The Chicago Department of Public Health launched their newest campaign aimed at reducing teen smoking. The campaign called “Check the Stamps” offers a $100 reward for any resident who report illegal tobacco sales leading to a conviction against the person committing the illegal activity. Illegal activities include the sale of cigarettes without the appropriate County and State tax stamps, sales made outside of a licensed retailer (including ‘loosies’), or any sales to minors. Minors are especially vulnerable to these cheap, readily available and illegally sold cigarettes as it is easier to start and harder to quit.
Reports can be filed by calling 311 or on the website, www.checkthestamps.org.
Through a grant from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Asian Health Coalition partnered with the Respiratory Health Association to teach their Operation Storefront curriculum. Operation Storefront is a 5-week curriculum consisting of 4 lessons and a fieldwork lesson on tobacco advertising and product placement. The curriculum was taught at Haines Elementary School on Wednesday mornings from May 7-June 4. A group of 20 7th graders were taught about tobacco product and placement, created counter-tobacco ads, and analyzed two gas stations from Bridgeport on its tobacco advertising practices. At the end of the sessions, students were given the opportunity to do outreach activities. Some students chose to write a letter to the Mayor while others drew comics for the local newspapers.
The four counter-tobacco advertisements that the students created.
In celebration of World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day on the 31st of May, we hosted our second annual Clean Up Chinatown event yesterday. Over 70 youth volunteers from Haines Elementary School, Project: VISION, and CASL cleaned the two-story Chinatown Square, the largest Chinese mall in the Midwest. The youth picked up 8 large jars worth of tobacco-related litter, particularly cigarette filters (“cigarette butts”).
The improperly disposed cigarette litter takes many years to decompose. During that time, the heavy metals and toxins leach into the environment hurting living organisms and the land and water supply. An estimated 1.68 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as toxic trash every year. Let’s make every day World No Tobacco Day!
Come join us and sign up for the Clean Up Chinatown event at tinyurl.com/cleanupchinatown! Cigarette filters (“cigarette butts”) are the number one most littered item in the world. It takes decades for the litter to decompose. During that time, the toxins are released into the air, land, and water damaging our natural resources. The service event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at Chicago’s Chinatown Square 3-5 PM in honor of the annual World No Tobacco Day (May 31).
Starting today, April 29, the City of Chicago’s Clean Indoor Act will include electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”). The use of an electronic cigarettes (or by other names, “vape pens” or “e-hookah”) or “vaping” will be prohibited in virtually all enclosed public places and enclosed places of employment. Such places include:
- bars and restaurants;
- shopping malls;
- recreational facilities including enclosed sports arenas, stadiums, swimming pools, ice and roller rinks, arcades and bowling alleys;
- concert halls;
- convention facilities;
- government buildings and vehicles;
- public transportation facilities;
- coin laundries;
- meeting rooms;
- private clubs;
- public restrooms;
- lobbies; reception areas, hallways and other common-use areas in public buildings, apartment buildings and condominium buildings.
The ordinance will also prohibit smoking within 15 feet of these entrances.
Violations of the Clean Indoor Air Act should be reported to the manager of the business or building. If the manager is unresponsive, call 311 or report it online. The third violation within a 12 month period may results in fines of $250-$2,500 per offense of repeat offenders. Individuals guilty of infraction will also be punishable by fines up to $250.
Commissioner Choucair gives remarks.
To read more about the updated Ordinance, click here. Congratulations Chicago!
On April 7th and 8th, we’ve held our third annual RBS training at CASL. The two-day no-cost training was offered in Cantonese and in Mandarin/English. It is the only in-language curriculum offered in Illinois.
This year’s RBS training was our biggest class yet! There were 43 servers and vendors from around the community who participated. The training is designed to improve the safety of alcohol sales, including how to identify fake ID cards and to stop serving to underage youth. Ultimately, the class aims to decrease the likelihood of harmful or tragic consequences from alcohol.
Officer Choi teaches the Cantonese class.