“Tobacco Tactics – How the Tobacco Industry Targets Youth”
Lexington’s Smoking and Tobacco Products Regulation has been updated to reflect recent trends and it has been in effect since July 1, 2015. Learn more by attending a public meeting on Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Lexington Administration Building, 1625, Massachusetts Avenue, Parker Room, lower level.
August 15, 2015 - Join the Lexington Board of Health in learning more about recent trends in tobacco products that are geared towards attracting young people to get hooked on a bad habit. The presentation will provide information about new tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes or vape pens, flavored cigars and smokeless tobacco products that are used to target young people to develop a nicotine addiction. Handouts will be distributed and actual products available to see, smell and touch.
The Tobacco Tactics presentation provides education on how the tobacco industry targets youth with inexpensive, flavored and easy to get products. The educational presentation gives detailed information on the tactics used by the industry, how the products are enticing to young people and what a community can do to change the industry's influence. Actual products will be shown so audience members can see, touch and smell what is in the retail environment.
The Tobacco Free Community Partnerships works with the Lexington Board of Health and Health Division to reduce smoking and secondhand smoke in Massachusetts. It enhances the state and local tobacco control efforts by exposing tobacco industry tactics, mobilizing the community to support and adopt evidence-based policies, and changing social norms that prevent youth from starting to smoke and help smokers to quit. Tina Grosowsky, MA. Project Coordinator with the Tobacco Free Community Partnership will be the primary speaker and she will be able to answer many of your questions about tobacco products targeting our youth.
At the meeting, you will also learn about the updates to Lexington’s Smoking and Tobacco Products Regulation that have been in effect since July 1, 2015.
Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, Section 31, the Lexington Board of Health at a meeting on May 20, 2015 unanimously voted to adopt updated “Smoking in the Workplace and Youth Access Regulations.” This regulation will take effect on July 1, 2015 and amends the previous “Smoking in the Workplace and Youth Access Regulations.” The changes include adding e cigarettes to the definition of regulated tobacco products, increasing the age to purchase tobacco products to twenty one (21) years of age and prohibiting the sale of blunt wraps within the Town of Lexington.
Here are some common questions and answers about the updated regulation:
What are e cigarettes?
An electronic cigarette is a device that turns nicotine and chemicals into a vapor or aerosol or mist which is inhaled by the consumer.
Why change the purchase age to 21?
Data indicates that high school age students get hooked on tobacco products from interactions with 18 year olds who may have purchased and distributed tobacco products to underage youth. Raising the purchase age to 21 is an attempt to remove that risk factor and it is more unlikely that a 21 year old would be able to expose a high school age student to tobacco products. The updated Lexington regulation eliminates the possibility of an 18 year old from purchasing tobacco products in town.
Have other municipalities in Massachusetts changed the purchase age to 21?
Yes – over 50 communities now have increased the purchase age for tobacco products, including e cigarettes to 21 years of age.
What are blunt wraps and why are they banned?
Blunt Wrap: Any tobacco product manufactured or packaged as a wrap or as a hollow tube made wholly or in part from tobacco that is designed or intended to be filled by the consumer with loose tobacco or other fillers.
Have other towns in Massachusetts banned blunt wraps?
Yes – Boston has had a ban on the sale of blunt wraps for several years.
What resources are available now for me to help quite the smoking habit?
The Massachusetts Smokers' Helpline can help you quit!
The Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline is a FREE and confidential way to get support and information to help you quit smoking
Spanish: 1-800-8-Déjalo (1-800-833-5256)
Other languages: 1-800-784-8669 to connect with interpreter service
Online quitting option, try smokefree.gov
For more information and to receive a copy of “Article III, Smoking in the Workplace and Youth Access Regulations.” please contact the Office of Community Development, Health Division, Gerard Cody, Health Director at 781-698-4503 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 28, 2015 Prepare for severe weather, natural disasters and other emergency events.
The Town of Lexington Health Division Joins DPH “Together We’re Ready” Campaign to Encourage Individuals and Families to Plan Ahead for Emergencies
Lexington Health Division (LHD) joins the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in promoting emergency preparedness as part of the “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared” campaign during Emergency Preparedness Month this September 2015. Developed by DPH’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Response in partnership with state and local agencies, “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared” is a public health campaign that encourages Massachusetts residents and families to plan and prepare for severe weather, natural disasters, infectious disease threats and other emergency events.
“Emergencies can happen at any time as evident by recent weather related events, such as the tornado in Revere last year. Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself and your family will help Lexington recover more quickly and lessen the impact to your normal schedule. Every step that we take to prepare ourselves and our families for emergencies makes Lexington stronger and more resilient when the unexpected happens,” said Gerard F. Cody, Health Director for the Town of Lexington. “Now’s the time to be informed, plan ahead, and get prepared.”
The “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared” campaign features online videos and resources developed by DPH. Check out the “Together We’re Ready” web page at www.mass.gov/dph/ready where you can find more information about individual and family preparedness, volunteer opportunities, emergency planning for the whole community and tips for flu prevention. You can also join the conversation on Twitter at #readyma.
In addition to the “Together We’re Ready” website, here are other ideas to help you be prepared or to help in the recovery process:
- Code Red® Emergency Notification System. Code Red is utilized by the Town of Lexington to notify residents and businesses by quickly providing information, instructions and updates on an emerging threat or emergency situation. It is a high speed telephone and text messaging system that uses a combination of published white page listings. Residents and business owners can help ensure a better response by logging on to the Town of Lexington Code Red website, (http://lexingtonma.gov/police/codered.cfm) to add preferred mobile phone numbers, text numbers or email addresses. If you do not have a traditional land line phone service, you can still participate in the Code Red Emergency Notification System but you must log onto the website to add your mobile phone number or email address.
- Join the Lexington Medical Reserve Corps (MRC): All Lexington residents are encouraged to join the Medical Reserve Corps! LHD needs help filling both medical and non-medical positions. Medical professionals such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists and other community members such as mental health professionals, office administrators or anyone with a sense of volunteerism can fill a vital role in the MRC. MRC members assist the Lexington Health Division fulfill various public health roles in the community such as staffing public influenza clinics and temporary shelter operations, assisting with distributing disease prevention / health education messages, participating in medical waste or household hazardous product collection events and by performing various administrative tasks. Lexington MRC volunteers are also participants in annual public health emergency preparedness exercises and health education seminars. To find out more, contact Catherine M. Corkery, Regional MRC Volunteer Coordinator, MA Region 4A, Medical Reserve Corps, by email at email@example.com or by phone at 508-735-3566.
For more information on the statewide campaign, visit www.mass.gov/dph/ready. For a free “Emergency Medical Info Kit”, please visit the Office of Community Development, Health Division in the Town Office Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Gerard F. Cody, REHS/RS at (781) 698-4522 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare for severe weather, natural disasters and other emergency events: