ATTENTION YOUTH ADVOCATES!
Mayor Emanuel, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids launched a “Don’t Get Burned” video PSA contest. Participants between the age of 9 and 24 can create a short video educating their peers about the dangers of smoking. Winning videos even have a chance to air on Chicago TV!
Youth will get a chance to join the fight against Big Tobacco and win cash and prizes totaling over $5,000!
Participants can choose between three themes:
1. The dangers of flavored tobacco
2. The unique health harms of menthol-flavored cigarettes
3. Educating peers about the benefits of tobacco control policies
For full contest rules and instructions, visit www.dontgetburnedchicago.com. Entries are accepted now until October 30.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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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.
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.