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

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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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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! 

Gold Sneaker!!!

 

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Are you a Shelby County childcare provider?

Do you know a Shelby County childcare provider?

Are you Gold Sneaker certified???

Why Not?

 Shelby County Health Department will host Gold Sneaker training on Saturday, September 26, 2015. This event will serve to increase the number of Gold Sneaker certified childcare facilities within Shelby County.

The Gold Sneaker Initiative was developed to enhance the policy related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities across Tennessee. To become a Gold Sneaker designated facility first you must complete the 2 hour Gold Sneaker training. You will receive a certificate upon completing the training and a copy must be submitted with your application.

Gold Sneaker training counts as two hours of continuing education with DHS.  Upon completion of the training and application, you will receive your $200 incentive package from Kaplan Early Learning Company for becoming a Gold Sneaker facility! You will also receive a certificate signed by Governor Haslam recognizing your achievement, decals for your facility doors, and access to the electronic Gold Sneaker logo for your use.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact Tobacco Risk Coordinator, Marcha Bradley at 901-222-9273 or marcha.bradley@shelbycountytn.gov . We are excited and look forward to your participation!

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Let’s Quit Together!!!

 

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Let’s quit together! Quitting smoking is a process that sometimes takes many attempts before succeeding. The important thing is to learn from each quit attempt until one can quit for good. One should know tobacco dependence is a chronic condition, and research literature suggests that the average person who uses tobacco products makes five to seven quit attempts before becoming completely abstinent. The journey to becoming a non-smoker doesn’t have to be a lonely one for Shelby county residents.

 The use of tobacco products can cause diseases such as cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and premature births. Smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths each year. According to the American Lung Association, 90% of male lung cancer patients develop their disease because of smoking, and female smokers are 13 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who have never smoked. Tennessee reports the fourth highest incidence rate of lung cancer. To reduce these astonishing statistics, Shelby County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program offers free cessation classes via the Freedom from Smoking program to Shelby county residents who are looking to become tobacco free.

 Freedom from Smoking is an evidence-based smoking cessation program offering a systematic approach to quitting smoking that focuses on behavior change. Instead of concentrating on the negative effects of smoking, Freedom from Smoking highlights the positive effects of quitting smoking, including improved health and lifestyle. Participants in Freedom from Smoking attend eight community-based sessions within seven weeks. All class materials are provided in the first class with no charge to the participant.

 Participants who have completed Freedom from Smoking have called the program helpful, and some even have stated they could not have found the will power to quit without the program and group sessions. Facilitators help participants understand that smoking is a learned behavior, and the first step to breaking the habit is to prepare for a lifestyle change.

 Making the decision to quit tobacco use is not easy, but it does not have to be done alone. Join the Freedom from Smoking program with Shelby County Health Department and let’s quit together. If interested or know someone who could benefit from the Freedom from Smoking program please contact Courtney Tipper at 901-222-9274 or e-mail her at Courtney.tipper@shelbycountytn.gov.

 

 

Health Impact of Tobacco Use

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Tobacco use in any form—even occasional smoking—causes serious diseases and health problems, including:

  • Several forms of cancer, including cancers of the lung, bladder, kidney, pancreas, mouth, and throat
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Lung diseases, including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pregnancy complications, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects
  • Gum disease
  • Vision problems

Quitting Smoking: The Healthy Choice for Moms and Babies

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Upon learning she is pregnant; an expectant mother typically does whatever she can to make sure she and her baby stay healthy. She may start eating more nutritious foods, try to reduce her stress, stay away from potentially unsafe medications and stop drinking alcohol. For some mothers, one of the biggest challenges during pregnancy is to quit smoking.

Smoking poses many risks to mothers and babies during pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, create problems with the placenta, cause premature birth or low birth weight, and result in birth defects for the baby. Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things a mother can do for herself and her baby during pregnancy. Quitting smoking can decrease the risk of the above mentioned health issues for babies, and it can also decrease the mother’s risk for many health concerns such as heart disease, lung cancer, stroke and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Other benefits include smelling better, breathing easier and saving money – very important when there is a new baby!

Shelby County mothers who are pregnant and smoke or who were smokers within three months prior to pregnancy can participate in a program that assists them with quitting smoking and staying quit. Baby and Me Tobacco Free provides education to mothers, and it also provides moms with free diapers for staying tobacco free. For more information on the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program, contact Shayla Lawrence at (901) 222-9268 or at Shayla.Lawrence@ShelbyCountyTN.gov.

 

It’s Preventable

 

Every year in the U.S. over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease, making it the leading cause of preventable death. Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Source: American Lung Association

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