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!

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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! 

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! 

#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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Worth the Journey!!!

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Stanley’s Story

Like so many baby boomers, I started smoking at an early age.   My introduction to cigarettes came at age 16 and was a result of peer pressure and social acceptability.  Unaware of the dangers of smoking, partially due to no warning labels on cigarette packages and no age limit to purchase the smoke of death I  smoked constantly for 20 years.

Since smoking was socially acceptable during the 70’s I thought cigarettes would never hurt me.  I was convinced that I could quit whenever I chose to quit.  Unfortunately, I rejected any supporting data by the Surgeon General.  The rejection was probably due to the limited advertisement and denial of the dangers by the tobacco companies who kept increasing the nicotine to ensure addiction.

Smoking for 20 years affected my health, causing me to have shortness of breath, unable to walk one block without gasping for air.  Smoking caused me to have constant chest pains, compiled with an irregular heart beat as well as eliminating my sense of smell and taste.

I was an addict and afraid to quit.  I tried quitting for 10 years, with no success.  I would quit and after  6 days the urge to smoke was overwhelming.  I constantly prayed for God to take away the taste and desire of smoking.  Alas, I discovered that God had given me the will to overcome the monster of smoking.

It was 1992 during one of Memphis nastiest winters.  I was lying in bed with a temperature of 104 and dehydrated.  The urge to smoke in spite of my illness was overwhelming.  This pressing desire activated something we should never lose.  It initiated the power of our God given will to resist any thing that tries to harm us.  I was not allowed to smoke inside so I had to go outside in the ice and snow to smoke. With a 104° temperature, standing on ice and snow, chest hurting, sore throat, I knew then that I was an addict and I had to quit.  I refused to light the cigarette and made a vow that night, I would never smoke again.

I have been smoke free for 23 years.  My sense of taste and smell has returned.  I no longer have chest pains and people do not shun me because I no longer have a smoke odor.  Yes, stopping was hard, but it was worth the journey.  The withdrawal symptoms were sometimes painful, but I no longer wake up to the smoke of death.

 

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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It’s Worth the Journey and the Tennessee Tobacco Quit Line is an excellent resource. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW!

 Are you currently a smoker? Take our quick poll!