November 9, 2015
ISSUE 5-23
       

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Yours in prevention,
Kari Lerch
Deputy Director, Public Policy Institute
November 19th is the Day Quitters Win!
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. With that said, quitting - even for one day - is taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing the risk for cancer.

The American Cancer Society designates the third Thursday of every November to encourage smokers to quit and overcome their smoking addiction. Join the American Cancer Society and the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance in promoting the Great American Smokeout on November 19th, 2015. The health benefits are undeniable.
Family Unity Night celebrated Milwaukee's healthy families at its annual dinner event
Families from around Milwaukee came together for a mass family meal at the Italian Community Center. Hosted by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Network, the annual Family Unity Night event encourages family unity through shared meals and fosters communication between parents and their children.

255 children and parents attended, and families received gift baskets full of donated games, puzzles, and books to further encourage family time and connections. We hope you enjoy TPPN's video (above) highlighting the fun that was had at Family Unity Night this year!
Overdose deaths set another grim pace in Milwaukee County
At least 186 people have died from drug overdoses in Milwaukee County so far this year, a grim pace set in part by the drug fentanyl.

Fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than prescription morphine, was used in 18 of those deaths. A 19th death, discovered on Oct. 4, remains under investigation, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance presents at Chicago LGBT Health Conference
National studies suggest that LGBTQ youth and adults are more likely to smoke than their heterosexual counterparts. On October 31st, City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance Coalition Coordinator, Deb Heffner and Volunteer Anneke Mohr presented the coalition's LGBTQ+ Work Groups poster, "Opening the Doors to LGBTQ+ Tobacco Prevention," at the LGBT Health Conference in Chicago. The poster highlighted results from a Community Readiness Assessment conducted in 2014 assessing LGBTQ stakeholders on topics related to tobacco prevention: awareness of efforts, leadership, community climate, and knowledge of the issue and resources. The work group will continue carrying out the assessment's recommendations in order to eliminate this health disparity!
Doctors report lung injuries and pneumonia related to e-cigarettes and vaping
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's recent excellent investigative pieces have shed light on the research showing damaging chemicals found in many e-cigarette liquids. And now adding to the case and increasing concern, are the recent reports from doctors indicating they have treated patients with lung injuries and rare cases of pneumonia which were developed after vaping flavored e-cigarettes.

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In This Issue
November 19th is the day quitters win!
Family Unity Night celebrated Milwaukee's healthy families at its annual dinner event
Overdose deaths set another grim pace in Milwaukee County
City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance presents at Chicago LGBT Health Conference
Doctors report lung injuries and pneumonia related to e-cigarettes and vaping
Event Announcements
MILWAUKEE COUNTY HEROIN & OPIATES TOWN MEETING
Nov. 16, 5:30pm
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee County parents, neighbors, teachers and other community members who are concerned about Heroin and Opiates are invited to attend this meeting presented by the Milwaukee County Heroin/Opiates Initiative. More information and registration available online.

SEX TALK AS REAL TALK PARENT WORKSHOP
Dec. 5, 10am
Milwaukee, WI
START is focused on helping parents start talking to their kids about sex, and we're holding a parent workshop! Please share the flyer and online RSVP with any parents you know or work with. We'll be providing lunch and giving away dozens of holiday raffle prizes for parents! The event is FREE but space is limited.
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