Mission Statement

The mission of re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network, is to improve the health of our residents by reducing tobacco use and exposure through prevention strategies which include community outreach and involvement to move policy forward collaboratively, across our multi-jurisdictional area.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New smokeless tobacco products ignite debate

an article posted by the Free Press on Aug 22, 2010. BY ROBIN ERBFREE PRESS MEDICAL WRITER

As states make it tougher to light up in public, tobacco manufacturers are rolling out new smokeless tobacco lines -- some flavored, some spitless, prompting worries from public health officials about potentially unknown risks of these new products and their appeal to underage users.

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/bidaC3

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Enforcement of Wisconsin smoking ban hazy

Interesting article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about enforcement of the smoke-free air law. Some good. Some bad. Some confusion.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

State ranks high in childhood exposure to secondhand smoke

By Tia Ghose of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: July 29, 2010 (14) Comments

Wisconsin ranks fifth nationally in childhood exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a study published in the July Pediatrics.

More than one in 10 children in the state regularly breathed in secondhand smoke, compared with about one in 100 in Utah. In the households of smokers, 39% of children regularly breathe in secondhand smoke. Only West Virginia outranks Wisconsin on that measure. The study surveyed 2,000 households across the state in 2007.

Secondhand smoke is tied to heart disease, asthma and premature birth, said Nathan Jones, a University of Wisconsin-Madison statistician who analyzed the state data.

But unlike other states with heavy secondhand smoke exposure, Wisconsin doesn't have sky-high rates of adult smoking, he said.

"We rank right in the middle of the 50 states," he said.

The frigid Wisconsin winters and a desire to stay inside to smoke can't explain the numbers, he said.

"When we look at our neighbors - North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota - they're all quite a bit lower," Jones said. "Cold weather doesn't seem to be the explanatory factor."

Instead, cultural or demographic factors may make Wisconsinites more comfortable lighting up in the house, he said.

Other states' "take it outside" campaigns haven't cut children's secondhand smoke exposure, though quit-smoking campaigns and public bans have been shown to work, he said.

That makes the state's recent cuts to smoking-cessation programs especially troubling, said Maureen Busalacchi, executive director of SmokeFree Wisconsin. For instance, pregnant women who called the (800) QUIT-NOW hotline used to automatically get 10 phone calls from a counselor, and now only get one, she said.

"The best thing is to really support those parents in quitting," she said. "It is a difficult process."


10.5% of Wisconsin children are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke
139,000 Wisconsin children are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke
19.5% of Wisconsin adults smoke