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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! 

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! 

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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! 

 

 

It’s HARD to quit tobacco!!!

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Research shows that smokers are most successful in kicking the habit when they have support, such as:

 Telephone smoking-cessation hotlines
 Stop-smoking groups
 Online quit groups
 Counseling
 Nicotine replacement products
 Prescription medicine to lessen cravings
 Guide books
 Encouragement and support from friends and family members
Using 2 or more of these measures to quit smoking works better than using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as 3 or 4 of the methods listed above.
Telephone stop-smoking hotlines are an easy-to-use resource, and they are available in all 50 states.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 901-222-9274 to get more information on quitting tobacco.

Source: cancer.org

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Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 901-222-9274 to get more information on quitting tobacco.

#1 Cause of Stroke

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Smoking is the number one cause of stroke. Smoking can:

  • Make blood thicker and more likely to clot
  • Increase the buildup of plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances) in blood vessels leading to the brain
  • Lead to pain in the hands and feet; it may be severe
  • Damage blood vessels in the brain

Source: CDC

 

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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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