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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Teen Smoking: 10 ways to help teens stay smoke-free

By Mayo Clinic staff
Teen smoking might begin innocently, but it can become a long-term problem. In fact, most adult smokers begin smoking as teenagers. Your best bet? Stop your teen from taking that first puff. Follow these tips to help prevent teen smoking.
No. 1: Understand the attraction
Teen smoking can be a form of rebellion or a way to fit in with a particular group of friends. Some teens light up in an attempt to lose weight or to feel better about themselves. Others smoke to feel cool or independent. Ask your teen how he or she feels about smoking and if any of your teen's friends smoke. Applaud your teen's good choices, and talk about the consequences of bad choices. You might also talk with your teen about how tobacco companies try to influence ideas about smoking — such as showing smoking in movies to create the perception that it's glamorous.
No. 2: Say no to teen smoking
You might feel as if your teen doesn't hear a word you say, but say it anyway. Tell your teen that smoking isn't allowed. Your disapproval might have more impact than you think. Teens whose parents set the firmest smoking restrictions tend to smoke less than do teens whose parents don't set smoking limits. The same goes for teens who feel close to their parents.
No. 3: Set a good example
Teen smoking is more common among teens whose parents smoke. If you don't smoke, keep it up. If you do smoke, quit — now. The earlier you stop smoking, the less likely your teen is to become a smoker. Ask your doctor about ways to stop smoking. In the meantime, don't smoke in the house, in the car or in front of your teen, and don't leave cigarettes where your teen might find them. Explain how unhappy you are with your smoking, how difficult it is to quit and that you'll keep trying until you stop smoking for good.

Read the rest of the Tips and the Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/teen-smoking/HQ00139

Monday, July 18, 2011

America has spoken!!!!

Good news from the Gallop organization. For the first time since this poll question was asked the majority of Americans believe smoking in all public places should be banned.

The question has been asked since the poll started in 2001, however this year is the first time there has been a majority in favor of the ban. An astounding, 59% of Americans are in favor of banning smoking in public places.

Tobacco control organizations and advocates should consider this a major step forward in support for reducing the public's exposure to toxic tobacco smoke.

To read more about this, check out the link below.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Love Smoke-Free Air Video Contest Winner

Congrats to Jordan of Sturgeon Bay for sharing his thoughts about smoke-free air! Jordan was out at Country USA in June and told us why he loves smoke-free air. He also won a $100 gift card!

Watch Jordan's video by clicking here.

To see all the videos, and more photos of our 1-year anniversary of the smoke-free air law celebration events, check out our webpage.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

re:TH!NK Celebrates 1 Year of Smoke-Free Air!

Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of WI's smoke-free workplace law. We had a great turn out at Kunkel's Korner in Kewaunee during the day and at Sabre Lanes in Menasha in the evening. Also a special thank you to Mark, owner of Kunkel's and Gary, owner of Sabre Lanes for your partnership on these events!

Below are some media links to the stories that covered the events and the day! (don't forget to watch the video clips as well as read the text)

The best quote came from Tina Schartner, a waitress at Kunkel's Korner. "Now, I just smell like french fries when I go home, instead of cigarette smoke."

Again, thanks for all you support to keep WI smoke-free!!