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 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:

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

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.

Tobacco News – March 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 or 715-261-1931.

Healthy Marathon County Ignite | March 16th, 2018 | 7:30AM-9:30AM | Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth | March 19th, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Good Sheperd Lutheran Church (Marshfield)

Coalition News

The City of Wausau Parks and Recreation Commission have brought back the discussion on the possibility of a smoking ordinance at or near specific park and recreation facilities.  The next meeting is March 5th at City Hall at 4:30PM where it will likely be discussed.  This meeting is open to the public.

Tobacco News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Release a New Report on the Reasons Middle and High School Students Report Using E-cigarettes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Released a New Report on the Reasons Middle and High School Students Report Using E-cigarettes

Overall, the top three reasons given by youth were:

  1. Because a friend or family member used them (39%)
  2. Because they are available in flavors like mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate (31%)
  3. Because they are less harmful than other forms of tobacco, such as cigarettes (17.1%)

To read the full report and highlights from the report click HERE.

As ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery system) use remains a growing trend, concerns over health effects of vaping continue to emerge. To gain more information on this issue, view a video shared by CBS News HERE.

Other Tobacco News

World Oral Health Day is Celebrated on March 20th

This is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene for all populations. Tobacco use can lead to many dental problems such as bad breath, tooth discoloration, and inflammation.  In addition, an increased risk of plaque and tarter build up, cancer, and gum disease can occur.

To read more about smoking, gum disease, and tooth loss visit HERE.

View powerful videos from the Tips From Former Smokers campaign HERE.

Tobacco News – February 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition had a steering committee meeting on January 5th to discuss 2018 initiatives. The next meeting will be April 20th at the Portage County Health Department at 10:00AM. A majority of activities this year will focus on identifying and eliminating tobacco related disparities in order to achieve health equity. For more information on health equity and social and economic factors that affect health click HERE. Some new initiatives for 2018 will focus on tobacco-free outdoor spaces and tobacco use in behavioral health systems.

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

Marathon County Behavioral Health |February 16th, 2018|12:00PM-1:30PM|Marathon County Health Department

Wood County AOD Prevention Partnership |March 1st, 2018|10:30AM-12:00PM|Wood County Health Department

Coalition News

WINS Update

Wisconsin Wins data has been compiled and reported for 2017. Wisconsin Wins is a state-mandated initiative that aims to reduce youth access to tobacco and nicotine-containing products to protect our youth from becoming addicted to these products. Thank you to the retailers who do not sell tobacco and nicotine products to our area youth! For more information, please visit Retailers can provide employees free training on how to check IDs at

  • Sales to Marathon County minors decreased from 13% in 2016 to 8% in 2017
  • Sales to Portage County minors increased from 13% in 2016 to 18% in 2017
  • Sales to Wood County minors remained at 11% in 2016 and 2017

Wisconsin Wins

Survey Update

The 2017 Marathon County Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been released.  To read about youth tobacco use trends in the area visit

Tobacco News

National Academies Report on E-Cigarettes Shows Need for FDA Regulation

Based on the findings, long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not yet clear. Among youth, who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do, there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the risk of transitioning to smoking conventional cigarettes.

While e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be less harmful than conventional cigarettes, the report says. Using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking. However, their long-term health effects are not yet clear.

To read the full article click HERE.

Other Tobacco News

Commentary: Philip Morris Says It Wats to Quit Cigarettes But It’s Just Blowing Smoke

To read the full article click HERE.

Tobacco News- January 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition has a new coordinator! Jenna Otterholt began in October and has been getting oriented to the program and preparing for 2018 initiatives. We give Jenna a warm welcome! The steering committee will be meeting in early January to outline next steps for the coalition. A date for the next coalition meeting will be announced soon. Jenna can be reached at or 715-261-1931. We thank you for your patience as we transitioned coordinators in 2017.

Coalition News

The City of Wausau Parks and Recreation Commission voted in November to move a Smoke-Free Parks ordinance forward to City Council. The Wausau City Council opposed the policy on a 5-6 vote. For general information on smoke-free parks, visit View a clip from the City of Wausau Parks and Recreation Commission meeting HERE.

Tobacco News

There is a new tobacco product that is gaining popularity among teens called JUUL. The e-cigarette device looks like a USB flash drive and is charged in a computer or laptop. They also come in kid-friendly flavors like mango, cool mint, fruit medley and crème brulee.

Check out the store locator on JUUL’s website to see if there are any stores in your area that carry the product. Here’s an article from NPR that talks about how teenagers are embracing JUUL and saying it’s discreet enough to vape in class. There is a growing concern in schools about the use of this product right here in Wisconsin.

Other Tobacco News

New Survey Shows Youth Cigarette Smoking Continues to Fall, But Raises Fresh Concerns about E-Cigarettes and Cigars

The 2017 Monitoring the Future survey released today shows that youth cigarette smoking continues to fall, but raises fresh concerns about the popularity of electronic cigarettes and cigars among youth. The survey found that far more 12th graders vaped e-cigarettes than smoked regular cigarettes in the previous 30 days – 16.6 percent reported any vaping, including 11 percent who reported vaping nicotine, versus 9.7 percent who smoked cigarettes. In addition, more 12th graders reported smoking flavored little cigars than cigarettes – 10.1 percent to 9.7 percent.

CDC Report on Tobacco Use among American Indians (AI) and Alaska Natives (AN)

During 2010–2015, current (past 30-day) tobacco-product use was significantly higher among AI/ANs than non-AI/ANs for any tobacco product (43.3 percent vs. 27.7 percent); for cigarettes (37.3 percent vs. 23.0 percent); for roll-your-own tobacco (7.1 percent vs. 3.5 percent); for pipes (1.9 percent vs. 0.9 percent); and for smokeless tobacco (6.6 percent vs. 3.5 percent). Read more HERE.

Tobacco News- September 1, 2017

Coalition Business

The fall Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is TBD. When a new hire is made, the coalition coordinator will schedule the next meeting.

Interim coordinator will be out on maternity leave within the next few weeks. Any gap between the interim coordinator and new hire will be covered by Melissa Moore, Drug Free Communities Coordinator at the Marathon County Health Department. She can be reached at

Tobacco News

The Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank released a video titled Tobacco: Honoring our Traditions and our Health. This video highlights tobacco prevention efforts in Wisconsin Tribal Communities. The video discusses the importance of reclaiming traditional tobacco and highlights successful smoke-free initiatives in Wisconsin tribal communities, including an outdoor Ojibwe cultural event center and a Ho-Chunk gaming casino that have implemented smoke-free policies.

Local Data Release

A new report available from the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population and Health provides county-level data for lives lost to smoking from 2011-2015. This report shows tobacco’s local impact on Wisconsin. You can read the report here.

Other Tobacco News

Maine Becomes Fourth State to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Maine provides another significant boost for the growing, nationwide movement to increase the tobacco age to 21. Tobacco 21 laws have also been enacted by California, Hawaii, New Jersey and at least 255 cities and counties, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis and both Kansas Cities. The Oregon Legislature approved a Tobacco 21 bill last month, and Gov. Kate Brown has indicated she will sign it into law. Massachusetts lawmakers should quickly approve similar legislation pending there.

Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all tobacco use begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry. We know that about 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21. Increasing the tobacco age will help counter the industry’s efforts to target young people at a critical time when many move from experimenting with tobacco to regular smoking. In Maine alone, tobacco companies spend over $42 million a year to market their deadly and addictive products. This legislation will also help keep tobacco out of high schools, where younger teens often obtain tobacco products from older students.  

A 2015 report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) concluded that increasing the tobacco age to 21 will significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking, with immediate and long-term benefits for the nation’s health.