Directors Update

Hello Coalition members and CAHL friends!

I hope you are enjoying the cooler temperatures and the start of fall. The new season welcomes many kids back to school, including my older two! Laila is in first grade and Roman is in 4K. They are loving their new teachers and are excited for every new day. Remi is growing and getting to be such a fun little girl. She turned 1 in July and remains a very happy and well mannered baby (even through getting her molars recently!). Here are all three of them in a recent picture together. This dog is not ours, but I realized I haven't taken many pictures of all three of my kids together in awhile, so this was the best I could do! :)

Anyway, enough about me...

This vaping epidemic is no joke. As we see scary health effects happening across the United States and locally, we can't help but feel anger and sadness. There are so many questions I have heard from parents, community members and local leaders. How did we get this far? How did we not see this coming? How do we fix it? And honestly, I have all of those same questions too. The information coming out changes daily, but I do hope this newsletter helps answer some of these questions. If you are looking for updates more often, follow our Facebook page. We update there as we get new information on policy, health effects and the overall scope of what were doing in tobacco control. You can visit our Facebook page through the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

I wish you all the best fall and as always - reach out to us if you need us!

Wendy Vander Zanden
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National Conference on Tobacco or Health
Local student attends National Tobacco Conference
Last month, Allie Ladwig, a senior at Wrightstown High School, attended the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Minneapolis, MN.

Learn more about her experience and what Allie has to say about the opportunity to attend.

Back to School
CAHL Schools Receive Vaping Info to Prepare for the School Year
As area schools geared up for back to school, CAHL staff and partners made sure everyone was equipped with information and resources to combat the growing vaping epidemic.

72 packets were made and distributed to administrators of local high schools. The packets included information about vaping designed for parents, teachers, and coaches, as well as resources for alternatives to suspension programs for youth who are caught in violation of their school policy.

"This was a great opportunity to connect with our schools to make sure they are aware of the resources CAHL has available to help them fight this epidemic," said CAHL staffer Hannah Wilz. "All of the principals I talked to were super happy to have this information and were really concerned about the issues they are seeing with vaping."
If you would like more information about vaping, or a Back to School Packet for your organization, please contact us and we would be happy to send you one! Special thanks to folks from Brown County Public Health and the Drug Alliance for their help in distributing these packets!

Stay in the know
Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes on the Horizon...

President Donald Trump, with the first lady at his side, announced that his administration is moving to ban flavored e-cigarette products after a sixth person recently died from a vaping-related lung illness. Add Vaping as an...

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Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes)

E-cigarettes are sometimes called "e-cigs," "vapes," "e-hookahs," "vape pens," and "electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)." Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other...

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What You Need to Know About Vaping-Related Lung Illness

Coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath are warning signs for anyone who has vaped within the last 90 days. Hundreds of people across the country have been sickened by a severe lung illness linked to vaping, and a handful have died, according...

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Lung Injury Outbreak: Information for Clinicians
CDC-provided information about the current outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use or vaping intended for: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, physicians assistants, health educators and other clinicians.
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
So far in 2019, 133 WI Wins compliance checks have been completed in 6 counties. Overall, 21 sales of tobacco products to minors were made.

CAHL continues to provide training and education opportunities to tobacco retailers, with emphasis on those who sell tobacco to minors.
Drug Free Communities
REACH Coalition sponsors alcohol compliance checks in Calumet County
In August, with funds provided by the DFC grant, REACH partnered with Calumet County law enforcement officials to conduct alcohol compliance checks. We're happy to report that 75% of establishments did not sell alcohol to minors!