Dangers of tobacco use

The 17th annual kick Butts Day on Wednesday, March 21, and on this day in southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Tobacco Out program is the word about the dangers of tobacco use and young people providing information about resources available for those who want to to quit tobacco use.

Butts Day is a national strike day activity that allows young people to express their views and take action against tobacco on more than 2,000 events across the country. These activities are designed to get smokers to think about leaving tobacco, and to help young people decide not to start. Youth smoking is of particular concern, because the younger the person when he or she starts smoking, the more difficult to quit smoking and the more likely the youth will become addicted.

SEARHC Tobacco Program will be in honor of the kick Butts, and together with other groups in honor of the day.
In Juneau, SEARHC joined NCADD-Juneau (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction) on the day a picnic punch Butts from noon to 1 pm in the Courthouse Plaza, where the memorial wall will be created so that people can post notes on the role tobacco played in their lives The wall of hope for those who want to quit the application, which can be signed by students and the proclamation from Mayor Bruce Botehlo.

In Sitka, SEARHC Tobacco Program will be an information booth about the health effects of tobacco from 11 am to 2 pm in the McDonald’s restaurant Sitka.
At the Prince of Wales Island SEARHC Tobacco Program will be information displays at the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Alma Cook Medical Center in Hydaburg.

Each year in the United States, 440,000 Americans die from tobacco-related diseases. That is 1,200 people per day, or the equivalent of three full capacity jumbo jets crashing every day in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking kills more people than homicide, suicide, traffic accidents, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, fires and AIDS combined. Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. Big Tobacco targets our youth in order to compensate the thousands of lives each year. It is never too early or too late to quit smoking. However, left untreated, 60 percent of smokers die from this deadly habit.

The good news is that more people quit than ever before, tobacco use is currently on a 50-year low in the U.S., on average, 50-75 percent of children whose parents smoke become smokers themselves. If you have kids, and I hope that they will never start using tobacco, the best thing you can do for them to quit smoking or chewing. In addition, more resources those are available today to help you than ever before. Product support and nicotine replacement therapy increase the likelihood of people giving up smoking of tobacco by 20-40 percent compared to only 2-5 percent of the “cold turkey” attempts.

For information about SEARHC Tobacco Out program, contact 1-866-966-8875 (toll free in Alaska), and for Alaska’s output line of contact 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), to learn On the health effects of tobacco in Alaska, go to http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/chronic/tobacco/Alaska_Tobacco_Facts.pdf. There’s also many online resources to help you quit smoking, including http://becomeanex.org, http://kickbuttsday.org or http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/.

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