Issue 11: November 2016
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The SUP Coalition is a community-focused coalition comprised of individuals that reside or work in Sherburne County and are committed to reducing youth substance use through
community collaboration.
What We Know About E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes are known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). They are more commonly called
e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-hookah, or vapes.  Here is what we know…
  • E-cigs are considered tobacco products and are now regulated by the FDA as of August 8, 2016.
  • E-cigs work by heating a liquid that has nicotine and other chemicals in it. Heating the liquid turns it into a vapor. That’s what the user inhales and exhales. Some research shows that this vapor includes chemicals that are known to be harmful. Scientists are studying the health effects of using e-cigarettes.
  • E-cigs contain nicotine. Nicotine is what makes tobacco addictive. Nicotine can also affect how the brain develops. Because childhood and teen years are times of important brain development, the nicotine in tobacco and e-cigs is believed to be especially bad for children and teens.
  • E-cigs may be particularly attractive to young people due to their novelty; the fact that they are sold in places easily accessible to youth, such as gas stations; and their availability in flavors appealing to youth, including chocolate, cotton candy, root beer float, and banana split. 
  • It’s not clear if e-cigs help people quit smoking or get in the way of people quitting. We do know that e-cigs are not an approved FDA quit tobacco device and should not be marketed as such.  
Researchers are working to find the answers to these important questions. For now, we do not know if using e-cigs is a safe and helpful way to quit smoking, so using e-cigs is not recommended. There are other proven, safe, and effective methods for quitting smoking. Explore the options to find a quit method that’s right for you!
2016 Minnesota Student Survey: Tobacco Findings
Results from the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) showed that cigarette smoking among both 9th and 11th grade students fell by nearly one third since the survey was last conducted in 2013. These are the lowest rates ever recorded by the survey.

However, the survey also showed a dramatic and concerning increase in the number of students using e-cigarettes; 9th and 11th graders are now using e-cigarettes at twice the rate of conventional cigarettes.

Read more here.
Stop Sales to Minors

The Minnesota tobacco retailer training is designed to help tobacco retailers comply with Minnesota and federal laws that regulate the sale of tobacco, electronic delivery devices, and tobacco-related devices.

The training takes approximately one hour to complete and is divided into three sections. There are a total of 25 questions, and the retailer must correctly answer 17 questions to be awarded a certificate. The certificate will be emailed to the email address provided by the retailer at registration.

Website & Fact Sheets

Extracting THC from the marijuana plant using butane, a process known as dabbing is on the rise. Dabbing is a new way of ingesting marijuana that can deliver large amounts of THC to users, typically ranging from 40 to 80%.

This type of marijuana concentrate looks like honey or butter. For that reason, it's often called “honey oil” or “budder” on the street. For more info on marijuana concentrates, click here

Meet Christine Jones

Junior at Big Lake High School
SAFE Squad Member
Member since 2015

Q: What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join the SUP Coalition? 

C: During my sophomore year, one of my teachers talked about the school starting a new group. She explained how this group would focus on prevention in our school. My friend and I knew we were interested in joining and went to the meeting. From there, things took off quickly and we accomplished so many things that I was proud to be a part of. I’ve always been a firm believer in being substance and alcohol free, and I love being a part of SAFE Squad.

Q: What is one tip you have for parents/caring adults and/or your peers in terms of prevention?

C: All I ask from anyone in terms of prevention is to get educated about this topic as best as possible and to be aware of your surroundings. You can do so much with influencing others if you have the answers and can be a role model. People are always trying to find inspiration from their peers and if you choose to be substance and alcohol free, you can influence many people.  I try to be a role model for my dance team, my sister, and my friends. I know that I can show these people that you can accomplish so many things and still have fun without drugs and alcohol. So, to help others and yourself, always be the best version of you by staying substance and alcohol free.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

C: In my spare time I like to dance. I am a member of the Big Lake Dance Team and in order to be the best I can be for my team I need to make healthy decisions. Dancing makes me feel better about myself and I love being with my team. I have so many good memories from dancing and I would never do anything to sacrifice it.
Student Groups – Fall Festivities
Student groups have hit the ground running this year. They are on a mission to empower their peers to engage in healthy and safe behaviors. 

DREAM Team hosted Halloween DREAM Bingo during lunch on Halloween. They also planned a RED OUT day where students wore red in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week works to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

SAFE Squad hosted a Fall Pep Fest with the student group Friends of Rachel on Friday, October 28 to encourage SAFE decisions over the holiday weekend. They obtained involvement from students groups, such as Knowledge Bowl, DECA, NHS, YDYS, and Yearbook. They also held a Cocoa and Study event during finals week to provide students with a tasty treat while they prepared for their exams.

Sobriety Squad is planning awareness events for December. They plan to do another drug-free pledge as well as participate in a home basketball game. During the basketball game, students will be tabling to educate their peers and adult attendees about their student group. Stay tuned!
Upcoming Events 
Thursday, December 1, 2016
1:00—3:00 pm
Webinar: Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis. Register here
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
9:00—10:30 am

Keeping the Force Strong. St. Paul and Minneapolis PD's have teamed up with Hazelden to host an educational forum to address substance misuse among police officers. Register here.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
9:00—10:30 am
SUP Coalition Meeting in Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
9:00—10:30 am
SUP Coalition Meeting in Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

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