By Michael Freiberg, Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
Menthol cigarettes have been used for years to target vulnerable populations and are consumed by nearly half of all youth smokers. The cooling properties of menthol reduce the harshness of tobacco and the irritation of nicotine in cigarettes. As a result, menthol cigarettes are a popular choice among those first starting to smoke. Indeed, menthol cigarettes are the source of addiction for nearly half of all teen smokers. These products are also used at disproportionately higher rates by communities of color. It is therefore no surprise that the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, the committee created by Congress in part to examine the health effects of menthol, concluded in 2011 that “removal of menthol cigarettes from the marketplace would benefit public health in the United States.”
By Barbara de Nekker, Legacy’s Assistant Director of Youth Activism, and Imani Bryan, Legacy’s Coordinator of Youth Activism
Young people have the capacity to enhance the quality of their lives and that of their community. Across the nation youth are spearheading movements that address issues such as AIDS, tobacco control, racial injustices, and education inequities. Their neighborhoods, community based organizations, and virtual communities are the spaces where the agendas that address social issues are set. In a country that is ripe for change and in need of innovation in the public health environment, engaging youth leaders is necessary to achieve health equity.
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- Jul 18, 2013
Does a mental health issue lead to substance use? Does substance abuse lead to a mental health issue? The answers to those questions are not clear, but we do know millions of adults in the United States have both. A very small percentage of people receive treatment for both conditions and most don't receive any treatment at all. Research has shown that treatment addressing both conditions at the same time has better outcomes with lower costs, yet it still isn't happening nearly enough.
- Coalition Ideas Exchange: Perils of the College Drinking Culture by CADCA National Coalition InstituteMay 02, 2013
Passage from high school to college is often a passage to binge drinking and other alcohol-related behaviors harming college students and others in the community where the college is located. Research has found parents remain a key influence through young adulthood. The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County’s (UPC) acclaimed “Perils of the College Drinking Culture” forum recognizes the importance of continued parent-student communication and the need for increased awareness of the epidemic of college drinking. In this new podcast series highlighting featured coalitions from CADCA's new resource, the Coalition Ideas Exchange, the Unified Prevention Coalition describes how they developed strong partnerships to conduct this forum of community leaders, students and parents.
- Apr 15, 2013
A video highlighting the National Youth Leadership Initiative, CADCA’s signature youth leadership development training.
- Apr 15, 2013