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Back to School Without JUUL
Every JUUL pod contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug!
Have you heard of JUUL? Because your kids have. Juul is the new e-cigarette on the market, and its popularity continues to grow amongst youth. Juul, an e-cigarette that closely resembles a flash drive, emits very little smoke or smell, making it easy to hide and use in class. Each pod, which comes in flavors such as fruit medley and cool mint, contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes. Nicotine has strong effects on the developing brain, leading youth to lifelong addiction. School administrators are having such a problem with these devices that new rules such as limiting one person to the bathroom at one time are being implemented to help curb the spread of e-cigarette use.
Through a partnership with Ontario County Public Health, The Partnership for Ontario County, and the Finger Lakes Council on Alcoholism and Addiction, school staff and parents have been receiving education about JUUL and e-cigarettes and their dangerous health effects, paired with strategies in the retail setting for reducing youth access to these products.
These presentations include an explanation of e-cigarettes and how they work, the hazardous chemicals included in e-liquids, and a description of the culture surrounding e-cigarette use. Statistics of youth use of these products are presented, as well as information around nicotine. TACFL concludes the presentation with examples of other communities that have used retail restrictions to reduce youth access.
For more information about JUUL, these links below can be helpful.
This summer, the Waterloo Rotary started a new farmers’ market in the Village of Waterloo, complete with a tobacco-free policy!
Smoke from cigarettes contains more than 7,000 chemicals, about 70 of which can cause cancer. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, even outdoors, and even brief exposure can trigger allergies and cause other respiratory symptoms. Heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke are just some of the health conditions tied to secondhand smoke exposure.
Exposure of youth to tobacco use influences future use of these products, and when kids see people using tobacco products, it creates the perception that it is acceptable behavior. Tobacco-free policies can reduce this exposure.
The Waterloo Rotary Farm Market runs every Saturday from June 2nd to October 20th, 9am-1pm. They are located behind the village offices along Vern’s Way. The Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes congratulates the Rotary on their new market, and thanks them for taking steps to protecting the health of their patrons.
Information about the market can be found on Facebook at @rotaryfarmmarket or on their website at www.waterloofarmmarket.com.
Pictured above from left to right there is, Kendra W., Danielle T., Brigid Heenan, TACFL, WIC Program Supervisor Danielle N., Victoria C., Amanda J., and Jessica Kenneda, TACFL
TACFL recognized Finger Lakes WIC staff
for providing tobacco free environments at all
WIC Mobile Unit service locations.
WIC’s Mobile Clinic is a 30’ motorhome that has been renovated for use as a clinic. Finger Lakes WIC provides nutrition education and supplemental foods for children and women (pre-natal, breast feeding, or post partum). In addition to health and nutrition assessments, staff address smoking and alcohol. The Mobile Clinic travels throughout the Finger Lakes area offering WIC services in rural communities.
If you would like more information about WIC and their services call the WIC main office at 585-394-9240.
It’s a Party & You’re Invited!
Did you know that the average age of a new smoker is just 13 years old? Disheartening, right? Without a doubt, that’s the work of the big tobacco companies targeting their lethal products to kids!
This year for Seen Enough Tobacco Day (October 13th), we will be hosting a Reality Check “Birthday Party”! At our birthday party, kids and adults will have the chance to join in some traditional birthday party fun with a twist! While you enjoy party games and even cake, you will be learning about the deceptive marketing practices of the big tobacco companies.
Follow along on our Facebook page for the details of dates/times & locations!
With September brings the start of the new school year, crisper days, falling leaves & Reality Check recruitment!
We are always looking for new opportunities to work with youth and there are several ways for youth to get involved in Reality Check activities. Here’s a snapshot of the who, what, where, when, why, how!
WHO: Middle and High School youth who are interested in creating a positive change for their peers & community. Youth need to live or go to school in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne or Yates Counties. Reading this from another county, there are Reality Check groups throughout New York State…find your local Reality Check Coordinator here: http://www.realitycheckofny.com/find-your-local-group/
We know you’re more than likely reading this during work hours and you might think, I don’t work directly with you, I can’t help! But wait, think outside the box for a minute! Do you interact with youth in any capacity in your life? Are you a Scout or 4-H Leader, does your Church have a youth group, how about a youth program through the Service Organization where you’re a member? Are your kids part of a sports team? Do you know of a group at school or at your agency or organization? Do you know of any Open Houses or Activity Fairs? Possibilities are endless!
WHAT: Youth get involved to create change in their communities through grassroots mobilization and education. Youth expose the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry, they empower themselves and their peers to see that they are more than just a replacement smoker for the tobacco industry and they become leaders and change makers in their community. They do these things through events around tobacco awareness days, Reality Check state and regional activities and by advocating to local and state leaders.
WHERE: Where there are youth, we will come!
WHEN: Most activity revolves around the major tobacco awareness days and other community action projects. Frequency of meetings would depend on the work being done. A few special days to note:
October: Seen Enough Tobacco Day (10/13)
November: Great American Smokeout (11/15)
January: Legislative Education Day (TBA)
February: International Week of Action (TBA)
March: Kick Butts Day (3/20)
April: Earth Day (4/22)
May: World No Tobacco Day (5/31)
WHY: Because youth voice matters! Plus, youth gain public speaking & advocacy skills, build networks across their region and NYS, create memories and build their confidence!
HOW: Contact Jessica (scroll down for contact info)! We can create a Reality Check group (these usually work best within a school or youth serving organization) or we can work with youth or youth groups on a project or series of projects.