teams (50 percent) represent tobacco-free cities and ballparks.
Read more about the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park campaign HERE.