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SAPCA Members,  
SAPCA and the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy are hosting the Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference on Monday, August 18, Tuesday, August 19 and Wednesday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 2932 King St. The conference is FREE for Alexandria teens (rising 9th graders through 12th graders). We will provide meals.


Fill out the registration form on SAPCA's website and email it to noraine.buttar@alexandriava.gov.





* SAPCA Says Goodbye to Youth Board Members
* SAPCA Welcomes New Social Media Interns
* The FDA Needs to Hear From You
* National Night Out (8/5)
* Youth Leadership Conference (8/18 - 8/20)
* Engaging for Impact 2014: Best Practices for Volunteer Management Professionals (7/30)
* Text Messages Can Help Reduce Young Adults Binge Drinking
* Cigarette Warning Labels Prompt People to Quit
* Partnership at Drug Free.Org Revamps Site, Changes Name


SAPCA Says Goodbye to Youth Board Members 




The SAPCA Board said goodbye to Nancy Martinez (left) and Emma West (right), former T.C. Williams Seniors, now headed off to college! Nancy served as a board member for four years.

Emma served as a board member for one year and was the founder and President of the Above the Influence Club at T.C. We expect wonderful things from them! 

SAPCA Welcomes New Social Media Interns
SAPCA hired Abby Hamilton and Kayla Streeter as our Social Media interns for the coming school year. Abby, a T.C. Williams senior and Above the Influence Club member, is the founder and CEO of Patriot Portraits. She engages communities of young photographers and provides affordable family portrait sessions and lasting memories to active U.S. Military families. Abby is also a staff member of the T.C Williams newspaper, Theogony.
Kayla, a T.C. Williams sophomore, has experience creating vlogging (video logs) and also serves as a youth speaker on topics related to substance use and abuse. She is also a member of T.C William Chapter of I AM THAT GIRL.
We look forward to working with Abby and Kayla!



The FDA Needs to Hear From You


On April 25, 2014, the FDA proposed rules that will strictly regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs.


The FDA is accepting public comments on the proposed regulation until August 8, 2014. Please take a few minutes to submit comments that reflect your knowledge and perspective on the issue. If you would like more information, the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium recently released several new publications related to the FDA's deeming regulation. 



National Night Out  (8/5)


SAPCA will partner with the Gang Prevention Community Task Force and the Alexandria Police Department to celebrate the 31st Annual National Night Out (NNO). The special celebration is part of a nationwide crime and drug prevention effort sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch . To heighten awareness of crime prevention, residents in Alexandria neighborhoods will turn on their porch lights, host cook-outs and sponsor block parties in support of NNO.
If you would like volunteer for NNO and  help spread the word about teen substance abuse prevention, contact Noraine at noraine.buttar@alexandriava.gov. 



Engaging for Impact 2014: Best Practices for Volunteer Management Professionals (7/30)


Join Beth Steinhorn, President of JFFixler Group, for a special day-long training designed to help you advance your organization's capacity for volunteer engagement. A nationally-recognized leader and innovator in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, Beth will walk participants through the latest trends, issues, and strategies for creating a high-impact volunteer engagement program.


The day will include a morning plenary session, afternoon workshops, and plenty of opportunities to network with other volunteer management professionals.


The training will take place on Wednesday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street. Registration is available online.




Receiving text messages about binge drinking after visiting the emergency room can help young adults reduce their hazardous alcohol consumption by more than 50 percent, a new study suggests.


The study included 765 young adults seen in the emergency room, who had a history of hazardous drinking. The study participants were divided into thirds. One third received text messages for 12 weeks that prompted them to respond to questions about their drinking. They received texts in return that offered feedback on their answers, News-Medical.net reports. Another third received text messages asking about their drinking, but received no feedback. The remaining third received no text messages.


Participants who received both text message questions about their drinking and feedback said they decreased their binge drinking by 51 percent, and the number of drinks per day by 31 percent. Those who received only text messages or no text messages increased the number of days they engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as five or more drinks in one sitting for men and four or more drinks for women.


The study is published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.


Cigarette warning labels can influence a smoker to try to quit even when the smoker is trying to avoid seeing the labels, according to a survey of thousands of adult smokers in four countries published by the American Psychological Association.

Small, text-only warning labels like those on cigarette packs in the United States prompt people to think about health risks of smoking, and people who notice the warnings regularly are more likely to try to quit, the research found. Larger, more graphic warning labels like those in other countries, such as Australia  were better at getting people's attention and motivating them to attempt quitting, according to the study in the APA journal Health Psychology

Researchers conducted telephone surveys of over 5,000 smokers in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2009, and then followed up with them one year later. Smokers answered a series of questions, including how many cigarettes they smoked a day and how often they noticed warning labels on cigarette packages. Researchers also asked them if warning labels made them think about smoking's health risks, if the labels made them think about quitting and if they actively tried to avoid looking at the warnings. The researchers then asked if they were considering quitting and, at the one-year follow-up, if they had attempted to quit. They collected other demographic information, such as gender, age and education level. 

Because noticing the warnings may be the first step toward getting smokers to think about and attempt to quit, the authors suggested policymakers require that warnings be larger and more graphic on cigarette packages and that they are supplemented with mass media campaigns with similar health warnings.


The Partnership at Drugfree.Org is now the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. They are communicating more directly why they exist, and that's to reduce teen substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction. Through their revamped website, their toll-free telephone helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE)and all of their communications, the Partnership is committed to being the place where families find answers.

Take some time to browse the new drugfree.org. There, you'll find the same informative, science-based resources you've come to rely upon as well as many new features - including a brand new interactive online community where you can post memorials, chat with experts, talk to others on forums and more.



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