Tobacco – Next Generation: New Products, Same Targets!

APICAT organized a training that took place on Saturday, April 9 2018 with members of APICAT and affiliated youth in attendance.

“Tobacco, The Next Generation: New Products, Same Targets!” was to provide fundamental information about different tobacco products, including the different electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and their appeal to and use by youth. Marketing strategies and tactics employed by the tobacco industry was also central to the presentation.

Additionally, a Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department staff also described how to use the Counter Tools STARS forms as a means to gather data about tobacco product promotion, placement, and price along with which specific products are in the store.

The goal of this training was to prepare youth to conduct a STARS-like assessment in stores while also nurturing the youth as tobacco control activists. The longer-term outcome goal is to engage APICAT adults and youth in environmental systems change in retail settings, ultimately resulting in the long-term impact goal of preventing youth initiation and increasing cessation.

Download training: STARS Training

Guiding Good Choices
The Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a best-practice, interactive prevention program for parents/guardians of children in grades 4 to 8 (ages 9-14). Participants learn specific strategies and skills to set clear family guidelines and strengthen family bonds. The goal is to reduce the risk of their children using drugs and to develop healthy behaviors and family involvement.

APICAT hosted a Training of Trainers workshop in July 2016 for 10 coalition partners and provided funds for the following organizations to implement the project:

International Community Health Services – Tongan community
Korean Community Service Center – Korean community
Loving Kindness Meditation Center – Vietnamese community
Samoan Nurses of Washington – Samoan community

E-Cigarettes: Finding the Truth among the Vapors

In partnership with the Prevention WINS Coalition & Washington Poison Center, APICAT hosted a Training of Trainers on September 2016. Thirteen participants learned to describe e-cigarette and marijuana paraphernalia, identify poisoning-related hazards, and utilize current research to articulate health risks. They are now certified to provide educational presentations to adults in their respective organizations and communities.

Digital Stories
APICAT hosted a digital story training with Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth. The purpose was to give AANHPI youth the opportunity to create videos that tell their personal narratives on issues relating to tobacco presence or any other health related issues in their lives that affects them and their communities.

The stories have been used to educate community policymakers. Coalition members have also used these personal stories as educational efforts for campaigns involving smoke-free campuses for schools and the importance surrounding related issues.

Photo Voice Project
In collaboration with the Center for MultiCultural Health and Verbena Health, APICAT organized the Photo Voice Project, a cross cultural youth initiative to examine tobacco industry targeting. African American, AANHPI, and LGBT youth participated in a Tobacco 101 and Photo Voice training and then used GPS mapping to show the visual comparisons in tobacco advertising prevalence in certain areas of the city and King County.

Caroline Wang, Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan, has heralded PhotoVoice as giving communities “the possibility of perceiving the world from the viewpoint of the people who lead lives that are different from those traditionally in control of the means for imaging the world.”

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