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TFRI Spring Network Meeting Meeting Recap

TFRI Spring Network Meeting Meeting Recap
Friday May 5, 2017
Warwick Public Library
Warwick, RI 02889

A Year In Review PowerPoint Presentation
Celebrating Our Successes In 2016-2017

View photos from the celebration... CLICK HERE



RI Kick Butts Day

Rhode Island Kick Butts Day 2017
Teen Zombie Walk Downtown Providence
Wednesday, May 31, 2017  NEW DATE!
3:30-7:30 pm

For information, contact

View photos from the Zombie Walk 2017 event...



21 Reasons Contest

21 Reasons Contest!
Hey, Teens... Enter the 21 REASONS Contest by April 14th
Our lawmakers need to hear from YOU about why the Tobacco 21 Bill is so important. Submit your contest form today!



Winter Awareness Workshop

Winter Awareness Workshop
Youth Driven Tobacco Education
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
8:45am - 4:30pm
RI College
Providence, RI

One hundred and two youth and adult participants from across RI, representing 22 RI High Schools, 23 community/school based organizations and 5 state/national based organizations, were in attendance. The theme of the conference was superheros - protecting RI Communities from BIG Tobacco.... One City & Town at a Time.



Time For Change

Calling all health advocates!
JOIN US to learn how to create healthy change in your community.
Friday, June 17, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
RI Interlocal Risk Management Trust (aka The Trust)
501 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 402
East Providence, RI 02915

Training: Creating Healthy Changes in Your Community
Presenter: Lisa Carnavale of the Myranda Group

In this 3-hour workshop, you'll be introduced to the tools needed to build and take part in an effective campaign for a tobacco-free environment. From identifying the problem, to building a coalition, to crafting your campaign strategy and learning implementation techniques, this session offers a comprehensive overview of the path to success – and how you can be part of it.

This training is FREE but pre-registration is required! Prevention Certification Hours offered. Breakfast and coffee provided. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:45am with the training starting promptly at 9:00am. Seats are limited. Priority given to TFRI Partners. First come, first serve.

To reserve your spot in the Training today, CLICK HERE.
Deadline for Registration: Monday, June 13, 2016
Email with any questions.



Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings (STARS)
Training for Data Collectors
Elsa Larson, MA, MS, PhDc.
Rhode Island Department of Health Tobacco Control Program



Our 3rd Annual Zombie Walk was a huge success!
Over 120 teens from all over Rhode Island took part in our 2016 Rhode Island Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day. Tobacco Free Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Health would like to extend a special thanks to all who took the time to volunteer at this event. A BIG thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible - Coca Cola, Neighborhood Health Plan and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. To all the community and youth-based organizations, we thank you for taking the time to take part in our amazing event!

CLICK HERE to view photos taken by The Providence Journal and Zombie Walk participants.

CLICK HERE to view more photos of the event.

CLICK HERE to view video footage of the event.



TFRI Annual Meeting Recap
Friday Oct. 30, 2015
Warwick Public Library
Warwick, RI 02889

A Year In Review PowerPoint Presentation
Celebrating Our Successes In 2015



Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Key Facts





Kids Say NO to Tobacco and YES to Health

5th graders from four elementary schools in Providence and Pawtucket came to the RI State House after school on May 27 to show legislators their poster designs on the theme of "Say No to Tobacco and Yes to Health." The students were participants in the Tar Wars tobacco and health education program run by the RI Academy of Family Physicians, whereby volunteer doctors and medical professionals visit 5th grade classrooms in schools across RI to talk to the children about the health dangers of tobacco use, and how to make healthy lifestyle choices. This year, the Tar Wars program ran in 42 schools reaching over 3,000 students. Tobacco Free RI teamed up with the RI Academy of Family Physicians to bring student participants to the State House to showcase their posters and engage with legislators about taking action to protect kids from tobacco addiction and second hand smoke.

The students heard from Dr. Keith Callahan, President, RI Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Nicole Alexander Scott, Director, RI Department of Health, State Rep. Art Handy, and State Senator Sue Sosnowski.

State Rep. Shelby Maldonado and Senator Sue Sosnowski hosted the students, teachers and family members in the House and Senate Chambers and the students were recognized.

Check out this great gallery of event photos: CLICK HERE

You can share and download the photos for free, and you can also purchase an inexpensive quality print of any photos you like - just click the icons beneath each picture.

The 5th grade student participants engaged effectively with the legislators and made a very positive impression.

Our event garnered some good press coverage in The Providence Journal, The Pawtucket Times, and on WPRO radio.

Big thanks to everyone for your participation and assistance in making our Tar Wars event such a success! Special thanks to State Rep. Teresa Tanzi for helping organize legislator support at the State House.






Our 2nd Annual Zombie Walk was a huge success!

Over 200 teens from all over Rhode Island took part in our 2015 Rhode Island Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day. Tobacco Free Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department of Health and would like to extend a special thanks to Lt. O'Hara and the other officers from the Providence Police Department who helped march us safely around the downtown area, to Johnson and Wales University for allowing us to use their Schneider Auditorium to get zombified, to Tony Lepore Sr. Providence's very own "Dancing Cop" and spoken word artist Jay Chattelle for volunteering their time to make this event extra special, and to all our make-up volunteers! Big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible - RIPTA, CVS Health, The Rural Health Program, the United Way of Rhode Island and Dave and Busters. To all the community and youth-based organizations and volunteers, we thank you for taking the time to take part in our amazing event!


Zombie Walk youth participants from West Warwick, East Providence, Central Falls and Chariho met with RI state legislators at the RI State House on Kick Butts Day.



Over 100 guests at the March 5 Smoke Free 10 event
listen to an address from Elizabeth Roberts,
Health & Human Services Secretary.

A great night marking an important tobacco free milestone

Thank you to all who came out to our March 5th SMOKE FREE 10 celebration event! Over 100 people gathered (despite the snow!) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of RI's smoke free workplaces and public places law that has protected Rhode Islanders from the deadly secondhand smoke exposure for 10 years now and counting. We honored the leaders of the smoke free movement and recognized many smoke free heroes who played a key role in achieving this landmark public health policy. Big thanks to our sponsors: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI, Lifespan, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, the RI Department of Health, New England Laborers' Health & Safety Fund, RI Association for Justice, American Lung Association of the Northeast, American Heart Association, Trinity Brewhouse, Brown University School of Public Health and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Check out news coverage of this milestone:

Providence Journal | East Greenwich News | Cranston Herald

View photos from the celebration... CLICK HERE

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse sent this video greeting to the SMOKE FREE 10 Celebration event on March 5th, 2015:

​Here's a wonderful slide show of images and quotes and facts about the campaign that led to the successful passage and enactment of Rhode Island's 2004 smoke free workplaces and public places law that we played during the SMOKE FREE 10 Celebration event on March 5th, 2015:

Also, on March 5th, Resolutions were read and passed in both the RI House and RI Senate proclaiming March 5, 2015 to be "SMOKE FREE 10 DAY" in the State of Rhode Island. You can read the resolutions here:




RI Department of Health launches new texting campaign to help teens quit smoking.




As of January 1, 2015, all sellers of e-cigarettes in Rhode Island require an e-cigarette license from the RI Department of Health.

Inquiries regarding E-cigs licensing
The application form with instructions is online at HEALTH's website here...

For questions regarding licensing, please contact the Healthcare Licensing unit at 401-222-2828.



Protect Your Family from E-Cigarettes

Brochures with facts you need to know about e-cigarettes (print-friendly):


The Network
TFRI is a Network of organization members, partners, and advocates.

Learn more about us, our leadership and partners by using the "About Us" tab above.

Get Involved!
Join TFRI and be part of the movement fighting against Big Tobacco.

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in RI. Join us in this fight to help save lives and improve the health of our family, colleagues and friends.

Check out this great new resource from the RI Department of Health on Smoke-Free Housing!

Live Smoke Free

Tell Us Your Story

One of the most critical aspects of our work is being able to share your stories. Playing politics on these issues is nothing without the real life scenarios and people who are affected by tobacco and nicotine use - putting a "face" to the issue. We are looking for folks who quit smoking due to/in part to the increase in the price of cigarettes, and/or with help from a cessation program through Tobacco Control Program; parents who have youth who began using "little cigars" or other tobacco products, or who discovered those mints aren't just mints (but tobacco products!); doctors, residents, nurses who have first hand experience with the medical issues associated with the use of these products; etc.

Simply: We Need You! Tell us your stories, or help bring other's stories to us.

Contact Karina at TFRI today to share your story., 401-533-5179.

Inside this website is a ton of information and resources. Dig deep and see what's been happening,
learn about the issue, and find out how to be part of this growing movement against tobacco!

2015 Statewide Legislative Agenda — Learn about this year's priorities, see the packets of info delivered to Finance Committee members at the State House, get the "Fresh Air" Palm Card.
Tools for Advocates — Get links to contact your legislators under State House Advocacy, watch the media and policy webinars, and learn what you can do at the local level to help the cause.

News and Events — Stay up to date with the latest events and read the latest news.

Media Advocacy Webinar

Watch the Media Advocacy Webinar
On April 13, TFRI hosted a media advocacy webinar with experts in media on best practices for media advocacy. It was a fantastic conversation, packed filled with important perspective for your work as advocates. Our experts: Felice Freyer from the Providence Journal, Meg Fraser from Johnston Sun Rise/Cranston Herald, Dan McGowan from, and Bill Rappleye with NBC10. Check it out on our "Media Tools" page, and share with your networks.


Retail 360

Big Tobacco has created a bunch of new products and marketing gimmicks to trap a new generation of customers with creative packaging, lower prices, and kid-friendly flavors.

Participate in Retail 360 and help us track what's happening in your neighborhoods!
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Our success depends on our strength in numbers, and the people power that brings. Please Join TFRI as an advocate, and consider a Donation today. Campaigns like these have costs in staff time and resources, as well as printing effective materials to get our message across. Any small or large donation is helpful. Thank you!

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