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Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County
318 N. Main St., PO Box 75, Trenton, FL 32693

Gilchrist County Tobacco Prevention Newsletter

Volume 8, Issue 3 / July - Sept, 2014
Bell Town Council Passes Resolution
Encouraging Local Businesses to Halt the Sale
of Flavored Tobacco That Targets Youth

June 9, 2014

     According to the latest Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, students in Gilchrist County use all forms of tobacco including cigarettes, smokeless products, and cigars at higher levels than their peers across the state. When Gilchrist County high school students were asked if they have ever tried alternative products such as flavored cigars, snus, and e-cigarettes, the results also showed that Gilchrist students try these products at higher rates than other youth around the state.
     With this in mind, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) members have been working to change the way the community sees these kinds of tobacco products. They are educating community members on how sales of flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products can lead to experimentation with, and eventual regular use of, tobacco products.  SWAT youth met with the Town Manager of the Town of Bell, and also spoke at a Town Council meeting to explain the problem of flavored tobacco use and how can lead to youth becoming addicted to nicotine.
     As a result, the Town Council passed a resolution encouraging all tobacco retailers to stop selling flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes.  The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners led the way on this issue when they passed a similar resolution in 2013.
Two SWAT Youth Join the Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County Advisory Council
September 9, 2014

     The Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County recently elected new Advisory Council members including two new youth members. These young people are part of the Students Working Against Tobacco leadership club, and will be helping start a new high school SWAT club at Trenton High School.
     Karina Turner is a senior at Trenton High school and has been a SWAT member for three years. Karina has also been a 4-H member for 4 years. She quickly became involved in community activities to help keep youth in Gilchrist County from starting to use tobacco. She helped plan the 2013 Kick Butts Day event at the Suwannee River Youth Fair where she educated community members about flavored tobacco dangers. She also advocated for stronger tobacco rules at school, spoke to the school board and asked that tobacco infractions receive a level 2 (major) offense in the student code of conduct. In May, Karina went with her SWAT club to speak to the Bell Town Council to ask them to pass a candy flavored tobacco resolution which was passed in June.
     Joshua Akin is a junior at Trenton High School and has been a SWAT member for five years. Joshua has also been a 4-H member for 11 years. Joshua has participated in numerous SWAT activities over the past 5 years including Kick Butts Day, Great American Smoke Out, and attending regional SWAT meetings as a Gilchrist County representative. Joshua traveled to Washington D.C. to speak to his Senators and Representative about the impact of cigars and flavored cigars on young people in Gilchrist County. Joshua also spoke to the school board along with Karina and advocated for stronger school policy on tobacco issues.
Read About Trenton's Newest Vape Shop... For Kids!
Florida Bans Sale of E-cigarettes to Minors Starting July 1
By Susan Jacobson and Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel

     There are so many tasty, sweet and fruity e-cigarette flavors at iVape Palm Beach, you might feel like a kid in a candy store.
     But the shop's policy is not to sell to anyone under 18, said Shang Le, owner of the Boynton Beach shop.
     On July 1, that practice became law in Florida. In June, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors and for minors to possess them. Florida joins states including Oklahoma, Kentucky, Connecticut and Delaware, whose governors recently signed similar laws.
     "Unfortunately, the FDA — the federal government — has not moved fast enough," said state Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, who sponsored the House bill after he saw a 12-year-old boy with an e-cigarette at a West Palm Beach water park. "There's no control whatsoever of the chemicals that are put in those e-cigarettes."
     E-cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizers that include a heating element and a tank filled with a "juice" mixture that contains nicotine and flavoring, such as bubblegum mint and chocolate. Many are shaped like regular cigarettes, but they also are manufactured to look like pipes, cigars and even hand grenades.
World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes
By and
August 26, 2014


     PARIS — Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and outlaw tactics to lure young users, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Tuesday that calls for some of the toughest measures yet proposed for the increasingly popular devices.
     It also expressed “grave concern” about the growing role of the powerful tobacco industry in the e-cigarette market, warning that the financially powerful companies could come to dominate the new business and use the current tolerance of the new products as a gateway to ensnaring a new generation of smokers at a time when the public health authorities seem to be winning the battle against tobacco.
     The proposals by the organization, a United Nations agency, are only recommendations that might have little likelihood of being widely adopted. But health experts said they would serve as an important reference point for policy makers, both nationally and locally, as they try to navigate the complex balance of benefits and risks with very little science on which to base conclusions.
     And the report seems likely to spur further intense lobbying by the tobacco and e-cigarette industries against more regulation.
$24 Billion Tobacco Verdict: One Down, 5,130 to Go
By Gregory Wallace


     The $23.6 billion award to a former smoker's widow resolves just one of thousands of lawsuits against the country's No. 2 tobacco maker.
     R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. -- maker of the Camel, Kool and Pall Mall brands -- still has about 5,130 cases to fight. They're the remnants of a Florida class action lawsuit from the 1990s that was dismantled but allowed to move forward as individual cases.
     Plaintiff Cynthia Robinson argued that Reynolds failed to warn her husband, Michael Johnson, of the risks of smoking when he began at age 13. He died of lung cancer at age 36 in 1996.
     Nearly seventy such cases against the company have been tried, according to documents the company filed this spring with federal regulators. Reynolds has been ordered to pay victims $232 million, but most cases are tied up in appeal, so the company has only paid about $83 million so far.
     The $23.6 billion award due to Robinson consists entirely of punitive damages, which are designed to punish companies for gross misbehavior. The jury also awarded Robinson $16 million in standard damages, such as lost wages and healthcare costs.
     Reynolds has said it will appeal the multi-billion decision and believes it unconstitutional. At the very least, a judge could sharply reduce the dollar amount of the award.
 
New Jersey May Become the First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21
FoxNews.com
August 7, 2014


     New Jersey would become the first state to raise the smoking age to 21 if a bill already passed in the state Senate becomes law.
     Though the measure is stoking some controversy in the Garden State -- and it's unclear whether the bill has the support to advance -- it marks the latest legislative push by anti-smoking advocates.
     New York City raised the legal age for lighting up to 21 last fall, and some smaller towns, including Englewood, N.J., and municipalities in Hawaii and Massachusetts have done so. But the measure passed by New Jersey's upper chamber would make it the first state to put the requirement on the books. Similar measures in Utah and Colorado died earlier this year.
     "We're very hopeful this will pass," Karen Blumenfeld, executive director of New Jersey non-profit Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP), told FoxNews.com. "It's a chance for policymakers to take the initiative to ensure that young people don't take up smoking, which is the No. 1 preventable cause of disease and death."

     In 2006, the Garden State became the first to raise the age to 19, and lawmakers have already put a bill on Gov. Chris Christie's desk that would ban smoking in state parks and beaches.
Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years
HealthDay
August 25, 2014


     More than a quarter-million middle and high school students who were non-smokers say they used an electronic cigarette last year -- a threefold increase from 2011, a new U.S. study says.
     Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said those numbers jumped from 79,000 in 2011 to 263,000 in 2013.
     The CDC report also found that non-smoking children who used e-cigarettes were nearly twice as likely to say they plan to start smoking tobacco cigarettes compared to those who never used e-cigarettes -- about 44 percent versus 21.5 percent, respectively.
     "We are very concerned about nicotine use among our youth, regardless of whether it comes from conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products. Not only is nicotine highly addictive, it can harm adolescent brain development," Dr. Tim McAfee, director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said in an agency news release.
     One other anti-smoking advocate agreed.
     "This study highlights the need for the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to develop strong regulations regarding electronic cigarettes," said Patricia Folan, a nurse and director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ in Great Neck, N.Y.
Opinion: Raising All Federal Tobacco Taxes Can Stop Tax Avoidance
By The Washington Post Editorial Board
August 2, 2014

     Enact a law, and companies will find loopholes to exploit. That was the fear which drove lawmakers in 2009 to raise cigarette taxes together with taxes for roll-your-own tobacco and small cigars, both easy substitutes for cigarettes. To prevent manufacturers from shifting toward lesser-taxed alternatives, Congress equalized taxes between all three products — hiking the existing roll-your-own tobacco tax by over 24 times and small cigars by over 27 times.
     These products have plunged in sales since 2009. But tobacco manufacturers, unfazed in their quest to fatten their purses, found a new loophole. Unlike these three highly taxed tobacco products, post-2009 taxes on pipe tobacco and large cigars are relatively low. All it took to shift consumers to those products was relabeling roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco, and slightly adding weight to qualify small cigars as large cigars. As evidence from a recent Senate finance committee hearing shows, the popularity of pipe tobacco and large cigars have exploded.
     That market shift has cost the federal government up to $3.7 billion in forgone revenue. Even worse, it’s hampered the effect of high tobacco prices on preventing teen smoking.
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