Missed the JUUL Hearings? Watch the Videos Below! Plus, LOOP Leaders Attended the Hearings

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JUUL Called Before Congressional Subcommittee

On July 24 and 25, 2019, the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, led by Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi, held hearings to examine JUUL Labs, Inc.’s responsibility for the youth nicotine addiction epidemic.

 

Watch Part I and II of the hearings below:

Part I of the Congressional Hearings

 

Part II of the Congressional Hearings

 

Our LOOP Leaders Attended these Hearings!

Check out our very own Dr. Valerie Yerger and Carol McGruder who were present at the hearings. In fact, they were sitting in the very front row behind the JUUL co-founder. They were featured in the New York Times article photo (below).

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APPLY BY APRIL 26th TO JOIN THE SUMMER 2019 LOOP LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM!

You’ve Got The Job…Now What??

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Due to the passage of California’s historic 2016 tobacco tax (Prop 56), California is once again taking her place as a world leader in tobacco control. Our increased funding levels and new hires are bringing resources and new life and energy to our movement. With the huge success of last year’s CTCP Tobacco University Conference, The LOOP sees the need to continue the education and onboarding of people new to tobacco control.
To that end, the Summer 2019 Leadership Development Program (LDP) will be dedicated to those people who are working in tobacco control and have been in their position for four years or less. The LOOP LDP can help you to build your capacity and increase your knowledge of tobacco control.
We are actively recruiting 12-16 Fellows to participate in a comprehensive 8-week program (May 8th – June 29th). Once successful applicants complete the program, they will receive a certificate of completion from The LOOP at the University of California, San Francisco. You will also have ongoing access to a cadre of mentorship and support that can benefit your career. We want to help you develop your leadership skills and work through a lens of health equity. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 26, 2019 at 5pm (PST)

APPLY NOW!

Please Address Questions To:
Coordinator Specialist
The LOOP Leadership Development Program
Telephone: (415) 502-3265
We look forward to you joining our EIGHTH cohort of leaders!

Did You Know? Strong Local Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinances Linked to Lower Tobacco Use among Youth

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Restricting youth access to tobacco is a central feature of US tobacco regulatory policy, but impact of local tobacco retail licensing (TRL) regulation on cigarette smoking rates remains uncertain. A newly published study examined the effects of TRL on other tobacco product use and use as adolescents reach the age to legally purchase tobacco products. Prevalences of ever and past 30-day cigarette, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), cigar, and hookah use were assessed in a survey of a cohort of 1553 11th- and 12th-grade adolescents. An American Lung Association (2014) youth access grade was assigned to each of 14 political jurisdictions in which participants lived on the basis of the strength of the local TRL ordinance.

 

Findings included:

·         At baseline, participants living in 4 jurisdictions with “A” grades (ie, with most restrictive ordinances) had lower odds of ever cigarette use and past 30-day use than participants in 10 D- to F-grade jurisdictions.

·         At follow-up at legal age of purchase, lower odds of cigarette use initiation occurred in jurisdictions with stronger TRL policy.

·         Lower odds of e-cigarette initiation at follow-up and of initiation with past 30-day use were also associated with better regulation.

 

The researchers concluded that strong local TRL ordinance may lower rates of cigarette and e-cigarette use among youth and young adults.

 

Source: Astor et al. (2019). Tobacco Retail Licensing and Youth Product Use. Pediatrics, Jan 7. pii: e20173536. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-3536. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Our Tailored Assistance Trainers

 

A major feature of The LOOP is the provision of tailored assistance responsive to grantees’ requests, enabling them to implement more effectively their local tobacco control interventions and initiatives. This is a free service provided to statewide CTCP grantees. Subject matter experts have been identified and recruited to provide trainings and tailored assistance that cover a range of tobacco control topics, as well as other areas pertinent to reaching and serving California’s diverse populations.
 
You can currently make a request for tailored assistance by contacting us at theloop@ucsf.edu. This is a partial list of our tailored assistance trainers and their expertise.

Tobacco Advertising                      American Indian Casinos                            Advertising

Advocacy                                         Educational Materials Development         Evaluation

Community Organizing                Housing and Urban Development             Budget/Fiscal

Faith-Based Organizations           Outdoor Dining, Beaches, Parks                Coalition Build.

Grant Writing                                 Smokeless Tobacco/Cigars                           Fundraising

Health Disparities                          Health Policy Development                        Legal Issues

Leadership Development             Multi-Cultural Issues                                    Social Media

Multi-Unit Housing                        Social Marketing Campaigns                      Tobacco Litter

Research                                          Social Media                                                   Stake Act

Youth Coalition                               Tobacco Control Funding                            Harm Reduction

LET’S CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!

“The daring, flamboyant aspect of [young adult] black smokers’ personalities are evident in the many trends they start. And the fact that these trends often spread to the general population speaks to the unrecognized power and influence this subgroup yields on society.”
(RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company document source below)

Howling Into the Wind

Our hearts are heavy, our spirits are weary, and our eyes are filled to the brim with overflowing tears, tears that can no longer be held back. Another Black man, another Brown man, another Black boy, dead or abused. The videos keep coming, confronting our consciousness, confirming what many have always known, confirming what many would simply never believe. Perhaps we are in the midst of our “urban spring,” and it hurts. The anger, the rage – they are deep and profound; at times, it seems as if the world is coming undone.

For those of us who do tobacco control in the vulnerable communities that are most affected, our work has become a lot harder. At best our tobacco control issues are put on hold; at worst they take giant strides backwards. Pushed back and relegated once again to that back burner of non-pressing issues. The tobacco industry loves times such as these because they know we are howling into the wind, howling into the winds of racism, injustice, and indifference. And the tobacco industry knows that the wind usually wins.

Because at times like these, how do we continue to beat the drum for tobacco control? How do we tell our vulnerable communities that even as they continue to step over the dead, they must keep their eyes fixed on their true enemy and number one killer of their people? We honor meeting communities where they are by listening to their acute concerns, in order to understand how best to work with them to address chronic tobacco control issues. It is not easy, but equity, social justice, inclusion, capacity building, and advocacy must be kept at the forefront, and that is what we embody here at The LOOP.

Take care of yourselves. But seek justice; seek peace.

Let’s continue to work together for justice in all communities!