Tobacco News- April 1, 2016

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 1:30-3:30 PM at the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School in Room 101. Coalition members can park in the parking lot on the north side of the high school. At this meeting our FACT youth will attend to share what they have been doing to spread the truth about tobacco among their peers.

Coalition Environmental Scans

On Friday, April 1st environmental scans were conducted in the Wausau area. Coalition members conducted the scans in various areas and found a new flavor of Marlboro ‘Midnight Menthol.’ Much of the marketing by the cigarettes was to promote this new flavor of Marlboro cigarettes. Coalition members also spotted little cigars and cigarillos in flavors such as strawberry, watermelon, mango, and wine flavors. These products were often sold at ‘special’ price promotions and the lowest that was found was 3 cigarillos for $0.99.

E-Juice Bottles 2016-04-01
Bottles of e-juice in a variety of flavors, including ‘Cub Candy’.

Coalition News

Marshfield and E-cigarettes

On February 23rd, an educational presentation was given to the Marshfield Common Council on maintaining the current standard of clean indoor air by including e-cigarettes into existing clean indoor air ordinances. At the meeting council members were educated about the e-cigarettes and the known research about the e-cigarette aerosol. Recently, our coalition was interviewed about our e-cigarette educational efforts in Marshfield.

Read more here.

Other Tobacco News

Tobacco Minimum Age to 21

The Wausau Daily Herald printed an article on raising the legal minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 in Wisconsin. The article discussed the cities and states that have already taken the initiative to raise the legal purchase age to 21, including most recent California. Also highlighted were Wisconsin’s comprehensive tobacco control efforts and success.

Read more here.

Tobacco Marketing Spending Exceeds $9 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission’s latest report on tobacco marketing shows that tobacco companies are spent nearly $9.5 billion in 2013- which amounts to $25 million each day. Tobacco companies have reduced cigarette marketing and increased marketing for smokeless tobacco products.  The report also showed that tobacco companies are spending more on price discounts, making tobacco products more affordable and appealing to price-sensitive youth.

Read more here.