The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 17th from 3:00-4:30 PM at Portage County Health and Human Services Department, (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). At our next meeting we will be discussing the structure of the coalition and other updates.
Women’s Risk of Smoking Death Triples
March is Women’s History Month and our coalition submitted an educational letter to the editor highlighting the fact that over the last 50 years, a woman’s risk of dying from smoking has increased to that of a man’s. Tobacco companies have created products that are especially appealing to woman- cigarettes labeled as being ‘light’ or ‘low tar’. With the passing of the Tobacco Control Act in 2009, tobacco companies were banned from using these descriptors but they are still finding ways to appeal to women. It is working. More than 20 million women and girls smoke in the United States- many among the most vulnerable.
Funding for Tobacco Prevention Program Imperative
Health Marathon County submitted a letter to the editor that thanked the Joint Finance Committee for continuing funding at a stable lever for the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
To read more, please go here.
Other Tobacco News
Miller Park Opened Tobacco Free on April 3rd
On Monday, April 3rd Miller Park opened tobacco free. In November 2016, the Milwaukee Common Council approved via a 14-1 vote to prohibit tobacco products (including chewing tobacco) at Milwaukee sports venues., including Miller Park. The Brewers are 1 of 14 Major League Baseball teams to prohibit the use of all tobacco products in their stadium.
The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free coalition meeting is Wednesday, April 12th from 1:30-3:30 PM at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). At our meeting we will be working with coalition participants to determine the direction of the coalition within each community. Be sure to come to the meeting if you wish to help guide the coalition’s direction and focus. We hope to see you there!
Mental Health & Smoking
At our February coalition meeting, participants discussed working to reduce tobacco disparities. While there are many tobacco related disparities our coalition will be focusing their efforts on reducing tobacco related disparities within individuals with substance abuse issues and mental health illness.
Other Tobacco News
New truth Campaign Highlights Disparities
The truth campaign launched two new ads during the Grammy’s on Sunday, February 12th. The ads address disparities head on by showing how specific populations experience more tobacco advertising than others. The first ad highlights the density of tobacco retailers near schools that serve low income families. The second focuses on the importance of the African American market to the tobacco industry.
View the ads, here.
Tobacco Companies Taking Over the E-Cigarette Industry
E-cigarettes have gained popularity and tobacco companies are taking notice. Today e-cigarette sales amount to $5 billion worldwide- where cigarettes amount to $92 million. And it is estimated that the e-cigarette industry will grow by 24% per year through 2018.
Read more, here.
The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free coalition meeting is on Wednesday, February 8th from 1:30-3:30 PM at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). At our meeting we will be discussing our 2016 successes, mental illness and tobacco use, and planning for our 2017 contract year. We hope to see you there!
Wisconsin Rapids FACT member and Wisconsin State FACT Board Member, Adileen Sii, was selected to be one of three youth board members representing FACT at the Wisconsin Association of School Council’s IGNITE Student Leadership Summit on February 23rd at UW-Madison.
At the conference she along with other student school leaders from Wisconsin will gain the knowledge and skills to be better leaders in their school and communities. Attendees will also leave with an action plan to take back to their school and community to put their leadership potential to work.
WAY TO GO ADILEEN!!
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Wisconsin State of Tobacco Control
The American Lung Association recently released their 2017 ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report. The report shows the progress and failure of states and the federal government to prevent and reduce tobacco use. To learn more go to StateOfTobaccoControl.org.
Spark Announces New Resource for Tobacco Prevention
Spark, a Wisconsin-wide, state-supported program, helps college campuses pass tobacco-free policies and educate campus communities that tobacco in all its forms is a threat. Spark offers young adults a platform and an opportunity to be an advocate on their campus.
Spark just released their new semi-monthly e-newsletter- ignite. ignite will feature information, resources and updates about tobacco-free college campuses and tobacco issues affecting young adults. The newsletter will be used to share upcoming programs and events, new resources, success stories and lessons learned from other campuses, new research and exciting initiatives.
Be sure to join the ignite mailing list!
The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is on Wednesday, January 11th from 1:30-3:30 PM at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). At our meeting we will be discussing our 2016 successes and planning for 2017. We hope to see you there!
Increase in E-Cigarette and Vaping Among Wisconsin Teens
According to the 2016 Youth Tobacco Survey, published by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, more Wisconsin middle and high school students are turning to e-cigarettes. Our Wisconsin Wins coordinator for Portage County and one of our FACT members was interviewed by WSAW-Channel 7 to explain why these devices might be more popular among youth.
Read more here.
Other Tobacco News
FDA Protects Kids by Cracking Down on Flavored Cigarettes Labeled as Cigars
The FDA issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers (Swisher International Inc., Cheyenne International LLC, Prime Time International Co. and Southern Cross Tobacco Company Inc.) for selling products in a variety of flavors that appeal to youth. This means that the companies have 15 days to respond and if they fail to take the products off of the market, the FDA can take immediate enforcement action.
FDA to Hold Workshop to Examine Exploding E-Cigarettes
The FDA will be holding a workshop in April 2017 to gather information and stimulate discussion about e-cigarette battery safety concerns. From 2009 to January 2016, the FDA identified 134 incidents of e-cigarette batteries overheating, catching fire or exploding.
Read more here.
At this joyous time of year, the Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition staff would like to say thank you for working with us! We wish you happiness in the upcoming new year. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you this year to reduce the burden of tobacco in central Wisconsin!
The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is on Wednesday, January 11th from 1:30-3:30 PM at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). Hope to see you in the new year!
E-Cigarette Use Rises Among Wisconsin Teens
In November the Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey was released and the data showed that for the first time ever e-cigarette use exceeded conventional cigarette use among Wisconsin teens. The survey also found that youth favor the sweet flavored products. According to the survey, 90 percent of high school students said they wouldn’t use e-cigarettes if it weren’t for the flavors.
2016 Youth Tobacco Survey- Middle School Fact Sheet
2016 Youth Tobacco Survey- High School Fact Sheet
Wisconsin Wins Youth Volunteer Thanks Officers
Recently, a youth volunteer submitted a letter to the editor thanking our officers who help to make sure that youth in central Wisconsin don’t get their hands on addictive tobacco products. The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition would also like to extend a thank you to these officers because without them the program would not be successful.
Read the letter here.
HUD Announces All Public Housing Agencies Must Go Smoke-Free
On November 30th, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that all public housing agencies have 18 months to implement smoke-free policies. The new rule does not include e-cigarettes but, public housing agencies do have the option to include e-cigarettes into their individual policies. The new ruling apply to all living units, common areas, offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of the buildings.
The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition can help properties make this transition. We have many resources, including model lease language for private property owners, to make the switch easier. Please contact Destinee Coenen at 715-261-1931 or visit the Clear Gains website.