Let’s Clear the Air

Let’s make our parks and outdoor areas tobacco-free!!! 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 Has your life… Continue reading Let’s Clear the Air

New FDA Regulation of Tobacco

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… Continue reading New FDA Regulation of Tobacco

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… Continue reading Let’s Do Something

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… Continue reading National Public Health Week

21 to buy tobacco?

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. Recent research from the Institute of Medicine (found here) has shown that 90%… Continue reading 21 to buy tobacco?

Saying “Goodbye” to Smoking

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… Continue reading Saying “Goodbye” to Smoking

Support Smoke Free Housing

Making public housing #SmokeFree would yield an annual cost savings of $153 million, and of course improve the health of children and seniors. Learn more about smoke-free public housing → hud.gov