Directors Update
Hello CAHL friends!  

Happy September! I love this time of year - for me, it is a time of reflection. A welcome shift from late night summer fun to early bedtimes, from weekends away to weekends at home, a time to take a deep breath and have gratitude. My kids are back in school (first day of school picture below, Laila 2nd grade, Roman 5K, and Remi – 2 year old room at daycare), sweatshirts are appearing all over my house from that crisp morning air, coffee seems to tastes better, and the world around me begins to slow down a little bit. This week finally feels a little normal. I hope you are all doing great and embracing the change of season as well as I am. 

As we roll into fiscal year 2021 with the State Tobacco Control funds, we are putting a heavy focus on health equity and tobacco. Tobacco use is not an equal opportunity killer. Smoking disproportionately affects the poor, the homeless, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ persons and those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse disorders. At CAHL, our aim is to raise awareness that smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco related disease affects certain, specific populations within the U.S. differently. Eliminating tobacco-related disparities can only occur if we collectively understand and advance principles of health equity. Shared ownership with our community partners and accountability is critical for the success of our efforts to incorporate health equity into the work we do every day. We want you to be part of energizing our new focus to reduce disparities and increase health equity within Brown, Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca Counties. As we begin to shape the future of tobacco control here at CAHL, we are excited for this opportunity to learn, grow and make a difference. 

I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and having fun!  

Your friend,

Drug Free Communities
Small Talks: Start Talking, It Makes a Difference
It’s time to go back to school. Having small, casual conversations with kids, starting around age 8, can help prevent underage drinking. Learn how to start the conversation:
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar
October 8, 2020 
Virtual Conference via Zoom

The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar is the only event in the state focused exclusively on the evidence-based policies and practices that prevent or reduce the alcohol-related harms at the population level. CAHL or REACH coalition members may apply for an Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) scholarship to cover the cost of tuition. 
Oral Health’s Role In Addressing the Opioid Crisis
September 21, 2020
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Understand the current prescription opiate abuse problem and the dentist role in solving this issue.
  • Understand pain and advanced opiate-free pain control strategies.
  • Utilize pre-emptive analgesia to control pain in a dental practice.
  • Utilize the Wisconsin State PDMP software to screen patients for potential drug abuse warning signs.
FACT Speaks Out on Teen Vaping & Covid-19  

Findings from a new study out of the University of Stanford School of Medicine found that teens and young adults who vape are five times more likely to become infected with COVID-19 compared with those who did not use e-cigarettes. Those who both vaped and smoked conventional cigarettes were nearly seven times more likely to become infected. Cassandra Phillips, a FACT Youth member of Kaukauna School District, had this to say about the findings.
“I joined FACT to help spread the truth about tobacco to my peers. I hope that these new statistics will make anyone think twice before using e-cigarettes. It is alarming to me that with all these health consequences some e-cigarettes still have fruity flavors that make kids want to try them.”

There are many resources available to help youth quit e-cigarettes and assist parents in learning more about the products that can tempt kids. Anyone, including teens, can get help to quit tobacco products by calling 1-800- QUIT NOW (784-8669) or by texting “Ready” to 200-400. Parents can also learn more about candy-flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes that attract young users, by visiting
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Get Free Medications, Live Coaching and Web Forums. Text2Quit is a new enrollment option for the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. Text READY to 200-400 to Begin Enrollment in Quit Line Services!

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Wisconsin Wins is a science-based, state-level initiative designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. Through Wins, investigations or compliance checks, are conducted to facilitate retailer compliance with the law. 

For more information about WI Wins, visit
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, WI Wins compliance investigations have been suspended. We will resume when guidelines are lifted, and it is safe for everyone to participate. In the meantime, CAHL will continue to connect with local retailers to share information and resources to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth.