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#TobaccoFreeNJ News

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 and Prevention, which works to reduce tobacco use and the negative impact of secondhand smoke in all counties of New Jersey.

 

FEATURED NEWS

BREAKING NEWS:


FDA issued warning letters to 15 online retailers for selling and/or distributing unauthorized e-cigarette products packaged to look like youth-appealing characters, school supplies, toys, and drinks.


 

TOBACCO PREVENTION HIGHLIGHTS


Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute Summer

Leadership Conference

This summer, Incorruptible.Us Youth attended the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute’s Summer Leadership Conference at YMCA Camp Mason in Hardwick, N.J. Throughout the week, youth engaged in Action Planning, Process Groups, built leadership skills, met new friends, and had lots of fun along the way. During Action Planning, Incorruptible.Us came up with ideas geared towards the Great American SmokeOut and discussed ways to improve their social media reach. Incorruptible.Us also received the Knowledge Award and Change award from LMTI for their amazing accomplishments.


To learn more about Incorruptible.Us, please visit https://www.incorruptibleus.org/.

 

Great American Smokeout


The Great American Smokeout (GASO) is Thursday, November 16th. It is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and encourages people to quit smoking or vaping. People can use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event.


Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ will be providing resources to individuals, community groups, businesses, and health care providers. We will host a GASO Tobacco Free Tuesday webinar on October 31st at 10:30 AM. The Incorruptible.Us youth will be presenting GASO primers on November 7th at 6:00 PM. Several schools will also be hosting events on the day of GASO and promoting cessation resources.


TFT Great American Smokeout: October 31 @ 10:30 AM


Great American Smokeout Primers: November 7 @6:00 PM

To learn more about GASO please visit https://www.tobaccofreenj.com/gaso

 

Tobacco Free Community Action


Thank you to Regional Prevention Coalitions and partners that helped with our Tobacco Retail Store Assessments!

  • Prevention First in Monmouth County

  • DART Coalition of Ocean County

  • South West Council, Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Counties

  • The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in Bergen County

  • The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Sussex County

  • Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

  • Partners in Prevention in Hudson County

  • United for Prevention in Passaic County

  • Wellspring Center for Prevention in Middlesex County

  • Camden County Council of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Inc.

  • Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

  • Atlantic Prevention Resources in Atlantic County

  • Safe Communities Coalition in Hunterdon County

  • Empower Somerset in Somerset County

  • Cape Assist in Cape May County

  • Inspira Cancer & Chronic Disease Coalition

  • Prevention Resources in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties

  • Family Connections ADAPT Coalition in Essex County

  • Morris County Health Department

  • Englewood Health Department

  • Fair Lawn Health Department



 

Congratulations to Bernardsville and Clifton for receiving their Tobacco Free Community Designation!


 

TFHNJ INITIATIVE SPOTLIGHT


Quit Smoking


If you're trying to quit smoking, then you’ve come to the right place. Most ex-smokers attempt to quit an average of seven times before they actually succeed. So if you’re feeling scared, or unsure, you are not alone! Quitting smoking is not a one size fits all solution.


That is why there are several different cessation options, from face to face counseling to texting. We are here to help you find what works for YOU!









To learn more about cessation please visit https://www.tobaccofreenj.com/quit-smoking


 

THIS IS QUITTING

  • Free mobile program from Truth Initiative

    • Designed to help young people quit vaping

  • Text messaging program that incorporates messages from other young people who are attempting to or have successfully quit

  • This Is Quitting is tailored based on ages within 13 to 24

Ready to Quit Vaping? Text VAPEFREENJ to 88709!


 

CHANGEMAKERS


Congressman Frank Pallone Hosts Roundtable on Progress to Protect Young People from Dangerous Tobacco Products

In August, 2 Incorruptible Us members, 2 Incorruptible U Rutgers University, 1 Incorruptible U TCNJ, Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ members, and Rutgers University Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies joined a round table discussion hosted by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Congressman Frank Pallone. The Incorruptible.Us and Incorruptible U youth spoke and engaged in discussion with the roundtable!


You can find the full discussion on Congressman Frank Pallone’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RepFrankPallone

 


Health Equity Impact


FDA says it will finalize ban on menthol tobacco products ‘in coming months’

In April, 2022, when the FDA initially announced that it was going to ban the popular flavor, it set a deadline of August 2023 to work out the details. That deadline is still listed online, but a spokesperson said it will instead complete work on the rule “in the coming months.”



Op-Ed: Menthol cigarettes contribute to health inequities. It’s time to act.




 

UPCOMING EVENTS / RESOURCES


In-Person Northern Regional Tobacco Collaborative Meeting

November 3rd, 10:00AM-12:00PM

Hackensack Meridian Fitness & Wellness 87 Route 17, Maywood, NJ 07607


In-Person Central Regional Tobacco Collaborative Meeting

November 8th, 10:00AM-12:00PM

New Jersey Prevention Network, 30 Park Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724


In-Person Southern Regional Tobacco Collaborative Meeting

November 6th, 10:30AM-12:00PM

SouthWest Council Hub, 1338 N Delsea Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360


Tobacco Free Tuesday Great American Smokeout

October 31st, 10:30AM-12:00PM


Great American Smokeout Primers

November 7th, 6:00PM-7:00PM


Don't Get Vaped In Virtual Training

November 30th, 10:00AM-12:00PM

 

For more information, click the image below!

 







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