Tobacco News- September 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

The next FACT meeting will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 2:21-2:52pm at Lincoln High School (1801 16th St S, Wisconsin Rapids).

Coalition News

Keep Kids Off Tobacco this School Year Letter to the Editor

Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor encouraging parents to help keep their kids tobacco and nicotine free as it is time to go back to school.

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Read more HERE.

Child-Resistant Liquid Nicotine Packaging Law Takes Effect

As of July 26, federal law requires that all liquid nicotine sold, manufactured or distributed in the U.S. must be packaged in child-resistant containers. Liquid nicotine is often used in e-cigarettes and similar devices. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff will conduct retail inspections and monitor imports to ensure compliance.

For background information, read more HERE.

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Other Tobacco News

This Free Life Campaign

The FDA unveiled the ‘This Free Life’ Campaign which focuses on the toll tobacco takes on the LGBTQ community. While this campaign is not actively running in Wisconsin, it does provide an opportunity to engage LGBTQ-supporting partners.

Read more HERE.

New CDC MMWR on Tobacco-Related Disparities in Adult Smoking

The MMWR focuses on the importance of segmenting in planning tobacco prevention and control outreach. The report shows that while the overall Asian smoking rate is low (7.6% among Chinese and Asian Indians), the smoking rate among Koreans is 20%. Another example included in the report is that Puerto Ricans smoke at a rate of 28.5% compared to a smoking rate among Hispanics of 15.6%.

Read more HERE.

Study from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)

A new study from DASH was released on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LBG) youth, containing 2015 national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) sexual minority results. Study results showed that LGB students experience substantially higher levels of tobacco use, physical and sexual violence, and bullying than other students. The new report reinforces the continued need for community, family, and school support to improve the health & well-being of the estimated 1.3 million LGB high school students in the United States.

Read more HERE.

Tobacco Advertising and Promotional Expenditures in Sports and Sporting Events

Smokeless tobacco use is not safe and can lead to nicotine addiction; oral, pancreatic, and esophageal cancer; and other oral conditions, including periodontal disease. High prevalence of smokeless tobacco use has been reported among athletes at different levels. In March 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibited tobacco brand sponsorship of regulated tobacco products in sports and entertainment events or other social or cultural events. During 1992–2013, sports-related marketing expenditures decreased significantly for both cigarettes (from $136 million in 1992 to zero dollars in 2013) and smokeless tobacco (from $34.8 million in 1992 to $2.1 million in 2013).

Read more HERE.