Chicago White Sox Chris Sale Talks about Quitting Tobacco

During an interview with the media on 11 July 2016 for the All-Star game in San Diego, White Sox Pitcher Chris Sale (who was the AL starting pitcher for the All-Star game) talked about how Tony Gywnn’s death (former San Diego Padres player) influenced him to quit chewing tobacco.

Chris Sale talked about idolizing Tony Gwynn as a young man. Tony Gywnn died of salivary gland cancer in 2014. Gwynn believed strongly that the cause of his salivary gland cancer was his years of chewing tobacco products. Chris Sale hopes this not only honors the legacy of Tony Gywnn in some small way, but makes sure that other kids do not get hooked on chewing tobacco products.

CASAP applauds the message that Chris Sale is promoting and we love the fact that it is someone from our own baseball team that is saying it. Chewing Tobacco has had a long standing tradition in America’s baseball fields, with players chewing and spitting them out since the 1900s. Because of this tradition, we often see young children, like Chris Sale was, try to emulate some of their favorite baseball players and pick up the habit of chewing tobacco. The effects of smokeless tobacco products, although different from smoking tobacco, are no less safe. Cancers of the mouth, gum, and throats are often the side-effects of using these products. On 16 March, the city of Chicago approved a ban on all smokeless tobacco products inside the city’s baseball fields, including U.S. Cellular and Wrigley Field. The ordinance took effect on 12 July.

Link to a full story and video can be found here.

Sale tabbed to start All-Star Game for AL

Photo Credit: White Sox Official Site



Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to go to the President

15 July 2016

In a rare act of bipartisanship, Congress has voted overwhelmingly to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The bill now goes to the president where it is expected to be signed and approved.

In a response to the deadly opioid epidemic that is ravaging this country, CARA is one of the most comprehensive bills to come out of Congress aimed at tackling the issues of substance abuse. The bill encompasses elements of prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal. Some highlights of the bill include the expansion of the availability of Naloxone, used to treat those who overdose on heroin and other opioids, to paramedics and first-responders, improve prescription drug monitoring programs, and treating incarcerated people who are suffering from drug addiction instead of just punishing them. This is a first-of-its-kind bill by  Congress and shows just how far we have come in treating addiction like a disease that we know it is.

Senator Mark Kirk , along with other members of Congress, applauded passage of CARA. He says, “Naloxone is saving lives across Illinois and should be readily available to help combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.” CADCA, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, also tweeting support of this bill as well.




FDA Seeks to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration, placed regulations on E-cigarettes, cigars, pipe-tobacco, and hookah, subjecting them to the same regulations as cigarettes. Set to be put in affect by 90 days, the regulations would ban the sale of these items to anyone under the age of 18, requires that new tobacco products be submitted to the government for approval (with ingredients of the products), and requires warning labels on the products. The new products have to be submitted within two years and can stay on the shelves from one year while the FDA reviews the application.

While the Tobacco industry disagrees with the ruling and regulation, CASAP and many Public Health Officials, applaud the ruling as a way to keep children safe from the harms of all tobacco products. In a recent study released by the CDC, High School student’s use of e-cigarettes rose dramatically over the course of one year from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% in 2014. One of our most recent articles on the CASAP website talked about the link between e-cigarette advertisement and the smoking of e-cigarettes in teens. CASAP applauds any effort to curb these alarming trends that we are seeing in youth and tobacco use.

More E-Cig Ads=More Kids Smoking Says CDC

In a study by the CDC that should surprise no one in the Tobacco Prevention world, Children and Youth’s exposure to e-cigarette advertising influences whether or not they pick up the habit. If a child sees more tobacco advertising, then that child is more likely to start smoking. The study was published in the journal, Pediatrics. As to the type of media where kids see this? Retail stores, internet, movies/TV, and magazine/newspapers. Most concerning is youth seeing the advertisements online, because that medium has not been regulated as well as other. CASAP has shown during countless occasions, and with support from countless studies, that the advertising used in E-cigarettes are oftentimes similar to the ones used to advertise regular-tobacco cigarettes back in the day.  They oftentimes echo back to the days of the “Marlboro-man” which is why this is so concerning. Cigarette advertisers give off feeling of “sexy, independence, and rebellion” if someone uses their products, but we all know that this isn’t the case.

Much research still needs to be done on E-cigarettes, but the general consensus now, speaks of the harm that E-cigarettes do to someone who has never smoked before, especially young kids. Click here for an awesome info-graphic about the topic.

President Obama to Speak at Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit Today

Today, March 29, 2016, President Barack Obama will speak at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia at 1:30 PM-2:45 PM Central Time. The annual summit, brings together some of the nations, greatest leaders that are tackling the national prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic ravishing the US.

The President, in his final year in office, has made this epidemic, one of his top priorities. He recently put forth a $1.1 Billion request in new funding for treatment of opioid abuse. The Centers for Disease Control also just recently announced new guideline recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain. This is to make sure that Primary Care providers do not over-prescribe these strong, powerful, and highly addictive medications.

Over the years, CASAP has seen, and have raised concerns, about the rising  issue of prescription drug misuse in Chicago’s Chinatown Youth. CASAP fully supports the President’s initiatives that he’s put in place to tackle the issue, and is delighted to see him come out and speak publicly on the issue, at the Summit.

Click here for the Press Release issued by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy about the President making the trip to Atlanta to address the Summit.

Click here for the full video of the President’s remarks at the Summit, as he joins a panel with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and others.

2016 Responsible Beverage Servers Training (RBS) Announced

Come join us for a FREE Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education & Training (BASSET) classes in Cantonese on Tue-Wed, April 19-20, 2015 from 2-5:30PM at the  Chinatown Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago, IL, 60616 or the Mandarin BASSET classes Mon-Tues, April 11-12, 2015 9 AM-1 PM at the Chinese American Service League, 2141 S Tan Ct, Chicago. (You must attend one of the two-day classes to receive your BASSET card.)

There is also an English Class that will be held on Friday April 22nd, 2016 from 8 AM – 4 PM at the Chinese American Service League. 

A new law was passed that will take effect in Cook County on July 1, 2015 requiring all on-premise alcohol servers and “bouncers” to attend BASSET, and for ALL Illinois BASSET cardholders to renew their certification every three years.

Click on the link here for the 2016 RBS Flyer!

Space is limited, so register for the class TODAY! To register, please call or email Kevin Trieu at 312-372-7070 EXT 230 and

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In Arlington Heights, Fines Go Up for Underage Drinking

In Arlington Heights, fines will go up for parents who serve alcohol to minors under the age of 21. Before this movement passed, parents could be fined at a maximum of $1,000 to as little as just $5 for violating the law! Now parents will face a minimum penalty of $750 and a maximum of $5,000.

The movement was passed in order to curb youth access to alcoholic beverages. In 2014, CASAP found that the top 3 sources High School students gained access to alcohol were parties (54%), friends (48%) and parents (36%). By increasing the fines, Arlington Heights seeks to deter parents from providing alcohol to minors at parties. For more information about CASAP’s findings, click on the link here. Illinois has, in the past, passed similar Social Hosting Laws in 2012.

For more information about the Arlington Heights fine click here. 

Click Here for a Chinese Version, and check out World Journal using one of our old poster as an image!