Don’t bring your JUUL back to school this year

What is JUUL®?
JUUL (pronounced jewel) is a brand of electronic cigarette (e-cig), or vaping device, used as an alternative to combustible cigarettes. The device uses “pods” pre-filled with e-liquid. The use of the device is often referred to as “JUULing”.

It is NOT A school supply.
Resembling a USB flash drive, a JUUL is charged using a USB port. This sleek design attracts youth and nearly 1 in 5 students ages 12 to 17 have seen JUUL used in schools. While e-cigarettes follow the same local, state, and federal regulations as cigarettes, kids are successful in purchasing e-cigs online 94% of the time.

It contains nicotine.
63% of JUUL users between 15 and 24 years old do not know the product always contains nicotine. A single JUULpod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. Nicotine is highly addictive with known health effects. Youth and young adults are also uniquely at risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine. These risks include nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.

This school year #WeDontPuff any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes like JUUL.

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians. (2018). Juuling Fact Sheet Physicians (AAFP Publication No. HOP18060954). Retrieved from



HUD “Smoke-Free Rule” for public housing to go into effect

In an effort to reduce the health threats posed by second-hand smoke to both children and adults, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ruled in 2016 that public housing agencies (PHA) must implement a smoke-free policy by July 31, 2018. Those who smoke prohibited tobacco items, as defined by HUD, must do so at least 25 feet away from public housing and administrative office buildings. Residents can no longer smoke inside public housing dwelling units or interior common areas.

This rule applies to low-income housing assisted under the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 (the 1937 Act), which includes community facilities, public housing offices, day care centers, and laundry rooms. This rule does not apply to facilities assisted by Section 8.

While the new rule prohibits cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and water-pipes (commonly referred to as “hookah”), it does not apply to e-cigarettes (commonly referred to as “vapes”). The new rule does allow for the flexibility of individual PHAs to prohibit e-cigs, limit smoking to designated areas, or require the entire campus to be smoke-free.

There are many free resources to help you or a loved one quit tobacco use:


Study ties “vaping” to blood clots in mice

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the single largest cause of death in the United States, with smoking being responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths linked to CVD. Excessive blood clotting is the leading cause of tobacco-induced CVD. In terms of their impact on the cardiovascular system, thus far there have been a limited number of studies examining the effects of e‐cigarettes on the development of CVD.

A recent study published on July 18 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that short-term exposure to vapors from e-cigarettes led to increased blood clotting in mice.

This study is groundbreaking, as it is the first to examine the impact of e-cigarette vapors using a validated animal exposure model and it is the first to document that e-cigarettes do increase the risk of thrombosis (blood clots). This undermines the current societal perception that e-cigarettes are “safer” than conventional cigarettes.

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Place Statements about Products’ Dangers on Websites and Cigarette Packs

Despite significant progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans and costing the nation about $170 billion in health care expenses each year.

Judge Kessler ordered the tobacco companies to publish corrective statements on five topics about which they had deliberately deceived the public: 1) the adverse health effects of smoking; 2) the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine; 3) the lack of significant health benefit from smoking “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild” and “natural” cigarettes (products that have been deceptively marketed as less harmful than regular cigarettes); 4) the manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery; and 5) the adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke (view the text of the corrective statements).

The tobacco companies must disseminate the corrective statements though newspaper and TV advertising, their websites and cigarette onserts. There is ongoing litigation whether the tobacco companies must post corrective statements at retail point-of-sale displays.

The latest court order sets forth details for implementing the corrective statements on the tobacco companies’ websites and cigarette packs:

  • Websites: The tobacco companies must place the corrective statements on their websites beginning on June 18, 2018, and they will run indefinitely. The statements will appear on the websites of all Philip Morris cigarette brands, including Marlboro; all R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands, including Newport and Camel; and four former R.J. Reynolds/Lorillard cigarette brands sold in 2015 to ITG Brands (Winston, Salem, Kool and Maverick). The statements will also appear on the corporate websites for Altria, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds and ITG Brands.
  • Cigarette packs: The tobacco companies must attach the corrective statements as “onserts” on cigarette packs for a total of 12 weeks over two years (two weeks at a time, three times a year, for two years). They have 30 weeks (until November 21, 2018) to begin implementing this requirement.

Source : Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids


School of Walk/Run TN


Are you an educator looking to include physical activity into your busy schedule for your students?

Shelby County Health Department, along with other community partners, offers The School of Walk & Run of Tennessee program.  This program aims to increase physical activity among students with the goal of walking at least 10,000 steps per day.  A walking club is a fun way for students and teachers to be more active.  Students will journey across Tennessee, walking together during the school year without even leaving their classroom!  Along the way, they will learn interesting science, health, history, and college/university facts that will increase their state knowledge and get them moving more!

Students are rewarded for reaching walking milestones with Shelby County Health Department incentives, such as: ear buds, visors, sweat towels, etc.

According to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released in 2017, Tennessee is ranked #6 as the state with the highest adult obesity rate in the nation.  The current rate is 34.8%, up from 20.9% in 2000 and from 11.1% in 1990.  In 2016, Tennessee ranked #1 in combined overweight and obesity rate at 37.7%, among 10-17 year olds.  Being overweight has been linked to chronic diseases, such as: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.

Walking is an easy and fun activity that requires minimal effort, strengthens bones, reduces excess weight, improves mental attitude, attention, and some measures of academic performance, and it may also help to prevent/control certain chronic diseases.

If you are interested in starting or reviving a walk/run club at your school, please email or call her at 901-222-9272.

It’s Quitting Time – 3rd hand

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Thirdhand smoke is the smoke left behind—the harmful toxins that remain in places where people have smoked previously. Thirdhand smoke can be found in the walls of a bar, upholstery on the seats of a car, or even a child’s hair after a caregiver smokes near the child. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to get more information on quitting tobacco.

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