facilitator Newsletter Nov./Dec. 2008
Training Dates Friday, November 7, 2008 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. West Salem - CESA 4 Office Thursday, January 15, 2009 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Menasha - Thedacare Behavioral Health Thursday, March 5, 2009 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Middleton - Cross Plains Area School District
American Lung Association of Wisconsin 13100 Lisbon Road, Suite 700 Brookfield, WI 53005-2508 (262) 703-4200 Help Line: 800-548-8252 Quit Line: 877-270-STOP (7867) www.lungwi.org
Welcome to the new edition of the N-O-T Facilitator Newsletter. I want to start by thanking you for being part of the N-O-T program and aiding in the American Lung Association’s mission to “promote lung health and prevent lung disease”. N-O-T remains to be one of the most efficient and sustainable youth cessation programs in Wisconsin. This commitment has been one of our fundamental values and a source of pride for our facilitators. I commend you and appreciate your commitment to helping teens quit smoking. In this issue you will find the 2007-08 N-O-T Summary Report that includes participation stats, quit rates, and other findings of N-O-T programs across Wisconsin. There is also a web resource center and a tip sheet on making powerful presentations. I encourage you to take advantage of these resources. I am excited about the direction we are going and the progress we have made in Wisconsin. Keep up the good work and let’s stay connected!
N-O-T Contacts Keri Schneider (N-O-T Program Manager) Quenjana Adams (N-O-T Marketing and Communications Coordinator)
A Message From Our Program Manager
Keri Schneider, N-O-T Program Manager 1
2007-08 Summary Report
- 24 schools participated in Wisconsin. - 82 participants were male, and 66 were female. - 61% were eligible for evaluation. - 28.04% attend school more. - 62.2% feel better about themselves. - 59.81% deal better with stress.
Quit Rates 40% of male participants and 32.5% of female participants in 2007-08 reported that they quit smoking!
- 34.58% get better grades. - 86% of participants had previously tried to quit smoking. - 71.18% had a parent or guardian that smoked.
Participants that didnâ€™t quit smoking reported a reduction rate of 80% in their weekday smoking habits and a 71% reduction rate in weekend smoking habits.
- 56.69% had a sibling that smoked. - 96.84% had a close friend that smoked.
- On average, participants started smoking at age 11.
Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is a state-of-the-art program specifically designed for teens who want to quit smoking. The program was developed by the American Lung Association in collaboration with researchers at West Virginia University.
N-O-T meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for School Health Programs and is the only smoking cessation program named a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-O-T ... - Helps schools and other institutions achieve their goal of being tobaccofree. - Improves the quality of life and protects the health of all students by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Enhances studentâ€™s self-esteem, increases school attendance, and strengthens academic performance.
Recruiting Tips - Consider using the term “team” for males and “group” for females when referring to N-O-T sessions. - Teens love incentives! These can be small items like key chains, water bottles, and gift cards. - Provide a private place where students can go to sign up. - Set up a N-O-T recruitment table at lunch and give lollipops to all who stop by.
Let’s Connect Let us know how you do it. Share your ideas, experiences, and tips in our next issue. Send all correspondence to Quenjana Adams at email@example.com.
Web Resource Center Check out these sites for information about what teens and adults around the country are doing to get the message out. You can even watch their commercials and get some great ideas.
In The News
www.fightwithfact.com (Fighting Against Corporate Tobacco) www.tobwis.org (The Tobacco Control Resource Center of Wisconsin) www.thetruth.com (The Sunny Side of Truth) www.stoptargetingkids.com (Stop Targeting Kids) www.tobaccofreekids.org (Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids) www.cdc.gov/tobacco (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Visit this link for the full story, http://promomagazine.com/retail/ news/1103-antismoking-groups-flare/
The 2008 Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Control Conference is November 18-19, 2008 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisc. For more information or to register visit www.smokefreewi.org.
“Anti-smoking Groups Flare over Pink Cigarette Purse Packs” Antismoking organizations took advantage of the final day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to register their protests over Philip Morris USA’s plans to introduce a new Virginia Slims cigarette product with heightened appeal for young women.
www.ash.org (Action on Smoking and Health)