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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Smoking on the Letterman show??

You got to see this!!!!!
Recently Katherine Heigl was a guest on David Letterman's Late Show. She discussed her issues with trying to quite smoking. She went through a list of items that did not work for her, then she pulls something out from between the cushions and conducts an "advertisement" for the product.
When asked about this product lets remember a few points
1) The FDA has not tested nor approved this product as a successful cessation tool
2) Cancer causing agents were discovered in these products by the FDA
3) Nicotine has been proven to be one of the most additive drugs, which is the main ingredient in this product
4) Until proper testing can be conducted by the FDA, these products should not be recommended or sold


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Meetings with Candidates

Cheryl Laabs and I met with two candidates, Michelle Litjens, a Republican for the 56th and Gordon Hintz, a Democrat for the 54th last Friday. Both meetings were productive and interesting full of great conversation.

Michelle was open about what we had to say regarding public health and tobacco prevention. She had never heard of some of the newer tobacco products like snus and orbs and this alarmed her since she is the mother of a 12- and 14-year-old. We also helped her find resources for an issue she's been having with one of her tenants.

Gordon talked with us at the Seniors Center, along with 4 other Oshkosh residents. They all listened to why tobacco prevention funding was important to our youth. They had several questions about youth access and changing the culture to make tobacco use, and excessive alcohol use, something that is NOT okay.

Both candidates told us that they believe funding prevention is important, as long as the funding is being used appropriately. Good thing Wisconsin's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program has one of the best track records of success in the state, including a 46% decrease in youth smoking and 21% decrease in adult smoking since the program began in 2000.

To see more of those stats click on this link: http://www.tobwis.org/uploads/media/CandEd2010_combined.pdf


Monday, September 27, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lance Armstrong Visits Madison

Below is a link to the video of Lance Armstrong speaking in Madison about his support for Wisconsin's smoke-free law. This newest version cuts together media from different sources, including a picture of Lance's rally leading up to the law's passage.

You can get to the video by clicking this link.