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! 

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! 

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

 

21 to buy tobacco?

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This past Tuesday, city supervisors in San Francisco voted unanimously to join the likes of New York City, Boston, and Hawaii and raise the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. This new ordinance will go into effect on June 1st.

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Recent research from the Institute of Medicine (found here) has shown that 90% of daily smokers tried their first cigarette before age 19. The public health implications of raising the legal age to buy tobacco products could potentially be staggering. The Institute of Medicine believes that even without changes in tobacco industry marketing, in societal views of tobacco use, or in understanding of patterns and reasons for tobacco use initiation, raising the minimum legal age for tobacco purchase could significantly reduce the start of tobacco use, particularly among young adults, improve public health, and potentially save many lives.

Share your thoughts about this in the comments!

 

Saying “Goodbye” to Smoking

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The Shelby County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program offers free smoking cessation classes through 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. During Session 4 participants prepare for their expected “QUIT DAY”, participants also prepare to say good-bye to an old habit by writing “goodbye” letters to their cigarettes. Check out below some of the goodbye letters our participants shared in the currently-running class:

“My Dearest Friend Kool Mild”

     For many long years, you have been there for me, a source of comfort. You came back into my life 33 years ago, at the death of a loved one, my only Uncle Jack. I can remember that day like it was yesterday. You comforted me; you helped me to get through one of the darkest times in my life. You are always there, waiting to give me what I think I need. You fill a void in my life. Being with you gives me a false sense of power.

How crazy is that!!! You have all of the power and I gave it to you. I have given you my last dollar at times. There were times when there was a choice of food or cigarettes, and I choose you. I cling to you even when I am chronically ill. Through serious bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis, I still gave in to you. It is time for the madness to stop! Enough is enough!!! I do not belong to you, you do not own me. I am done allowing you to suck the very life out of me. Today is the first day of the rest of my life; a life that does not include a relationship with you.

I trust the God I serve to keep me through this transition. I know that he loves and truly cares for me. His will for me is to be happy, healthy, and prosperous. I choose God’s will for my life. I choose to be healthy and to feel good. I choose a life without YOU.

Goodbye Old Friend

“Dear Camel Blues”

     Our relationship has been a lie. It is a relationship of deception, co-dependence, and convenience. Before you came into my life, I knew how to enjoy my own company. I could ride in a car with the windows up and just enjoy the drive. I could sit outside and enjoy being outside. Before you, my morning routine had more to do with breakfast and getting out the door to be 15 minutes early. Before you, I would fill my free time with outdoor activities or cooking and cleaning for my family. I cared about them first before you. Because of you, I have subconsciously lowered many of my standards for life. I’m late for things. I choose you over my children. Emily hates you. When the three of us are together, she stares at you with contempt and anger about what you are doing to her mother. She wonders how much time we have together before you take me away for good. My mother hates you too. She doubts herself and her ability to parent every time she sees us together. When she looks at you, she is reminded of a time in our lives when I was completely broken….and I turned to you instead of her. She wants so much more for me than you. She knows you’ll take me away from her and from my children before it’s time.

Ben is too young. I won’t let him see us together because I’m ashamed of you. Which only embarrasses me more when I allow Emily to see us together.

When I think about why we are together…..it makes me want to turn the page. We are together because I foolishly thought you could help me through the darkest period of my life. What I didn’t realize then, was that as deep and dark as that was for me…it was temporary. Now, that time is over, and I am basking in more blessings than I ever thought possible for me. And yet here you are. Unwelcome. Demanding my time and health. Choosing you was choosing a slower form of suicide… a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Thinking that you were helping me was beyond foolish. Since the day we met, you have been slowly leading me towards a darkness that will not only affect me, but everyone who loves and depends on me. I’m smarter than this. I
know better. I’m not weak anymore. I’m not afraid anymore. It’s time to let you go and stand supported by those who need me, want me and more important… love me.”

If you are interested in receiving more information about the Freedom From Smoking program or any other cessation services, please contact the Shelby County Health Department’s Quit Line at (901) 222-9274.