Tobacco News- December 1, 2016

Coalition Business

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!

Coalition News

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.

Clear Gains, Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Housing Initiative


Tobacco News- November 1, 2016

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting is on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm at Portage County Health and Human Services Department (817 Whiting Ave, Stevens Point). We will meet in room 107.

Coalition News

Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor highlighting October as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. It discussed the link between smoking during pregnancy/secondhand smoke and increased risk for SIDS. Safe sleep recommendations and ways to reduce SIDS were included. Read more: sids-awareness-month-lte-2016-10-03


Other Tobacco News

New CDC MMWR on Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Use Patterns

CDC analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess state-specific prevalence estimates of current use of cigarettes and/or smokeless tobacco among U.S. adults. Current cigarette smoking ranged from 9.7% (Utah) to 26.7% (West Virginia); current smokeless tobacco use ranged from 1.4% (Hawaii) to 8.8% (Wyoming). Disparities in tobacco use by sex and race/ethnicity were observed.

Read more HERE. 

Teens and Tobacco

SAMHSA released data from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in September. Respondents aged 12 and older were asked about their tobacco use in the 30 days before the interview. Tobacco products included cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipe tobacco.

  • A million smoked cigarettes in the past month; 4.2% were current cigarette smokers
  • Past month smokers declined from 12% in 2002 (1 in 8 youth) to 4.2% in 2015 (less than 1 in 20)
  • 367,000 teenagers used smokeless tobacco in the past month; this represents 1.5% of youth

Read more HERE.

Tobacco-Free Baseball Cities Go 5-for-5 in Making Post Season

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco – the five Major League Baseball cities that have eliminated smokeless tobacco completely in their ballparks – all qualified for the 2016 post season, which got underway this week. Of the other 23 cities, all of which currently allow smokeless use, fewer than 22 percent made the playoffs.

We’re not necessarily alleging a causal relationship, BUT …

  • 5 of 5 cities (100 percent) that have prohibited smokeless tobacco in their ballparks made the post season.
  • All 4 tobacco-free NL teams (100 percent) made the post season.
  • 5 of 7 teams (71 percent) representing those cites made the post season.
  • 5 of all 10 playoff teams (50 percent) represent tobacco-free cities and ballparks.

Read more about the Knock Tobacco Out of the Park campaign HERE. logo_blue_black

Tobacco News- October 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

FACT youth from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids have started a new school year and already held two meetings on September 13th and September 27th to plan their fall FACTivisms. Attendance has been up with several new members who have joined and are excited to start.

Coalition News

Recovery Month Letter to the Editor


Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor highlighting National Recovery Month in September. It discussed the relationship between tobacco use, mental health issues, and substance abuse. It also shared information about Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiN Tip), which encourages mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to include tobacco cessation into their care plans.

Read more: recovery-month-lte-2016-07-13.

Counter Tobacco’s Annual Photo Contest

The Surgeon General has concluded that “advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.” is dedicated to providing tools and resources to counteract retail tobacco product sales and marketing. The photo contest and image gallery expose the tobacco industry’s marketing tactics in hopes of educating communities, and especially youth, about the dangers of tobacco retail marketing.

See this year’s photo winners HERE.

Other Tobacco News

Tobacco 21 Movement Reaches a Milestone

At least 200 U.S. cities and counties have now enacted laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. In addition to the 200 cities and counties in 14 states, California and Hawaii have enacted statewide laws raising the tobacco age to 21. Major cities that have done so include New York City, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland and both Kansas Cities. Statewide legislation is under consideration in several other states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and Washington state.

Read more HERE.

FDA Enforcement of Online E-cigarette Sales

A month after assuming regulatory oversight over e-cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on online sales by the industry, issuing 24 letters to websites for illegal sales to minors. The letters are the first sent since the FDA banned e-cigarette sales to anyone under 18 years old on Aug. 8. The agency also issued warning letters to 28 retailers of cigars and E-cigs and three letters to websites selling cigars.

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Teens Using E-cig Devices not just for Nicotine

A recent analysis of the 2015 Monitoring the Future (MTF) findings on e-cigarette use highlights uncertainty about what teens are actually inhaling when using “e-cig” devices, and at least six percent report they are using the vaporizers to inhale marijuana. The analysis was done by the University of Michigan researchers who conduct the annual MTF survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

Read more HERE.

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.

Tobacco News- August 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).

Coalition News

National Parents Day Letter to the Editor

Mini Cigarillos 2016-06-16Our coalition submitted a letter to the editor encouraging parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of using tobacco.

Read more here.


Other Tobacco News

New CDC MMWR on Adult Tobacco Use

The CDC recently released a report on adult tobacco use in the U.S.

Report highlights:

  • Cigarettes are still the most used tobacco product among adults.
  • Highest use of emerging products like e-cigarettes and hookah is among young adults (18-24).
  • Tobacco use varies based on gender, age, race, geography, education, income, and sexual orientation.

Read more here.

CDC Article on Tobacco Products and Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing

In this study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, authors found that Americans living in multi-unit housing (MUH) are more likely to use tobacco products and less likely to have smoke-free home rules than people living in single-family housing. A quarter of all adult MUH residents use tobacco products and a third of all MUH residents with smoke-free rules are exposed to secondhand smoke that comes into their units from nearby areas.

Read more here.


FDA Final Rule to Take Effect in One Week

On May 5, 2016 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) took an important step to protect public health by issuing a final regulation to begin regulating e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah.

The FDA Tobacco Deeming Rule will go into effect one week from today. On August 8th:

  • Tobacco products cannot be sold to minors under the age of 18 (in person and online)
  • Age verification by photo ID is required for all tobacco sales
  • Tobacco products covered by the rule cannot be sold in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility)
  • The distribution of free tobacco products samples is not allowed