Official Newsletter of the KRW Tri-County Tobacco Free Coalition

Mission Statement
Aggressively pursue the elimination of tobacco use by partnering with communities to prevent tobacco use, promote cessation and eliminate second hand smoke by utilizing best practices.

Calls To Quit Lines Double After CDC Anti-Smoking Ads Hit Airwaves

Health officials say a graphic new anti-smoking campaign led to a doubling of calls to a toll-free number that helps people quit cigarettes.

Calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW totaled more than 33,000 last week - the first week of the ad campaign. The phone line received less than 14,500 calls the week before.


Meanwhile, clicks to the website, another government smoking cessation service, rose from about 20,000 to about 66,000. Those were the largest jumps in traffic the 7-year-old phone line and Web site had seen.


Click here to read the full article.   
OTP Posters

We have had a wonderful response to our new OTP posters!  Look for these posters in your local community!  If you would like to hang an OTP poster at your local business, organization, school or anywhere, please contact Joyce at  Help us spread the word!
KRW Coalition is looking for opportunities to present to your company, organization or group about what Big Tobacco is doing to market these products, and how to recognize them.  We have a great new display that will catch your attention and enlighten you and your fellow community members about the dangers of these products.
UW-Whitewater Spark Initiative



UW-W is still in the negotiating process with their tobacco-free campus initiative. The original resolution to pass a tobacco-free campus that was presented to the Whitewater Student Government was delayed indefinitely for the sake of putting together a student ad-hoc committee to discuss the issue further next semester. In the past, WSG has not been supportive of tobacco-free campus efforts so this is a big step. The committee will be formed and will meet next semester. The group will be comprised of three WSG members (including one Exec Board member), three Spark members, and three Residence Hall Association members. The Spark students will also encourage members of the staff and faculty senates to be a part of this group as well.


As for the Spark group itself, they have done a fantastic job of raising awareness of Spark on campus and at community events such as WellFest. This summer, the group will be creating a strategic plan for moving forward with the process. They will be putting together materials for their Other Tobacco Product Presentations, preparing for activities and events, and strategizing how to lead the ad hoc committee to Spark's goal of implementing a tobacco-free campus policy.


A special note of congratulations goes out to Michelle Bertucci, UW-W's Spark student intern, who was asked to sit on a panel discussion at the American Lung Association in Illinois' summit "Tobacco-Free Campuses: Creating a Healthier Future." Michelle shared UW-W's experience in a tobacco-free campus initiative with college campus representatives from all over IL. She was also joined at this summit by fellow UW-W Spark student Chris Kautza.


Kathy Staats

Program Coordinator- Spark and Mission Programs

American Lung Association in WI


Great news!!! Jon Fedar Thomas, former FACT board member, and WI WINS youth team member, has been accepted into the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jon will be graduating from Williams Bay High School and leaves for Colorado June 11th. Congratulations Jon!!!
WI WINS Seeks Teen Volunteers

WI WINSWI WINS program is working hard in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth to get the sale of tobacco to underage teens to stop. Education to the retail clerks is so important. I inform storeowners to go to, which is an awesome web site that will help train employees on what to look for when checking IDs.

I am starting to do compliance checks this month in all three counties. If you know of any teens between the ages of 16-17 willing to go out, please let me know. Training is done with another teen that has previously done compliance checks.


Janine Rohde 

WI WINS Coordinator   


FACT FACT is currently accepting Youth Board Member applications for the 2012- 2013 year (July 2012 - June 2013).  Since FACT began, it's been driven by the Youth Board.  They've provided feedback on proposed youth ideas.  They've developed Statewide and Regional Actions.  They've led local activism initiatives throughout the state.  Most importantly they've been the face of FACT representing all parts of the state.

This year we've gone to an online application that can be found here:  


To be a FACT Youth Board member, youth must:


 *   Be a FACT member

 *   Be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old AND still have at least one year

left in high school

 *   Want to be a leader in the fight against Big Tobacco

 *   Either have an active e-mail, phone number, or address for correspondence

 *   Complete at least one FACTivism initiative per month

 *   Be on at least 8 FACT Board Calls (call into a teleconference using a toll-free


 *   Provide at least two updates to the local MJC/Network

 *   Help recruit at least 10 new FACT members

 *   Present at least once at a statewide, regional, or local FACT training

 *   Contact local legislators regarding FACT

 *   Submit one letter to the editor to your local newspaper

 *   Complete the online application (along with one letter of recommendation

from the FACT member's FACT Adult Advisor)


Online applications and letters of recommendation are due on Monday, June 18, 2012. Letters of recommendation should be submitted via email to FACT at: or fax at 262.781.5180.

Meeting Schedule for 2012
Kenosha Group: 
Kenosha County Job Center - 8600 Sheridan Rd. 
Room South 11 (enter at South East door) 


Racine Group: 

5/15 Location TBA
WIC Office, Racine 
2316 Rapids Drive (across from Horlick HS)  


Walworth Group: 
Location TBD   


Phone Conference Meetings:  
8/22 10:00-11:00 


Login information for conference calls will be sent closer to the dates.   

*All important dates can be found on the KRW Website Calendar.
If you would like to receive notification of future meetings - in person and conference calls - please contact Joyce at

Coming Up In May and June

KRW partners with many different organizations in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties. Look for us at these future events!    


5/17 - Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce Business After 5, Rhode Theater  


5/21 - CUSH Annual Banquet - Congratulations to coalition member Ron Frederick, retired Kenosha County Director of Disability Services, for receiving the Justice Advocate Award!


6/10-13 - Wisconsin State Prevention Conference  - Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


6/12 - Hope Council Annual Luncheon - Bull and Bear

KRW Coalition member Floyd Asonwha will be presenting "The Elephant in the Room."  Call 262-658-8166 for reservations. 


Recap of April 


Attended meetings with Kenosha/Racine Asthma Association, Kenosha Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Networking Group, Kenosha Community Action Agency, Hope Council and  Kenosha Healthy Youth Committee. 


KRW attended these great events:


Summer Activities Fair at Case High School in Racine 
Opportunity Fair at Case High School in Racine
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In This Issue
Calls To Quit Lines Double
OTP Posters
UW-Whitewater Spark Initiative
WI WINS Seeks Teen Volunteers
Meeting Schedule for 2012
Coming Up In May and June
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Kenosha County Division of Health
8600 Sheridan Road
Kenosha, WI 53143

Joyce Erickson

Assistant Coordinator 
WI Wins 
Janine Rohde

FACT Coordinator 
Erin Morey 

Chaz Bartucz

Coalition Partners

American Cancer Society

AM Community Credit Unio

American Heart Association

American Lung Association in


Aurora Health Care

Boys and Girls Club

Bradford High School SADD

Central Racine County Health Dept.

Chamber of Commerce/Kenosha

Chamber of Commerce/West Lake


City of Racine Police Dept.

City of Racine Health Dept.

City of Kenosha Police Dept.

County Board of  


Darien Police Dept.

Dental Associates, Ltd.

Dental Society of Kenosha

Developmental Disability Services

Elkhorn Police Dept.


Family and Aging Services

Focus on Community-Racine

Fontana Police Dept.

Gateway Technical College

Health and Nutrition Services of  

     Racine, Inc.

Hope Council

J I Case High School 

Kenosha/Racine Chapters of the  

     American Asthma Association  


     Girl Scout Council

Kenosha Business Alliance

Kenosha City Council

Kenosha/Racine Community Action  


Kenosha Concerned Citizens  


Kenosha County

     -Board of Health

     -Division of Health

     -Sheriff's Department

Kenosha County Health Initiative

Kenosha Education Association

Kenosha Hospice Alliance

Kenosha/Racine/Walworth Spanish


Kenosha Unified

     -School Board

     -School District

Kenosha Visiting Nurses Association

Kenosha Women's Network

Lake House Health & Learning


Lakeshore Health & Wellness-Racine


Medical Society of Kenosha

Mount Pleasant Police Department

Racine County Sheriff's Department

Racine-Kenosha WI Chapter Black


Racine Unified School District-

     Support Services

Racine County Youth Coalition

SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc

Town of Delavan Police Dept.

Town of East Troy Police Deot.

Town of Geneva Police Dept.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Village of Caledonia Police Dept

Village of Sturtevant Police Dept

Village of Walworth Police Dept.

Village of Sharon Police Dept.

Village of East Troy Police Dept.

Volunteer Center of Racine County

Western Racine County Health Dept.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Williams Bay Police Dept.

Walworth County Sheriff's Dept.

Quick Links
Recruitment Efforts
We're proud to introcduce our new member Roseann Baldauf-Shales from KRW Tri-County Tobacco Free Coalition. 


Roseann just published her first book, RECRUIT! Connecting with People to Change Your Business and Your Life to enhance results in recruitment for businesses, non-profits and for everyone who works with teams.  She is available for strategic planning, meeting facilitation and speaking for businesses and organizations on recruiting, stress reduction, communication and connections, and much more.  Learn more about her and her book at

We encourage all members to tell  family, friends and business associates who agree with our mission to join the coalition today!

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