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Seen Enough Tobacco Day took a Tricky Twist!
Sarah & Aiden, Reality Check Members at Clyde-Savannah High School dress up as lungs for Seen Enough Tobacco Day!
Youth across New York State have declared October 13th as the second annual Seen Enough Tobacco Day, a day to highlight the need for communities to protect children from the billions of dollars of tobacco marketing in places where kids can see it. There is overwhelming evidence that the more young people see tobacco marketing, the more likely they are to start smoking, according to a U.S. Surgeon General report, which also calls smoking among youth a pediatric epidemic.
In a landmark case of the U.S. Government against tobacco companies, the court found tobacco companies violated racketeering laws after lying to the American public for decades about the dangers of smoking and about marketing their products to children. Yet, they are STILL allowed to spend billions of dollars marketing their products using colorful signs, walls of tobacco products, special discounts, and displays that youth find appealing. Tobacco companies put most of their marketing in stores where 75 percent of teens shop at least once a week.
Findings on youth tobacco use and tobacco industry marketing in places where children and young adolescents can see it indicate:
The average age of a new smoker in New York is 13 years old, and 90 percent of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18.
The U.S. tobacco industry spent an estimated $9.5 billion on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in 2013. This includes nearly $220 million annually in New York State, or nearly $602,000 a day.
Stores popular among adolescents contain almost three times more tobacco marketing materials compared to other stores in the same community.
Seen Enough Tobacco Day is part of the overall statewide “Seen Enough Tobacco” initiative focused on putting an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use. This year, TACFL’s Reality Check group in Clyde-Savannah treated their peers to a “Trick-or-Treat” Reality Check style! As seen in the picture, two of the youth dressed as a pair of lungs, one a clean, healthy non-smoker pink lung and the other a smoker’s lung, riddled with tar, poisonous ingredients & disease. They stopped by groups at their after-school program, to share scary facts about the tobacco company’s tricks! Not to worry, they also gave them a sweet treat and asked that they go home and share this information with their parents and have them sign a letter of support.
Community members are encouraged to sign the Seen Enough Tobacco online petition at www.SeenEnoughTobacco.org to pledge their support.
Smoke Free Housing for Everyone
Regardless of Income
New Yorkers are well aware that living in a smoke-free home is one of the best things they can do for their family’s health and to protect their property; the vast majority do not allow smoking in the home. Unfortunately, for residents of apartments and other multi-unit housing, the decision to have a smoke-free home is not theirs alone. Secondhand smoke drifts from neighboring apartments and creates unhealthy living conditions for everyone in the building.
No-smoking policies benefit both tenants and landlords. An increasing number of apartment owners are choosing to go smoke-free to reduce fire risk, save on maintenance costs and to improve tenant health. Let your landlord know about the resources available on the landlord page of this website.
Great American Smokeout – Tobacco for a Turkey!
Since 1975, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout® (GASO), a public awareness event to encourage people to quit smoking. GASO is celebrated on the third Thursday of November (the Thursday before Thanksgiving) and this year was celebrated on Thursday, November 15th.
Organizations across the country use GASO to encourage their patients, employees, customers, community members, partners and other key audiences to take action to quit smoking. Individuals similarly take advantage of GASO to support family members and friends in quitting smoking.
This year TACFL collaborated with our Yates County partners to host a “Tobacco Trade-In” event. We set up in two locations, the Yates County Office Building in Penn Yan & the Water Street Pharmacy in Dundee for people to stop by and to make GASO Day 1 of their tobacco free journey!
For each tobacco product (cigarettes, chew, vape pens, JUUL, etc.) turned in participants received a raffle ticket for an entire Thanksgiving dinner, including pie! Each participant also left with a “Quit Kit”, which included cessation resources and items to support and encourage their success!
TACFL did this in part with Yates County to encourage people to make their quit plan or quit attempt, but also to raise awareness about the new law going into effect on January 1, 2019. As of the New Year all Yates County owned properties are going 100% tobacco free!
TACFL would like to thank Yates County Public Health, WFLR radio station, TOPS in Penn Yan, Oak Hill Bulk Foods, Walmart & Wegmans in Geneva and local individuals who helped make this event possible!
—–ALARMING EPIDEMIC—– Youth Nicotine Addiction
Why Everyone Should Be Concerned About
E-Cigarette Use Among Teens
E-cigarettes made their quiet debut nearly a decade ago, entering markets throughout the country, untested and unregulated. While tobacco control and prevention efforts have seen the lowest youth smoking rates in recorded history, vaping and e-cigarette use has seen unprecedented increases, especially among youth.
Please sign in to the Truth Initiative’s panel discussion to learn why parents and communities should be concerned Youth e-cigarette epidemic: Unintended consequences or strategic marketing?Panel participant Dr. David Ashley, professor, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, stated that the FDA needs to take action on this issue, however the FDA moves very slowly. For more immediate action he stated that local and state governments can move much quicker to take steps to reverse the dramatic increase in youth use of vaping products.
Many parents become enraged when they learn their children have been lured into a nicotine addiction, and then get involved in advocacy to protect kids from tobacco products. If you are interested in joining this effort to protect kids, contact TACFL (contact info at the end of this newsletter). Our kids need adults’ protection, especially from the strategies used by the tobacco industry to entice new nicotine addicts.
The Real Cost of Vaping
A Scholastic Resource for Educators
To make sure educators have the tools and information they need to combat the youth
e-cigarette epidemic, FDA teamed up with Scholastic to provide educational resources. Please take a moment and check out this great resource and share with your network (click the image below). If you have any questions, please contactCTPOutreach@fda.hhs.gov.
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