Tobacco News – August 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on August 3 from 10:00AM-11:30AM at the Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481). Anyone is welcome to attend. Discussion will focus on 2018 coalition progress and community outreach planning. An agenda will be sent to subscribers this week.

 

Coalition News

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition was recently featured in stories by the Wausau Daily Herald and WAOW Newsline 9. The stories highlighted the Wisconsin WINS program, current usage trends in the state, resources for those looking to quit tobacco use, what parents can do if they suspect their kids are using e-cigarettes, and the importance of continued efforts in tobacco control and prevention. View these stories at the links below.

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Sales to Teens on Track to Decline, but E-cigarettes a Worry 

Tobacco News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Implements Smoke-Free Public Housing 

Effective July 30th, all public housing has shifted to smoke-free units. This rule allows all residents and staff an opportunity to breath clean air in their homes and work environment. This move not only protects those in the buildings from exposure to secondhand smoke, but also saves properties money on costs to turnover units and reduces fire risk. To read more about smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing, visit the American Lung Association. To learn how this rule will affect our local communities, watch a recent news story that WSAW NewsChannel 7 featured HERE.

Other Tobacco News 

A New Tobacco Product on the Rise in Some Countries | Heat-Not-Burn Technology

Heated tobacco products, sometimes marketed as “heat-not-burn” technology, represent a diverse class of products that heat leaf tobacco to produce an inhaled aerosol. Global sales
of heated tobacco products are increasing, but the extent of current heated tobacco product
awareness and use in the U.S. is largely unknown.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an article on use and awareness of “heat-not-burn” tobacco products. In 2017, a total of 5.2% of U.S. adults were aware of the products, compared to 9.9% of current smokers. 0.7% of U.S. adults reported ever trying them compared to 2.7% of current smokers. Odds of using were higher for current smokers than never smokers, and higher for adults 30 years or younger.

This product is different than e-cigarettes because traditional cigarettes are used and heated versus an e-liquid. This product is not currently available in the United States.

 

Tobacco News – July 1, 2018

Coalition Business

Meetings and events that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information about those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us  or 715-261-1931.

Wood County Mental Health Matters Coalition | July, 26th 2018 | 1:00PM-3:00PM | Wood County Health Department (111 W Jackson St Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 3rd Floor)

  • There will be a special presentation given on behalf of Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition in partnership with the Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention on the relationship between tobacco dependence, mental health and substance abuse. This will be a great learning opportunity if this is a topic of interest to you or are looking to learn something new. To read more about the Mental Health Matters Coalition, click HERE.

Coalition News

The Statewide Initiatives Meeting recently took pack on June 28th where all 15 coalitions in the state including CWTFC met to discuss collaborative efforts regarding tobacco prevention. There were some key takeaways:

  • While the current adult smoking rate in the United states is 13.9%, 17% of Wisconsin adults smoke
  • Even though these numbers are lower than ever before, the rates can be misleading as some populations have much higher use far above the state average such as Native Americans (37%) and those ever diagnosed with depression (29%)
  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids provided an update on national efforts being done to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world
  • Jenna Otterholt was able to meet Marie Justice, the spokesperson for the Tobacco is Changing campaign, where Marie shared her passion for these messages and preventing early nicotine addiction among youth

Tobacco News

JUULERS Against JUUL

A powerful video was recently shared on YouTube where youth discuss their struggle with nicotine addiction and e-cigarettes including JUUL. View this video below.

A handout with information on e-cigarettes shaped like USB flash drives can be found HERE. This resource could be extremely helpful for parents, educators and health care providers.

Other Tobacco News 

National Youth Tobacco Survey Data is Released 

Earlier this week, the CDC released data from the National Youth Tobacco Suvey from 2011-2017. The key findings are listed below:

  • In 2017, about 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 18 middle school students reported currently using a tobacco product (down from 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 13 middle school students in 2011)
  • Half of high school students who used a tobacco product and 2 in 5 middle school students who used a tobacco product reported using two or more tobacco products
  • For the fourth year in a row, the study found e-cigarettes to be the most commonly used tobacco product

Tobacco News – June 1, 2018

Coalition Business

Meetings and events that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information about those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us  or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County AOD Partnership | June 5, 2018 | 11:30PM-1:00PM | Northcentral Technical College

Coalition News

The City of Wausau Adopts Smoke-Free Parks 

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 22 to prohibit smoking in certain areas of city parks and outdoor areas on city property. To read more about this story and the ordinance being implemented click HERE.

Wisconsin Rapids FACT Group Meets With Representative Katrina Shankland 

On May 15th, 8 of the Wisconsin Rapids FACT members met with Representative Katrina Shankland at Lincoln High School to discuss current initiatives and tobacco trends in their school. The youth conducted the Scratch Off Cards FACTivism with Representative Shankland. Through this activity, they were able to show the potential fate of tobacco users.

FACT Youth President Earns Media During Mental Health Month

FACT President, Madelyn Dickey, submitted a letter to the editor on May 11 discussing concerns around tobacco use among those with mental illnesses. To read the full story, click HERE.

Tobacco News 

E-Liquids Misleadingly Labeled or Advertised as Food Products Receive Warnings 

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to companies that misleadingly labeled or advertised nicotine-containing e-liquids as kid friendly food products such as juice boxes, candies, and cookies. To read more and view the products click HERE.

Other Tobacco News 

Milwaukee Increases Fines for Retailers Who Sell Tobacco to Minors

The City’s Attorney Office, along with Milwaukee Municipal Judges took steps to help restrict youth access to tobacco products recently by increasing the fine retailers face for selling tobacco products to minors from $260 to $691. To read the full story, click HERE.

Tobacco News – May 1, 2018

Coalition Business 

Meetings and events that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership | May 3rd, 2018 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | Wood County Health Department

  • There will be a presentation on youth tobacco trends and the Wisconsin Rapids FACT group will give an update on their 2018 work

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) | May 21st, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Sheperd Lutheran Church (Marshfield)

  • There will be a presentation on youth tobacco trends and 2018 initiatives regarding health equity efforts to reduce tobacco related disparities

Coalition News 

CWTFC continues to provide support and information to parents and youth advocates regarding JUUL, the new e-cigarette that has increased in popularity among youth recently. Products are being sold in local retail outlets. A one-pager handout on JUUL can be located HERE.

Tobacco News

JUUL Causes Concern 

At the national level, the steep rise of JUUL use among teens has caused worry. Recently, 6 leading public health and medical organizations urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take strong and immediate action to address this issue. To read the full story, click HERE.

More Stories Covering JUUL

More Stories Covering JUUL

More Stories Covering JUUL

May is Mental Health Month

What We Know:

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States have some form of mental health issue
  • 1 in 3 with mental illness smoke
  • Nearly a third of all cigarettes are smoked by adults with mental illness
  • There is a strong correlation between smoking and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • The smoking rate for adults who have experienced 4 or more ACEs is 32% compared to the average adult rate of 17%

The Truth Initiative released an important story regarding Big Tobacco’s tactics to market to people with mental health issues. See video below.

New Tips From Former Smokers Ads Launch 

The ads are very powerful and feature returning participants that illustrate the pain and struggle that comes with living with tobacco-related illness. See videos below.



Tobacco News – April 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on April 20 from 10:00AM-11:30AM at the Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481). Anyone is welcome to attend. Discussion will focus on local updates and other related topics.

Other meetings that CWTFC will have representation at this month are listed below. If you wish to attend or would like more information on those contact Jenna Otterholt at Jenna.Otterholt@co.marathon.wi.us or 715-261-1931.

Marathon County AOD Partnership | April 3, 2018 | 11:30PM-1:00PM | Northcentral Technical College

Other Coalition Business

A statewide tobacco prevention coalition is an important part of a strong tobacco prevention and control movement. Wisconsin has a growing statewide coalition called Partnership for a Tobacco Free Wisconsin. You can learn more about the statewide coalition here: https://www.tobaccofreewisconsin.org/.

This coalition shares the overall goals of Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition. In an effort to bring networks together a sharing of contacts will be completed. This list sharing will include emails of current subscribers to this page. Just like our organization, the Partnership for Tobacco Free Wisconsin will never sell your contact information, and they will only contract you regarding pertinent tobacco control-related information.

If you choose to opt-out of this list sharing, please contact Jenna Otterholt by April 13. If you would like more information about the type or frequency of contacts you may receive from the statewide coalition, please contact Darcie Warren at 262-703-4848 or Darcie.Warren@lung.org

Coalition News 

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking aimed at reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to levels that would no longer cause or sustain addiction. Jenna Otterholt was recently interviewed by WSAW News Channel 7 regarding the proposal. You can view that story HERE. To read more about the proposal click HERE.

Tobacco News 

Youth Exposure to E-cigarette Advertising | A Recent Report Released by the  CDC

Other Tobacco News 

E-cigarette Use Exposes Teenagers to Toxic Chemicals, New Study Says 

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are exposed to significant levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in regular cigarettes, even when they do not contain nicotine, according to a new study. To read more click HERE.