PACT Notes

February 16th, 2018

Registration is Now Open for Day at the Capitol 2018!

Reasons for Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students – National Youth Tobacco Survey, United States, 2016

Housing Authority Adopts Smoke-Free Rule

PACT Welcomes New Program Specialist – TRU
PACT is excited to welcome Molly Anthony into the Program Specialist – TRU position! With Molly’s previous experience in education, she is excited to be assisting with youth advocacy efforts for TRU. Molly is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration and Management from Point Park University. Prior to her current role, she interned  for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Molly looks forward to helping with tobacco prevention efforts throughout Pennsylvania!
To contact Molly email her at

FY17 MPOWER Report

Pennsylvania’s TRU January 2018 Report

PACT Notes

PACT Notes – October 19, 2018 reports on e-cigarette use among teens in Erie County. Use among Erie County teens has increased significantly in recent years, even though federal law prevents the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 18. About one in six students in the county — 16.6 percent — vaped at least once in the past 30 days, according to the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It’s an increase from 16 percent in the 2015 survey, the first survey that included vaping statistics. Nationally, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 11.7 percent among high school students and from 0.6 percent to 3.3 percent among middle school students from 2011 to 2017, the Food and Drug Administration reported recently.

PACT Notes October 5, 2018

The Wolf Administration is urging teens and their parents, educators and health care providers to be aware of the dangers of vaping or using e-cigarettes as the number of teens using this method of smoking is increasing across the nation. “Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug that can harm brain development, which continues until about age 25,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes. If you have a problem with vaping, there are resources available to help you.” The FDA, last month, declared the use of e-cigarettes among teens an “epidemic” and is taking steps to stop youth access to tobacco products. At the same time, the U.S. Surgeon General determined that e-cigarette use among youth and young adults is a public health concern.