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, December 20, 2011

US Senators Call for Ban on Flavored Cigars

A group of U.S. senators is urging the Food and Drug Administration to ban flavored cigars, claiming the "candy-like flavorings" increasingly are luring teens into smoking-- even as they turn away from cigarettes.

"Cigars contain the same toxic and cancer-causing chemicals contained in cigarettes, and public health experts have warned that cigars are not safe alternatives to cigarettes," the senators wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

The letter comes as the FDA exerts newly granted authority to regulate tobacco products. The FDA in 2009 officially banned flavored cigarettes. Despite some confusion at the time, the regulation did not end up applying to many flavored cigars and cigarillos like Swisher Sweets or Black & Milds, which are among the most popular cigar products in the country.

Read more at FoxNews.com

Friday, December 9, 2011

When is comes to quitting what states are the best/worst?

The American Lung Association released a report, looking at smoking cessation programs and treatments offered in each state. States were ranked based on a point system, the higher the point total the better the ranking.

Coming in first, with 49 points, was the great state of......Maine! Next in line were North Dakota (45 pts) and Delaware (44 pts). When you someone taking first, that means someone has to be last. The worst state is........Georgia, which got 9 points. Next to the bottom was Louisiana (15 pts) and then Alabama and Maryland (tied at 20 pts).

So where was Wisconsin? Well we were in the middle of the pack, so to speak. We ranked 20th, tied with Pennsylvania (34 pts).

What they found out was that smoking assistance was inconsistent from state-to-state, even from insurance plan-to-insurance plan.

We all know that each person quits for different reasons, and it looks like states feel there are various methods of assistance.

More information can be out using the link below;

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Addiction Incorporated

A documentary is set to be released later this month that exposes Big Tobacco's early lies about their cigarettes.

Tobacco companies produce the most deadly product on earth while they maintained a perfect record of defeating those who try to reign them in. Addiction Incorporated, tells the true story of how Victor DeNoble's unexpected discovery of an addictive ingredient in tobacco leads to both more addictive Marlboro cigarettes and Congressional testimony. The public revelation of long held tobacco industry secrets leads journalists, politicians, attorneys and whistle blowers into an unexpected alliance, that achieves the first ever federal regulation of the tobacco industry. DeNoble's unwavering determination to "do some good" leads to a career as an educator that informs kids about the world's only industry where success is measured by how many people you can addict.

Variance Films in partnership with Acappella Pictures will be releasing Addiction Incorporated first in New York on December 14th and later in Los Angeles on January 13th, 2012. With plans to go "nationally" throughout early 2012.

More information along with a trailer can be seen by using the link below: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1735495