Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tobacco Education and Prevention

...tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended.

The Oxford Medical Companion (1994)

What is the Tobacco Education program?

  • Helps people reduce or quit tobacco use.
  • Provides tobacco education to schools and the community.
  • Supports peer education in the schools and at community events.
  • Provides worksite wellness presentations on tobacco and other health topics.

Why is it needed?

Tobacco use kills over 480,000 people every year, which is more than alcohol abuse, homicide, suicide, illegal drugs, car accidents, fires, and AIDS combined. It is the leading cause of preventable death in Yavapai County (CDC 50 Years of Progress Report ).

Who is eligible?

All Yavapai County residents and businesses can benefit from this free program.

Is there a cost?

No, there are no individual costs. Arizona Department of Health Services funds this program with proceeds from tobacco taxes.

What are the goals of the program?

  • Provide worksite wellness presentations to encourage healthier behaviors at work.
  • Support quit smoking classes in Yavapai County for anyone thinking of quitting tobacco.
  • Encourage Yavapai County residents to go online to http://www.ashline.org/  to find:
    • Helpful tips and resources to quit smoking or chewing tobacco
    • The financial costs of smoking or using tobacco
    • Information for nonsmokers and healthcare providers
    • Facts about the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke

What has the program achieved?

  • The program has provided over 20 years of successful state-funded tobacco cessation classes offered throughout the county.
  • Thousands of Yavapai County students have received brief and intensive tobacco education lessons, encouraging them to be tobacco free.
  • Health educators reach out to people to help them learn more about the dangers of tobacco.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact Community Health Education

OR

Arizona Smoker’s Helpline
1-800-556-6222
www.ashline.org 

Quick Info:

  • In 2014, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated second hand smoke exposure has caused 39,400 deaths among adult non-smokers annually since 1990.  Full Report 
  • On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002)
  • More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. (CDC, 2005; McGinnis, J. & Foege, W.H., 1993)
  • Smoking causes more than $170 billion (2.38 billion in Arizona) in annual health-related economic costs, including adult death-related productivity costs, adult medical expenditures, and medical expenditures for newborns. (Cancer Facts and Figures 2008)
  • The younger you are when you begin to smoke, the more likely you are to be an adult smoker. Almost 90 percent of adult smokers started at or before the age 19.  People who start smoking at younger ages are more likely to develop long-term nicotine addiction than people who start later in life.  (American Cancer Society)
  • There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Neither ventilation nor filtration, even in combination, can reduce the exposure indoors to levels that are considered acceptable. Only 100 percent smoke-free environments provide effective protection.  (World Health Organization)
  • Most electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, vape pens) contain nicotine which has known health effects. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.  They are most commonly used among youth with more than 2 million middle school and high school students using them in 2016 (CDC, 2017).
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