Tobacco News- October 1, 2016

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is on November 9, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point).

FACT Update

FACT youth from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids have started a new school year and already held two meetings on September 13th and September 27th to plan their fall FACTivisms. Attendance has been up with several new members who have joined and are excited to start.

Coalition News

Recovery Month Letter to the Editor

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Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor highlighting National Recovery Month in September. It discussed the relationship between tobacco use, mental health issues, and substance abuse. It also shared information about Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiN Tip), which encourages mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to include tobacco cessation into their care plans.

Read more: recovery-month-lte-2016-07-13.

Counter Tobacco’s Annual Photo Contest

The Surgeon General has concluded that “advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.” CounterTobacco.org is dedicated to providing tools and resources to counteract retail tobacco product sales and marketing. The photo contest and image gallery expose the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics in hopes of educating communities, and especially youth, about the dangers of tobacco retail marketing.

See this year’s photo winners HERE.

Other Tobacco News

Tobacco 21 Movement Reaches a Milestone

At least 200 U.S. cities and counties have now enacted laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. In addition to the 200 cities and counties in 14 states, California and Hawaii have enacted statewide laws raising the tobacco age to 21. Major cities that have done so include New York City, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland and both Kansas Cities. Statewide legislation is under consideration in several other states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington state.

Read more HERE.

FDA Enforcement of Online E-cigarette Sales

A month after assuming regulatory oversight over e-cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on online sales by the industry, issuing 24 letters to websites for illegal sales to minors. The letters are the first sent since the FDA banned e-cigarette sales to anyone under 18 years old on Aug. 8. The agency also issued warning letters to 28 retailers of cigars and E-cigs and three letters to websites selling cigars.

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Teens Using E-cig Devices not just for Nicotine

A recent analysis of the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) findings on e-cigarette use highlights uncertainty about what teens are actually inhaling when using “e-cig” devices, and at least six percent report they are using the vaporizers to inhale marijuana. The analysis was done by the University of Michigan researchers who conduct the annual MTF survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

Read more HERE.