Friday, January 27, 2012

Stickyz Fingers Restaurant and Bar Goes Smoke-free

Smoke-free Restaurant Award presented to Stickyz Fingers by Katherine Donald
from The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas, a MISRGO sub-grantee.

October 14, 2011, about twenty tobacco prevention advocates in Little Rock participated in Dine Out for Lunch Day at Stickyz Fingers to express appreciation for the restaurant’s recent adoption of a smoke-free workplace policy to protect the health of its workers and patrons.

Secondhand smoke exposure is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. killing more than 53,000 non-smokers each year. In Arkansas, an estimated 510 non-smokers die, annually, from breathing secondhand smoke. The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that establishing smoke-free environments is the only proven way to prevent exposure.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that smoke-free restaurants can expect to save about $190 per 1000 square feet each year in lower cleaning and maintenance costs. [Michigan Department of Community Health, (2000)]. The EPA also estimates a saving of $4 billion to $8 billion per year in building operations and maintenance costs if comprehensive smoke-free indoor air policies are adopted nationwide. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Clean Indoor Air Regulation Fact-sheet. “National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. April 2001.)
Advocates celebrate new smoke-free policy

Join with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas as it gives kudos to Stickyz Fingers for going smoke-free, and as it asks other restaurants and bars that currently allow smoking, to adopt a smoke-free workplace policy to protect the health of their workers. For more information, contact the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas at (501) 687-0345.

Highlights from 2nd Quarter 2011 – 2012

It’s hard to believe 2011 has come and gone. I guess this proves that time flys when you’re having fun – encouraging Arkansas’ minority communities to Stamp Out Smoking! This past quarter, your MISRGO team was busy encouraging the prevention and cessation of tobacco. Below is just a quick recap of our successes:

  • November 29th, your MISRGO team hosted an informative workshop entitled Outing Tobacco: Practices & Prevention in LGBT Communities. This free event focused on best practices and prevention strategies to de-market tobacco in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community. More than 50 sub-grantees, community supporters and anti-tobacco advocates participated in this workshop!
  • December 10th, your MISRGO team launched the holiday season with participation in the 2011 – 2012 Jammers Charity Basketball Games. From December – May 2012, MISRGO will partner with Jammers to increase awareness of the ills of tobacco consumption, distribute educational materials, inform audiences about services accessible via the Quit Line and much more! Average attendance for the games is 500! We encourage each of you to come out and support your MISRGO team. Check us out in action at the following: 
      • Camden   Feb 10 
      • Stuttgart   Feb 18 
      • Hope   Mar 3 
      • Cotton Plant   Mar 10 
      • Fordyce   Mar 17 
      • Warren   Mar 31 
      • Russellville   Apr 14 
      • Hot Springs   Apr 28 
      • Monticello   May 5 
      • Dermott   May 19
MISRGO booth at December 17th Jammers game
in McGhee, Arkansas (Desha County)

Toni McCastle, Media Liaison, shares tobacco facts with December 10th
Jammers game attendees in Benton, Arkansas (Saline County)

Judge Frank Weaver and Madison County Health Coalition Collaborate for Great American Smokeout Day

Judge Frank Weaver partnered with the Madison County Health Coalition by signing a proclamation for November 17th, 2011 as the Great American Smokeout.  Millions of smokers have participated in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, a day on which they give up cigarettes for 24 hours - in hopes that they may quit for good.  If you choose to quit and decide you need help, call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669).

Headstart Students Learn that Tobacco is "Yucky"

Learning that Tobacco is bad for them!

November 15, 2011, headstart students colored the Act 811 activity book and learned that cigarettes are bad for them.  The little poems were read to them by the coordinator and all students chimed in saying that cigarettes are "YUCKY"!  Parents are signing the Smokefree Home/Car pledge and sign-in sheets will be picked up when finished.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MISRGO Grantee Shares Major Accomploshment

Katherine Donald of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas spearheads a system change for the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden.  Below Katherine shares her success with the team here at MISRGO: