Tobacco News – August 1, 2018

Coalition Business

The next Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition meeting will be held on August 3 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 2018 coalition progress and community outreach planning. An agenda will be sent to subscribers this week.


Coalition News

The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition was recently featured in stories by the Wausau Daily Herald and WAOW Newsline 9. The stories highlighted the Wisconsin WINS program, current usage trends in the state, resources for those looking to quit tobacco use, what parents can do if they suspect their kids are using e-cigarettes, and the importance of continued efforts in tobacco control and prevention. View these stories at the links below.

Central Wisconsin Tobacco Sales to Teens on Track to Decline, but E-cigarettes a Worry 

Tobacco News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Implements Smoke-Free Public Housing 

Effective July 30th, all public housing has shifted to smoke-free units. This rule allows all residents and staff an opportunity to breath clean air in their homes and work environment. This move not only protects those in the buildings from exposure to secondhand smoke, but also saves properties money on costs to turnover units and reduces fire risk. To read more about smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing, visit the American Lung Association. To learn how this rule will affect our local communities, watch a recent news story that WSAW NewsChannel 7 featured HERE.

Other Tobacco News 

A New Tobacco Product on the Rise in Some Countries | Heat-Not-Burn Technology

Heated tobacco products, sometimes marketed as “heat-not-burn” technology, represent a diverse class of products that heat leaf tobacco to produce an inhaled aerosol. Global sales
of heated tobacco products are increasing, but the extent of current heated tobacco product
awareness and use in the U.S. is largely unknown.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an article on use and awareness of “heat-not-burn” tobacco products. In 2017, a total of 5.2% of U.S. adults were aware of the products, compared to 9.9% of current smokers. 0.7% of U.S. adults reported ever trying them compared to 2.7% of current smokers. Odds of using were higher for current smokers than never smokers, and higher for adults 30 years or younger.

This product is different than e-cigarettes because traditional cigarettes are used and heated versus an e-liquid. This product is not currently available in the United States.