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Celebrate Smoke-Free Law’s 4th Birthday
July 5th marks the fourth anniversary of Wisconsin’s smoke-free workplace law. Local health advocates say the law has made a world of difference in improving the state’s health.
Wisconsinites enjoy and now expect smoke free air. Eighty-nine percent of people overwhelmingly agree that smoke-free restaurants and bars are healthier for employees and customers and eighty-six percent feel it is nicer and more enjoyable to patronize.
Wisconsin has enjoyed clear benefits from four years of smoke-free workplaces, including showing an “extraordinary improvement in air quality” and bartenders reporting a significant drop in respiratory health symptoms.
Lauren Calnin, Marquette County Health Department Health Educator and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, also encourages individuals that use tobacco products to call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW.
For more information, visit the following links: Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air Law – www.wibettersmokefree.com Local Tobacco Prevention – HCHY, www.marquettehchy.org Quitting Tobacco Use – www.wiquitline.org
Fines can be given at alcohol parties
With summer here, Healthy Communities Health Youth would like to remind residents of Marquette County about the Social Host Ordinance that is now in effect.
The intent of the ordinance is to discourage possession and consumption of alcohol by those under 21. The ordinance holds persons responsible who aid, conduct or organize events that allow underage drinking.
The ordinance fines are $1,000 to $5,000 based on the number of violations. These penalties are a strong deterrent, and have prevented repeat offenders in other jurisdictions in Wisconsin. While a repeat State statute violation is criminal, this local ordinance leads to a civil forfeiture and does not result in a criminal record. The deterrent exists without creating barriers for youth and families in the future.
Anyone who aids, conducts or organizes an event that allows underage youth to consume alcohol will be subject to this law. This could include parents, youth, and siblings. Examples might include hosting or allowing your children to host an underage drinking party at your residence or other property; or providing alcohol to be consumed by underage youth on public or private property.
The Social Host Ordinance complements State law by providing additional guidance and definitions that will assist an officer in his decision to cite, and maintains the flexibility an officer needs for all scenarios.
The Social Host Ordinance is important because evidence shows that the development of the human brain is ongoing until 25, and the last part to develop is the most susceptible to substance abuse. Underage drinking greatly increases the likelihood of abuse and dependency. Drinking during adolescence can cause long-term deficiencies in learning and retaining knowledge.
Students Educate Students
The Westfield Middle School Pioneer Safe School Team and the Montello VOYCES students planned and carried out a great tobacco prevention activity the week before Easter for students at their school.s During lunch, students could stop by the PSST or VOYCES tables where they picked out a plastic egg, read the tobacco fact inside, then put their name on the back of the fact to be entered into a prize drawing. Each student also got an Easter candy treat just for entering.
The FDA has released proposed guidelines to regulate e-cigarettes. Here is the link to the FDA press release.
The e-cigarette industry speaks about reduced harm, helping current smokers quit, and states that some e-cigarettes have zero nicotine. However, while attending the Reduce Tobacco Use Conference in Washington DC this month, I was reminded of the following regarding e-cigarettes. Here's the rest of the story.
I would encourage you to click on this link to review the CNN Article, and listen to the interview with Stanton Glantz, Ph.D.,(American Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.) and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona a member of NJOY's Electronic Cigarettes' Board of Directors. This interview is called E-Cigarettes: Safe or harmful? and you will find it on the left side of the web page.
For more information on Neshkoro Area HCHY activities please contact Tara Chesebro.
Neshkoro news: Welcome Tara Chesebro to HCHY!
For more information on Endeavor Area HCHY activities please contact Sue Allen.
Endeavor News: To join the Endeavor EPIC parent's group, please contact Sue Allen. Bring the kids to play while parents talk.
For more information on Montello Area HCHY activities please contact Tiffany Lodholz.
Montello News: Montello's PIE group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Parents and kids of all ages welcome. Learn more
In 2011, excessive alcohol consumption in Marquette County cost $17.7 million and contributed to at least 154 alcohol-related hospitalizations. View the full report.