Average TV-Watching Teen Sees One Alcohol Ad a Day

December 22, 2010

JoinTogether.org reports on teens and alcohol ads on television. Fueled largely by an increase in distilled spirits advertising on cable television, the growth rate in youths’ exposure to televised alcohol ads is outpacing that for adults, according to a Dec. 13 news release from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The report by the center indicated that exposure of youths 12 to 20 to alcohol ads on U.S. television increased 71 percent from 2001 to 2009.

The average TV-watching youth saw 366 alcohol ads in 2009.

“One a day is great for vitamins but not for young people being exposed to alcohol advertising,” said CAMY director David H. Jernigan, Ph.D.

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‘Monitoring the Future’ Finds More Teens Using Marijuana While Alcohol Use Continues Decline

December 21, 2010

JoinTogether.org reports on the increase of teens using marijuana compared to alcohol. Daily use of marijuana has increased among eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade youth, while alcohol use — at its lowest level since the survey began — and binge drinking have continued long-term declines, according to 2010 Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) results released on December 14, 2010.

MTF, an annual survey funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), has measured self-reported drug use behavior and attitudes among high-school seniors since 1975 and among eighth and tenth graders since 1991.

Researchers, led by Lloyd Johnston at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, surveyed 46,482 eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students in 396 public and independent schools across the country.

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Surgeon General: Any Exposure to Tobacco Smoke Can Damage DNA Immediately, Lead to Illness

December 20, 2010

JoinTogether.org reports on exposure to tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke causes immediate damage at the lowest levels of use and cigarettes are designed to be addictive, according to the 30th tobacco-related report of the U.S. Surgeon General, the Washington Post reported Dec. 9.

The 704-page report, the first on tobacco from current Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., stated that hundreds of more than 7,000 compounds in tobacco smoke are toxic, at least 70 of the compounds cause cancer, and no level of exposure to tobacco smoke is safe.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

December 17, 2010


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering grants to effective, evidence-based, gender-inclusive programs that are adapted, translated, or disseminated for new populations of youth and adolescents for the purpose of reduction of youth risk behaviors.

Award amounts vary.  Eligible applicants are public/state controlled or private institutions of higher education, non-profits with or without 501 ( c ) (3) IRS status, for profit organizations, and various other organizations, including non-U.S. entities.

Deadline: February 5, 2011

Please contact NIH for more information and to apply for this funding by visiting: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-241.html

Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

December 16, 2010

Grant: New York State Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Prevention First-NY! Sub-Recipient Grant

Funder: SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has awarded New York State through the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene a five-year Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG).

Eligibility: not-for-profit community coalition in New York State whose principal mission is the goal of reducing substance abuse among youth. To be eligible for funding, applicants must demonstrate that past 30-day alcohol use rates for their ninth through twelfth grade population is equal to or above the New York State 2008 Youth Development Survey (YDS) prevalence rate.

Deadline: 1/19/11

Amount: Applicants in PRC regions may request up to $831,800 for the grant period. Applicants in non-PRC regions may request up to $871,800 for the grant period (an additional $40,000 is available during the grant period to support training and technical assistance needs.

Contact: New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service, 1450 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203, ATTN: Dr. Sarah Dakin, http://www.oasas.state.ny.us/procurements/documents/SPFSIG-RFP.pdf

FHS SADD Chapter founded

December 15, 2010
Advocatepress.com reports on the new SADD Chapter started at Flora High School in Illinois.
At the October meeting of the Coalition Against Drug Abuse of Clay County (CADA) it was learned that a new Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Organization was started at Flora High School.

SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.

As part of the strategic plan that has been adopted by CADA, one of the strategies to reduce the number of youths drinking alcohol is to start SADD chapters in each of the schools in Clay County. FHS teacher and coach Scott Warren has stepped up to the plate and will be the sponsor.

Two organizational meetings have been held and plans are being made to make an impact on student perceptions of youth attitudes about alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

December 14, 2010

Grant: The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence – To recognize excellence by an individual or a non-profit organization in uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community.

Funder: The Eisner Foundation.

Eligibility: Nonprofits and individuals.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2011.

Amount: $100,000 (one award).

Contact: www.eisnerfoundation.org/eisnerprize.

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