August 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators, online professional development course.   In addition to tobacco prevention news and trends, this month we'll be getting the course off the ground with both the 30 and 60 point versions starting on August 11, 2016.  Educators throughout the state can register and begin working toward earning renewal point for their professional teaching certificate. If you, or a teacher you know, need certificate renewal points, and really want to make a difference in the lives of your students, then taking this course may be just what you need to take that step.  At NO COST to you, your school, or your district, you can earn 30 or 60 professional development points by successfully completing one of the two courses offered.  Sign up today, or get more information at our home page.

TAMPA, Fla. — Beginning today, August 1, 2016, The University of Tampa will ban all smoking and tobacco use on campus.


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The policy, which was announced in January, bans smoking and use of tobacco of all types, including electronic cigarettes, chew tobacco, hookah, cigar and cigarette smoking. It includes all UT students, employees — including contractors — and visitors, and covers the entire 105-acre UT campus, including all academic and residential buildings, athletic facilities and fields, parking garages, open spaces and offices. Students, faculty and staff will enforce the new policy.

Vital Signs

Vital Signs

Vital Signs
E-Cigarette Advertising and Youth

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To make CDC health information more accessible to the public, more interesting to the media, and more relevant to policymakers, CDC created Vital Signs—a monthly publication that uses concise and compelling data to communicate vital health information on select topics. The CDC Vital Signs for January 2016 reports exposure to e-cigarette advertising among U.S. middle and high school students.


About seven in 10 middle and high school students—more than 18 million young people—see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or in television and in movies. E-cigarette ads use many of the same themes, such as independence, rebellion, and sex used to sell cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products. Advertising of tobacco products has been shown to cause youth to start using those products.

Over 22,000 Florida Students Received Tobacco Prevention Training in 2016

not-smoking_thankyouThanks to the 313 Florida educators that took one of our courses last year, 22,386 Florida students were exposed to 6 tobacco prevention lessons last year.  As one of last year's participants wrote in her evaluation summary: "The information was more than sufficient to not only teach, but answer any questions my students asked. I learned a great deal about tobacco and how it has changed over the past 5 decades."

Help make this year tobacco free throughout Florida.  Register today and help your district become tobacco-free in 2017.

Vapor from electronic cigarettes contains two previously undiscovered cancer-causing chemicals, according to a new study.


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Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found propylene glycol, an eye and respiratory irritant, and glycerin, a skin, eye and respiratory irritant, among 29 other chemicals released in e-cigarette vapor.

Both are considered “probable carcinogens” by federal health officials. They’re used in e-cigarettes to create artificial smoke.

Decomposition of those chemicals, caused by heating them inside an e-cig, also releases toxic chemicals such as acrolein and formaldehyde, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.



Girls reported more complaints than boys, and the difference between the sexes was significantly larger among smoking teens than non-smoking.


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A new study by researchers in the United States and Norway indicates that teenagers who do smoke daily are reporting more health complaints than in years past.

Marc Braverman, lead author and a professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU), said while smoking is on the decline among adults and adolescents in most places around the world, "Some adolescents smoke as an attempt to cope with their health problems, and that subgroup may represent a growing proportion of teen smokers. Teens who smoke report significantly higher levels of health complaints than non-smoking teens, and we found that this gap has widened over the years, even as the overall prevalence of teen smoking has dropped."


It is time for 21

Raise the age to 21

Raise the age to 21

California raised the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21 this past June, Hawaii was already there.  Isn't it time for Florida to do the same?  This article from the chairman of the Education and Advocacy Committee of the Tobacco-Free Partnership of Broward County certainly agrees.  Mr. Pierobon makes some very good points, making it hard for anyone to disagree with the proposal to raise the buying of tobacco products to 21 years here in Florida.   Let's make this the generation that gives up tobacco.  Read his opinion, as published in the Palm Beach Post on Thursday, August 18, 2016, as printed, here.

Mr. Pierobon also gave us permission to continue to reference this article after the Post removes the link.  You may access it here as well.

Youth Summer Essay Contest

Tobacco Free Florida of Broward County

Tobacco Free Florida of Broward County

With the end of summer one month away, now is an excellent time to remind all of your friends, relatives, and colleagues about the Youth Summer Essay Contest.

The contest is open to anyone under 18 years of age.  You can read a detailed description of the contest here.  Several prizes are still available.  Please post, tweet, retweet, and share this with everyone you know.