In this issue of Healthy Living by Tobacco Free Allegheny:

Every day, more than 3,000 kids under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 kids become new regular, daily smokers.(1)

Kick Butts Day is an annual event that encourages youth to spread awareness about the dangers of using tobacco and stay tobacco, and nicotine, free.

This year, schools such as Ingomar Middle School and St. Benedict the Moor held inspiring Kick Butts Day activities including a celebrity basketball tournament, t-shirt design contest, dance off, an educational health fair, and more! 

Research has shown that tobacco advertising and promotions cause both the initiation and progression of tobacco use among youth and shows that smoking rates are higher at schools in neighborhoods with more than five tobacco-selling retailers.(2)

This quarter, Tobacco Free Allegheny and TRU Youth assessed over 50 stores to collect data about the Point of Sale practices throughout Allegheny County stores.

To learn more about Point of Sale, visit the PACT website here.
This continued initiative from Tobacco Free Allegheny focuses on cessation among pregnant women, women with children, and women of childbearing age. 

In order to spread awareness of the cessation options available to this population, we have targeted information and materials available at no charge to community organizations and health care facilities.

If you are interested in receiving materials, please contact Natasha.
We are also hosting a free event for health care professionals. This event, facilitated by Susan Harshbarger, RN, MSN, TTS, will provide information on incorporating tobacco cessation into your daily practice. Topics include brief intervention, Quitline e-referrals, and cessation techniques specific to pregnant or postpartum women, as well as young mothers.

E-cigarettes are very popular with youth, and their use is growing dramatically. Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes, and the use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults.

Join us to learn:

- What these devices are and how they work
- The health consequences of using e-cigarettes
- How to talk to youth about these products

Cigarette butts are the most littered item on earth, with about 4.5 trillion discarded each year worldwide. These butts do not biodegrade, and they can leach toxic chemicals into our water and soil.(3)

Help Tobacco Free Allegheny celebrate Earth Month by organizing a clean-up in your neighborhood! 

Contact Tiffany for more information.
Registration is now full for the 2019 PA LGBTQA Health Conference. If you have not yet registered, but would like to attend, please click here to be added to our waitlist. We will release tickets as they become available.
Apr 2 — Juul in School — Free community education event. To register, click here.
Apr 10 — Incorporating Cessation — Workshop for healthcare professionals. Register here.
Apr 22 — Earth Day
Apr 30 — Hope for the Future — Highland's School District Youth Summit, 2019. 
May 7 — Day at the Capitol — More information/registration available here.
May 15 — Lung Force Expo — More information/registration available here.
May 27 — Memorial Day
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