- FDA Press Release: The Real Cost - Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign
- WDFW: US, Canada On Pacific Salmon Treaty
- Toledo School District: Bike Safety Training
- Citizens For Great Toledo Schools: Campaign Funding Hits Halfway Mark
- Today: Hazo Hut & Swap Shack At Lewis County Central Recycle
- Thursday: Toledo Thursday Market, City Planning Commission
- Toledo High School Sports: September 2018
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Autumn's low-Impact afternoon exercise class has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Class will resume Winter quarter. Meanwhile, morning exercise classes continue & evening Zumba is still on the calendar.
On that note: Toledo’s Senior Center, as one of five Lewis County Senior facilities, has maintained their status as a vital community resource with little outward evidence of the County dropping their support January 2018. Community dinners & Saturday breakfasts, craft & art classes, a paperback lending library & hot coffee, company & some good laughs.
Don’t forget - Toledo Senior Center was first to provide local cooling centers during record high temps last summer and this one.
*Almost sold out: Harvest Dinner Saturday requires RSVP by 3PM Thursday.
Cost: $3-$5 for folks 60+ years, thanks to funding in part by Area Agency on Aging,
Next up: A new spin on October’s annual Beef Stew Dinner. Watch for details.
FDA launches new, comprehensive campaign to warn kids about the dangers of e-cigarette use as part of agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, amid evidence of sharply rising use among kids.
“The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign to target nearly 10.7 million at-risk youth through digital platforms, social media, and in-school ads nationwide
For Immediate Release - September 18, 2018
In the latest of a series of actions to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, a new, comprehensive effort aimed at educating kids about the dangers of e-cigarettes. The campaign targets nearly 10.7 million youth, aged 12-17, who have used e-cigarettes or are open to trying them, and features hard-hitting advertising on digital and social media sites popular among teens, as well as placing posters with e-cigarette prevention messages in high schools across the nation.
“HHS is committed to comprehensive efforts to protect America’s youth from the dangers of using any tobacco or nicotine-containing products. We congratulate the FDA on the launch of this new, hard-hitting campaign about the risk of addiction and other health consequences that can result from youth using e-cigarettes. This public education campaign will reach teens directly and complement the aggressive steps the FDA is taking to crack down on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to minors,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
“E-cigarettes have become an almost ubiquitous – and dangerous – trend among youth that we believe has reached epidemic proportions. This troubling reality is prompting us to take even more forceful actions to stem this dangerous trend, including revisiting our compliance policy that extended the compliance dates for manufacturers of certain e-cigarettes, including flavored e-cigarettes, to submit applications for premarket authorization. Based on our evidence, we believe the presence of flavors is one component making these products especially attractive to kids. The mandate to reverse this trend in youth addiction to nicotine is one of my highest priorities. I’m employing every tool at my disposal in these efforts. As a parent, a survivor of cancer, and someone entrusted with responsibilities to protect our nation’s kids from certain dangers – I won’t allow this rising youth use to continue on my watch. The new campaign we’re announcing today seeks to snap teens out of their ‘cost-free’ mentality regarding e-cigarette use with powerful and creative messages that reach kids where they spend a lot of their time: online and in school. In particular, these compelling prevention messages will be displayed in high school bathrooms, a place we know many teens are using e-cigarettes or faced with the peer pressure to do so,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “Even as we consider the potential benefits of innovative tobacco products and the role that some such products may play in reducing harm to current adult smokers, the FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products. No youth should be using any nicotine-containing product, and the trends underway are more than a small amount of casual experimentation among kids. They are evidence of a significant swath of a generation of kids becoming regular users of nicotine. Kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try combustible cigarettes. And that jeopardizes the extraordinary public health gains we’ve made in reducing smoking rates in this nation. Making sure e-cigs aren’t being marketed to, sold to, or used by kids is a core priority and the guiding principle behind our efforts. We want to assure parents, educators, health professionals and the public that we’re using all of our tools and authorities to quickly tackle this public health threat. We’re committed to taking more aggressive steps to address this challenge and will continue to hold retailers and manufacturers of e-cigarettes accountable for their role in perpetuating youth access and use of these products, including new actions in the coming weeks and months.”
Over the past several years, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by youth. In fact, more than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017, and the FDA now believes that youth use of e-cigarettes is reaching epidemic proportions. This belief is based on a number of factors, including the agency’s mounting enforcement actions, recent sales trends, news coverage, increased concerns among kids, parents and educators, as well as preliminary data that will be finalized and released in the coming months. Additional research from another survey, Monitoring the Future, shows that about 80 percent of youth do not see great risk of harm from regular use of e-cigarettes. This is particularly alarming considering that harm perceptions can influence tobacco use behaviors.
With its tagline, “Know the Real Cost of Vaping,” the campaign aims to educate youth that using e-cigarettes, just like cigarettes, puts them at risk for addiction and other health consequences. The messages highlight that nicotine can rewire the brain to crave more nicotine, particularly because adolescent brains are still developing. Other messages highlight that e-cigarettes, among other things, can contain dangerous chemicals such as: acrolein, a chemical that can cause irreversible lung damage; formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical; and toxic metal particles, like chromium, lead and nickel, which can be inhaled into the lungs.
To ensure these messages are reaching the intended youth audience, the ads will run on age-verified digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Facebook and Instagram, as well as “The Real Cost” campaign website and are targeted to reach these teens with digital media and printed prevention messages in a school environment. This includes using location-targeted advertising around high schools nationwide and placing e-cigarette prevention content on educational platforms that are typically accessed by students during the school day. Posters also will be placed in at least 10,000 high school bathrooms, and additional materials for students and educators will be distributed to schools, in collaboration with Scholastic and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
“The FDA has a successful track record of using compelling, science-based public education campaigns to encourage kids to rethink their relationship with tobacco and is bringing the same approach to these new efforts to prevent youth use of e-cigarettes,” said Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “E-cigarette use among youth is a tremendous concern and this new campaign will allow us to effectively communicate the dangers of these products to teens. Public education is a critical component of our ongoing work to prevent youth use of tobacco products and complements our enforcement and regulatory efforts to protect kids.”
As part of the agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and ongoing work to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco products, the FDA has taken a series of actions over the past several months to more immediately target the illegal sales of e-cigarettes to youth, as well as the kid-friendly marketing and appeal of these products.
In particular, the FDA last week announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions and signaled its intention to take new and significant steps to address the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. Those steps included issuing more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints (fines) to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer – the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history. Moving forward, the FDA is stepping up enforcement actions indefinitely with a sustained campaign to monitor, penalize and prevent e-cigarette sales to minors in retail locations including manufacturers’ own internet storefronts.
The agency last week also issued letters to five major e-cigarette manufacturers whose products – JUUL, Vuse, MarkTen, blu e-cigs, and Logic – were sold to kids during the enforcement blitz asking them to submit to FDA within 60 days plans describing how they will address the widespread youth access and use of their products. If they fail to do so, or if the plans do not appropriately address this issue, the FDA will consider whether it would be appropriate to revisit the current policy that results in these products remaining on the market without a marketing order from the agency. This could mean requiring these brands to remove some or all of their flavored products that may be contributing to the rise in youth use from the market until they receive premarket authorization and otherwise meet all of their obligations under the law.
The FDA also committed to taking even stronger measures to stem the troubling trends of youth use, including, among others, investigating whether manufacturers of certain e-cigarette products may be marketing new products that were not on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016, thus falling outside of the FDA’s compliance policy, and have not gone through premarket review. The agency has other active investigations underway related to the marketing of these products.
The FDA is also exploring clear and meaningful measures to make tobacco products less toxic, appealing and addictive. These measures, which will intensely focus on protecting youth, could include an examination of flavors/designs that appeal to youth, child-resistant packaging and product labeling to prevent accidental child exposure to liquid nicotine.
The agency also issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in March to seek public comment on the role that flavors in tobacco products play in attracting youth. The FDA intends to expedite the review and analysis of the comments so it can leverage the information into policy as quickly as possible, should the science support further action.
Additionally, the agency plans to explore additional restrictions on the sale and promotion of ENDS to further reduce youth exposure and access to these products.
“The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign is a nearly $60 million effort funded by user fees collected from the tobacco industry, not by taxpayer dollars. Initial e-cigarette prevention content first debuted in October 2017.
This new campaign is part of the FDA's ongoing efforts to prevent disease and death caused by tobacco use and will complement the agency's other youth tobacco prevention campaigns. The FDA launched "The Real Cost" Smoking Prevention Campaign in February 2014, "Fresh Empire" a multicultural tobacco prevention campaign in October 2015, and "The Real Cost" Smokeless Tobacco Prevention Campaign in April 2016. The FDA's campaigns are based on the best available science and are evaluated to measure effectiveness in changing tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, intentions and/or behaviors over time.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife posted late Monday:
Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that representatives from the United States and Canada have agreed to recommend their governments approve new coast-wide fishing agreements under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.
The agreement outlines each nation's fishery management plans for chinook, coho, and chum salmon stocks from 2019 to 2028. If approved, the treaty will result in more salmon returning to Washington and Oregon waters, where many populations are listed for protection under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
Read more at: https://medium.com/wagovernor/agreement-to-boost-salmon-returning-to-pacific-northwest-waters-f78642ce7a66
Also: WDFW plans controlled burns on wildlife areas in Eastern Washington
"By burning off accumulations of natural vegetation and logging debris, we can reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfires that can destroy wildlife habitat," he said. "It's not a question of whether we'll have fires on these lands in the future, but rather the degree to which we can reduce the damage they cause."
Details & maps at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/sep1718b/
The September equinox is coming! We have an equinox coming up on September 23 at 1:54 UTC. That's September 22 for clocks in North America; translate UTC to your time: http://bit.ly/1cbyTKu
Happy almost-autumn (or spring)! Read more: http://bit.ly/18fWwOb
Earth at the equinoxes shown at right; Earth at solstices shown at left.
In each of the images, Earth's rotational axis is perpendicular (straight up and down), with the North Pole at top and South Pole at bottom.
*Daylight Saving ends November 4, 2018.
Toledo School District brags:
Bike Safety training for trainers (Monday), Tuesday, the kids!
Thanks to a bike safety grant that was funded last year.
Map Enrichment Programs shared:
“Scientists and philosophers tend to treat knowledge, imagination and love as if they were all very separate parts of human nature...
But when it comes to children, all three are deeply entwined. Children learn the truth by imagining all the ways the world could be, and testing those possibilities.” - Alison Gopnik
Citizens For Great Toledo Schools ISO* your help:
Please share and spread the word. We have had to purchase new signs, banners and display boards. We still need to pay for literature and advertising.
We need your help to get the word out and still don't have enough to cover our costs. It is so important to not miss this incredible opportunity we've been given.
Toledo WA School Bond Campaign link.
100% has to be paid for by donations as the school is not allowed to help with campaigning costs. (As of 10PM Tuesday night, more than half their modest goal had been raised.)
Today: Not Strictly Toledo - Lewis County Solid Waste Utility
Hazo Hut and the Swap Shack at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia are open until 4 p.m. today to accept your leftover or unwanted household hazardous waste and burned out fluorescent lights. The Swap Shack is the place you can pick up good reusable paint or cleaning products.
Both facilities are open every Wednesday and the first and third Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Not Strictly Toledo2 - The Chip Guy declared: Please share.
The food warehouse will NOT be open Wednesday (September) 19th.
Thursday: Toledo Thursday Market, City Planning Commission Meets
Toledo High School Sports: September 2018
Week of 9/17- 9/22
SPORT DATE OPPONENT START BUS
HSFBJV Monday, September 17, 2018 Napavine Away 4:00 2:45 Bus
MSVB Monday, September 17, 2018 Winlock Home 5:00
HSVB Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Tenino Home 5:45/7:00
HSGS Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Kalama Home 6:00
MSVB Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Wahkiakum Away 5:00 3:00
HSVB Thursday, September 20, 2018 Rainier Away 5:45/7:00 4:15 Bus
MSFB Thursday, September 20, 2018 Wahkiakum Home 5:00
HSFB Friday, September 21, 2018 Adna Home 7:00
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
September 22: THS Girls VBall & BBall Blueberry Sale - Last Date
September 22: THS Girls Soccer Fundraiser Mexican Dinner
September 22: Toledo Senior Center Harvest Dinner
September 22-23: 16th Annual ARTrails of SWW
September 22: Esther Borte’s 3rd Annual Walk in the Park
September 28-30: Camp Singing Wind Hosts 11th Permaculture Convergence
October 13: Camp Singing Wind Hosts Goat Rendezvous
October 20: Nineteenth Annual Pow Wow Honoring The Spirit Of All Cowlitz People
November 3: Fiber Workshop @ Morgan Arts Centre
Citizens for Great Toledo Schools ISO* campaign contributions for this school bond
Toledo Thursday Market PDF vendor forms. $10/week, handmade & homegrown.
Washington State Fire Wire updates wildfires throughout the state
Washington Smoke Blogspot
Airnow.gov shares State Air Quality Resources
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