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5 Ways To Talk To Your Kids About Tobacco

In Local News on August 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm

1: Children start experimenting with tobacco products early – as early as fourth grade. In fact, most adult smokers started while they were still underage. Start talking to your kids now about why they shouldn’t use tobacco.

2: Tobacco companies target kids with appealing advertising and packaging, and with new innovations such as dissolvable tobacco products that look like breath mints or strips. When you see tobacco advertising in your community, talk to your kids about what the advertising means and why it still doesn’t make smoking (or chewing) cool.

3: Kids are more influenced by tobacco advertising than by peer pressure. But your attitudes and behaviors when it comes to tobacco matter the most. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, talk to your kids about how it has affected your health and how hard it is to quit – and keep trying to quit. (And call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help to quit smoking or chewing.) Make the inside of your home 100% tobacco-free. Tell your kids you don’t want them to use any kind of tobacco, and you will be disappointed if they do.

4: Smoking or using tobacco hurts kids now, not just when they get older. Talk to them about how using tobacco products now can cause respiratory problems, reduced immune function, increased illness, tooth decay, gum disease, and pre-cancerous gene mutations. Using tobacco also makes kids more likely to try risky behaviors and less likely to succeed in school.

5: The addiction rate for nicotine is higher than marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine. Kids can be seriously addicted in just weeks or even days after they first try smoking or chewing. Talk to them about why they shouldn’t try any tobacco product, not even once.


Washington Schools Get Tobacco-Free Campus Signs

In Local News on August 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

Sally Petty, coordinator of the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, presented tobacco-free campus signs to Washington High School Principal Paul White at the central office Thursday morning. The coalition purchased enough signs for all Washington school properties after the school board passed a policy last month making all school grounds tobacco-free at all times for students, staff, and visitors.

E-Cigarettes To Be Banned In UK, Illegal In U.S.

In National News on August 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Britain’s Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency [MHRA] has reportedly decided to ban e-cigarettes unless the traders apply for certification as a medical device from the MHRA, which could be prohibitivly expensive.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has already classified e-cigs as medical devices. Since no one has applied to the FDA to license their sale as nicotine replacement devices, the FDA has ruled that the products are illegal.

Although that ruling is being challenged in court, e-cigs are currently illegal products, and apparently will remain so unless and until the U.S. Court of Appeals rules to the contrary. Britain is apparently worried about some of the same concerns which trouble the FDA in the U.S.

Based upon the limited information which is available to it since sellers have not submitted the kind of medical evidence which would be required for FDA approval, the FDA has warned that e-cigs pose “acute health risks,” that the “danger posed by the unrestricted distribution of [these] unregulated products containing toxic chemicals cannot seriously be questioned,” and that they have caused a wide variety of potentially serious problems “including racing pulse, dizziness, slurred speech, mouth ulcers, heartburn, coughing, diarrhea, and sore throat.”

This is not surprising because the users inhale a mixture of nicotine (a deadly and addictive drug which can contribute to fatal heart attacks), propylene glycol (a respiratory irritant used in antifreeze and known to cause respiratory tract infections), and other substances the FDA has labeled “carcinogenic” and “toxic.”

It appears that these same substances are then also exhaled where those around the user — including the elderly, those with special sensitivities, as well as infants and toddlers — are also forced to inhale them. It is therefore not surprising that e-cigs have already been banned in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and New Zealand, restricted in Finland and Malaysia, and the subject of law suits by attorneys general in several states.

New Jersey and Suffolk County, NY, have prohibited their use in no-smoking sections, and New York is also moving to ban them.

The sale and use of e-cigs may not be a bad thing, but their use without any testing and approval by the FDA, with no warnings, quality controls, or restrictions on their sale to children, could be dangerous. If e-cigs meet the criteria established for such products by the FDA, they may become available to smokers wishing to quit in much the same way as nicotine gums, patches, sprays, inhalers, and other nicotine replacement products are currently available, having been tested and approved by the FDA.

(Information from ASH)

Quit Contest Offers $5,000 In Cash Prizes

In Local News on August 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

WASHINGTON, Ind. – Officials representing the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition are making an all-out effort to raise community awareness about the benefits of smoke free air and will be encouraging smokers to pledge to quit using tobacco and take a chance at winning a grand prize of $2,500.

First introduced in 2007, the “Quit Now Indiana” contest is designed to encourage any Hoosier resident 18 years or older and who is a regular smoker to quit using tobacco from Sept. 1st to Sept. 30th. The top prize winner, who successfully quits smoking from September 1st to September 30th, 2010, and whose name is randomly drawn, will receive $2,500 as the grand prize winner. The second and third place winners will receive $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.

In addition to signing up online at and, tobacco users can sign up at boxes placed in various locations around the county. The contest boxes will also be at such events as the 2010 Indiana State Fair and the 1-800-QUIT-NOW Concert Series at the Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis. The entry deadline is August 23rd.

According to Sally Petty, coordinator of the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition, this year’s contest will have a focus on encouraging people to quit with an additional focus on outreach through employers. The coalition is providing posters and information to businesses throughout the county with information about the Quit Now Indiana Contest and how to register.

Data shows that an employer with a workforce of at least 500 people will spend as much as $400,000 annually on costs related to tobacco use by their employees. The coalition has additional information available for business owners and managers about how to reduce costs related to employee tobacco use.

Hoosier employers are invited to become a Preferred Employer with the Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW), a free quit service offered through ITPC. For more information concerning the Preferred Employer program, contact ITPC at (317) 234-1787. Or, contact Petty at 812-698-0232.