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Not just another statistic

There are too many youth tobacco users. We can change this by stopping youth from starting in the first place. After all, 90 percent of smokers begin smoking at or before the age of 18.

 

Because tobacco users typically start their habit as youth, tobacco products often target kids, before they know better. Many products are strategically deceitful, by using sweet flavors, sweet smells and enticing packaging, tobacco is more likely to appeal to kids.

 

We’re not the only ones who know that youth are being targeted. In a 1999 Philip Morris report, it was mentioned, “The ability to attract new smokers and develop them into a young adult franchise is key to brand development.”

 

It’s important to stay above tobacco – put your health and the health of your loved ones first by not using these products. Don’t become just another statistic.

 

Sources:

1999 Philip Morris report, “Five-Year Trends 1988-1992.” Bates No. 2044895379/484

Image: http://news.health.com/2010/04/19/tobacco-products-poison-children/

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Let’s make this the best summer yet

As summer kicks into high gear, your health may not be the first thing that comes to mind – but it should be! Keeping yourself busy and away from tobacco products, while encouraging your friends to do the same, is essential to living a healthy lifestyle this summer. It’s the best time to stay active, so don’t let yourself be slowed down by the harmful effects of tobacco products.

 

During the summer, without the structure of classes and school year commitments, keeping busy may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! Here in Providence, and just outside of our city, we have lots of fun things to do during these warm months.

 

Grab a group of friends and head down to one of the state beaches for the day. Check out RIPTA – you’ll have time to relax with friends and save money on parking. At night, if you want to stay in Providence, it’s always fun to check out WaterFire on the weekend – it’s an exciting (and free) way to go out, meet up with friends and do something out of the ordinary.

 

Haven’t sparked your interest yet? Try organizing a pick-up game of basketball, soccer, or your favorite sport. With the Olympics just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to enjoy sports and good friends. Check out your local recreation centers, like the Y or Boys and Girls Club, to check out their upcoming athletic events.

 

Maybe you don’t feel like playing a sport, but you’d still like to enjoy watching one? Spend a day at McCoy Stadium for a PawSox game. Whether they win or lose, chances are you’ll have a great time. There’s also a bonus – PawSox games often give away free prizes to teens and kids!

 

No matter which fun activities you pick to do this summer, it’s important to have fun! We hope you have a safe, healthy and tobacco-free summer. Be sure to log on to our Facebook and tell us how your summer’s going!

 

Image source: http://waterfire.org/

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Looking to quit smoking? Check out these free resources to help you.

Free services are available to help you quit smoking through Tri-Town Community Action Agency.  Research shows that smokers trying to quit are more successful with a combination of counseling and Nicotine Replacement Therapy, both offered at Tri-Town. Informational sessions are available throughout the state, and you’ll be assessed on your smoking history to determine the best treatment plan.

 

Tri-Town quit services are conducted by certified, bilingual Tobacco Treatment Specialists using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention model, and adheres to the Standards of Practice prescribed by the Association of Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence Services. If you have questions or would like to participate, contact dlevesque@tri-town.org or call (401) 519-1970.

 

In addition to Tri-Town services, the Quit Smoking Research Program at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies is conducting several studies to learn which methods work best for helping smokers kick the habit. Participants receive free counseling and free FDA-approved study medications, including nicotine patches. To learn more, contact Catherine_Costantino@brown.edu or call (401) 863-6688.

 

Smoking could be costing you thousands of dollars each year. If you want to quit, you’re not alone. Reach out today to the available services in Providence and begin taking steps to a healthier life.

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Friends help friends live tobacco-free

Everyone needs a little help from their friends to succeed, especially when it comes to living a healthy life.  Avoiding peer pressure and quitting bad habits is particularly tough to do on your own.  Sometimes you need a helping hand and a supportive friend to get going in the right direction. Surrounding yourself with people who aspire to be tobacco-free is a big step toward living a healthy lifestyle.

 

The other benefit of surrounding yourself with tobacco-free friends? Protecting your own health. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, about 50,000 non-smokers die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke. No one wants to be in danger because of their friendships, so encourage your friends to be safe, healthy and tobacco-free.

 

So be healthy. And be a good friend. Be tobacco-free and help your friends be tobacco-free, too.

 

Sources

http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/tobacco-addiction-nicotine

http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0072.pdf

Image source: http://abcnews.go.com

 

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Smokeless tobacco is nothing to smile about

 

When someone says “Say cheese!” everyone immediately cracks a big smile for the camera, but if you use smokeless tobacco products, you may want to think twice before showing off those pearly whites.

 

As noted in previous posts, common health risks associated with smokeless tobacco use are different kinds of cancer that may develop over time. But for young tobacco users, the visible effects associated with the use of smokeless tobacco products can’t be hidden. Things like tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer can wipe that bright, shining smile to quickly disappear.

 

Smokeless tobacco products contain 28 dangerous chemicals that have been linked to a number of oral cancers, including the mouth, lip and tongue. These types of cancers have been known to cause visible lesions to appear on the different surfaces of the mouth, along with disfiguration of the lip, cheek and tongue. Smokeless tobacco use can also increase the risk of gum disease, which can cause the teeth and gums to separate, leading to receding gum lines and tooth decay.

 

So, want to keep that smile picture perfect? Avoid smokeless tobacco and any tobacco products, altogether.

 

 

 

Sources:

 

http://www.ada.org/3013.aspx

http://www.quittobacco.com/facts/effects.htm

Image source: www.Tobaccofree.org


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Don’t be confused – No smoke doesn’t mean no risk!

Regardless of what some may  claim, smokeless tobacco products, including chew, snus and dissolvable tobacco products, are still dangerous, addictive products. Oftentimes, these products are masked by the sweet smell and taste of candy and fruit flavors – a deceitful tactic of the tobacco industry. Tobacco comes in all different forms now, and many emerging products may not look, smell, or taste like tobacco. Regardless, these products are still tobacco products, and they can’t escape this list of health risks:

 

Harmful chemicals: There are at least 28 harmful chemicals found in smokeless tobacco products.  One of the most dangerous chemicals, nitrosamines (used in the manufacturing process) are known carcinogens.  Many of these chemicals stay in the body for extended periods of time, and can have serious impacts on the developing minds and bodies.

 

Increased risk of cancer: Smokeless tobacco has been linked to oral cancer, esophageal cancer, and pancreatic cancer.  In addition to nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic, other cancer-causing substances found in smokeless tobacco products include polonium-210 (a radioactive element found in tobacco fertilizer), and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (potent atmospheric pollutants). Since smokeless tobacco use at an early age provides more time for youths to develop various types of cancer from these carcinogens, it is especially important to prevent addiction at an early age.

 

Increased chance of other diseases: Smokeless tobacco has been linked to many other conditions and diseases, not just cancer.  Gum disease and oral lesions are often a result of tobacco products that are placed directly in the mouth, such as chewing tobacco.  In addition, studies have shown that heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is often linked to tobacco use.

 

Addiction: Tobacco products, even smokeless tobacco products, contain highly-addictive nicotine. Tobacco companies are pressuring our youth to try these emerging tobacco products, knowing that they could potentially become life-long consumers.

 

Sources:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/smokeless
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/ProtectingKidsfromTobacco/FlavoredTobacco/ucm183198.htm

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Are you Providence’s next tobacco-free superhero?

Superheroes get their name for a reason. They’re role models, stand up to people who try to put others in harm’s way, speak out on things they believe in and live their lives trying to protect and better the lives of others. The truth is, you don’t need x-ray vision or Spidey-Web skills to be one.

 

You don’t need special powers to be a superhero – you just need to understand what it takes. Being Providence’s next tobacco-free superhero requires a few things:

 

Knowledge. Know the truth. When you speak out against tobacco, support your feelings with facts – you can read about some on www.tobaccofreeprovidence.org. Did you know, 90% of adult smokers began smoking at or before age 18? Or that in Rhode Island, 1,400 kids become new daily smokers each year? That’s the scary truth!

 

Support. Every superhero has a group of supporters. Whether it’s people who will stand by you and tell others why it’s important to live tobacco-free, or people who will help protect you from the deceitful tactics of the tobacco industry, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone. To engage with other superheroes, just like you, check out our Facebook and Twitter.

 

Guidance. As you fight for what you believe in, you can always turn to us for guidance and support. We’re here to work together to build a Tobacco-Free Providence.

 

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Celebrate with us on Thursday, March 29 at 5:00pm!

Thank you for your efforts to help us build a stronger Providence.

As you may know, we have been working on a special, collaborative initiative to make our city a healthier, safer, and stronger community – free from tobacco use. The Tobacco-Free Providence campaign began in September 2010 and has continued to grow in strength, impact and engagement of the community.

We invite you to join us and the wider community as we come together to celebrate the work of the Tobacco-Free Providence campaign on Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our celebration will take place at in the cafeteria of the Meeting Street School, located at 1000 Eddy Street in Providence. At the celebration, you will hear more about the specific successes of the Tobacco-Free Providence campaign and the next steps we can take together to build on those successes.

We will be joined by Mayor Taveras, Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, Providence City Council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin, Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. Michael Fine, Meeting Street School President and CEO John Kelly, Jeleny De Leon of Young Voices, and others who also care about the impact tobacco has on our youth, adults and families.

With your help and support, Tobacco-Free Providence has already made a difference. By educating and engaging community members, the campaign has successfully helped to make environmental changes aimed at reducing youth access to tobacco, strengthened tobacco-free living and learning environments, and supported tobacco users who want to quit. During this time, the Providence City Council has passed and Mayor Taveras has signed groundbreaking ordinances that will help to reduce youth access to tobacco.

We credit our community with the level of success we have reached so far, and your continued support is important to us. Together, we envision a city free from the harmful effects of tobacco.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 29. If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Batista (abatista@providenceri.com / 401.421.7740 x733).

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Mayor Taveras Press Conference

Check out this short video with highlights from the press conference announcing the new flavored tobacco and pricing discount ordinances.

 

 

 

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Survey Results: Spanish

Antecedente: la Campaña del Dulce Engaño fue lanzada en octubre, 2011 por el Mayor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC) con el propósito de educar a los conciudadanos de Providence sobre la manera en que la industria tabacalera tienta a los jóvenes no sólo con productos de tabaco con sabor a frutas y dulces sino también con estrategias de rebajas de precio en tales productos. La Campaña recibe el apoyo del Mayor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council (MSAPC) en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud de Rhode Island y la misma fue posible gracias al patrocinio del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos.
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Encuesta sobre los sabores

Recopilación de la información

  • Las encuestas sobre los sabores se recopilaron de una muestra de tiendas. Los voluntarios, incluyendo a jóvenes,  provenientes de organizaciones comunitarias, se pusieron en comunicación con miembros de la comunidad en Providence y recopilaron  las encuestas que encontraron. Estas encuestas se recopilaron de entre los conciudadanos de Providence, no se tomó en cuenta las encuestas que fueron llenadas por personas que no viven en Providence. Todas las encuestas son anónimas y reflejan la composición demográfica, la cual incluye: la edad (menores de 18 años o mayores de 18 años), la ciudad, el vecindario, el sexo y si es el padre de familia o el tutor legal.  Tamaño de la muestra: 1.356

 

  • Cuando se encuestó a los conciudadanos de Providence, se instruyó a los voluntarios a que no mencionaran la palabra tabaco directamente para evitar todo prejuicio e impulso en contra de la aceptación social. En vez de eso, se le pidió a los voluntarios que les indicaran a las personas que respondieron a la encuesta que el propósito de la misma era recopilar información sobre los sabores de productos populares. Después que se completó la encuesta, se instruyó a los voluntarios para que hablaran de las implicaciones de usar los productos de tabaco con sabores para así educar al público con respecto a este tema.

 

Resultados – conciudadanos que respondieron en toda la ciudad (+ de 18 años = 61%; <18 años = 39%; 9% ha usado productos de tabaco con sabor en los últimos 30 días; 7% ha fumado más de un cigarrillo en los últimos 30 días.)

 

  • Solamente el 7% de los conciudadanos de Providence respondió que ellos probarían un producto de tabaco con sabores comparado con un 71% que expresó que probaría un producto con sabor a dulce; un 77% que dijo que probaría un producto con sabor a fruta y un 65% que indicó que probaría un producto con sabor a menta.

 

  • El 45% de los conciudadanos de Providence respondió que sabía de productos de tabaco con sabores a  dulces y frutas y más de la mitad (56%) de dichas personas expresó su disgusto con respecto a esto.

 

  • Casi dos tercios (63%) de los conciudadanos de Providence contestaron que consideran que los productos de tabaco con sabores atraen a los jóvenes.

 

  • Un 17% de los conciudadanos de Providence contestó que ha probado algún tipo de producto de tabaco con sabores.

 

 

  • Un 17% de conciudadanos de Providence indicó que probaría un producto de tabaco con sabor a dulce o fruta.

Resultados – Jóvenes conciudadanos que contestaron (<18 años)

  • Solamente un 6%  de los jóvenes conciudadanos expresó que probaría un producto de tabaco con sabores, comparado con un 76% que indicó que probaría un producto con sabor a dulce, un 75% que indicó que probaría un producto con sabor a fruta y un 63% que dijo que probaría un producto con sabor a menta.

 

  • Un 12% de los jóvenes reportó que probaría un producto de tabaco con sabor a dulce o fruta. Un 9% de los jóvenes que en la actualidad no usan ningún producto de tabaco reportó que probaría un producto de tabaco con sabor a dulce o a fruta.

 

  • Un 51% de los jóvenes respondieron que piensan que los productos de tabaco con sabores atraen a los jóvenes.

 

Encuesta sobre el precio

Recopilación de información

  • Las encuestas sobre el precio se recopilaron de una muestra de tiendas. Los voluntarios, incluyendo a jóvenes,  provenientes de organizaciones comunitarias, se pusieron en comunicación con miembros de la comunidad en Providence y recopilaron  las encuestas que encontraron. Estas encuestas se recopilaron de entre los conciudadanos de Providence, no se tomó en cuenta las encuestas que fueron llenadas por personas que no viven en Providence. Todas las encuestas son anónimas y reflejan la composición demográfica, la cual incluye: la edad (menores de 18 años o mayores de 18 años), la ciudad, el vecindario, el sexo y si es el padre de familia o el tutor legal.  Tamaño de la muestra: 1.228.

 

  • Cuando se entrevistó a los conciudadanos de Providence, se instruyó a los voluntarios a que no mencionaran la palabra tabaco directamente para evitar todo prejuicio e impulso en contra de la aceptación social. En vez de eso, se le pidió a los voluntarios que les indicaran a las personas que respondieron a la encuesta que el propósito de la misma era recopilar información sobre los hábitos de efectuar compras. Esta instrucción está claramente indicada en la parte superior del frente de la encuesta. Después que se completó la encuesta, se instruyó a los voluntarios para que hablaran de las estrategias que la industria tabacalera utiliza cuando determina sus precios y así educar al público con respecto a este tema.

 

Resultados – conciudadanos que respondieron en toda la ciudad (<18 = 22%; 18-34 = 44%; 35-50 = 23%; 51-65 = 9%; 65+ = 2%; 14% ha usado algún producto de tabaco en los últimos 30 días; 11% ha fumado por lo  menos un cigarrillo en los últimos 30 días; 37% reportó <$30.000 de ingreso en el hogar.)

 

  • La mayor parte de personas que contestaron (59%) no sabían que las compañías de tabaco promueven sus productos a través de descuentos y otras estrategias de precios.

 

  • Casi dos tercios de las personas que contestaron (63%), incluyendo la mayoría de personas que usan productos de tabaco, piensan que los descuentos en productos de tabaco alientan a los jóvenes a usar esos productos.

 

  • Más de la mitad de las personas que contestaron consideran que los descuentos en productos de tabaco deben prohibirse.

 

  • Más de dos tercios (68%) de las personas que contestaron dijeron que es probable o  muy probable que compren un producto nuevo si se ofrece la promoción de comprar uno y llevarse otro gratis. Casi 4 de 5 (79%) personas que contestaron dijeron que es probable o muy probable que compren otra vez un nuevo producto que les haya gustado si se ofrece la promoción de comprar uno y llevarse otro gratis.

 

  • 3 de 4 personas que contestaron (76%) dijeron que es probable o muy probable que compren un nuevo producto si se ofrece un descuento de 50%. 4 de 5 personas que contestaron (80%) dijeron que es probable o muy probable que compren otra vez un nuevo producto que les haya gustado si se ofrece la promoción de un descuento de 50%.

 

  • Dos tercios de las personas que contestaron (66%) dijeron que es probable o muy probable que compren un nuevo producto si el fabricante ofrece un cupón de descuento. Casi 3 de 4 personas que contestaron (73%) dijeron que es probable o muy probable que compren otra vez un nuevo producto que les haya gustado si el fabricante ofrece un cupón de descuento.

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