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TFW’s Medical Advisory Council

The TFW Medical Advisory Council was created in April 2015 with the primary purpose of providing insight, strategic advice, and expertise as requested by TFW leaders to support the mission and vision of the coalition. MAC also serves as a representative link between TFW and the Sedgwick County medical community. The council is comprised of seven local healthcare providers that encompass a variety of specialties and areas of expertise.

MAC Activities: Activities of the MAC include the following, and may be further defined as need arises:

  • Review TFW materials and other communications for medical accuracy.
  • Study issues to share opinions and perspectives as well as develop recommendations in regard to TFW initiatives.
  • Promote communication among the Sedgwick County medical community in regard to TFW initiatives.
  • Hear public testimony regarding tobacco control issues to formulate recommendations to TFW leadership.
  • Share public testimony regarding tobacco control issues to move tobacco regulation forward in Sedgwick County.
  • Engage in activities that promote education, awareness, and cessation to benefit the health of communities in Sedgwick County.

If you are a medical provider and are interested in MAC, please contact a Tobacco Control Coordinator for details.

Surgeon General: “Youth Vaping is a Public Health Threat”

2016 Surgeon General's Report: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Today U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released a report titled “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General”. This is the first report to be issued by the Federal Government that comprehensively reviews the public health issue of e-cigarettes and the impact of these products on young people. The report focuses on the history, epidemiology, and health effects of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults; the companies involved with marketing and promoting these products; and existing and proposed public health policies regarding the use of these products by youth and young adults.

In addition to a comprehensive summary of the existing scientific evidence, the report ends with a Call to Action, which presents six goals and related strategies to guide efforts to reduce e-cigarette use among our nation’s young people. To achieve these goals, the report notes that we must work together – including individuals and families; civic and community leaders; public health and health care professionals; e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers; voluntary health agencies; researchers; and other stakeholders – to better understand e-cigarettes and their health consequences for youth and young adults.

It is the position of TFW that electronic cigarettes and vaping devices are “not harmless and too many teens are using them” as validated today by the comments of the Surgeon General. We have much work to do in order to stop the impact of the vaping industry and Big Tobacco on our youth. Will you join us?

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HUD SECRETARY ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HOUSING TO BE SMOKE-FREE

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. In an address to local public housing officials, residents and public health professionals in Boston, Secretary Castro said HUD’s new rule will provide resources and support to more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to implement required smoke-free policies over the next 18 months. Read HUD’s final rule.

Throughout this year, HUD worked with PHAs and stakeholders collaboratively to finalize this rule, which prohibits lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. TFW Coalition Coordinator and Leadership Team member, Tara Nolen, attended the White House Convening on HUD’s Proposed Rule for Smoke-Free Public Housing in January of this year, to discuss the proposal with other national stakeholders. HUD’s final rule included input from more than 1,000 comments from PHAs, housing and health partners, and tenant advocates; one of which was submitted on behalf of TFW.

“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke,” said Secretary Castro. “HUD’s smoke-free rule is a reflection of our commitment to using housing as a platform to create healthy communities.”

Since 2009, HUD has strongly encouraged PHAs to adopt smoke-free policies in their buildings and common areas, a policy many private housing developments already have in place. During this time, more than 600 PHAs and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) have adopted smoke-free policies.Through HUD’s voluntary policy and local initiatives, more than 228,000 public housing units are already smoke-free. Once fully implemented, the smoke-free rule announced today would expand the impact to more than 940,000 public housing units, including more than 500,000 units inhabited by elderly residents and 760,000 children living in public housing.

The City of Wichita Public Housing Authority reported 578 units (352 single-family homes and 226 apartment units), which will be covered by smoke-free housing policies within 18 months. TFW estimates almost 1,000 adults and children will be protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke as part of HUD’s new ruling.

PHAs are encouraged to take advantage of the information and resources on HUD’s Healthy Homes website. Updated guidance and training materials will be available in the coming months.

Source: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2016/HUDNo_16-184
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