By Travis Helmondollar, MS, CTTS, Director, Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Network
Nestled in the hollows and hills of the Appalachia region, southern West Virginia is grounded in strong traditions of faith, sustainable family bonds and an irrepressible work ethic. Unfortunately, all too often, facets of the normative lifestyles are laced with behaviors that lead to detrimental health consequences. Tobacco use is the epitome.
- Save Lives, Not menthol: Join a National Movement to Support the FDA Removal of Menthol from Tobacco Products
By Bob Doyle, Executive Director, Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance
In 2009, a federal law was passed providing the FDA some oversight over tobacco products. That legislation required the removal of many flavors from cigarettes because of their appeal to children but left out menthol, the flavor used by most youth smokers. The legislation established a scientific committee to look at menthol and they concluded in 2011, following extensive data gathering and testimony, that removing menthol would benefit public health.
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- Jul 26, 2008
Odds are you have a street gang in your neighborhood, or close to your home. Throughout the United States, gangs are no longer confined to the large urban communities. They're now originating and functioning in many of the smallest of towns across America. Gang members are now found to be a mixture of ALL races, cultures and ethnicities and in some cases within the same gang.
- Jul 17, 2008
No matter where you live, there are drugs in your community. They're in the smallest towns and the biggest cities. Resources to deal with the problems are scarce and are facing cuts everywhere, so are things really that different in the cities or the more rural areas? What role does geography play in the drug problem and what are the different challenges coalitions face in cities versus rural communities?
- May 24, 2008
We're all trying to raise a drug-free generation and spread prevention messages effectively. To do so, we need access to many kids at once. One great place to have this kind of access is a school. But as many coalitions have found out, getting inside a school isn't always easy. Coalitions and schools don't always work so well together and it's often difficult for the two sides to realize what frightens the other.
- Apr 30, 2008
Have you been to a town hall meeting like this: Participants dutifully arrive; the 'experts' sit at the front of the room and share their knowledge and opinions and answer a few questions from the audience, the meeting ends and everyone goes home? Citizens attend, but have little opportunity to participate. We often depend on the 'experts' telling the community. But, what if we turned it around?
- Apr 14, 2008
CADCA's National Coalition Institute released the first in a new series of publications, Beyond the Basics, last week and the response has been overwhelming. The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention Strategies resonates with community anti-drug coalitions because it addresses the day-to-day work of trying to create safer and healthier communities.