Tobacco Coalition Coordinator, Destinee Coenen, is no longer employed with the Marathon County Health Department. We wish her family well during their move. Recruitment for this position will begin this summer, with hopes to have a coordinator on board by September 2017. Future Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting dates are to be determined. We plan to have the new coordinator hold a meeting this fall. Thank you Destinee for all of your hard work and contributions in creating a safer, smoke-free environment in Central Wisconsin, you will be missed.
The interim coalition coordinator is Samantha Pinzl from the Marathon County Health Department. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Improving Health Through the Power of Law
Six Canadian Provinces passed legislation to prohibit the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes in 2015. Two years later, more than 80 percent of Canadian population was covered under menthol restrictions.
In this legislation, Canadian government amends the Tobacco Act and prohibits the use of menthol in all cigarettes, blunt wraps, and most cigars sold in Canada. The law was finalized on April 5th, 2017 and will be taking effect on October 2nd, 2017.
What can the United States learn from the global leaders to the north of us in taking on the problem of regulating menthol tobacco? Understanding that the demographics as well as government structure between the United States and Canada are vastly different, there is a common shared concern for the high prevalence of menthol tobacco products.
Throughout history, the world has been effected by many epidemics of communicable diseases. More recently, the fight against non-communicable diseases have been governing health in high-income counties for the past century. The epidemics include lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other disorders caused by tobacco smoking.
The health impact of the global tobacco epidemic shows that more than one in ten deaths worldwide is caused by smoking, killing more than 6 million people.
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 Service Department, (817Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). At our meeting we will be starting the discussion around structure, health equity and the future direction of the coalition. Please join us!
FACT in the Media
FACT member, Madelyn Dickey, submitted a letter to the editor about Miller Park eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in their facilities and among players. She highlighted the health complications that can be caused from the use of smokeless tobacco including, mouth cancer, tongue cancer, heart disease and an increased risk of heart attack.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Other Tobacco News
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.