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WI Tobacco Prevention & Poverty Network Survey for Milwaukee Residents

Tuesday, April 7, 2020  
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Milwaukee Residents - Please take a few minutes to help the WI Tobacco Prevention & Poverty Network with a Survey!

Please take a few minutes to take the following survey from the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Poverty Network if you are in Milwaukee.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

To whom it may concern:

Wisconsin residents that earn less than $15,000.00 a year smoke at nearly twice the rate of the general population. Recent data has shown that tobacco retailer density in Milwaukee’s Central City is twice as high as in the suburbs. Studies have found that higher tobacco retailer density correlates to higher smoking rates and higher youth exposure and initiation to tobacco. The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network has been working to inform residents and local and state leaders about the targeting of low-income communities by tobacco companies and about the connection between poverty and tobacco use.

The Tobacco Retailer Density Survey was created with the goal of better understanding the communities awareness on issues related to tobacco retailer density. The survey asks respondents questions about how many tobacco retailers they believe are in their immediate neighborhood (1-5 city blocks) and also asks social justice questions such as whether they believe their neighborhoods are being targeted by tobacco companies and also whether they believe tobacco should be sold near children friendly areas (schools, community centers, etc.).

Members of the Tobacco Retailer Density Subcommittee, interns and other volunteers plan to 600 tobacco retailer density surveys by May of 2020. Utilizing the findings from the survey, the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network plans to help develop and support a community action plan aimed at reducing tobacco retailer density.

Sincerely,

Edgar Mendez
Program Coordinator
Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Poverty Network



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