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February 21st Marks Great American Spit Out!

February 21, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »
February 21st Marks Great American Spit Out!
Smokeless tobacco is still tobacco: it’s addictive and causes cancer.

Nearly 8.9 million Americans aged 12 and older are current users of smokeless tobacco and 8.9 percent of American high school students report current use of smokeless tobacco. Using smokeless tobacco products can cause mouth cancer, gum disease, and tooth loss. It is also addictive. Smokeless tobacco products now contain warning labels on packaging.
 

Official 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health Press Conference Set for Friday, January 17th

January 17, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

Official 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health Press Conference Set for Friday, January 17th 

 

CADCA is honored to join so many professionals, advocates, researchers and other tobacco control partners to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health that laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the U.S. A new report, “The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General,” will be released on Friday, January 17, 2014, at a press conference in Washington, D.C. at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. Click here to view the live stream of the press conference.

 

New resources can be found on the Surgeon General’s website, including a podcast, “Clearing the Air”, with Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, that stresses the urgency to clear the air of secondhand smoke so everyone is equally protected from the negative health effects caused by smoking in the workplace.

 

To help you promote the January 17 press event and the Hallett podcast, the CDC has prepared Twitter and Facebook posts you can use.  Feel free to modify these

to meet your specific needs.  The twitter hashtag for the event is #SGR50.

 

Twitter: Jan 16 – SGR50 Report Released

Learn more about progress in tobacco control over last 50 yrs with release of the #SGR50 report on January 16. http://go.usa.gov/ZxQ9

 

Twitter: Hallett Podcast

What can we do to protect everyone against the dangers of secondhand smoke? #SGR50 podcast “Clearing the Air.”  http://go.usa.gov/ZEQP

 

Facebook:  Jan 16 – SGR50 Report Released

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. On January 16, 2014, a new Surgeon General’s Report will be released that will present new information on the health consequences of smoking, and discuss what can be done to help end the tobacco epidemic in the United States.  Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/ZxQ9

 

Facebook Hallett Podcast

Check out our “Clearing the Air” podcast with Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, as she talks about the urgency to clear the air of secondhand smoke so everyone is equally protected from the negative health effects caused by smoking in the workplace.  http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/tobacco/index.html.

 

Details from January 8th Press Conference

 

 

It’s Been 50 Years Since the Surgeon General First Reported that Smoking Causes Lung Cancer

January 11, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »
It’s Been 50 Years Since the Surgeon General First Reported that Smoking Causes Lung Cancer

 

Fifty years ago today, on January 11, 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General reported for the very first time that smoking causes lung cancer in men and was a likely cause of lung cancer in women. In addition, the Surgeon General also reported that smoking likely caused chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which is known today as COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In the 50 years since the Surgeon General first released this report, nearly 18 million people have died because of tobacco use and millions more have suffered from a disease caused by tobacco.


50 Years of Progress We also know that our collective efforts to fight tobacco are paying off. A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Associationfound that 8 million early deaths related to smoking from 1964–2012 have been prevented. That’s 8 million more mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, sons and daughters who gained more years of life thanks to tobacco control efforts such as smokefree laws and campaign promotions designed to prevent kids from starting to smoke.

 

What’s Next? The fight against tobacco doesn’t end today. And it won’t end this year. There is still a lot of progress to be made, which is why we’re part of a coalition committed to reducing the smoking rate in America to less than 10% by 2024. This ambitious goal will only be attained with your help. Together, let’s make tobacco history.

 

Frequently-Asked Questions About E-Cigarettes

January 2, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

Recently, many people have come to me with questions  about an emerging product on the market called e-cigarettes.  There has been a lot of confusion about  e-cigarettes, and most people have limited information gathered from  advertisements or word of mouth from friends. I have put together the most  frequently asked questions about e-cigarettes, along with the answers, to  inform communities with currently updated information.

What  is an e-cigarette?           An e-cigarette is a battery-powered nicotine delivery device  that contains a cartridge filled with what the manufacturers often call  “liquid”.  This “liquid” often includes  candy flavoring, nicotine, and chemicals to create a “vapor”.  Most e-cigarette companies offer cartridges  of differing nicotine levels, although no testing has been conducted to verify  those claims.

Are  e-cigarettes considered tobacco? The FDA has jurisdiction over tobacco products under the Family  Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, and has stated the intent  to regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco product.

Are  e-cigarettes like using the nicotine patch or nicotine gum?  Can I stop smoking by using e-cigarettes? Using e-cigarettes to quit “smoking” isn’t the same thing  as quitting nicotine addiction.  Nicotine  replacement products like the patch or nicotine gum are designed for short-term  use with a tapering off period to help break nicotine addiction.  On the other hand, e-cigarettes are not  marketed for short-term use, or tapering to break nicotine addiction.
In 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to some  e-cigarette manufacturers which marketed their e-cigarettes as smoking cessation  drugs.  The FDA stated that these  companies committed “violations of good manufacturing practices, making  unsubstantiated drug claims, and using the devices as delivery mechanisms for  active pharmaceutical ingredients1.”   The FDA further states that there is no way to know what level of  nicotine is in e-cigarette cartridges, or if they are even safe since they have  not been thoroughly tested.

What  is in e-cigarettes that makes “smoke” or “vapor”? The FDA has done some limited testing on e-cigarette  cartridges and reports that they contain various levels of nicotine (even in  products labeled as containing “no nicotine”) and chemicals that are heated by  an atomizer and turned into a vapor(2).  Although e-cigarette manufacturers claim that  the smoke is actually water vapor, this does not appear to be the case.

What  are your concerns about e-cigarettes? 1) E-cigarettes  are being marketed as a hip, young product with a variety of flavors and flashy  colors which clearly appeal to youth.

2) One  e-cigarette manufacturer, Blu, is using a cartoon character named “Mr. Cool” to  advertise their product.  They are also  sponsoring smoking sections at theme parks across the country, as well as  sponsoring music festivals where minors are likely to be in attendance.

Mr Cool

3) Some  e-cigarette companies attempt to market their products using a message of  “freedom”; however their products contain the addictive drug, nicotine, which  is hardly a representation of freedom.

Blu

4) The  marketing of e-cigarettes mirrors the way Big Tobacco marketed their cigarettes  in the past using candy flavoring and cartoon characters.

 

 

References:

 

 

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

 

The Kandiyohi County DFC Coalition wants to wish you and yours a fabulous 2014!

 

 

RESULTS of the PARENT SURVEY

October 18, 2013 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

 Kandiyohi County Parent Survey 2012-2013 Results 

The Kandiyohi County Parent Survey was administered to 747 Kandiyohi county parents from July 2012 to  July 2013 by the Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition. The survey was available in three languages (English, Spanish and Somali) as well as online and on paper anonymously.  Three percent of survey’s (22) were thrown out due to the respondent not living in Kandiyohi County. 

Questions #1-4 Geographic Location & Demographics

  • 63% of respondents lived in Willmar, 13% in Spicer and 11% in New London.
  • Parents with children in grades 9-12 were the most represented in this survey (82% had at least one child in these grades).

Question #5:  How much do you think youth (grades 7-12) risk harming themselves (physically or in other ways) if they    a. use tobacco   b. drink alcohol   c. use marijuana   d. misuse or overuse prescription drugs?

  •  Parents perceived drinking alcohol as having the highest risk, followed by using marijuana, misuse or overuse of prescription drugs and then the use of tobacco. Greatest Risk and Moderate risks responses were combined together.

Question #6: How many times have you provided ALCOHOL to any of your K-12 children?  Parents were not supposed to include sips for religious purposes in the count.    Four % of parents admitted to providing alcohol to their K-12 children. This is legal, but research says alcohol for anyone under the age of 25 is unhealthy for a child’s developing brain. For more info, visit: www.nida.gov

Question #7: How many times have you provided ALCOHOL to an underage youth (not including your own)?     3% admitted to providing alcohol for underage children that are not their own (1.5% admitted to doing that 5+ times).  These parents can be cited under the Social Host Ordinance (SHO) and the coalition would like to see this number be a zero.  This ordinance makes it illegal to knowingly provide a space/place where you know underage drinking is taking place. Fines could be up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail.

Question #8: How many times have you allowed underage youth to drink ALCOHOL on your property (home, garage, etc.)?     5% admit to allowing underage youth to drink alcohol on their property. Again, these parents can be cited under the Social Host Ordinance and the coalition would like to see this number be a zero.

Question #9: Do you “lock-up” your ALCOHOL at home?

  • 75% of parents say they do NOT lock up their alcohol at home. This percent is not accurate because we did not include a response of “n/a – no alcohol in the home” if parents didn’t have alcohol in their home.  Parents who did not have any alcohol in their home commented so in the comment section and responded no to the question.

Question #10: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  • 4.3 % of parents agreed that “Underage youth should be able to drink as long as they don’t drive afterwards”.
  • 4.1% of parents agreed that “It is ok for underage youth to drink at parties” and
  • 3.4% of parents agreed that “It is ok for parents to offer underage youth (other than their own) alcohol in their home”.

These questions are indicating that the majority of parents (about 96%) disagree with these statements, which is excellent.  This also indicates to us that we still need to inform parents of the dangers regarding these actions.

Question #11: Is there a Social Host Ordinance (SHO) in Kandiyohi County? 55% of respondents did not know the answer and 43% indicated that there was.  Kandiyohi County was the first county in the State of Minnesota to pass a county-wide SHO in August of 2007.

Question #12: Is there a Social Host Ordinance (SHO) in your city? 64% of respondents did not know the answer and 31% indicated that they had one in their city.  The cities of Willmar, New London, Spicer and Raymond have social host ordinances in place.

Question #13: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  • Parents thought alcohol use by underage youth was the behavior “most acceptable” at 10.5% in their community.  Misuse or overuse of prescription drugs by underage youth was perceived as being the “least acceptable” at 4% in their community.

Question #14: Have you ever seen this logo?   

87% of parents recognized this as the logo for the SWAT (Students working against Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs) Teams in the Willmar, NL-S, CMCS school districts. They work to educate their peers about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and a variety of other drugs.

Question #15: Would you like to have __________________ ?

  • 83% of parents would like the Kandiyohi County 4-day Fair 100% tobacco free
  • 79% would like to have Kandiyohi County Parks 100% tobacco free
  • 83% would like to have all city parks tobacco free
  • 83% would like to have all Kandiyohi County Beaches 100% tobacco free

Question #16: Would you like to have all Kandiyohi County Multi-Unit Housing (MUH) 100% SMOKE free?     85% of parents would like to have 100% smoke free multi-unit housing.  Many landlords are now moving to have smoke free MUH.  The Kandiyohi County DFC Coalition will be assisting those landlords who chose to go smoke free and assist them with the promotion and implementation of the policies.

Question #17 & 18: How harmful is marijuana and synthetic marijuana (K2/SPICE) use?

92.8 % of parents thought marijuana use was harmful and 88.9% thought that synthetic marijuana use was harmful. Very Harmful and harmful responses were combined. According to the Minnesota Student Survey (2010), the use of pot and Spice are rising among Kandiyohi County teens.

Question #19: Have you heard of the campaign: “Above the Influence”?    53% of parents said Yes and 47% no. This campaign empowers youth to be ‘above the influence’ of any drug.  www.abovetheinfluence.com

Question #20: From your experience, do you think your doctor/dentist prescribes more pills than you need?

  • 82% of parents did NOT think their doctor/dentist prescribes more pills than they need.

Question #21: Have you seen this logo?   

This is the “Above the Influence” logo.  See Question 19

The Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition would like to say, “Thank you” to all the parents who took this survey and all of those who helped administer this survey.  Should you have any questions, please contact us at: dfc@co.kandiyohi.mn.us or call us at (320) 231-7860 x2533.

 

October is Let’s Talk Month

October 10, 2013 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

When parents are aware of the questions young people ask or want to ask the question, “Am I normal?” the teens are seeking reassurance as well as information.  Understanding this may ease parental discomfort when talking to their teens about sensitive issues like substance abuse.  Knowing how experts recommend talking with young people about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can further alleviate parents’ uneasiness.  The experts say, be prepared to:

  • Listen more than talk.
  • Focus on behaviors, not persons
  • Negotiate and compromise, or at least consider other views.
  • Encourage an open exchange of ideas.
  • Foster the young person’s decision –making ability.
  • Encourage and receive questions.
  • Admit when you don’t know an answer, and then go find the answer.
  • Share your values and beliefs.
  • Explore each other’s feelings.
  • Show respect and agreement and support teens often.
  • Keep a sense of humor.
  • Be clear about your expectations and repeat them often.
  • Listen, Listen, Listen!
 

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October 1, 2013 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

Substance use, which includes underage drinking, significantly affects the health and quality of life for many communities. The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) provides a variety of science-based, practical and effective training, and technical assistance services to support, enhance, and sustain States, Territories, and communities in their efforts to enforce underage drinking laws and prevent youth access to alcohol. The UDETC also offers a variety of tools, resources, and services for community leaders and concerned citizens to utilize that will enhance underage drinking prevention and enforcement efforts. As we support these efforts, we thank those who work diligently to prevent underage drinking.

 

To learn more about the UDETC and available resources, visit http://www.udetc.org.

 

New TOBACCO FREE BEACH Signs added to County Park Beaches!

July 17, 2013 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

This morning, I stopped at Saulsbury Beach in Spicer MN to snap a few pictures of our new Tobacco Free Beach signs that have been posted.

This is a picture of one of the 12×12 signs:

 

Tobacco Free Beach Sign

 

Here is a picture of the lifeguard stand with a the new signage:

 

Lifeguard Stand at Saulsbury Park

 

A beautiful view of the Green Lake:

 

A Beautiful View of Green Lake

July is National Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This July, we want everyone talking about what they love about parks and recreation and why parks and recreation are so vital in our lives! I love that all Kandiyohi County Beaches are now TOBACCO FREE!!

 

 

Request for your input – Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition PARENT Survey

July 16, 2013 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition 2 Comments »

 

The Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition is conducting a parent survey.  We are gathering parents’ opinions on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription (Rx) drugs through an online survey.  Please complete this 21 question survey if you are a parent of a Kandiyohi County K-12 student AND live in Kandiyohi County.  Please take this survey only once. Thank you if you have already taken the survey! This survey will be open until July 19, 2013, so you have until Friday to participate.  Please feel free to forward this email to any parent who you think would take this survey.  All answers are anonymous.  Please click on the appropriate language link below:

 

 

Parent Survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/parentE

 

Spanish translated Parent Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/spanishgeneral

 

Somalian translated Parent Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SOMALIgeneral

 

 

The DFC Coalition will be looking at the results of this survey to assist in our strategic plan for the next few years in reducing substance abuse in Kandiyohi County and what messages we will formulate and who will be receiving those messages.  Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Our coalition truly appreciate your participation!

 

 

Laura Daak

320-231-7860 x 2533