Let’s Clear the Air

Let’s make our parks and outdoor areas tobacco-free!!!

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Single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S.

  • 7000 dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke
  • 69 chemicals that cause cancer

Secondhand smoke

  • smoke from the end of the cigarette
  • smoke breathed out after each cigarette puff
  • NO amount secondhand smoke is safe

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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A part of clearing the air is using the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line as a resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

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Prayers Answered!!!

Mary’s Story
This is my story about when I started smoking and when I quit smoking. I was in labor with my daughter and my husband smoked at that time. I would lite his cigarettes for him sometimes. I noticed when I was in labor when I inhaled the smoke and released it my pain was controllable. Being young and did not know inhaling and exhaling was a technique to help control labor pain, that is how I started smoking. I went to see my doctor about a surgery that I had put off for years. The doctor told me that it was time to have the surgery done, but I needed to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks. I asked why and he stated there could be a chance my lungs could collapse and I could possibly die. So I prayed about the situation and asked God to help me stop smoking. I put in my mind if I could stop for 2 weeks I could stop forever. So I stopped for those 2 weeks and when I returned home from the hospital I tried to start back but the cigarettes did not taste right. So I thought well God did answer my prayer and that was in December of 1995 and I am still smoke free to this day. I feel better about myself I never knew how bad smoke smell on your body, skin and breath. I thank God for being smoke free for 21 years now.

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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Prayers are answered and the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

New FDA Regulation of Tobacco

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New FDA Regulation of Tobacco is effective August 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This historic rule helps implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 and allows the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use through a variety of steps, including restricting the sale of these tobacco products to minors nationwide.

Before, there was no federal law prohibiting retailers from selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18. Today’s rule changes that with provisions aimed at restricting youth access, which go into effect August 2016, including:

  • Not allowing products to be sold to persons under the age of 18 years (both in person and online);
  • Requiring age verification by photo ID;
  • Not allowing the selling of covered tobacco products in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility); and
  • Not allowing the distribution of free samples.

This rule also requires manufacturers of all newly-regulated products, to show that the products meet the applicable public health standard set forth in the law and receive marketing authorization from the FDA, unless the product was on the market as of February 15, 2007. The tobacco product review process gives the agency the ability to evaluate important factors such as ingredients, product design and health risks, as well as their appeal to youth and non-users.

These actions will subject all manufacturers, importers and/or retailers of newly-regulated tobacco products to any applicable provisions, bringing them in line with other tobacco products the FDA has regulated under the TCA since 2009.

These requirements include:

  • Registering manufacturing establishments and providing product listings to the FDA;
  • Reporting ingredients, and harmful and potentially harmful constituents;
  • Requiring premarket review and authorization of new tobacco products by the FDA;
  • Placing health warnings on product packages and advertisements; and
  • Not selling modified risk tobacco products (including those described as “light,” “low,” or “mild”) unless authorized by the FDA.

Please see the following link to the FDA News Release: FDA takes significant steps to protect Americans from dangers of tobacco through new regulation.

For additional information, including supporting documents, please see the link: Extending Authorities to All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and Hookah

 

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

Let’s Do Something

There’s something wrong with this picture:

The Walt Disney Company owns a major stake in VICE Media, a youth-oriented media company. And VICE has been producing ads for Philip Morris International (Marlboro)!

Tell Disney to push VICE to end its relationship with Philip Morris.

It’s highly irresponsible for VICE to use its expertise in youth marketing to help the tobacco industry sell more of its deadly products around the world. And Disney shouldn’t be associated with companies that act in a socially irresponsible manner and contribute to the global tobacco epidemic.

For kids’ sake, Disney must demand that VICE stop working for the tobacco industry. Please send Disney a message today.

Thanks for your advocacy,

Bryan Buchanan
Director of Digital Engagement

what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

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Let’s do something and the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

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what is your story question

Has your life been affected by cigarette smoking? Are you a former smoker? Did you quit for personal health reasons? How long did you smoke? Are you a current smoker? Do you know someone who died after years of smoking? We are always looking for new stories for our Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Blog. You NEVER know when your story could help someone else and encourage them to stop smoking. Send us your contact information below so we can tell YOUR story.

Tobacco Blog__cold turkey

The Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll! 

 

 

National Public Health Week

Click here to view Shelby County’s NPHW video

All of us at the  Shelby County Health Department believe that we can make a difference as we strive to become the healthiest and safest community in Tennessee. Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and environment of all Shelby County residents. Shelby County Health Department is committed to all areas of public health. We offer a plethora of tobacco prevention/ cessation services.

Youth Prevention – 901-222-9008

  •  Why Animals Don’t Smoke
  • #weDONTpuff
  • TATU – Teen Against Tobacco Use
  • T4 – Tennessee Teens Talk Tobacco

Adult Awareness/ Cessation 901-222-9274

  • TN Tobacco Quit  line 1(800) QUIT- NOW
  • Freedom from Smoking
  • Smoke Free Housing Assistance
  • Pathways

Maternal Cessation/ Prevention 901-222-9268

  • Baby & Me Tobacco Free

 

Talk it out!!!

 April is National alcohol and substance abuse month. This is a month where organizations and individuals focus on bringing awareness and education to alcoholism and substance addiction. One of the most abused substances in today’s society is tobacco and tobacco related products. Take a moment to talk it out with your  child about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Knowing the facts will help your child make healthy choices.

  Not sure what to say? Here is a help list below!
When you talk about tobacco, alcohol, and drugs:

  • Teach your child the facts.
  • Give your child clear rules.
  • Find out what your child already knows.
  • Be prepared to answer your child’s questions.
  • Talk with your child about how to say “no.”

The Shelby County Health Department would like to reinforce the conversation parents have started. #WeDontPuff is a youth tobacco prevention campaign that encourages youth to never start tobacco and/or tobacco products. If you are a leader of a youth group in Shelby County and want more information about #WeDontPuff contact Paul Richardson at (901) 222-9008.

Talking it out is also great for support quitting if you want to talk it out call the TN QUITLINE 1800QUITNOW