February 2014 Newsletter


February 2014 Newsletter



Thank you, CVS
CVS to Remove Tobacco Products from Stores

CVS Caremark announced that they will phase out the sale of all tobacco products in their stores nationwide by October 1, 2014. President and CEO Larry J. Merlo remarked that it is "the right thing for us to do...to help people on their path to better health."

There are nearly 400 CVS stores in Texas.

To learn more about tobacco prevention efforts in Texas, contact TST.



TST Statewide Summit:
February 25-26, 2014
Where it All Comes Together

The TST Statewide Summit is fast approaching!

In addition to nationally renowned keynote speakers Dr. David Jernigan, Dr. Frank Chaloupka, and Ms. Onjewel Smith, we will host sessions on how to utilize social media to advance prevention and awareness efforts, how to advocate for smoke-free and social host ordinances, excise taxes as a prevention strategy, cultural competency training, and more. Participants will also learn the results of the latest studies and statewide surveys on youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

Space is limited, so register now! Online registration ends February 21. You will be able to register on site as well. CEUs will be offered.   

This is the event you don't want to miss! 


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5 Reasons to Attend the TST Statewide Summit in Austin February 25-26


  1. To be there when everything and everyone come together -- the stakeholders, the strategies, the experts, and the data.
  2. To learn the findings of the 2013 Report Card  and the first ever Military Report Card - what does the data tell us about how well prevention strategies are working in Texas?
  3. To gain access to national experts on alcohol marketing, excise taxes, cultural competency, screening and brief intervention practices, smoke-free ordinances, and more, and learn about the fantastic things our statewide Youth Leadership Council has been up to!
  4. To discuss recent legal and business developments regarding access to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs.
  5. To keep the young people in your community smiling. Let's keep them healthy and safe by coming together to make Texas a healthier, safer place to live.

Space is limited. Register today!


Did you see the Super Bowl commercial with the horse and the puppy? Cute, huh?

What age group does this puppy appeal to?
What age group does this puppy appeal to?

So did millions of middle school and high school students, who indicated this Budweiser ad was one of their two favorite ads from the Super Bowl. A 2013 study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that 2 out of the 3 most common brands of alcohol drunk by underage youth nationwide in the past 30 days were Budweiser products.

Not so cute.

What age group does this puppy appeal to?

If you would like to learn more about the measurable impact that alcohol marketing has on youth alcohol consumption, join us at the Statewide Summit to hear from Dr. David Jernigan, Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins University or contact TST to learn more about this issue and what you can do.



Youth Leadership Council in the News

YLC member Darrien Skinner of San Marcos can be heard thoughtfully questioning whether tobacco should be legal during an NPR (National Public Radio) segment entitled, "Why is Tobacco Still the Leading Preventable Cause of Death?" saying, "We all know that tobacco is bad. So why does it still exist in society? Why is it still here today? Why isn't the government stepping in and changing it?" Darrien made these remarks this month at the Tobacco Free Summit organized by the former U.S. Surgeons General.

YLC member Taryn Quinn was awarded an Outstanding Youth Award by the Robertson County Community Coalition for her leadership at Hearne High School, advocating for zero tolerance for underage alcohol use. You can view the article here.

Lastly, congratulations to YLC sponsor Sylvia Garcia for being named Teacher of the Year at El Paso's Jefferson High School.  

Visit the Youth Leadership Council page  to learn more.


We would love to hear about the work of our partners across Texas, and we may feature it in an upcoming issue of the TST Compass!

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