Tobacco Prevention and Control
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, www.rethinklakeshore.org
Tobacco Free Campus at UW Oshkosh
re:TH!NK is currently partnering with SPARK and the UW Oshkosh Health and Safety Committee to explore the idea of a tobacco free campus at UW Oshkosh. The Tobacco Free Campus (TFC) movement at UWO is lead by an ad hoc, subcommittee of the Health and Safety Committee. The TFC group is made up of undergraduate & graduate students, facultuy, staff, and community partners like re:TH!NK who are interested in creating a tobacco free environment at UWO. In order to start the movement the group had a table at the Taste of Oshkosh (below) and has given presentations to student, faculty and staff governance groups.
The group has been at the forefront of a campus-wide survey sent out to the entire campus to "take the temperature" of the UWO Community. The survey was sent out in November of 2012 and the results are not being compiled. The TFC group released the survey results and provided educational information at a community forum on February 6th.
The forum was recorded- click and listen to the podcast.
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 wiwins.org
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%
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 Coating Addiction"
For more information about or to get involved with re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network, contact