Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Nov 10, '15

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today we were joined by Don, Margaret, Al, and Dick from the Anaconda Kiwanis club. David from the Circle K was there along with perspective Circle K member Hailey. Doug's mother Cindy also joined us for lunch.

We didn't have Keith tell us about upcoming K-Family meetings, but Key Club is meeting on Thursday and Circle K is meeting on Monday.

After the introduction of guests, Shawn introduced our speaker, Frank Rozen of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. Frank is a former smoker and now works with smoking cessation programs. He quit smoking 24 years ago.

Big tobacco companies can no longer advertize on television, in magazines, on the radio, or sponsor college rodeos, but they still spend $1,000,000 each hour on advertising. This is a combination of point of sale advertising, packaging, and even the "no sale to people under 18" signs. These age restriction signs serve to entice youth to try tobacco by making them think they are doing something "cool" and "grown up," and that they are getting away with something. Most smokers start before the age of 15, despite the age restriction to purchase tobacco.

Electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative. In the past year alone two airplane fires were started by e-cigs. One of those was from spontaneous combustion of the battery, which is expected of the type of batteries used in e-cigs.

It only takes 5ml of nicotine to kill an adult, and half that to kill a toddler. Several deaths have been attributed to improper reloading of e-cigs or access by children to the refill containers.

One thing that would help reduce smoking is the elimination of advertising at the point of sale. But big tobacco is against this, since they have to gain 3,000 new customers a day to keep even between users quitting and users dying.

When frank quit, he used a plastic tube with cinnamon flavored rosin that mounted to a cigarette filter to help quit. It gave him something to do instead of smoking to keep his hands and mouth busy while he got over the need for nicotine. The Tobacco Quit Line, accessible at 1-800-quit-now has a number of services to help people quit, a lot more than were available 24 years ago.

Frank invited anyone who is interested in quitting to call him as well for additional information and help.

After Frank was done speaking we were finally ready to draw for our Holiday Raffle. We sold 130 tickets this year. Keith announced the numbers and showed the checks and cash from the last 35 or so tickets turned in just today. Keith and Cathy then dumped the tickets into the tumbler lent to us by the Knights of Columbus, and Cathy tumbled - with slight mishap - until we were agreed it was well mixed.

We then had Frank draw the tickets. Third prize was drawn first, and it was ticket 61 sold by Kristi Scott to Mark Giacoletto. Mark wins $500. Then second prize was ticket 36 sold by RuthAnne Shope to Angela Wasley. Angela wins $1,500. First prize was finally drawn, ticket 125 sold by Dave Lambrecht to the Butte Depot. The Butte Depot wins $3,000.

Frank Rozan, Prevention Specialist BSB health Department
Chicken Strips and Fries
Event Updated
9:20 Tuesday, November 10, 2015