Tobacco-Free Dane County Coalition Changes Name
MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – The group formerly known as the Tobacco-Free Dane County Coalition announced a name change on Monday.
The organization, now called the Dane County Alliance Against Commercial Tobacco (DC AACT), noted that its advisory board felt the name did not accurately describe its primary purpose and the views of its partners, who are d ” prevent the use of commercial tobacco.
Commercial tobacco includes cigarettes, hookah, and electronic nicotine systems.
Missy Tracy, municipal relations coordinator for Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison and a member of the alliance’s board of directors, said she wanted to point out that tobacco is used by Native Americans for ceremonial and cultural purposes, but this no is not what worries the group.
“Native Americans consider the tobacco plant to be sacred and have used and continue to use it regularly,” Tracy said. “What has caused significant effects on the health of our population is the marketed version of tobacco, in which companies add carcinogenic chemicals and more nicotine to make new generations addicted.”
DC AACT explained that it will continue its work to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults, promote policy and advocacy, and build community partnerships.
It will also focus on raising awareness among populations most affected by tobacco use, including African Americans, the LGBTQ community and those with low socioeconomic status.
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