Tobacco News- November 16, 2013

Coalition Business

On Friday, November 13th our coalition held a recognition event to honor The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for going tobacco and e-cigarette free one year ago. For the event partners from across the state, region, and campus came together to celebrate the accomplishment of The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Recognition Picture 2015-11-13
From left to right: Jen Sorenson, Sallie Scovill, Gary Garske, and Representative Katrina Shankland.

 

Congratulations again to The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point! Your efforts help to promote an environment that encourages tobacco-free living.

 

Coalition in the  News

Honor Veterans by Helping Them Quit Tobacco

Coalition member and public health educator for the Marathon County Health Department, submitted a letter to the editor on Veteran’s Day to encourage veteran’s and military members to quit tobacco. Her story was very personal and we thank her for sharing it!

Read more here.

Marathon County Passes E-Cigarette Resolution

On October 20th the Marathon County Board of Supervisors voted and passed an e-cigarette resolution. The resolution resolved that the Marathon County Board supports Federal regulations on e-cigarettes and e-juice, opposes any attempt to exempt the use of e-cigarettes from Wisconsin’s Clean Indoor Air Law, and encourages local communities to include e-cigarettes into their smoke-free ordinances.

Read more here.

Tobacco News

Lab Tests Reveal Popular E-Cigarette Liquids Contain Harmful Chemicals

A recent article was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that reported new information about the risks associated with e-cigarettes. Some of the highlights include:

  • E-juice contains high levels of two different chemicals known to cause permanent and sometimes fatal lung disease.
  • There are no requirements that manufactures test their e-juice and there are no standards to meet.
  • Some e-juice is mixed in the back of stores. Some manufacturers claim their e-juice is mixed in a ‘certified lab’ but, this does not mean that the ‘certified lab’ is inspected.
  • Some e-juice is labeled as diacetyl-free but, when screened with more sensitive tests it was found that the juices contained levels of the chemical well above those that scientists say can destroy lungs.
  • Studies have found that the average vaper uses 3 milliliters of e-juice per day, which is similar to smoking 30 to 40 conventional cigarettes per day.

New Proposed Rule to Make All U.S. Public Housing Smoke-Free

On November 12, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that HUD has issued a proposed rule to require Public Housing Autyhroities to implement smoke-free policies in all public housing properties in order to protect the health and safety of all residents.

November 17th marked the start of the 60-day comment period. If you would like to make a comment on this rule please go here.