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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:

Two new grants exceeding $7 million will help the Rutgers Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies research how Black and Hispanic young adults perceive messaging about the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded the institute $3.2 million over five years and The National Institute on Drug Abuse funded an award of $4.07 million over five years.


 

As of January 30, 2024, the FDA has issued more than 440 warning letters and 88 civil money penalties to retailers, including brick and mortar and online retailers, for selling unauthorized tobacco products. The FDA has also issued 660 warning letters to firms illegally manufacturing and/or distributing unauthorized tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The agency has also filed civil money penalty complaints against 48 e-cigarette firms for manufacturing unauthorized products and sought injunctions in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice against seven manufacturers of unauthorized e-cigarette products. To date, the FDA has given market approval for only 23 electronic products.


 

Rutgers Center for Excellence in Rapid Surveillance of Tobacco


Tobacco Industry Monitoring (TIM) Alert— TIM is a weekly report that highlights timely findings related to the marketing of tobacco products, as well as other topics of interest to tobacco regulatory science. Information is collected across various channels, such as consumer and retailer magazines, social media, press releases, and more. Stay up to date with the tobacco product marketplace by signing up here .

 

Confiscated Products Survey— The Confiscated Products Survey provides a way for schools to quickly share images of their confiscated products to understand in real-time which products youth are using and inform national data collection and enforcement efforts. CRST is asking partners to share the attached flyer and/or link with school personnel. If anyone has questions, they’re welcome to contact the lead investigator, Jessie Jensen (jessie.jensen@rutgers.edu).


To learn more about the survey, please click the follow link: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_es9ykc8Oiu55AR8?source=10134


 

TOBACCO PREVENTION HIGHLIGHTS


CADCA National Leadership Forum

On January 28th, 2024, 4 Atlantic county, 2 Salem county, and 6 Morris county Incorruptible.US youth attended the CADCA National Leadership Conference that was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Youth attended prevention sessions and workshops to sharpen their leadership building skills and tobacco prevention knowledge. The youth also attended Capitol Hill Day during the conference, where they were able to discuss problems they are seeing in regard to tobacco and vape use in their schools and communities with their members of  Congress.



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

 

Parents Against Vape E-Cigarettes (PAVE)



ABC's Good Morning America began an important two-part series on youth vaping in America and that included interviews with Parents Against Vaping co-founders Dorian Fuhrman and Meredith Berkman. Also featured: middle school and high school kids, several parents and a passionate school nurse, all fighting back against youth vaping. They are inspirational!



 

Tobacco Free Community Action


Tobacco Free for a Health NJ will soon start reviewing 2024 Action submissions for the Tobacco Free Community Designation. For more information on this action please see below for more information from the webinar.

 

TFHNJ INITIATIVE SPOTLIGHT


Working Well Tobacco Free


Working Well Tobacco Free is raising awareness and educating childcare center staff about thirdhand smoke and the potential health hazard it poses to young children and infants. Thirdhand smoke contains over 250 toxic particles and chemicals that stick to and contaminate areas where people smoke cigarettes or vape and is a potential health hazard to all, but especially children.  In New Jersey there are approximately 4,000 childcare centers and as a team we have been conducting outreach to help educate, support, and start conversations about these health risks. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are building relationships with many childcare centers throughout the state. 



To learn more about Working Well Tobacco Free, please visit: https://www.workingwelltfnj.com/


 


Incorruptible.Us continues to plan events and activities for each quarter. This quarters focus is on Social Justice and Take Down Tobacco. Here are the digital backpacks that were created.






 

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!


 

Health Equity Impact



First-of-its-kind research to examine racial and ethnic disparities in the medical costs of smoking in the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that adults from some racial and ethnic populations benefit substantially more than others from tobacco control policies.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS / RESOURCES


Incorruptible.Us Youth Summit

March 16th, 10:00AM-2:00PM

Adventure Crossing USA, 515 Monmouth Road, Jackson Township, 08527


Eliminate Tobacco Use Summit

April 3rd, 10:00AM-3:30PM

Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood NJ, 08701

Register Here! Use NJ Discount Code: ETUNJ24


New Jersey Prevention Network Annual Conference

May 16th, 2:00PM-4:00PM

May 17th 10:00AM-4:00PM

Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401


Point of Sale: Becoming the Tobacco Champion in Your Community

March 19th, 10:00AM-11:30AM


Tiny Lungs, Healthy Lungs: What is Thirdhand Smoke?

April 16th, 10:00AM-11:30AM


 

For more information, click the image below!

 







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