Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team
In 2015, the County Health Rankings, once again, ranked Wyanddote County last despite improvements in policy and programming championed by the current action teams. So, the HCW Steering Committee investigated the top reasons why Wyandotte County continued to rank so low.
WyCo's adult smoking rate of 25% was #3 for contributing to the low health ranking. With help from a Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Grant (CDRR), HCW started the Tobacco Free Wyandotte Action Team (TFW) to address this issue. TFW seeks to pull together partners and residents to work together to:
Improve access resources that help people quit tobacco
Prevent youth from starting to use tobacco
Protect residents from secondhand smoke
Ensure support for populations that are targeted by tobacco companies.
We know that we are battling a well-resourced industry whose products are one of the most addictive substances on the planet, but we believe that together, we can build a Wyandotte County that is free from tobacco addiction and disease.
Join us as we work toward a Tobacco Free Wyandotte!
NEXT MEETING: October 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Unified Government Health Department, 619 Ann Ave
Want to get involved with Tobacco Free Wyandotte?
Contact Rebecca Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-573-8871 .
Do you work with middle or high school youth that are ready to take take on Big Tobacco and make our community healthier? Join the Youth Resist Coalition! www.resisttobacco.org
Have you heard about Tobacco 21?
Tobacco 21 is a policy that increases the age of sale for tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) from 18 to 21. The majority of people that smoke, 95% in fact, began smoking before they turned 21, when the teen brain is most vulnerable to addiction. This policy is already working to help lower the teen smoking rate by keeping tobacco out of high schools across the country.
In November 2015, Kansas City, KS was the first community in Kansas to pass Tobacco 21!
In March, Bonner Springs also passed Tobacco 21, making it the 5th city in Kansas to have this policy.
We are proud to lead the region in tobacco prevention! To learn more about Tobacco 21 check out www.tobacco21.org.
Have you noticed a T21 violation? Wondering what you can do?
Community members can be a big help in making sure our youth and retailers don't violate our T21 policy.
If you would like to report a violation, please take note of the specific store that violated T21 and contact one of these agencies:
For under 18 violations only contact the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division at 785-296-7015.