What an amazing conference! I have learned so much already and have met some amazing people.
Here are a few things I learned:
- We need re-engergize the tobacco control movement
- Media Campaigns can be effective (check out new ads Tips from Smokers on YouTube)
- Currently 18-24 have the highest prevelence rate of cigarette smoking
I will share more later.
After all that learning it was time to have some fun. S0 last night I went out on the town with some great new friends and we laughed and danced. And then laughed some more. If you plan to come to New Orleans just remember to be flexible.
Talk to y’all soon,
Tuesday was full of a lot of great sessions to choose from. From the opening plenary to the last breakout session, there was something for everyone. The topic of biggest interest to me during the day was “Leveling the Playing Field: Enforcing Tobacco Retailer Licensing in Low SES Communities.” The presenters did an excellent job at getting the information across in an easy to understand way that still had enough data to be valuable to those who work in tobacco control.
One of the programs that was highlighted, Wisconsin Wins, is an excellent program to learn from. This program conducts retailer enforcement through advertising checks, sales checks, and compliance. Groups of adults, youth, and police are able to help enforce the tobacco regulations in Wisconsin by volunteering for this program. The biggest part of the program that I loved was the acknowledgement of retailers who are compliant with the laws. We have done something similar in my county back in Baltimore and it really helps to show the community which retailers care about their customers and are willing to follow the laws that are in place for a good reason.
Kudos to all of the programs that were highlighted during this session. Your work is invaluable! Check out each of the links below for more information on the programs that were presented:
This is probably the first time that a lot of conference attendees have been to New Orleans, right? Well, even if it’s your 50th time visiting, you can’t forget to have some fun! This is my first time here and I’ve learned that there are so many things to do! I’ll play the role of tourist and take pictures of everything (including the food!) and share them with people I know.
So, in case you’re looking for some great restaurants to try, here’s a few I’ve found in the past 24 hours.
1. Cafe Du Monde – You’ve probably already been told to go. Well, here it is again, make sure you go! It might be crowded at times but it’s worth it at least once. The beignets are tasty and the frozen cafe au lait was delicious!
2. Acme Oyster House – The line goes down the street a bit here but the wait won’t be long. Whether you want oysters, crawfish, or a po-boy, you’ll find something good.
3. Oceana Grill – It might not be one of the more famous places but the food sure hits the spot. I definitely recommend the Crab Cake Pasta. The crab is no match for Maryland crabs but it’ll do!
The Tobacco Industry is Outspending Prevention Efforts 20:1 FY2010. Tobacco Industry is spending $1 Million Dollars per hour (2012 Surgeon Generals Report).
There is a great deal of ammunition within the 2012 Surgeon General’s Report – check it out.
This was my first visit to New Orleans and I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the City the weekend before the conference and the New Orleans Jazz Festival April 14-15, 2012. I saw beautiful fireworks out my hotel window overlooking the river.
The food and music was great! I had lunch at the Pier 424, wanted to try Crawfish but they were sold out so will have to try again before I leave. The Oysters were fantastic. I took a Carriage Tour that was also a must do.
I was able to take a ride on the only steam engine powered paddle boat on the Mississippi River, the largest port in the United States. Waiting to board they played the steam organ that was very nostalgic.
Had Beignets at Café Du Mond and got to shake hands with the Wildman of Kentucky who happened to be shooting a spot at Café Du Mond– Check him out on You Tube – I referred to him as the Armadillo Man because I had seen that episode on the Animal PlanetChannel. So that was pretty exciting. To see the clip of the Armadillo episode go to You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxqwUBty-sU&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL1E99C5C962654ED3.
Overall, it has been a great time!
Coming to this conference I learned that the Family Dollar Store recently announced that they’re going to start selling cigarettes in their stores. The target customers for Family Dollar are low-income families, so this means that all the parents who are trying to save money and live longer by quitting smoking will be exposed to yet more triggers to smoke. And children will be exposed to cigarettes and tobacco industry marketing in this “family” store! Tell Family Dollar Stores: There is nothing family-friendly about TOBACCO!! Visit this site to learn more and to TAKE ACTION: FamilyDollarValues.org.
Karla S. Sneegas, MPH, Office of Smoking and Health at the Center for Disease Control shared the National “Tips from Former Smokers” Campaign. Clips are available on You Tube, below are just a sample, searching on You Tube for “Tips from Former Smokers” you can see them all and utilize them in your social marketing strategies.