tobacco-free living

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re:TH!NK's local tobacco prevention and control initatives are part of a larger, 5-county "multi-jurisdictional coalition" called re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network. Members are working to improve the health of community residents by reducing tobacco use and exposure through prevention strategies and policy creation.

Tobacco use is still the #1 cause of preventable disease and death in Wisconsin, despite great strides made in the last 10 years to reduce youth and adult use rates, increase the cigarette tax and implement a smoke-free workplace law. The tobacco industry is aggressively targeting youth with candy- and fruit-flavored products designed to get them attracted and ultimately addicted.

The fight is not over! To learn more about how re:TH!NK is reducing the burden of tobacco use in Winnebago, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Door counties, visit the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network's website,


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"students igniting change toward a tobacco free future"

re:TH!NK's partnership to explore a toabcco free UW Oshkosh with SPARK and the UW Oshkosh Health and Safety Committee has done a bit of changing. The Tobacco Free Campus (TFC) movement at UWO, lead by an ad hoc, subcommittee of the Health and Safety Committee, has recently been supported by an on campus student group called IGNITE.

The mission of Ignite is to promote the ideas of health care, establish a unifed network, encourage community involvement, provide a tobacco prevention prgoram and educate the campus community about other tobacco products (OTP). The group serves to educate and advocate for the adoption and implementation of a tobacco free campus policy. If you have any questions email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and someone from the committee will get back to you shortly.

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College campuses throughout the Badger State are going tobacco free. The following list is of some of those campuses:

-Alverno College

-Bellin Colelge

-Carroll University

-Chippewa Valley Technical College

-Gateway Technical College

-Madison College

-Marian University

-Medical College of Wisconsin

-Milwaukee Area Technical College

-Moraine Park Technical College

-Nicolet Colelge

-University of Wisconsin-Barabo/Sauk County

-University of Wisconsin Schools of Medicine & Public Health, Nursing and Pharmacy

-University of Wisconsin-Stout

-Waukesha County Technical College

-Western Technical College

-Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior Campus

-And the list continues to grow! 


UW Stevens Point will be going tobacco free at the start of the 2014-2015 school year and all throughout Wisconsin college campus have huge support for becoming tobacco free. If you are interested in helping your college campus go tobacco free contact Katie Halverson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 262.703.4836).


tobacco compliance checks

All Winnebago County law enforcement agencies participate in tobacco compliance investigations through the WI WINS Program, a collaborative effort between law enforcement, youth volunteers and local coalitions. WI Wins uses positive reinforcement to reduce illegal tobacco sales to minors. It congratulates local clerks who do not sell tobacco to youth, while educating those who would. This approach creates community pride by reducing youth access to tobacco products and provides youth a chance to make a difference in their community. For more information about WI WINS, visit

2012 Completed Investigations: 96
2012 Illegal Sales: 7
2012 Non-Compliance Rate: 7.3%
2011 Non-Compliance Rate: 4.3%
2010 Non-Compliance Rate: 5%
2009 Non-Compliance Rate: 25%

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other tobacco products (OTP)

As cigarette smoking rates have dropped, the tobacco industry has created new products to keep users hooked and find new customers.  These "other tobacco products (OTPs) are harmful and addictive, plus they're marketed aggressively towards youth and priced inexpensively.  That's not safe, not fair, and not good for Wisconsin.  Learn more about OTPs- "Flavored Tobacco: Candy Coated Addiction" 

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For more information about or to get involved with re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network, contact
Anna Carpenter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (920) 232-3009


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re:TH!NK is a project of the Winnebago County Health Department that would not exist without
support from our local partner agencies, organizations and community members.