On Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday August 25, 2022, the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, in partnership with the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network and Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network, brought its 2022 Youth Advocacy Tour to Milwaukee. The two-day event featured a Community Dinner and Celebration on Wednesday, August 24 at the African American Women’s Center and a youth advocacy training the following day.
The campaign, which is celebrating its 26th year of taking on the tobacco industry, hosted a youth advocacy training on Thursday, August 25 as part of its tour. Milwaukee is one of six stops nationally for the tour.
The dinner event included a special recognition of Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who was honored for her support of national tobacco prevention efforts, including the recent FDA proposal to remove menthol cigarettes from the market. The FDA estimates that prohibiting menthol cigarettes would reduce smoking by an estimated 15 percent over 40 years and prevent between 324,000 and 654,000 smoking-attributable deaths. Also being honored that day were Sen. Tammy Baldwin, County Executive David Crowley, Rep. David Bowen and other local supporters who were recognized as community heroes of tobacco prevention efforts, including No Menthol Sunday.