November 2016 Newsletter
The Florida Tobacco Prevention Training for Educators online prevention course is making great strides here in Florida. There are already over 200 educators working to complete the course and teach their students prevention. Many start out in the course simply to earn points toward renewal, but soon they realize just how important this training is to the health and well-being of our children here in Florida. If the trend continues, our graduates could well surpass the 22,000 students taught tobacco prevention last year. All of the laws and restrictions don't mean half as much as education when it comes to teenagers making the right decision with regards to tobacco. Spread the word. There may be teachers in your school that would benefit from the course. We know there are students that would!!! This month we will try to raise awareness by focusing on different programs that promote prevention and cessation.
Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach kids about the short-term health effects of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth.
Tar Wars Program Information
The Tar Wars program is implemented in classrooms by volunteers. By utilizing a community-based approach to mobilize family physicians, educators, and other healthcare professionals, Tar Wars can accomplish its goals.
You can make a difference in the health of your community by educating as many children as possible about the harmful effects of tobacco use.
Family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students, school nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, other health care providers, dental hygienists, health education professionals, community leaders, and even parents can present Tar Wars. You don't need special training or a specific background to get involved. Your volunteer efforts and enthusiasm are key elements in the success of the program.
Smokeless Tobacco: Not a Harmless Alternative to Smoking
Smokeless tobacco companies need new customers and that means you. But, smokeless tobacco isn't a harmless alternative to smoking. It ruins your health and affects how you look.
Over 250,000 deaths, worldwide, are caused by diseases related to smokeless tobacco each year. There are many reasons why you shouldn't use smokeless tobacco. This short clip will describe a few of those reasons for you.
Remember, alternative delivery systems are not safer than smoking, they are just a different way of getting those chemicals into your body.
Broward County Health Teacher: 1st to complete 60-Point Course
One of our Broward participants was the first to complete the course this yer. The video below is an example of the type of lesson she taught her students. A great job by a terrific teacher, SWAT supervisor, AND, she taught prevention to 150 high school students! That will be a high standard to maintain! This is a terrific example of using technology in the assignment and getting the content across in such a way as to enhance and excite the students as they learn prevention techniques.
Well done Jill.
“What proportion of cancer deaths are attributable to cigarette smoking in each U.S. state?” It was the key question asked in a brand-new JAMA study that was published online on October 24, 2016. It appears that the southern states are taking a bath when it comes to the number of cancer deaths attributable to smoking in the US. You can read the entire article as published on our blog on October 31st. It is gratifying to note that our course is one of the few educational resources geared toward prevention, that is paid for by the Big Tobacco Fund Settlement through the Florida Department of Education.