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MAY 2020

Welcome to our FIRST issue of the #TobaccoFreeNJ quarterly newsletter created to keep you in the know. Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ is a comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program funded by the NJ Department of Health, Office of Tobacco Control which works to reduce tobacco use and the negative impact of second hand smoke in all counties of New Jersey.

FEATURED NEWS

COVID-19 & Tobacco Use

With the novel coronavirus sweeping the globe, the science on quitting smoking offers welcome news for smokers who want to build up their defenses in case they contract Covid-19. READ MORE





Tobacco Prevention Highlights



Incorruptible.us on Capitol Hill

February 3rd -6th, 2020   Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) hosted it’s 30th National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Maryland. Six youth leaders, part of Incorruptible.Us, and their coordinators, met with their elected representatives to advocate for their cause during CADCA’s Capitol Hill Day. Incorruptible.Us members met with Senator Robert Menendez’s office and walked with Congressman Jefferson Van Drew (NJ-02) to the Capitol Building. Both officials’ offices were pleased to hear about the work our youth are doing and their causes drew praises of support. Way to go Incorruptible.Us!


Flavors Hook Kids NJ

March 6th, 2020: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), along with students and public health advocates, held a press conference on the House passage of his bipartisan legislation to address the youth tobacco and vaping epidemic. The Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act would prohibit all flavored tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), ban most non-face-to-face sales for tobacco products and protect kids from the predatory marketing of tobacco products. The bill, No. HR2339, now awaits Senate approval.



LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

NEW JERSEY


FEDERAL 


Working Well Tobacco Free

This quarter, the Working Well Tobacco Free (WWTF) initiative has partnered with seven new businesses throughout the state. There has been a special focus on treatment/behavioral health centers as well as the Minor League baseball ballparks. To learn more about becoming a tobacco-free worksite and apply to be a part of the WWTF project, visit our website by clicking the button below!


Working Tobacco Free Rides

Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey is running a statewide campaign for tobacco & vape free vehicles called Tobacco Free Ride NJ: Clean Air for Kids in Cars (TFR). To protect children against secondhand smoke/aerosol exposure, TFR is collecting pledges from any NJ licensed driver, smoker or non-smoker, who agrees to ban smoking and vaping in their vehicle when a minor is present. 

Visit www.TobaccoFreeRidePledge.com  to sign the pledge.

The first 500 pledges can receive a Tobacco Free Ride Kit.


Tobacco Free Tuesdays-September Series

Eliminate Tobacco Use Northeast Summit

We are going virtual and National! The Northeast Summit will join the other ETU partners and host a live virtual National ETU summit on July 16th & 17th, 2020. More information on this visit www.eliminatetobaccouse.org SAVE THE DATE: July 16th & 17th




Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ's - "Tobacco-Free Tuesdays"

WEBINAR SERIES

SCHEDULE

JUNE 9th @ 10AM-11:30AM | Authentically Engaging Teens & Young Adults

Joe Smyser, Ph.D., MSPH Public Good Projects

JUNE 16th @ 10AM-12:30PM  | Youth Tobacco Use: Impact and Solutions 

  • Tobacco Use Trends Among New Jersey Youth Mary Hyrwna | Rutgers Tobacco Dependence Program

  • Putting an End to ENDS: School Policy, Best Practices & the Law David Nash, ESQ |  LEGAL ONE - Foundation for education Administration Tina Aue | Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey

JUNE 23rd @ 10AM-11:30AM | Tobacco-Free Worksites

Liz Williams, American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


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