Northwest Virginia Tobacco Control and Prevention Regional Meeting

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Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Library

18121 Technology Drive

Culpeper, VA 22701

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Tobacco control policies can influence the decision to quit or ever start using to tobacco.

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9:00 - 9:30 Registration, breakfast, and networking

9:30 - 9:40 Welcome and meeting introduction

9:40 - 10:30 Why Tobacco Control Policy?

10:30 - 11:15 Tobacco 21 and Tobacco Retailers

11:15 -12:00 Tobacco Policy in Virginia

12:00 - 12:40 Lunch and Update on the latest with vaping and e-cigs

12:40 - 1:30 Policy in Action panel: Local success stories

1:30 - 2:30 Engaging and Activating Communities in Policy Work

Session descriptions:

Why Tobacco Policy?

Andrew Romero, Director, Geographic Health Equity Alliance, CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

Prevention work is shifting toward policy work over awareness and education. Advocating for and creating opportunities to implement policy allows for communities and individuals to more easily make the healthier choice. This session will discuss that shift and explore the wide range of tobacco prevention policies available and how they reduce tobacco use disparities across communities.

Tobacco 21 and Tobacco Retailers

Colleen Hughes, Synar Coordinator and Behavior Health Wellness Consultant, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Tobacco 21 legislation came as a surprise to many last legislative session. This session will provide an overview of what changes the law brings about and what the potential impact could be on youth use. The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental services is responsible for providing education and information for all tobacco retailers, Colleen will provide an overview of this initiative and how it is adapting under Tobacco 21.

Tobacco Policy in Virginia

Chelsi Bennett, Virginia Government Relations Director, American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) has been fighting to prevent tobacco related illness for nearly 100 years. This session will address AHA’s policy priorities for this upcoming legislative session, including Tobacco 21, Retail Licensing, and a Tobacco Tax and how these policies affect Virginia’s most vulnerable populations.

The Latest on Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Sally Goodquist, Northwest Regional Tobacco Control Coordinator

What is known about e-cigarettes and their impact on health is constantly changing. This session will provide the latest information regarding rates of use among youth, the lung injury investigation, available resources and more!

Policy in Action Panel : Local Success Stories

A panel of local experts will share their experience and lessons learned implementing tobacco use policies. Panelists include Ashley Jacobs, Program Coordinator for the Orange County Office on Youth will discuss Orange County's recently adopted tobacco use policy and Terry Pettit, manager of the Town of Stanley will discuss the town's adoption of a nuisance ordinance around smoking. Additional panelists TBA.

Engaging and Activating Communities in Policy Work

Kim Herbstritt, Director of Community Investment, Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley

When implementing policy, it is not only important to gain the buy-in of the community, but also their active support. This session will discuss and lead an exercise in a comprehensive approach identifying 10 steps to successful policy implementation that truly involves the community in all phases of policy.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please reach out with any food allergy concerns.

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Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center Library

18121 Technology Drive

Culpeper, VA 22701

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