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        September 13, 2013
September is Smokeless Tobacco Trends Information Month
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Trends show smokeless tobacco increased in the males, teens/young adults, rural and Midwest residents, as well as American Indians. Kansas has all of these groups within its borders.


In 2010 statistics*, Kansas adult males’ usage of smokeless tobacco was 10.8 percent. Kansas high school males’ usage of smokeless tobacco was 15.5 percent. Kansas middle school males’ usage was 4.1 percent. Kansas female usage of smokeless tobacco is less than 2 percent.


In 2010, the high school ethnic breaks for usage of smokeless tobacco are: African American – 29.4 percent; Hispanic/Other – 19.8 percent; and Caucasian – 15.1 percent.


Reducing tobacco usage has slowed in recent years. Reports show that dual use (smokeless and cigarettes) may also facilitate a pattern of light smoking among young adults. This is a threat to reverse progress toward reducing tobacco use and its health burden.


 *KDHE 2010 BRFSS & YTS information


August 5-8, National Smokeless and Spit Tobacco Conference

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By:  Erica Anderson, TFKC Program Coordinator


The conference was fantastic. There were many great speakers from Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prvention presenters, Pam Ling and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' Ritney Castine, just to mention a few. There were several presentations on Emerging Tobacco Products, Youth Engagement in smokeless tobacco control and point-of-sale (POS). The conference did a great job of offering opportunities for networking with the presenters in the Speaker's Lounge. This gave the attendees a chance to sit and talk with the presenters, which allowed for some engaging conversations.


Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition was privileged to be invited to participate by presenting a Youth Engagement Poster and in the Youth Empowerment and Advocacy education track, a breakout session on: Building Campus and Student Support for Tobacco Free policies.


The Breakout was well received with approximately 80 attendees which made for "standing room only". There was a speaker's lounge session shortly after the breakout and at least 30 people came to chat about campus work and to share contact information. Since the conference, five people have asked TFKC for the Unfiltered tool-kit. Breakout attendees were given a copy of the tool-kit. The tool-kit is available on the TFKC website:


Also at the summit from Kansas presenting a poster was Trevor Christensen of KDHE. His poster was: Shoring Up Smokeless Tobacco Prevention: Using State Data to Identify Opportunities for Community-Based Programmatic Integration.



Zeller to Visit Kansas

Zeller to Visit Kansas


Mitch Zeller became the nation’s top tobacco regulator earlier this year.  He took the reins at FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products after spending much of the 1990s at the Food and Drug Administration spearheading its burgeoning tobacco-control efforts — including pressing Congress to give the agency broader regulatory powers and designing the first nationwide program to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors. 


Director Zeller will be the tobacco plenary speaker in Wichita, Kansas on September 19, 2013 at the 70th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Conference.  The Conference’s theme Integrating Systems for Health:  A Shared Vision provides Director Zeller the opportunity to discuss FDA regulation of tobacco products and how the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) work complements traditional public health tobacco control programs nationally and in Kansas.  Given the comparatively high rate of smokeless tobacco use in Kansas, Director Zeller will specifically address CTP’s role in regulating these and other products as well as report on key CTP priorities. 


 Nation's tobacco control chief to visit Kansas Public Health Conference

By: Jim McLean, Executive Editor, Kansas Health Institute New


Mitch Zeller says new federal agency must take an evidence-based approach to regulating tobacco


“As a regulatory agency, we can only go as far as the regulatory science will take us,” Zeller said. “So, we are making a major investment in better understanding how tobacco products work and better understanding the role of nicotine in the design and manufacture of tobacco products.”McLean  7



                                  Link to Jim McLean's website







E-Cigarettes on the rise, but still unregulated

By:  Phil Cauthon, KHI News Service

September 2, 2013


Topeka - Four years ago, when Rick Hasan first started selling electronic cigarettes, they seemed destined to be little more than a novelty, he said - the same as compact pipes and other smoking accessories available at this store. 


"People were curious, but few kept buying.  They would go back to the real cigarette," said Hasan, owner of Payless Smokes, a convenience and tobacco shop in Topeka.  Now, "the e-cigarettes are taking up quite a bit of market share."  These days, e-cigarettes account for 15 percent of his sales, he said.  Nationwide e-cigarettes are booming, with annual sales projected to reach $1.7 billion by year's end. 



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Link to Phil Cauthon's article





E-Cigarettes unregulated until legal status determined


By:  Phil Cathon

KHI News Service

Nov. 1, 2010

(While this article has been around, it is an excellent resource about e-cigarettes.)

FDA wants to treat them like medical or drug delivery devices, but judge says no


Topeka - Think there's no public, indoor smoking in Kansas?  Think again. 


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Link to Phil Cauthon's article







E-cigarette use more than doubles among US middle and high school students from 2011-2012

CDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People.™

The data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released indicated that the percentage of high school students from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show high school students who reported ever using an e-cigarette rose from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10.0 percent in 2012.  In the same time period, high school students using e-cigarettes within the past 30 days rose from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent.  Use also doubled among middle school students.  Altogether, in 2012 more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes.

For more information:
Link to CDC website




Where are you on the e-cigarette debate?


Are you on the side of the individual or the population? In a recent article by Americans Non Smokers Rights (ANR), they say the lines are beginning to divide the e-cigarette argument into individual vs. population issues. For instance, do e-cigarettes help smokers kick the habit? Do smokers who use e-cigarettes truly quit smoking or do they merely switch to e-cigarettes still providing addicted smokers with a nicotine delivery device? Are former smokers returning to the nicotine habit because of the e-cigarette? That would be on the side of the individual argument. Or, is the vapor from e-cigs harmless water mist or are there adverse health consequences for nonsmokers who are exposed to the vapor? Are the flavored e-cigs becoming a "gateway" drug delivery system for a generation that is currently growing up tobacco free? ANR says, "Truth is, we don't know!"


E-cigarettes remain unregulated products. The above articles report FDA Director Zeller saying the FDA will regulate e-cigarettes: “The FDA has been on record since 2011 saying it intends to create a regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes,” he said. “I can’t tell you when that’s going to happen but we are getting closer and closer to issuing a proposed rule that would begin that process.”


Meanwhile in Kansas, we have the Attorney General's opinion written in 2011... Attorney General Derek Schmidt clearly states that e-cigarettes are not covered in the clean indoor air act.


ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION NO. 2011- 015: In conclusion, it is possible that e-cigarettes emit the same types of chemicals the Kansas Legislature intended to ban from indoor areas open to the public through enactment of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act. This is a question of fact that we do not address. Even if e-cigarettes emit such chemicals, the Act does not define “cigarettes” in a manner that would include e-cigarettes within the statutory ban, and the common meaning of “cigarettes” does not include e-cigarettes.


In our opinion, the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act does not apply to e-cigarettes because the Act fails to define "cigarette", and based upon the ordinary and common definition of the word, an e-cigarette would not be considered a "cigarette" subject to the Act. The act does not define "smoking", but the definition does not include a product that is not a traditional cigarette and does not burn tobacco. If the Kansas Legislature wishes to extend the Act to cover e-cigarettes, it may amend the Act to define "cigarette" to include e-cigarettes, or it may amend the definition of "smoking" to include the use of e-cigarettes.


For a full copy of the opinion: http://


Perhaps what we can agree on is that the use of e-cigarettes should be prohibited in smokefree environments.



The New York Times

September 15, 2013
E-Smoking Among Teenagers

       The new rules ought to ban sales or marketing of electronic cigarettes to those under 18 and outlaw flavorings clearly designed to entice children.




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 Regional Activities
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August started out with quiet then moved into BAM!


GRANTS: TFKC is collaborating on a grant proposal with the Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts and the local Medical Societies in Northeast Kansas to provide education on the dangers of tobacco use in youth. The grant was delivered on August 22nd and the awardees will be announced in October. This is a great opportunity because will be able to reach approximately 5,000 Boy Scouts in Northeast Kansas.


THANKSKANSAS: I am continuing to work with the Regional Representatives to celebrate the Anniversary of the Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act. Teresa Briggs in Southeast Kansas is working with one of her Representatives to hold a press conference. A date has yet to be determined.


green arrowsThe Northeast is to hold a Celebrate Event for the 3rd Anniversary of the Indoor Clean Air Act by holding a press conference on September 25, 2013 at Zarda BBQ in Lenexa. (11931 W. 87th Street, Lenexa – south side of 87th Street, just west of I-35) starting at 2:00 p.m.   The owner of the business will present along with Doug Farmer, Sunflower Foundation and a representative of the Health Care Foundation of Greater KC. If you are interested in participating or want more information please feel free to contact me. Don’t forget to check out the website.


PREVENTION AND RECOVERY SERVICES (PARS): Prevention and Recovery Services of Shawnee and Osage Counties supports coalitions and their fight against substance abuse amongst area youth. I was invited to participate in a committee for PARS to conduct a comprehensive assessment, identifying and prioritizing factors that lead to underage drinking in the Shawnee and Osage County areas. I was able to network with others in the community who are compassionate about the safety of our youth. I was also able to introduce TFKC and what we do across the state and answer many questions from the group about how to get involved. Hopefully, we will be able to increase our membership to others who care about youth.


TRAININGS: I participated in the Well Workplace trainings offered by Welcoa. Four webinars in the month of August helped me prepare for How to Effectively Utilize Health Coaching to Improve Employee Health. The knowledge that I gained from the trainings will help me educate others across the state on employee health and tobacco use.


The Youth Leadership Summit in Kansas City in August was a great opportunity to talk with the area youth about tobacco use dangers. I developed a power-point presentation and presented the facts of tobacco and youth to youth representing several school districts across the Kansas City Metro area. I had a great time and I believe the youth was able to take back some great information with them.


TECHNOLOGY: I received a new computer and am still learning the new programs. Theresa was able to get everything transferred over except for my contacts, so if you have not heard from me, please send me an email so I can add you to my contact list. I am finding out that a couple of the emails I do have are not correct so please email me! Thank you.


REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES: I am heading out to Garden City at the end of September to meet with Polly and then move my way up to St. Francis to see Mila. I am hoping that I will get to see everyone before the end of the year is over. Please give your thanks to the Regional Representatives because they work hard! They need all the applause we can give them! Thank you.


MEMBERSHIPS: An invitation letter to invite new members to TFKC has been developed. Letters will be sent to Dentists and Health Department Agencies across the state. If you know of other organizations or individuals TFKC should invite, please let me know and I will get a letter sent. Thank you in advance.



Youth Activities

Litter Box Goes to Dodge City!

Picture2Dodge City, KS - On August 31, 2013,  20 RESIST youth gathered at Wright Park to assemble the Litter Box and began to collect tobacco litter around Dodge City, KS. They began at 9am and walked 2.3 miles. As they collected tobacco litter, most could not get 10 feet without finding MORE tobacco litter! 


The 2.3 miles walked included the populated portion of Front Street and from there they made their way to the Dodge City Globe, the Police Station and then on to City Hall. They were greeted by several police officers who agree to take pictures with the youth and their Litter Box.


The Farmers Market was happening at the same time in Downtown Dodge and the youth had the opportunity to speak to several sellers and buyers about why the group was involved in picking up tobacco litter. Here is one comment the youth received: Martha, a jam and jelly seller, said she used to be a smoker and has since been free of tobacco for 3 years. (Celebration!)  She appreciated the fact that on a Saturday these 20 youth were devoted to collecting tobacco litter in her community. Overall, the youth collected 1,823 butts and had a great time picking them up while sharing their experiences with passersby.



After the Litter Box event, the youth scanned three retail stores on Front Street to determine if there was a Point of Sale problem pertaining to tobacco advertising geared to the youth market.  In each store, the youth found tobacco ads right next to ads for slushies, gum and hot dogs. They all agreed there is a potential POS problem in their community. The next step for the youth is to educate the community about the issue of marketing food and tobacco products together in order to avoid tobacco companies trying to lure in new youth tobacco users. 


Please go to the RESIST website: and LIKE the facebook see pictures that youth, Gabriella Martinez, took of the event. We have 220 friends and would love some more.   


Later this month, the RESIST YouTube site will be up and you will be able to go there and view the videos from DC and the Dodge City Litter Box event. Instagram is also up and running: RESIST_Kansas.


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Gabriela Martinez, Janelle Coyazo, and Brenda Marquez Talk about Helping Their Community!

Gabriela Martinez wrote:  On Saturday August 31,  we helped out our community and environment by picking up cigarette butts around Downtown Dodge City. We had 20 volunteers and picked up more than 1,800 tobacco butts! This experience in its self was extremely satisfying. It showed me how much we have to take care of our environment and show others the effects of their actions. My favorite part of our activity is when people commented about how many cigarette butts we had collected. Many of the speculators made comments about how amazing it was; grossly amazing. Even after we left, people were still talking and sharing their opinions about tobacco and smoking. Along with this activity, we also went around to three retail stores and did a survey about how the tobacco industry advertises to youth. We saw some things that... normally, if you don't really pay attention to or aren't educated about point-of-sale, it would be really easy to miss. It was an incredible experience and I can't wait to do it again!


Janelle Coyazo wrote:   Cigarettes and just smoking alone can cause many health risks. I know that you've heard it all before, but after today I didn't know how harmful it could be to the earth. Today, I participated with 20 other youth in a RESIST Litter Box event and we picked up 1,823 cigarettes from my town of Dodge City. Everyday people who are on the go carelessly throw their cigarette butts on the ground like its one big ash tray. Well it's not, it's called pollution! I know that it's just one, but over a period of time it adds up. Many parking lots, roads, and parks are filled with these left over cigarettes. So many people do this and some get caught and some don't, but you shouldn't be throwing it on the ground in the first place. Please have the common decency to throw it away the next time because pollution and smoking not only affects you, it also affects the people around you.


Brenda Marquez wrote: On August 31st, 20 RESIST members were recruited and every single one of them agreed to pick up tobacco butts in down town Dodge City on a Saturday morning.   We all wore gloves and masks and in less than three hours, we had collected 1,823 butts! One thing I kept thinking about that day was how much cleaner the city seems knowing that we have made a small but important impact on the amount of tobacco litter in Dodge City KS.  Literally, you couldn't go ten steps without find some kind of tobacco product just carelessly thrown aside. I am not trying to imply that my city is covered in filth and tobacco litter, Dodge is a relatively small town... just think how much more tobacco litter would be in a widely populated city. I had a blast and cannot wait to do this again—in September in Hutchinson at our State Fair, where I found out you can smoke. I think we will find lots of tobacco litter there to fill our Litter Box!



The Party Started September 6 - Kansas State Fair!

State Fair 100And, if you have been following along on RESIST facebook, you already know what an incredible time the youth had in helping staff the TFKC fair booth, and holding the Litter Box Event!!


Pages and pages of fan signatures were collected to share with the 2014 State Fair Committee to perhaps have a tobacco-free Kansas State Fairgrounds in the future! 


It is this story that reminds us why we do what we do at TFKC.


Erica Anderson says:  "Thanks to everyone who signed the Fan pages yesterday! The 9th day at the fair began with a gentleman approaching me and asked if I would hold out my hand. I held out my hand and he approached with closed fist. As he hovered over my hand, he opened his clenched hand and a lighter fell into my palm. "I am quitting today thanks to you." I took the lighter and encouraged him. He said he would stop by later and tomorrow to let me know how he is doing. If we have helped one person quit- this booth and all the time devoted to it will have been successful! I wish you well!!"


Litter box at the booth

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Working the boothworking the booth 2


To see more pictures, go to the RESIST facebook page. 
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Kansas Health Statistics Report Available

The August 2013 edition of Kansas Health Statistics Report is available at the KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics website at


Click on August 2013 to open the PDF file of the issue.  This edition contains the following articles: Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Smoke-Free Household and Vehicle Rules Among Kansas High School Students Prevalence and Disparities of Walking Among Kansas Adults with Arthritis – 2011 Kansas Influenza Surveillance, 2012-2013 Kansas Inpatient Hospital Deaths Decline 2012 Vital Statistics Counts Published FastStats The Bureau publishes the Kansas Health Statistics Report quarterly.  Kansas Health Statistics Report is available by electronic subscription.



K-State Researchers Help to Show that the Clean Indoor Air Act is Helping Forests


MANHATTAN — A collaborative project involving a Kansas State University ecologist has shown that the Clean Air Act has helped forest systems recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain.

For more information, check out this website:



Board Buzz

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Monthly Board meetings were held August 8 and September 12. Board members present approved the items placed on the consent calendar. In August two members were approved for individual memberships into TFKC.


At the August meeting, Committee Chairs were presented and approved by the board, as is required by the new Bylaws. Committee evaluations for the previous year were reviewed. Feedback will be used to better the committee process for the new year. Staggered Board terms were discussed, as well as the July 29th meeting with the Kansas Health Foundation. Committee Reports were heard, as well as Regional Reports. The Board asked Linda to send out an evaluation for the Board.


At the September meeting, consent items were approved. Staggered Board terms for TFKC Board members were established and approved. Regional Reports and Committee Reports were presented. The Board reviewed the proposed 2013-2016 legislative issues. TFKC/TTAC will be building on this process to improve the probability of success through a set of proven strategies. Board evaluation was received and aggregate data compiled and is ready to be considered at the Board Retreat.

Calendar of Events- September

september_2013_calendarSeptember 2 - Labor Day - Central Office closed


September 3 - First TTAC/TFKC Collaboration Meeting


September 6 - State Fair Begins


September 10 - Advocacy Learning Group Meeting


September 11 - Kansas Cancer Partnership Executive Committee Meeting; 2nd TTAC/TFKC Meeting


September 12 - TFKC Board Meeting


September 15 - State Fair ends


September 17-19 - Kansas Public Health Conference in Wichita


September 19 - Special meeting with Director Mitch Zeller, FDA Tobacco Center


September 23 - 3rd TTC/TFKC meeting (Readiness Assessment Sent; Key Interview group established and invitation sent)


September 25 - 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration in Lenexa at 2:00 p.m.




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