Tobacco Free Partnership of Gilchrist County
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Gilchrist County Tobacco Prevention Newsletter

Volume 8, Issue 2 / April - June, 2014
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Honors Chandler Ash of Archer, Florida As South Region Youth Advocate of the Year Leadership in Fight Against Tobacco Recognized Nationally
May 13 , 2014

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chandler Ash, 17, of Archer, Fla., has been named the South Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids for his leadership in the fight against tobacco. Chandler will be honored at a gala in the nation’s capital on Thursday (May 15) along with a national winner, three other U.S. regional winners and a group winner.
     Chandler is a senior and is home-schooled. He first got involved in fighting tobacco in middle school through Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) after watching his grandfather struggle with tobacco addiction.
     He set a goal of reducing youth tobacco use in his county, and much of his advocacy work has revolved around the problem of fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products. As a result of Chandler’s work, the Gilchrist County Commission passed an ordinance requiring all candy-flavored tobacco to be placed behind the counter, out of the sight and reach of children. The Commission also passed a resolution recommending that tobacco retailers refrain from selling candy-flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

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Residential Buildings in Gilchrist County are Going Smoke-Free
Policies Protect Residents From Secondhand Smoke and Smoking-Related Fires

May 30, 2014

     Bell, FL – Smoke-free multiunit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, has made its way to Bell, Florida.
     A few residential properties in Gilchrist County have implemented smoke-free policies. The growing list of smoke-free properties in the area includes rental properties managed by Hometown Realty in Bell, Florida
     “Lots of clients don’t want to consider living in a house that has been smoked in because of the major clean-up involved in removing the smell and residue,” said Natalie Rankin of Hometown Realty.  Hometown Realty manages tri-plex rentals, and rental homes located in the Rolling Hills subdivision.
     “There’s a fear of alienating resident smokers, but most communities that have taken the leap consider smoke-free housing an edge over the competition and have determined that there is a market for this product" according to Chip Tatum, the former Government Affairs Director for the Florida Apartment Association.
Florida Atlantic University Joins the Growing Ranks of Tobacco-Free College Campuses
May 9, 2014

     Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, Florida Atlantic University will implement a tobacco-free policy, which also will prohibit the use of e-cigarettes. In an effort to create a healthier environment for all students, faculty, employees, vendors and visitors at Florida Atlantic University, the use of all tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches and any other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco) will be prohibited on all FAU campuses. This tobacco free policy will be in effect for all indoor spaces, outdoor locations and within cars on campus.
FAU will become the 24th university in Florida to implement a smoking or tobacco-free policy and the 926th tobacco-free campus location across the nation. There are at least 1,343 colleges and universities nationwide with similar smoking policies. In 2013, FAU launched a Healthy Campus 2020 Initiative to address a variety of health related issues that influence the overall health and wellness of university community members. This initiative is being led by guidelines established by the American College Health Association and tied to national Healthy People 2020 objectives from the Department of Health and Human Services.  
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FDA Proposes to Extend its Tobacco Authority to Additional Tobacco Products, Including E-cigarettes
FDA News Release
April 24, 2014
Inquiries: Jenny Haliski

     As part of its implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act signed by the President in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products.
     Products that would be “deemed” to be subject to FDA regulation are those that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product, including currently unregulated marketed products, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco, and dissolvables not already under the FDA’s authority. The FDA currently regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
     "This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
     “Tobacco remains the leading cause of death and disease in this country. This is an important moment for consumer protection and a significant proposal that if finalized as written would bring FDA oversight to many new tobacco products,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “Science-based product regulation is a powerful form of consumer protection that can help reduce the public health burden of tobacco use on the American public, including youth.”
Florida Legislature Passes Age Restrictions on Electronic Cigarettes, Liquid Nicotine
May 30, 2014

     TALLAHASSEE — On June 13, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would ban the sale of "nicotine dispensing devices" and liquid nicotine to minors under the age of 18.
     There was some controversy surrounding the bill after the Florida House attempted to ad preemption language preventing local communities from passing local rules to further reduce youth access to all tobacco products. Under Rep. Frank Artiles proposed house bill, all existing local ordinances designed to protect youth from tobacco products were also in danger of being repealed.
     That provision became a sticking point in a back-and-forth on the amendment in the Florida House. During the first reading of the bill on April 22, Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton) successfully pushed to remove language that would have required all restrictions on e-cigarette sales to come from Tallahassee.
     Several representatives lauded bill sponsor Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, who disagreed with Hager’s amendment but sought a compromise that would allow local regulations on nicotine products, but not e-cigarettes. Artiles argued the local regulations would become overwhelming for e-cigarette vendors.
Children Don’t Belong in Tobacco Fields
By New York Times Editorial Board
May 17, 2014

     A new report from Human Rights Watch paints a grim picture of child labor in the United States, something that most Americans probably believe was banned years ago. Children as young as 7 are working on tobacco farms in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and many are said to suffer from the symptoms of acute nicotine poisoning.
     There are no good estimates of how many youngsters work on tobacco farms, but Human Rights Watch said it interviewed 140 children, most of whom work alongside their parents, who are migrant farmworkers, during the summer and on weekends. Their stories, some recorded on video, highlight gaping flaws in how America regulates child labor on farms. Under federal laws and regulations, children can work on any farm, not just those owned by their families, outside school hours and in hazardous conditions if their parents let them. And there are no restrictions on how many hours they can work. By contrast, the government has far stricter rules for teenagers who work in retail stores and restaurants.
Five Important Lessons From The Biggest E-Cigarette Study
By Anna Almendrala,
May 14, 2014

     Those colorfully lit e-cigarettes are giving off way more than just "harmless water vapor," according to a comprehensive new study review by UC San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Users could also be inhaling and exhaling low levels of chemicals such as formaldehyde, propylene glycol and acetaldehyde (to name a few), and this secondhand vapor could be a potentially toxic source of indoor air pollution.

     While the levels of the toxins were still much lower compared to conventional cigarette emissions, the findings fly in the face of the e-cigarette industries' claims that the handheld devices are just as safe as any other smoking cessation tool.
     E-cigarettes as we know them today were invented by a Chinese pharmacist, Hon Lik in the early 2000s as a smoking cessation aid. They are handheld nicotine vaporizers that deliver an aerosol made up of nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals to users. It's the chemicals in those vapors that are moving municipalities like Los Angeles, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Boston to restrict "vaping" in some way.
Is the World's Most Powerful Military Defenseless Against Big Tobacco?
Michael Mechanic,  May 22, 2014

     Suppose you wanted to quit drinking, but all the AA meetings in your town were held in the back of a bar with $2 well drinks?
     That's basically the conundrum the US military faces when it comes to regulating tobacco. Smoking is a drain on the force, physically and financially, and over the years the brass has implemented all sorts of efforts to get soldiers and sailors to avoid it, with some success. But every time military officials make a move to stop offering cheap cigarettes to their personnel, they get shot down by the tobacco industry's allies in Congress. In the latest skirmish, earlier this month, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee launched a preemptive strike to prevent the Navy from ending tobacco sales on Navy and Marine bases and ships.
     By age, education, demographics, and circumstances (high-stress situations interspersed with long periods of boredom), soldiers are an ideal market for tobacco products, which have historically been sold on military installations and ships for as little as half of what civilians pay. For decades, tobacco lobbyists have worked with friendly legislators to maintain the cheap supply. In the early 1990s, for instance, the industry jumped into action after the commander of the USS Roosevelt declared his ship smoke-free. Two Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee introduced an amendment to the defense funding bill requiring all ships to sell cigarettes, and the Navy caved.
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