PACT Notes

October 12th, 2018

SPECIAL EDITION: PACT Advocacy Priorities 2019
We are very excited to announce that this year’s advocacy priorities for PACT will be:
Tobacco 21 and MSA Funding for Tobacco Control Programs and Services
Tobacco 21 Campaign
Goal: Increase the minimum age of sale for all tobacco products from 18 to 21
The aim for this year is to pass Tobacco 21 in Pennsylvania. With this ambitious goal, PACT is working behind the scenes in an effort to support advocates with an array of advocacy resources.
Mark your calendars for the Pennsylvania Tobacco 21 Campaign Training webinar, scheduled for November 1st, 2018 at 10:00am! This training will officially roll out this year’s campaign, providing updates on current legislation, an overview of PACT’s advocacy strategy, TRU engagement, Tobacco 21 resources for advocates, and more.
Click here to register for the webinar.
PACT will have a Tobacco 21 toolkit of advocacy resources available to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information for educating the public and legislators on this important issue. Be on the lookout for the announcement of the Toolkit in November!
Tobacco 21 and TRU
Upcoming TRU Advisor Train-the-Trainer Webinar
  • TRU Advisors will have the chance to learn how to train their TRU members on how to become great advocates. They’ll learn best practices for advocating with youth and even learn more about speaking with legislators and practicing legislative visits with their TRU members. Keep an eye out for more information and when this webinar will be held.
Upcoming Tobacco 21 Resources and Activities
  • We will soon have a full resource page and website dedicated to Tobacco 21! Stay tuned for the release of the new TRU website. Until then, take a look at our resources on our Advocacy Toolkit.
  • We also have a lot of exciting Tobacco 21 TRU Storms coming up this fall! For our first Tobacco 21 TRU Storm, have TRU members each make a video clip of themselves sharing ONE reason why they support the Tobacco 21 movement. Share the videos and tag them with #UpTheAge and #UpTheAgePA so we can share it.
  • We’ll be sharing our 21 favorite videos during the Great American Smokeout in November (Nov 16) so watch out for your video and we’ll send out some awesome Tobacco 21 swag!
Calling all TRU Groups!
  • If you have a TRU member who is interested in taking a lead in their community and has a passion to raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21, then it sounds like they are ready to become a Tobacco 21 TRU Ambassador!
  • TRU Ambassadors have the chance to attend exciting Tobacco 21 events and meet other youth leaders from different states like West Virginia and Maryland. These ambassadors are the forefront in this Tobacco 21 Campaign to help get the age raised! If selected, they will also be awarded a scholarship at the end of the school year. Click here to apply or e-mail Molly Anthony for more information.
Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) Campaign
Goal: Secure and sustain MSA funding for tobacco prevention and control programs and services
Expect to see the roll out of the MSA campaign around the release of the Governor’s budget in early February! PACT will be providing an updated training and toolkit for advocates to support legislative visits and community education.
A Note on Elections
The November elections will have an impact on legislative visits this year. Because of the anticipated changes and the limited amount of session days left this year, PACT is recommending that advocates concentrate their legislative visits after the start of the new session, anticipated January 1st, 2019. This will ensure that we have the most impact and are speaking with legislators that can weigh in on support of our issues.
Legislative visits should focus on Tobacco 21 and MSA.
We look forward to advancing our advocacy efforts with you on lifesaving tobacco control policies in the Commonwealth!

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.

PACT Notes September 28, 2018

The American Lung Association expressed concern about the possible health consequences of e-cigarettes and lack of government oversight of the products. Joining Smart Talk on Wednesday to discuss e-cigarette use among youth and the public was Erika Sward, assistant vice president of national advocacy for the American Lung Association, Jennifer Hobbs Folkenroth, national senior director, tobacco, American Lung Association, Dr. Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine, and Dionne Baylor, supervisor and prevention specialist with Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services.