March 2021
Website News: Regional Pennsylvania Tobacco-Free Coalition
What can you find lately on the Regional PA Tobacco-Free Coalition website under the resource tab? Plenty of useful materials that could keep you busy for hours.

Recent additions include: a new section for lung cancer, radon, tobacco-free veterans, electronic health records and PA Free Quitline, as well as updated resources under tobacco use and pregnancy, multi-unit housing, COPD and more! When you are seeking the latest resources for your next meeting, class or event, start your adventure by visiting the Regional PA Tobacco-Free Coalition website.
Enhanced Virtual Training Options
Over the past year, the American Lung Association has been diligently working to release five, enhanced trainings. The five trainings on include:
  1. Tobacco Basics 
  2. Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit, Don’t Switch 
  3. Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) Facilitator Training 
  4. Intervention for Nicotine Dependence, Education, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH) Facilitator Training 
  5. Vape Free Schools Initiative (VFSI) 
The sixth tobacco training will be available on June 30, 2021 and is called, How to Help People Quit. Please email the team, if you would like to request digital promotional materials to share with prospects.
The Day at the Capitol Preparations
Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
9 AM - 2 PM
Join advocates from across Pennsylvania to come together virtually to meet with legislators to advocate for crucial tobacco control issues throughout the Commonwealth. Legislative visits will take place in the morning, followed by a virtual forum in the early afternoon. Virtual activities will be available throughout the day. The Registration deadline is April 20th. For questions, please reach out to Molly Pisciottano.

All advocates will receive a webinar training on Friday, April 23rd, to prepare for the May 4th event. Please register for either the TRU or PACT training today!
American Lung Association's Vaping Podcast
The American Lung Association's youth vaping podcast: School Dazed: Help for Moms and Dads of School-Aged Kids is hosted by Doneda Joy Bailey. Jennifer Folkenroth, American Lung Association’s National Senior Director, Tobacco Programs, is interviewed live on Facebook to talk strategies for ending the tobacco epidemic. Watch a recording of the live show on our Facebook page or listen wherever you get your podcasts at
Clear the Vapor Conference: The Way Forward
Parents Against Vaping e-cigarettes, with the support of CVS Health, has put together a conference called "Clear the Vapor," to be held online on April 7, from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. This highly informative conference is intended for all who care about protecting our kids from the dangers of flavored e-cigarettes, other flavored tobacco products and the predatory behavior of Big Tobacco.

The conference will address big-picture topics such as long-term health and cessation challenges, menthol flavor, federal regulation, and school's best practices. Emerging issues like so-called “wellness” vapes, “iced” flavors, and new products will be discussed.
Member Highlights
Youth and Vaping: Addressing an Epidemic
Shared by Maggie Probin, Lebanon Family Health Services
Join the American Heart Association and local advocates for a virtual conversation concerning vaping on April 27th, from 6:30-7:30 PM:
  • Learn about youth impact of tobacco and vaping
  • Hear how schools are covering the student vaping epidemic and helping them quit
  • Learn to identify vaping devices and talk to children
  • Hear the views of local students who see the impact of vaping among their peers
One of the presenters will be Holly Dolan from LFHS. If you are interested in attending, you still have time to register.
TRU Introduction and a Tobacco-Free Life
Article by Kimberly Levitt, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
William Allen High School GSA group has been meeting at the pop-up gallery near the Downtown Allentown Market. Gabby Hochfeld, from Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, has had the opportunity to speak to this group a couple times about TRU. This has been a great opportunity to collaborate with a group of young advocates (in person!) and introduce them to TRU and the importance of living a tobacco-free life.
Zumba Virtual Class to Promote Heathy Living
Article by Chanel Lange-Maney, Centre LGBTQA Support Network
Even though many of us strive for a healthier lifestyle, substances like tobacco can keep our bodies from functioning to the fullest. In a poll within the Pennsylvania LGBTQA community, over 50% of respondents admitted to using tobacco products. However, over 65% of respondents believe smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes are harmful to the LGBTQA community.

To promote a healthier lifestyle, the Centre LGBTQA Support Network invites you to join a FREE Drag Zumba virtual class, taught by Mandy Mango! Unlike a traditional hardcore workout, a Zumba class mixes low and high-intensity moves for an interval-style and calorie-burning dance fitness party. And who better to get you moving than a fabulous Drag Queen? The class will be held Saturday, April 10th, from 2-3 p.m. through Zoom. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you there, to celebrate clean air!
It's a Spring Thing Event
Article by Eileen Panzarella, Pathway To Recovery
Savanna Robinson and Eileen Panzarella from Pathway To Recovery recently participated in the Friedman Jewish Community Center's "It's a Spring Thing" event in Kingston, PA., Luzerne County, to promote cessation services. There were forty individuals that took information on lung disease issues and cessation tips.
Geisinger Offering Virtual FFS Classes
Article by Katrina Dessino, Geisinger Health & Wellness
Geisinger health and wellness is offering Freedom From Smoking® at no cost! This is an eight-session, interactive program developed by the American Lung Association, that provides skills and support to help tobacco users conquer their addiction. Learn about lifestyle changes to make quitting easier and coping strategies for managing stress and avoiding weight gain. Join us if you are ready to quit!
  • Location: Virtually, Telephone option available
  • Dates: Tuesdays, May 18 – June 29, 3:00 - 5:00 PM (includes Thurs, 6/10)
If you know anyone who may be interested, please have them call Geisinger's health and wellness department at 866-415-7138 or have them register here.
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