11th Annual Walk for Recovery

The Chicago Department of Public Health is hosting its 11th Annual Walk for Recovery on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This 3-mile Recovery Walk is one of a series of events during National Recovery Month sponsored by SAMHSA to support substance abuse treatment and recovery.

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KICK OFF: Garfield Park, Grove #4 (100 N Central Pk) [Check-in begins at 8/Opening remarks at 9 AM]
END POINT: Union Park (1501 W Randolph St)
EVENT: Recovery Olympics at Union Park for refreshments, entertainment, games, sports, fitness

Interested in participating? Register here!

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Join Us at Fashion for a Cause!

You’re invited to Asian Health Coalition’s Benefit Fundraiser, Fashion for a Cause, on September 17 at the Allegro Hotel (171 W Randolph St) 6 PM – 9 PM! Please view your interactive invitation here. Join us as we present Community Leadership Awards to Dr. Choucair (Chicago Department of Public Health) and Rep. Greg Harris (D – 13th District)!

Please complete registration and payment on Eventbrite. If you would like to submit a sponsorship, please mail your check and form to Asian Health Coalition. If you have any questions, please contact Miny Wu at 312.372.7070 EXT 221 or miny@asianhealth.org.

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CVS Quits for Good

Today, CVS announced that all 7,700 retail locations will no longer carry tobacco products. The move was originally scheduled for October 1st. Almost four weeks ahead of schedule, CVS has pulled the tobacco products as it conflicts with its health care mission. CVS has also launched a smoking-cessation campaign that will assess one’s “readiness to quit” and include education, medical support, and coaching for those who want to “Quit for Good”.

In March 2010, the American Pharmacists Association called all drugstores to stop tobacco sales. CVS is the first large chain to stop sales. CVS is the second-largest drugstore chain in America, behind Walgreens. Health experts hope that this will influence other drugstores and chains to follow suit.

Join the conversation with CVS on tobacco control with the #onegoodreason. For more information, check out CVS.

Congratulations, CVS!

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Governor Quinn Signs Bill Banning On-Campus Smoking

On Sunday, August 17, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Smoke Free Campus Act, which bans smoking in both indoor and outdoor spaces of state-supported college and university campuses. Smoking will still be allowed inside of cars. There are also smoking exceptions for certain activities allowed by the Federal American Indian Religious Freedom Act. In Chicago, many campuses have already adopted these rules prior to the newly signed Act. The campuses include Roosevelt University, Robert Morris University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush and Moody and 7 Chicago City College locations. The Smoke Free Campus Act will begin July 1, 2015. Congratulations, Illinois!

 

Follow the SB2202 Bill here!

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Nobody Quits Like Chicago

It’s Smoking Cessation Awareness Week! This year, during August 18-22, Chicago is making it more visible and available the resources for Chicagoans the free smoking cessation resources should they want to quit smoking.

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More Chicagoans than ever before are choosing a smoke-free life. You can too. For more resources, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 866-QUIT-YES (866-784-8937) and find tools online at www.mytimetoquit.com.

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Out and About in the Community

It’s summer! We’ve been hard at work in the Chinese community at local festivals and fairs promoting health and educating about substance abuse. We were at the Dragon Boat Festival (6/28) and, in support of Project: VISION, the Chinatown 5k (7/12). See everyone at the annual Moon Festival in September!

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Check the Stamps Campaign

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. 

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Reports can be filed by calling 311 or on the website, www.checkthestamps.org

 

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