Tobacco News- June 1, 2015

Factivism students and chalk drawing
FACT Members educate with chalk art.

 The FACT Group at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids did a FACTivism on May 27th to educate their peers on how tobacco companies try to attract and addict them to their products. FACT members created chalk art to promote the statewide FACT movement and displayed educational messages.


Coalition Business

Mark your calendars for the next Central WI Tobacco Free Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, July 8th.

David “Mac” Macmaster and Kristine Hayden will be joining us to provide an educational presentation on “The Ethical and Clinical Case for Tobacco Integration”. The presentation will address the health disparities among individuals recovering from AODA and mental health disorders. They will share prevention and treatment strategies and discuss effective tobacco dependence treatment resources to help people quit and remain quit, including WiNTiP- Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project.

More information about the presentation to follow.

Coalition Media

The Central WI Tobacco Free Coalition has been working hard to educate the communities they serve about e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Our coalition was featured in the following 5 media pieces in April:

Tips from Former Smokers Campaign

Our coalition was featured on the WSAW-Channel 7 morning to show to promote the new Tips from Former Smokers 2015 campaign.

Public Health Q&A: Are e-cigarettes safe?

Our coalition provided an answer to the question ‘Are e-cigarettes safe?’ posed by readers of the Wausau Daily Herald.

Public Health Q&A: Are e-cigarettes safe? Guest Column

Fight to Keep Young People Tobacco-Free Goes On

Our coalition member Jenny Kislow decided to share her husband’s story by submitting a letter to the editor in support of the work our coalition. Jenny lost her husband three years ago to lung cancer. She will be this years Oxygen Ball guest speaker for the American Lung Association.

Jenny’s Letter to the Editor

Two Local IGAs Will Now Be Tobacco Free

The Rib Mountain and Schofield IGAs have announced that they will no longer be selling tobacco products. Our coalition sent out a press release acknowledging their efforts and encouraging other retails to consider doing the same.

Wausau Daily Herald: Two local IGAs quit selling tobacco products

Other Tobacco News

E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Middle & High School Students

In just one year (2013 to 2014), e-cigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students. According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% in 2014. Among middle school students, current e-cigarette use more than tripled from 1.1% in 2013 to 3.9% in 2014.

Read more here.

31 Leading Health Groups Urge the President to Issue Final Rules Regulating All Tobacco Products

Thirty-one leading public health and medical organizations urged President Obama to quickly finalize long-overdue rules covering all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookahs. In the letter, the groups said the continued lack of federal oversight of these products is putting the health of America’s kids at risk.

Read more here.

Hawaii Makes History by Passing Bill to Increase Age of Sale for Tobacco Products

On April 24th, Hawaii passed a bill that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Now the bill will go to the Governor, whose signature will make Hawaii the first state in the United States to raise the tobacco sale age to 21. The passing of this legislation will reduce smoking among young people, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco free.