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Scope of Work: Youth 11-17 Point of Sales Strategies | Scope of Work: Young Adults 18-24 Tobacco-Free Colleges & Universities
Louisiana Youth STAND UP! to Direct Marketing from Tobacco Industry
Louisiana’s teen tobacco usage rates remain higher than the national average, with approximately 38.3 percent of high school and 15.6 percent of middle school students in Louisiana use tobacco, according to the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS).
In light of these startling statistics, youth throughout the state are choosing to Stand UP! against the tobacco industry and its adolescent-targeted direct marketing efforts. Twelve groups across the state were awarded grants from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) to engage and get youth involved with tobacco control and prevention efforts through the Defy the Lies initiative. As part of the grant, Defy teams participated in the point-of-purchase (also known as point-of-sale) project, which focused on tobacco products and advertising in stores where youth are likely to visit on a regular basis, like gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, and corner stores in their own communities.Read More >>
$500,000 in Community Advocacy Grants Available From The Louisiana Campaign For Tobacco-Free Living
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) announced today the availability of up to $500,000 in Community Advocacy Grants (CAGs) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-2014.
TFL CAGs, along with other TFL program elements, play an important role in changing community norms around tobacco use and perceptions of the tobacco industry. In order to promote smoke-free policies and decrease other tobacco use in Louisiana, these grants have been designed to reach key priority populations while assisting in the implementation of effective and evidence-based practices in tobacco prevention and control.
The TFL CAGs are available for nonprofit agencies, organized groups, 2- and 4-year colleges/universities and/or coalitions throughout Louisiana that have experience with youth advocates and teen councils, reducing health disparities, and Louisiana college and universities. The application is located on the TFL website, www.tobaccofreeliving.org, and submissions are due by 3 p.m. on February 27, 2013.
Smoke-Free Air Act Study Shows No Impact on Employment in Hospitality Industry
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) recently presented significant research findings concluding that the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act (Act 815) had no impact on employment rates in the state’s hospitality industry.
Employment data used in the analysis were collected from the Louisiana Department of Labor (LADOL) in two industry categories – (1) accommodation and (2) food service and drinking places – between January 1, 2002 and June 30, 2011. The LADOL publishes monthly data of employment figures based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance. Results from the statistical analysis demonstrate that the impact of the Smoke-Free Air Act on accommodation, food service, and drinking places employment was not statistically significant. The Smoke-Free Air Act did not decrease employment in the hospitality industry. The average employment in accommodation, food service, and drinking places was approximately 160,000 per month across the study period – unaffected by the 2007 law.